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March 2, 2014

Ann Arbor Pioneer defeats Grosse Pointe South in state quarterfinals

Pioneers advance to play University Liggett

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

Lauren Chapman scored twice for Ann Arbor Pioneer to pace her team to a 4-1 victory against Grosse Pointe South in a Michigan Metro League state quarterfinal on Sunday evening.

Pioneer, the third-seed in the tournament, also got goals from Meaghan Frost and Allison Strassburg to advance to the state semifinal round.

"I'm happy with our defensive effort. We have struggled with that throught the year, so to be able to salt one away was really satisfying," Pioneer coach Sandy Hurd said.

The game was 1-0 in favor of Pioneer going into the third period, but Chapman scored her second goal of the game with 13:55 left in the contest.

South went on to take the action to Pioneer for the majority of the third period, but the Blue Devils were unable to convert on their scoring chances. Frost put the game away for Pioneer by scoring with 3:20 to go. Caroline Hurd and Mercedes Reyes assisted on Frost's goal.

South was able to finally get a shot past Pioneer goalie Paulina Arsenault with 2:18 left, but it wasn't enough for South, which closed its season with an 8-12 mark in Metro League play.

"I thought the girls played really hard. We wanted to go out and play as hard as they could every shift, win the little battles and play physical to give us a chance to be in the game at the end and try to win it, and I think they did that," South coach Joe Provenzano said.

Arsenault recorded 21 saves for Pioneer.

Pioneer will move on to play University Liggett in a state semifinal game on March 5 at McCann Arena.

In other quarterfinal action, Liggett defeated Ladywood 4-3 in triple overtime. Cranbrook beat Northville 7-0.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.