Liggett girls soccer season ends with semifinal loss

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 13, 2018

 Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett soccer player Alexis Wenger, right, attempts to control the ball during a semifinal game against Lansing Christian June 12. Liggett's season ended with a 3-0 loss to the Pilgrims.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett soccer player Alexis Wenger, right, attempts to control the ball during a semifinal game against Lansing Christian June 12. Liggett's season ended with a 3-0 loss to the Pilgrims.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 

TROY — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s girls soccer season ended with a 3-0 loss to Lansing Christian in a Division 4 semifinal June 12 at Troy Athens.

 

In was the fourth consecutive year the two programs have played each other in a semifinal, with Lansing Christian winning three of those games.

 

The Pilgrims also beat Liggett last year, before going on to win a D4 state championship.

 

The season prior, Liggett got the best of the matchup en route to a state title of its own.

 

Following the game, coach David Dwaihy acknowledged his seniors, who have been a part of Liggett’s successful run.

 

“They’re a special group — seven of them, and this was their fourth final four, and one state championship for good measure,” Dwaihy said.

 

Delaney Bandos, Alexis Wenger, Morgan Connell, Olivia Yates, Saudia Tate, Kelly Solak and Teagan Cornell completed their senior seasons.

 

All three of Lansing Christian’s goals came in the second half, with senior Kasey Jamieson scoring the first two, and senior Sarah Voss the other.

 

“Thought it was a really good game; thought it was a tough game,” Lansing Christian coach Joel VandeKopple said. “I didn’t think we’d win by that much, but I thought the second-half performance by our girls was very impressive.”

 

From Dwaihy’s perspective, given how challenging the team’s district tournament was, even coming away with a district championship “kind (of) made our season.”

 

“And then to complete it in the regional was awesome,” Dwaihy said. “I was really thrilled with them, and happy for the girls.”

 

Dwaihy said Liggett finished with a record of 12-7-2.