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Rochester Adams shuts out Bloomfield Hills for first win of the season WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Highlanders senior goalkeeper Maggie Rogers made big stops in a 1-0 win.

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Raring to go Thursday for the start of OAA Red divisional play, Rochester Adams senior goalkeeper Maggie Rogers stymied Bloomfield Hills repeatedly, buying time for her teammates to finally break through with a late go-ahead goal.

The contest remained scoreless through the first 70 minutes of play until Adams pieced together a swift counter attack that resulted in the game’s only tally.

Moments later, Rogers calmly saved a penalty kick with 4:10 remaining to preserve her shutout and a 1-0 win for the Highlanders, their first of the young season.

“Maggie Rogers was phenomenal,” Adams coach Aaron Donaghy said. “I was giving her huge love before the game because she came to me and said, ‘Coach, I am fired up for this.’ That’s what we need from our seniors. Even before she got on the bus, she was fired up and she showed it.”

On the heels of a huge save by Rogers in which she got a piece of a threatening shot by Bloomfield Hills’ Sam Ferry that clanged off the post, Adams maneuvered the length of the field to score with 9:32 left.

Hailey Wentzloff recorded the goal by knocking home a rebound after the initial save by the Black Hawks’ keeper off a shot from Sara Samolinski.

“We connected through our attacking midfielder and bounced it in to our forward, who stretched the defense out,” Donaghy said, describing the play. “(Sara) had the good shot bounce off of the goalie and then Hailey came in and tapped it in. They were pushing their numbers up, and we had that quick counter.”

Bloomfield Hills had dominated the scoring chances up until that point with nearly double digit corner kick opportunities as well as a first-half penalty kick that was sent wide of the post. The Black Hawks were unable to put one by Rogers, however.

“Bloomfield Hills knocked the ball around so well while we’re trying to figure out who we are as a team. They really exposed us,” Donaghy said. “I had to settle them down at the half and tell them they can’t take plays off. They’re not in that mindset yet.

“They threw everything at us and Maggie did what she had to do to keep us in it. I felt that as the second half went on, as we started to find our rhythm and be where we’re supposed to be, I felt like we were going to crack through because we’d started breaking through the defense a little bit.”

Taking over goaltending duties from two-time all-state performer Olivia Argeros (Michigan State) this season, Rogers focused on playing club soccer a year ago, as well as starring for the basketball at Adams. She recently signed with Western Michigan to play goal in college.

The Highlanders (1-1-1, 1-0 OAA Red) return the bulk of their starting lineup from a year ago, with as many as nine players with significant starting experience back in the fold this spring.

Last Updated: 4/13/2017 10:22:45 PM EST

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