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June 19, 2013

Bloomfield Hills Marian soccer falls in Division 2 final

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Bloomfield Hills Marian soccer falls in Division 2 final
Bloomfield Hills Marian’s Annika Johnson tries to keep the ball away from a Gull Lake High defender June 15 at Williamston High in the Division 2 state final. The Mustangs lost 1-0 in overtime.

WILLIAMSTON — It was a game of no regrets, instead two halves and two overtimes that marked the final time a special group would be together, according to the Bloomfield Hills Marian soccer coach Barry Brodsky.

The Mustangs fell to Richland Gull Lake in overtime 1-0 June 15 in the Division 2 state final at Williamston High.

“Selfishly speaking, my daughter is a senior on the this team. … The seniors on this team, some of them I’ve known since they were 9 years old playing club with my daughter. They’ve stayed at my house throughout the year. So it makes it pretty special when I’m just Allie’s dad, and then all of a sudden I become this crazy soccer coach that’s yelling at them all the time,” Brodsky joked. “They look at me like, ‘Where’s that nice guy that was giving me dinner the other night?’

“Just the dynamics of this team, I’ll never have one like this one where I know the kids that well off the field.”

It was that sense of family that made this team so tough to beat, according to the seniors. The Mustangs finish the year 17-3-4 overall. The program had won three of the previous four state titles, including last season.

“I just feel so blessed to be part of a group of girls as amazing as these,” Allie Brodsky said. “It’s just like one big family, so having my dad as the coach doesn’t feel any different.

“We just worked for each other,” she continued. “That’s why we come out here: to play for each other and work for each other. That’s really what I think makes us such a good team.”

Against Gull Lake, Marian dominated the shots on goal, getting 27 compared to the Blue Devils’ 12. But it was one shot in the first overtime period that mattered most.

Gull Lake punched in a loose ball after it had deflected off the crossbar.

“I wouldn’t change how we played or did; we just didn’t get one in and they did,” Barry Brodsky said. “Soccer is a tough game that doesn’t always go your way.”

Senior Catherine Anger said they still accomplished their goal.

“We all wanted it. We had our chances, but it just didn’t happen for us today. I wouldn’t take anything back; we played so well. Our goal was to get here, play hard and give everything we have. I think we did that today,” she said. “We all worked for each other. That’s all I wanted in the end, and so did the rest of the seniors.”

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