Bloomfield Hills falls short in Division 1 final, falls to Ann Arbor Skyline 1-0
By Mike Moore
Posted November 2, 2013
TROY — In a playoff run full of good bounces and fortunate breaks, it was a reversal of fortunes that played a hand in the Bloomfield Hills High soccer team’s loss Saturday in the Division 1 state final.
Whistled for a handball in the box, Bloomfield was forced to give Ann Arbor Skyline a penalty kick with 19:13 remaining in regulation.
Skyline’s Lawrence Mullen made the most of it, cashing in on the kick for what turned out to be a 1-0 victory.
“The call should be made when a hand plays the ball, not when a ball plays the hand,” Bloomfield coach Dougie MacAulay said afterward. “That’s not how the official saw it, though. It’s just tough to have that call determine a state final.”
There weren’t a ton of chances for either team as the game unfolded.
Overtime almost seemed like a certainty before the penalty kick more or less ended things with roughly 20 minutes remaining.
“It was a tough battle, not a real great game, to be honest,” MacAulay said with a laugh. “But that’s a real good team we lost to. Tip your hat to Skyline. We played pretty well.”
Bloomfield was in its first season as a program.
“An outstanding year,” MacAulay said. “To win the trophies we did, from the preseason to districts and so on, there was a lot to be proud of.”
"This was an unbelievable year,” junior Colin Beresford said. “Who would have thought we’d even win a district, and here we are playing for a state title. … This was such a fun year. It took some time to come together, but once we did, you could just see how good this team could be.”
Skyline ends the season 21-1-5.
Bloomfield Hills ends 16-3-5.
About the author
Sports Writer Mike Moore covers a variety of sports in Oakland County and the Detroit Catholic League. Mike joined C & G Newspapers in 2006 shortly after graduating from Albion College where he played football. He attended Dearborn Divine Child where he met his wife Jennifer. They have four sons together and reside in Dearborn.
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