Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day players celebrate a goal in the team's 3-1 June 5 win over Macomb Lutheran North in a Division 3 regional semifinal.

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day players celebrate a goal in the team's 3-1 June 5 win over Macomb Lutheran North in a Division 3 regional semifinal.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Early goals lift Country Day girls soccer past Lutheran North, into regional final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published June 5, 2018

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day girls soccer team continued its strong postseason play with a 3-1 win over Macomb Lutheran North in a June 5 Division 3 regional semifinal.

The Yellow Jackets (18-4) advance to take on Warren Regina (14-6) in a regional semifinal set for 6 p.m. June 7 at Country Day. Country Day has allowed just one goal in the playoffs to this point.

“We’re an extremely young team with 13 freshman and we have seven or eight of them out there at any time and they’re extremely coachable,” Yellow Jackets coach Laura Hamway said. “We knew we’d be under pressure. Lutheran North is a good team. We just had to keep moving the ball and finding lanes.”

The Yellow Jackets, which fell in a regional final last season, got on the board early as junior captain Kennedy Bearden scored on a shot close to the net with 28:12 left in the first half to put her team up 1-0.

Country Day (17-4) took a 2-0 lead with 22:12 left in the half when junior Elle Hartje took a shot that found the back of the net.

The Yellow Jackets, with five state titles to their name, went up 3-0 with 36:38 left in regulation on a corner kick that caused a scrum near the net and was called an own goal.

“It was just a scrum,” Hamway said. “One of their players tried to clear the ball and it just went up in the air and in the net.”

The Mustangs (13-9-2) had a good look at a goal with 13 minutes left, but a shot by senior Kenzie Reuber from the right side hit the crossbar. Lutheran North would score on a goal by Reuber with 10:19 left to pull to within 3-1.

“It looked like they wanted it more than us in the first half,” Mustangs coach Greg DeCourval said. “We challenged their heart at halftime and they responded. We just didn’t put the ball in the back of the net enough. It gets tough when you’re in an 0-2 hole.”

Country Day beat Wixom St. Catherine 3-0 in a June 1 district final to get to regionals.

Lutheran North, which won a third straight district title this spring, knocked off Marine City High 5-0 June 1 to win a district title and move on to regionals.

Country Day outscored three opponents 15-0 in three district games. Lutheran North had an 18-2 advantage in three district round games.