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Walled Lake Northern pulls away from Waterford Mott late to reach district final WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern defeated Waterford Mott in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Milford High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

The Knights never trailed Thursday and will play for a district title on Friday against West Bloomfield.

MILFORD — Two closely contested meetings during the regular season between Walled Lake Northern and Waterford Mott – the KLAA North Division’s top two teams – set the stage for Thursday’s postseason showdown in a Division 1 district semifinal.

No different than before, the teams were separated by just a goal midway through the second half, but Northern’s quick-strike offense capitalized twice down the stretch to extend its lead and put the game away for a 5-2 win.

After Mott had drawn within one and then very nearly tied the game with about 23 minutes to play, the Knights’ leading scorer, sophomore Dani Wolfe, notched two goals to secure her team’s place in Friday’s district final.

“We talked before the game and at halftime and we had a plan. It took us a little bit of time though. Mott was well prepared to combat the things we were trying to do, but we made some changes and the girls executed all over the field,” Northern coach Drew Drummond said.

The Knights (12-4-3) will face West Bloomfield Friday at Milford High School seeking their first district crown since 2014.

Northern’s offensive chemistry up top helped produce a steady stream of scoring chances against Mott, beginning with senior Sofie Fisher’s opening goal in the first half after a combination of passes from Wolfe and senior Lauren Mangin.

The Knights doubled their lead to 2-0 using a similar sequence 16 minutes later with senior Emily Mattson recording the goal.

“The combination plays are something that we work on. We try to move the ball really quickly as much as possible on the floor to create opportunities and then you need people who can finish it off,” Drummond said. “We’re fortunate with the players that we have, who can finish at the end of these combination moves.”

The Corsairs got on the board with 1:40 to play in the half when senior Jasmin Messer beat her defender and centered a pass to teammate Kendra Lewis to knock home.

In the opening minute of the second half, Northern reestablished its two-goal cushion when Mangin had time and space to step into a heavy shot on a pass from teammate Ellie Rogers.

“We said at halftime that we needed to create an opportunity early and to make sure we take advantage of it,” Drummond said. “Lauren was right on the spot and it was a great ball across to her. She took a touch and buried it with her left foot. It was everything that we were trying to do.”

Mott made it 3-2 midway through the half when Messer buried a shot on a pass from Lewis. The Corsairs were unable to get the equalizing goal they needed, however, before the Knights capitalized on odd-man opportunities at the other end of the field.

The Corsairs concluded the season 16-4-2, making it one of the most successful seasons in program history by record. Mott will lose just four seniors to graduation.

Last Updated: 6/1/2017 8:43:35 PM EST


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