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Bishop Foley falls to defending D4 champion Liggett in regional semifinal WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley visited Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett for a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal game on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

The Knights scored twice in the final six minutes to break a 1-1 tie.

GROSSE POINTE — For all of the momentum that Madison Heights Bishop Foley seemed to enjoy in Tuesday’s Division 4 regional semifinal, it ultimately did not matter as defending state champion Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett emerged with a 3-1 win.

Bishop Foley produced a steady stream of offensive chances from the opening whistle, but was unable to bury its shots, while Liggett capitalized when its own opportunities arose by notching a pair of goals in quick transition plays.

The Ventures knotted the score 1-1 with 17:32 remaining on junior Jillian Ramos’ penalty kick goal, but the Knights continued to withstand the pressure defensively and countered with two goals 73 seconds apart in the final six minutes of play.

“We came out knocking the ball around really well and created a handful of really good chances early on,” Bishop Foley coach Ryan Elchuk said. “We failed to convert and let them continue to stay around. In the meantime, I felt (Liggett) was able to identify some of the things that we liked to do and find ways to negate those things. It made the game really hard for us.

“On the back side of that, we really struggled dealing with what they do well, which is getting to the goal quickly and using their athleticism. Their forwards were unbelievable today and we hadn’t had to deal with anybody like them all year. Ultimately, we left chances on the field early and it made things interesting.”

Liggett recorded the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1 when junior Olivia Yates was able to get a step on her defender and steer the ball inward toward the goal, creating a moment of chaos in front. When the ball sprung free 10 yards in front of the goal, sophomore Eva Papista knocked it home into the open net.

Moments later, on a free kick, Papista scored again to add a valuable insurance goal for the Knights (14-6-1), who advanced to Thursday’s regional final against Marlette.

“Foley is an incredible team. I had heard that offensively they’re very talented and they lived up to the hype,” Liggett coach David Dwaihy said. “They were in many ways the best team we’ve played this year with the way they moved the ball and created chances.

“I think we kind of took 5 or 10 minutes to figure out what they were doing to us and we had some good fortune that in that time they didn’t score. We kind of felt that if we battled them a little bit, especially in the midfield, that we might neutralize a little bit of their threat and that’s kind of how we worked our way into the game, playing physical and committing to win the 50-50 balls.”

Liggett’s Alexis Wenger scored the game’s first goal midway through the second half.

Bishop Foley (17-6) will graduate eight seniors from an accomplished team that ended a pair of droughts by capturing Catholic League and district titles in Elchuk’s first year at the helm of the program and at his high school alma mater.

“It was probably the most enjoyable season that I’ve had as a head coach ever. The group of girls was outstanding,” Elchuk said. “The girls believed in themselves.

“We were able to accomplish some amazing things that had been missing from Bishop Foley for quite a while. To come in and win the first Catholic League championship in 14 years is outstanding. And to come in and win the first district championship in, I believe, five years is also outstanding. We talked at the end of the game about how this is the state tournament and somebody has to lose. Unfortunately, it was us today, but the result doesn’t change things for us if we keep things in the right perspective.”

Last Updated: 6/6/2017 9:58:26 PM EST


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