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Dearborn High falls to Woodhaven in first-round playoff battle PHOTO GALLERY

  • Woodhaven's Olivia Alexander (center) greets Caitlin Brown (5) after scoring the opening goal against Dearborn on Tuesday. The Warriors took down the Pioneers, 3-1, in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven's Nikki May (11) blocks a kick from Dearborn's Yasmine Abadi during Tuesday's game. The Warriors took down Dearborn High, 3-1, in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Dearborn junior Brittney Carter (5) collects a throw next to Warriors senior Katie Varney (15) during Tuesday's loss to Woodhaven. The Warriors took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)
  • Woodhaven took down Dearborn High, 3-1, on Tuesday in the first round of the Divison 1 District 6 tournament. (Photo gallery for MIPrepZone by Jack VanAssche)

Two of the top teams in the Division 1 District 6 tournament faced off in the first round on Tuesday night for a spot in the semifinal.

Woodhaven had the edge all night, taking down the Pioneers by a 3-1 margin.

“We live to play for another day,” said Woodhaven Coach Scott Hoye. “So, that’s good for us.”

Despite a strong start, the Warriors (16-5-2) were having trouble finding the back of the net in the first half.

Woodhaven had four shots on goal in the first half, but Dearborn (10-12) goalkeeper Jenna Shorufi stood tall in net.

“I think the girls got a little frustrated early,” said Hoye. “They expected to finish quicker and didn’t do it, but they bounced back in the second half.”

After the first 40 minutes led both teams to a scoreless halftime tie, Woodhaven found its stride in the second half.

Nearly eight minutes into the second half, freshman Olivia Alexander sent a high shot spinning into the top right corner of the net to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

Woodhaven took a 2-0 lead with 21:18 left in the game when sophomore Elaina Hillman shot into an open net after Shorufi was injured in a collision seconds prior.

Shorufi stayed down for roughly three minutes but remained in the game. She finished with 11 saves.

Senior Katie Varney gave Woodhaven a 3-0 lead after sending a sharp bender that found its way through Shorufi’s legs.

Dearborn got a late goal with 35 seconds remaining to reach the ultimate 3-1 final score. Senior Grace Doran scored on a sharp angle to the left side of the net.

Pioneers coach Aaron Pfeil said it was tough drawing a talented Woodhaven team so early in the tournament.

“Just unlucky for us this year,” Pfeil said. “Especially running against Woodhaven, because you can’t just throw a Band-Aid on something because they’ll just rip it off automatically.”

Woodhaven will advance to take on Edsel Ford on Thursday in the semifinal.

Last Updated: 5/31/2017 11:09:10 AM EST