Bloomfield Hills falls short in Division 1 final, falls to Ann Arbor Skyline 1-0
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.