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Troy comes up short in shootout, loses heartbreaker to Utica Ford in regional semis WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Maria Shuwayhat (22) of Troy heads the ball during the match between Troy and Ford II on June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Nicole Fiantaco (22) of Ford II battles for control of the ball with Danielle Shuwayhat (11) of Troy during the match between Troy and Ford II on June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Cecillia Steinwascher (10) of Ford II heads the ball during the match between Troy and Ford II on June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Caroline Schlimgen (4) of Troy heads the ball during the match between Troy and Ford II on June 6, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Troy vs Ford II on June 7, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)

UTICA - Tuesday was without a doubt a sweet 16th birthday for Ford’s Nicole Fiantaco.

Fiantaco scored two goals to propel her team to a 3-2 shootout victory over Troy in a Division 1 girls soccer regional semifinal at Swinehart Field.

“It’s my favorite birthday so far,” the Ford sophomore laughed after the Falcons finished up the shootout win.

Ford got shootout goals by Cecilia Steinwascher, Julie Ann Piechocki, Darline Radamaker, Alana Wood and Salena Speagle.

Hailey Stewart, Alexa Kotsovos, Ally Smolinski and keeper Lindsay Bolas scored in the shootout for Troy, but Ford keeper Emma Boutorwick’s stop on Troy’s first shooter proved to be the difference.

Fiantaco was the recipient of quite a gift with just over four minutes to go in the first half. Sophomore Alana Wood lofted a stretch pass from midfield directly in front of Fiantaco, who chipped it past Bolas before the two collided.

“I didn’t even know what I was doing, to be honest,” Fiantaco said when asked about the first goal. “I kind of just took the shot and I didn’t know it went in until I got back up and looked back.”

Her second goal, which came with 14:30 to go in regulation, came after a brilliant play by junior Radamaker.

Radamaker was able to shake off a defender, free herself and finesse the ball over to Fiantaco, who fired it into the back of the net.

“When they scored back on us, we didn’t put our heads down,” she said. “I wouldn’t have been able to get any goals without my teammates.”

The tally came about eight minutes after Troy freshman Marissa Young tapped in a pass from Alex Lillie to knot things up.

Troy had picked up the play in the second half just before Fiantaco broke the tie, but even after Fiantaco’s second goal, the Colts did not relent.

With 6:09 remaining in regulation, Smolinski was able to beat Boutorwick and force overtime.

“They played with a lot of heart,” said Troy coach Dan Troccoli. “That’s how they’ve played lately, they really wanted it.

“I give Teri (Steinwascher) a lot of credit, I give this team we played a lot of credit,” he added. “For us to play with them and stay with them the way we did, my girls should be very proud of themselves as I am of them.”

Ford will square off with MAC Red Division rival Anchor Bay on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the Division 1 regional championship. The Falcons and Tars played to two ties in the regular season.

“I expect another close game, if not like tonight’s,” said Steinwascher. “They’re playing better, we’re playing better. It’s going to be close.”

Last Updated: 6/6/2017 10:32:19 PM EST


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