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Walled Lake Northern falls to Grand Blanc in overtime of regional final WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Grand Blanc defeated Walled Lake Northern in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

GRAND BLANC — On the wrong end of a dramatic momentum shift, Walled Lake Northern was unable to maintain its two-goal halftime lead Thursday, as Grand Blanc’s tally in the opening minute of the second half signaled the start of a significant turnaround.

Northern controlled the opening half of the Division 1 regional final, but Grand Blanc reversed all trends in the second half to knot the score 2-2 and force overtime. In the extra period, the Bobcats struck three times in quick succession to emerge with a 5-2 victory.

Sophomore Paige Webber netted a go-ahead goal in the final minute of the first overtime for Grand Blanc, slipping behind two defenders to rifle a shot home. Webber buried another goal in the first minute of the second extra session as well, putting the game out of reach from the Knights.

“In a game like this, you can recover once,” Northern coach Drew Drummond said. “When that happens again, we didn’t have time to recover. And then we changed to try and push and push for a goal. They’re so strong offensively that either it was going to work for us, or we’d concede.”

Grand Blanc advanced to Wednesday’s semifinal against Utica Ford to be played at Stoney Creek High School at 7 p.m.

Much like its 1-0 win over Utica Eisenhower in Tuesday’s regional semifinal, Northern scored early in the contest Thursday. Senior Sarah Kajdasz hit the top corner on a precise free kick that found the netting less than 90 seconds into the game.

Midway through the second half, the Knights struck again with freshman Ellie Rogers turning the corner to center a pass for senior Sofie Fisher to redirect for a goal.

“We were lucky to hang on and it not be 3-0 at the half because that would have destroyed us,” Bobcats coach Greg Kehler said. “Our defense locked down. We got down 2-0 and we locked down. Our goalkeeper came up with some saves and it was a whole team effort. I’m really proud of the girls.”

Fifty-two seconds into the second half, Grand Blanc’s Ashton Cassel got her team on the board. The Bobcats hit the crossbar on back-to-back chances as time wore on and tied the game with 21 minutes to go on a goal by Jenna Blackburn.

“The goal in the first minute of the second half, it was a setback and it was tough for us to recover, especially when you play a team like Grand Blanc,” Drummond said. “Everything in the game shifted and we really had to make some changes to try to preserve what we had. Then they got another one and the momentum changed. It’s so tough to get it back against a really strong opponent. They sensed our heads going down a little bit.”

Northern had a handful of potential scoring chances in the second half and overtime, but generally had a tough time advancing the ball deep enough to generate the types of chances it enjoyed in the opening 40 minutes.

Faith Webber added the Bobcats’ fifth goal in the second overtime.

The Knights’ season concludes with a 14-5-3 record, having captured KLAA North Division and district titles. It was the deepest postseason run in program history.

“We set some goals for the team knowing what we had coming into the season and we exceeded what we wanted to do,” Drummond said. “We’re trying to build a program. Yes, we’ve had success the past four or five years, but that next level of success is going deeper into the state tournament and looking at more trophies. That’s what we did this year, pushing on from the years we’ve had in the past. This snapshot tonight is not reflective of our whole season. It was a positive and enjoyable season.”

Last Updated: 6/8/2017 10:12:31 PM EST


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