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Oakland Christian falls to Marlette in overtime of regional semifinal WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Auburn Hills Oakland Christian faced Marlette in a Division 4 girls soccer regional semifinal at Liggett High School on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

GROSSE POINTE — In the waning moments of the second overtime session, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian experienced a momentary lapse defensively which proved costly as Marlette buried its chance to capture a 2-1 win in Tuesday’s Division 4 regional semifinal.

On the verge of requiring penalty kicks to decide the game, Marlette senior Taylor Harneck instead scored her second goal of the game by crashing the net and tipping a pass home with 1:11 to play in the overtime.

“We had a really great pass from Taylor Mitchell on the outside into Julia (Hohman) and Julia pushed it in to Taylor Harnick, who just tapped it in,” Marlene coach Chris Titus said. “That’s what Taylor does. She doesn’t shoot very often, but when she does, she scores.”

Until that point, Oakland Christian had been holding firm through some steady offensive pressure applied by Marlette, which controlled the second half of play and found the equalizer it needed to get the game into overtime.

The Lancers had two quality scoring chances in the first overtime, but the Red Raiders’ goalkeeper was up to the task.

“We knew whoever would make that first mistake is how it would end. Unfortunately we made that little mistake in the back and they got the goal,” Oakland Christian coach Dave Andersen said. “It was a battle back and forth. In the first half, we got our way. In the second half, they got their way and it was a good soccer game.”

The Lancers got a first-half goal from senior Victoria Lucido when sophomore Kate Muzljakovic punched a perfectly paced ball through a pack of defenders for Lucido to use her foot speed to track down. She confidently deposited the ball in the net on a breakaway to record her 39th goal of a remarkable individual season.

“She’s been with me the past four years and accomplished so much. She was the (National Christian School Athletic Association) National Player of the Year and tied the (school) record in goals scored with 42 in her sophomore year, and then broke the career record for goals this year. She’s got 39 goals this year and I wasn’t expecting that with this team. She’s going to be a big loss. My seniors left the program better than they found it, which is all you can ask for.”

Oakland Christian tried to spring Lucido for a similar goal on several occasions throughout the game, coming close a few times. But Marlette’s deeper bench and conditioning allowed the Red Raiders to knot the score in the second half and continue to apply pressure.

Lancers freshman keeper Jilian Parkhurst was busy all game long, making several difficult saves and displaying sure hands while forced to handle the ball frequently.

Marlette advanced on to Thursday’s regional final against defending Division 4 champion Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

For Oakland Christian (6-14-1), with what began as a challenging season needing to replace eight departed starters and playing with just two seniors, the Lancers found a way to win three straight playoff games to capture a district title last week.

“We’re ecstatic about this season,” Andersen said. “We had our best player back, which was good, but I had eight girls that hadn’t played much soccer before. That first day of practice was rough, but ultimately our goal was to win a district title and that’s what we did. Anything after that was a bonus for us, so we’re ecstatic about this season. Yes, it stinks to lose today, but we are pleased with what we accomplished.”

Last Updated: 6/6/2017 10:27:36 PM EST


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