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October 30, 2013

Bloomfield Hills soccer team making first season quite memorable

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Bloomfield Hill’s forward Conor Wahl scored the game-winner in the regional final. The Black Hawks have a state semifinal date with Traverse City West at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Midland High.

When the Bloomfield Hills High soccer team captured a district title two weeks ago, the first postseason trophy in program history was officially secured.

When the guys did the same a week later in the regional round, it was two-for-two.

“Now, we want one more,” coach Dougie MacAulay said a day after his guys beat Utica High 2-1 in a Division 1 regional final, moving within two wins of a state title. “This whole season has been a special ride. We want to end it the right way.”

Kyle Petrovich put the Black Hawks up 1-0 during the regional final, only to see Utica tie it roughly one minute later.

But Conor Wahl’s tally with six minutes remaining in regulation pushed the first-year program to the state semifinals.

“It wasn’t a pretty game to watch,” MacAulay said with a laugh. “It was more of a fight and a battle to see who could hang on.”

And by hanging on against Utica, Bloomfield Hills (15-2-5) now has a semifinal match with Traverse City West at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Midland High.

“We’re going to have to really prepare from a mental standpoint for what we know is going to be a tough game,” MacAulay said. “We’re going to head up there early, get a good dinner in us, relax and prepare. … It’s something we’re certainly looking forward to. We’re in a real good spot right now, to be part of the final four teams. I don’t think too many people predicted that for us.”

Cranbrook falls in semifinal
In D-2 regional semifinal action, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood had its season come to a close in a 1-0 loss to St. Clair Shore Lake Shore.

The Cranes end the season 16-2-2.

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