Liggett girls soccer headed to state finals

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published 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.