Liggett girls soccer advances to regional championship with win against Bishop Foley

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published June 6, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s girls soccer team has advanced to a Division 4 regional championship with a 3-1 win against Madison Heights Bishop Foley June 6 at home.

The Knights, who are the defending D4 state champions, play for a regional title at 5 p.m. June 8 against Marlette High at home.

After a scoreless first half, Liggett junior Alexis Wenger scored the game’s first goal with 24:18 remaining.

Approximately seven minutes later, Foley tied the game on a penalty kick that was converted by junior Jillian Ramos.

Liggett’s go-ahead goal came via a kick from Eva Papista with about 5:40 remaining.

Less than three minutes later, Papista scored another goal to help secure Liggett’s victory.

With Foley controlling a large percentage of the play early in the game, the adjustments Liggett made helped put the program in position to extend its playoff run.

“I think we took five, 10 minutes to figure out what they were doing, and we had some good fortune during that five or 10 minutes they didn’t score,” Liggett coach David Dwaihy said following the game. “Once we were still at 0-0, I think we started to believe a little bit as time wore on. We kind of felt like if we could battle (them) a little bit, especially in the midfield, that might neutralize a little bit of their threat. That’s how we worked our way into the game.”

Foley coach Ryan Elchuk acknowledged the effect Liggett’s adjustments had on his team.

“It made the game really hard for us,” he said. “Credit to Dave; Coach Dwaihy’s outstanding, and did a really nice job keeping his girls going and making the right adjustments. They were able to negate the things we do. We couldn’t negate the things that they do.”

Kara Francis and Teagan Cornell shared time minding the net for the Knights.