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October 23, 2013

Fraser advances to regionals while Chippewa Valley falls in district play

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Fraser advances to regionals while Chippewa Valley falls in district play
Fraser’s Brendan Solomon tries to keep possession while Warren De La Salle’s Vince Manzo trails.

FRASER — Fraser High will continue its unbeaten season into the second week of postseason play.

The Ramblers defeated Warren Cousino 6-0 in the district final held at Fraser Oct. 17. Prior to that, Fraser defeated Lakeview 1-0 in the opener and Warren De La Salle 3-1 in overtime.

In the De La Salle contest, the teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation before Fraser exploded for three goals in the extra sessions. Matt Lang scored twice in overtime, and Nathan East put away a penalty kick to give Fraser coach Thaier Mukhtar a win over his former team.

In 2012, Fraser lost 2-1 to De La Salle in the district semifinals.

Cousino was the Cinderella of the Fraser district, as the Patriots defeated East Detroit and upset Grosse Pointe North 4-1 to advance to the finals. In the regular season, North defeated Cousino by a combined score of 9-2 in two games. Cousino won one regular season game this year.

There would be no upset of the Ramblers for Cousino, as Fraser raced out to an early 4-0 lead and won 6-0. Justin Gray scored twice, while Lang, Zach Tosoian, Brian Mok and Nick Sharpe each scored once. Fraser keeper Alec Sharpe recorded the shutout.

Up next for Fraser will be a regional semifinal against Bloomfield High at Grosse Pointe North Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Chippewa Valley concluded its season with a 1-0 loss to Macomb Dakota (16-1-2) in the district semifinals. The Big Reds defeated L’Anse Creuse 1-0 in the district opener.

Chippewa finished the season with a record of 7-7-3. The Big Reds will be losing eight seniors this season. They are Dillon Doetsch, Grant Owen, Kevin Kimberly, Chris Johnson, Nick Giovannetti, Tyler Younes, Andy Ochs and Spenser Feld.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.