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WL Northern strikes early, gets defensive to move past Eisenhower in regional semis WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)
  • Walled Lake Northern and Utica Eisenhower met in Regional semi-final action at Grand Blanc High School Tuesday. Northern came away with a 1-0 victory. (MIPrepZone photo by Tom Tomich)

GRAND BLANC - Walled Lake Northern got the one-goal lead it was looking for in its Division 1 girls soccer regional semifinal against Utica Eisenhower on Tuesday.

The Knights went into a defensive shell from that point.

That plan worked to perfection as they knocked off the Eagles, 1-0, to reach Thursday's regional championship match Thursday at 7 p.m. at Grand Blanc High School, where they'll face Grand Blanc.

"Circumstances played a big role in the way the game panned out," WLN coach Drew Drummond said. "We worked the ball well in the beginning and ended up getting a penalty (kick). Once we scored there our whole game plan changed."

Mara Cousino scored on the PK just before 10 minutes had been played after Dani Wolfe was taken down in the box for an Eisenhower defender.

"The plan was not to necessarily play the game like this, but you take what you get sometimes," said Drummond, whose squad is 14-4-3 overall. "We kind of found out what they had so we kind of played more defensive from that point.

"We just wanted to bring them to us and see if we could counter," Drummond added. "We have so much pace and power up top that if we could have our forwards make plays without having to commitment too many players forward then let's protect this lead."

The plan nearly backfired a few times in both halves, but Knights keeper Samantha Cannon made saves on all 14 shots she faced.

"I know we are better than (we were) today," said Eisenhower coach Mehrdad Nekoogar, whose squads ends the year 15-4-1. "Nothing went our way. We dominated them, but we couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. The better team doesn't win all the time."

The Eagles' two best chances came off the foot of Lauren DeBeau.

The sophomore forward rang a left-footed shot off the crossbar nine minutes into the second half. Then with under four minutes to play she ran onto a long ball from Emma Campbell that split a pair of WLN defenders, but her right-footed shot just slid wide of the goal post.

Eisenhower, which had its prom on Tuesday night, was missing four of its starters due to different reasons, according to Nekoogar.

"Considering everything unfortunate that happened to us that hurt us," Nekoogar said. "We have to live with it and move on. You could tell the girls weren't the same, but they worked very hard and I'm very proud of them. When you don't have everyone on the same page that makes a big difference, but they gave everything they had. It was one of those games where nothing went our way."

The Eagles knocked off the defending Division 1 state champs, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, in a district final.

"It's real disappointing," said Eagles senior Gabriala Jodzis. "It's unfortunate to make a senior choose between her senior prom and a high school soccer game. Everything just seemed like it was stacked against us. It just seems like Eisenhower has always had this kind of luck. It just really sucks."

The Knights will face Grand Blanc, which beat Midland 4-0 in the other semifinal, for the regional title on Thursday.

"Eisenhower is high powered," Drummond said. "It's always nice to get some breaks sometimes, but at the same time we made our own luck. We couldn't have asked for more of a team response than what we got from our girls tonight.

"(Eisenhower) had a great season," Drummond added. "We knew coming in what they had."

Last Updated: 6/6/2017 9:16:40 PM EST


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