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Notre Dame Prep loses lead after first-half weather delay, falters against Linden in D2 regional final WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Notre Dame Prep's Nadia Burbank (4) and Linden's Madeleine Zayan (23) go head to head for the ball during the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. The Irish lost to the Eagles 3-2. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Linden Eagles show off the MHSAA D2 Regional trophy they earned with a 3-2 win over ND Prep. The match was held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Notre Dame Prep's Justina Gaynor (7) is held off the ball by Fenton's Alia Fredrick (6) during the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. The Irish lost to the Eagles 3-2. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Notre Dame Prep's Celia Gaynor (13) gets a head on the ball in front of Fenton's Hannah Wabel (20) during the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. The Irish lost to the Eagles 3-2. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles 3-2 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Friday June 9, 2017 at Fenton HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)

Linden made adjustments after the roughly 90-minute delay and moves to D2 semifinals

FENTON – The Pontiac Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish fell to the Linden Eagles, 3-2, in Friday evening’s Division 2 girls soccer regional final.

Notre Dame Prep struck first when Payton Williams hammered in a free kick from 20 yards out with 15:58 remaining in the first half to make it 1-0. At the time, the Fighting Irish were beginning to assert control of the game and create chances.

But four minutes later, lightning was spotted, and when the teams came back an hour and half later, the game changed completely.

“The delay definitely didn’t help us. We had momentum. We scored a goal four minutes before the delay and we had the ball. We were actually pressing for a second goal a little bit,” Fighting Irish head coach Jim Stachura said. “They (Linden) made adjustments that they would normally make at half time. I said if we got out at half time to limit, and we did actually,” he added.

“Interesting game, I think Mother Nature was perfect time to come in and stop that game,” Linden head coach Kevin Fiebernitz said. “We just told the girls listen, you’re a good team. You’re here for a reason, and at the end of the day, it’s just a game. You just have to come out and play, put them on their heels a little bit.”

And that is exactly what the Eagles did, coming out with renewed energy. Linden dominated the final 12:40 of the first half, tying the score 1-1 on a free kick goal by Alia Fredrick.

Fredrick was the best player on the field most of the night, winning head balls and starting the Linden attack. While Notre Dame Prep was able to make some adjustments of its own at halftime, it never solved the problem of dealing with Fredrick.

The Fighting Irish gave Linden few good chances in the second half, but Linden cashed in a pair of goals by Madeleine Zayan, including what proved to be the game-winner with 4:57 to play on an assist from Fredrick. That goal made it 3-1 in favor of Linden and appeared to seal the game.

Notre Dame Prep answered back with 2:48 to play when Maura Kruse banged in a rebound following a corner kick. The Fighting Irish were dangerous to the end, forcing a good save by Linden goalkeeper Madison Paige with just two seconds left as Paige had to come off her line to smother a shot from point blank range as time wound down.

“Hats off to them, they worked their tails off. We worked hard, A couple of bounces go our way and it’s probably a different score,” Stachura said.

Linden (22-3-1) extends its school record for wins and moves onto the Division 2 semifinals where it will face Birmingham Marian.

“All the teams we’re going to play from here on out are good,” Fiebernitz said. “We’ve played eight ranked teams throughout the year, a ninth now. So it’s just a matter of just staying a little loosey-goosey and just playing.”

He added that, “It’s typical great high school sports, and at the end of the day, I still would have been very proud of them.”

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep ends the year 17-4-3.

“It was a great season. They’re a good group. I can’t be more proud of a group of girls. They’ve accomplished a lot. They’re taking it really hard today because a lot of them haven’t experienced a loss in the playoffs in two years. It’s been a little tricky. I think some of our best games have been the ones that we have lost this year. But if anything, you’re going to learn from them and you’re going to be able to move on,” Stachura said. “It will definitely be a different team next year. But expectations and where the program is now is where we wanted it to be when (Taylor) Timko graduated four years ago. And I don’t think we have anything to be ashamed of at our program right now.”

Last Updated: 6/9/2017 11:21:56 PM EST


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