Warren Regina freshman midfielder Madison Oakie, right, battles for possession of the ball with Flint Powers Catholic's Emma Murlick during a June 13 Division 3 state quarterfinal.

Warren Regina freshman midfielder Madison Oakie, right, battles for possession of the ball with Flint Powers Catholic's Emma Murlick during a June 13 Division 3 state quarterfinal.

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Flint Powers Catholic girls soccer outlasts Regina in state semifinal

Chargers seal win in round seven of PKs

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published June 13, 2018

HOWELL — Something had to give when the Warren Regina and Flint Powers Catholic girls soccer teams met June 13 in a Division 3 state semifinal.

Entering the semi, the Saddlelites in four playoffs games had outscored opponents 12-0. The Chargers — the 2017 D-3 state champion — had outscored five playoff opponents 38-0 and had scored at least two goals in their last 12 playoff games.

Based on previous performances, the matchup proved to be tight. Neither team was able to score in regulation or two overtimes. The team’s each scored three times in the first five rounds of PKs.

A stop by Flint Powers Catholic sophomore goaltender Natalie Dietering in the seventh round of PKs pushed the Chargers back into the title game with a 1-0 win.

Flint Powers Catholic (21-1-2) advances to meet Freeland High (16-5) at 1 p.m June 16 at Williamston High.

The teams were tied 3-3 after the first five rounds of PKs. Flint Powers Catholic scored on their next two chances, while Regina (14-7) scored in round six and had the shot stopped in round seven.

The title game appearance is the ninth for the program — all since 2003.

“This feels tremendous,” Dietering said. “It’s great for our program. We want to win it again.”

Saddlelites coach Stefano Moraccini said it’s tough to lose a game that way. He said he’s proud of the way his team played.

“That’s a tough one,” said Moraccini, who led Regina to its first regional title since 2005.

Neither team had any real scoring opportunities in the first half. Regina senior goalkeeper Cecelia Muskovac made a diving stop of a shot early, then later made a big save on a shot near the left side of the net with 22 minutes left in the half.

Muskovac, who will play at the University of Detroit Mercy next season, made another save, diving at a shot at the bottom right corner of the net with 16:37 left in regulation to keep the game scoreless.

Regina’s best chance in either overtime came on a shot by junior Chloe Scott, who took a shot from the right side with 8:30 left in the second overtime that went just north of the Flint Powers Catholic goal.

“We were against the wind in the first half, so it was tough to keep possession of the ball,” Moraccini said. “I thought we came out and played really well in the second half and the overtimes.”

The Saddlelites lose five players to graduation — forward Olivia Grillo, forward/defender Christian Slongo, forward/midfielder Betsy Lueck, defender Diana Slongo and Muskovac.

Moraccini said all of those players have left their mark on the program and should be proud of their accomplishments.

Regina has 12 players eligible to return next season, including junior forward Chloe Scott, who scored the game-winning goal in a June 7 D-3 regional fina win.

“This has been a great run for our program,” Moraccini said. “And we’ll be ready to go again next year. To be one of the last four teams playing (in D-3), that’s a big deal.”