Clinton TownshipOctober 19, 2012
Ford II boys soccer team knocks off De La Salle to win district title
Second-half goal, stop in last minute the difference
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Staff Writer
The Utica Ford II boys soccer team took down Warren De La Salle to win a Division 1 MHSAA district championship in a match played Oct. 19 at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley. Pictured is Ford II junior defenseman Tyler Richie, left, and De La Salle senior midfielder Brendan O'Neill.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A diving stop by Utica Ford II senior goalkeeper Kyle Kline on a Warren De La Salle penalty shot with 42.2 seconds left in the match secured a 1-0 win for the Falcons over the Pilots in a Division 1 Michigan High School Athletic Association district final.
The game took place Oct. 19 at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley High School. The contest was a rematch of an Aug. 28 matchup, which the Pilots won 7-1.
"I just said I'd react to it wherever it goes, and that's what I did," said Kline of the shot by Pilots senior midfielder Steven Lockhart. "It was a 50/50 call. I was just watching the ball.
The Falcons (10-6-5) move on to face Grosse Pointe South in a D-1 MHSAA regional semifinal, set for Oct. 23 or Oct. 24 at Fraser High.
"This is big for them. I looked at every single one of those boys before we came out and said, 'this is it'," Ford II coach Teri Steinwascher said. "They all felt good. I told them it was just another game with a different title and that they just need to go play, and that's what they did."
"We weren't really playing with a lot of passion, and that puts your back against the wall," Pilots coach Reid Friedrichs said. "They capitalized on a chance and put a lot of pressure on us, and that's what they did."
Falcons junior midfielder Costa Wells scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal with 26:38 to play in the match. Wells got a shot past De La Salle sophomore keeper Jacob Townsley after a pass from sophomore defenseman Kevin Kelly put the pass right on his foot.
"I just stepped in and the ball was right in front of me — left foot, side netting," said Wells, who didn't play in Ford II's Oct. 17 district semifinal.
The teams ended the first half in a scoreless tie, as shots on goal were a premium. One Ford II shot sailed just over the crossbar with 16:59 to play in the half. Kline caught a couple of balls in the breadbasket to stop the De La Salle threats.
Ford II (9-7-5) got to the D-1 district final by beating Chippewa Valley 1-0 Oct. 15 at Ford II and knocking off rival Utica Stevenson 1-0 Oct. 17 at Chippewa Valley.
On its road to the district final, De La Salle (11-2-10) knocked off Warren Cousino 5-0 Oct. 15 at Macomb Community College and bested Fraser 2-1 Oct. 17 at Chippewa Valley.