FRASER — In a back-and-forth game that was delayed twice by lightning, Fraser soccer lost to Utica 2-1 in an MHSAA Division 1 district quarterfinal on May 27.
Fraser got a goal from Liz Girard in the first half, but Utica’s Madeleine Motloch scored the game-winner just prior to the game’s second lightning delay that came with 24:55 left in the game.
Fraser defeated Utica twice, both in close contests, in the regular season, and coach Thaier Mukhtar expected that the Chieftains would be out to avenge those losses.
“That’s why I said we would like to play somebody else. They definitely had the revenge factor going, and they played very hard. You have to give them credit,” Mukhtar said.
‘We fought hard. I thought we had our chances, but when we got around the box, we just didn’t do the right things, and I think that was the difference in the game.”
Fraser closes the year with a 12-8-2 record. The Ramblers will be graduating six seniors, and Mukhtar pointed out the play of his captains in the Utica game.
“Jesse VanGampelaere leaves as the third all-time assist leader in the program. She was fighting back spasms the last couple of weeks and came back just for districts. She’s a returning All-Stater, and obviously, she was really short-handed,” Mukhtar said.
“I thought my captains played really well. Emily Bondy, I thought, was all over the place — same with Rachael Williams, my sweeper.
Cayla Celli, Nicole Thompson and Emily Gerebics will also be graduating.
In other local soccer action, Chippewa Valley lost a district quarterfinal game against Macomb Dakota 4-0 on May 28. The Big Reds finished their season with a 4-13-1 record.
Chippewa’s seniors are Brooke Sampson, Morgan Dushaj, Kristen Kinsey, and Kaitlyn Miller.
Baseball, softball teams fall in district play
Chippewa Valley’s baseball and softball teams traveled similar paths in their respective district tournaments.
Chippewa baseball defeated Sterling Heights 14-0 in a district semifinal before falling to the district favorite, Sterling Heights Stevenson, 11-0 in a final. The Big Reds closed their year with a 17-16 mark.
The Big Reds’ softball team defeated Sterling Heights 16-0 in a district semifinal before falling to Utica Ford in a district final. Chippewa finished its year at 11-16.
Graduating for the Big Reds’ baseball team are Jeff Mizwa, Drew Callahan, Zak Wyka, Chad Adamo and Joe Martin.
Chippewa softball will graduate Rene Finn, Mia Conforto and Stephanie Adamczyk.
At Fraser High, the baseball and softball teams each fell in district semifinals. In baseball, Fraser lost to Sterling Heights Stevenson, while the Ramblers’ softball team fell to Utica Ford. The Ramblers finished 10-13 in softball and 17-9 in baseball.
Tony Guzman, Travis Harmon and Shane Bielski will graduate from Fraser’s baseball program.
Faith Genova, Taylor Hashley and Shelby Sage were seniors on Fraser’s softball team.