Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointes
Liggett girls soccer headed to state finals
Beats Lansing Christian
By Mark Vest
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett sophomore Alexis Wenger, pictured right, scored the team's lone goal in a 1-0 victory against Lansing Christian in a semifinal contest June 14. With the victory, the Knights advance to a Division 4 state final.
Posted June 14, 2016
TROY — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett soccer has advanced to a state final for the first time since 2005 with a 1-0 victory against Lansing Christian in a Division 4 semifinal contest June 14 at Troy Athens.
Liggett’s lone goal came from sophomore Alexis Wenger scoring at the 37:56 mark of the first half. Freshman Isabelle Brusilow was credited with the assist.
After the Knights took the lead they were pressured on multiple occasions, with Lansing Christian controlling the play for much of the contest.
Liggett coach David Dwaihy estimated that goalie Kara Francis made 15 saves.
Dwaihy was an assistant on Liggett’s 2005 championship team, and he is pleased that the girls who currently represent the program have earned the opportunity to be one of the last two D-4 teams standing.
“Lansing Christian is incredibly talented,” he said. “It was a really gutsy performance by the girls. Whether we won tonight or not, we just wanted to savor the fact that we were still playing, and that our season got extended this far. We felt really good about what we had accomplished all year. … I think the girls embraced it. We get one more. We feel really privileged to be there. Hopefully, we can give whoever it is our best shot.”
Wenger understands the opportunity.
“We’re excited,” she said. “We have a saying. … ‘Kill the moose.’ There’s only one moose left, so we’re expecting to kill it.”
Liggett goes to 18-2-1 overall.
Lansing Christian, which defeated Liggett in a semifinal matchup last season, finishes 21-2-2.
Liggett takes on Montrose High in the final at 1 p.m. June 17 at Michigan State University.
In other Liggett sports news:
The school's baseball team will also be making a trip to East Lansing after defeating Napoleon High 4-1 in a quarterfinal game June 14. Liggett plays a semifinal at 5 p.m. June 17 against Mason County Central.
Liggett's softball team lost to Monroe St. Mary Catholic 2-1 in a quarterfinal June 14.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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