Marian keeps title defense alive with regional title
Published June 12, 2013
If there’s to be a back-to-back championship for the Bloomfield Hills Marian soccer team in 2013, the girls are going to have to go through Fenton High.
“It’s not often you get to host a state semifinal,” Marian coach Barry Brodsky said with a laugh. His Mustangs face Fenton at 6 p.m. June 12 in a Division 2 semifinal at Fenton.
“In 2009 (while coaching Birmingham Brother Rice to a state championship), we had to go to Rochester Adams in the semifinal and beat them on their field,” he continued. “You have to look forward to that challenge. I think we’ll have a good crowd there to support us.”
Marian earned a spot in the semis with a dominant 4-0 win June 6 against Warren Regina in the regional final.
“I thought Regina would play us the same way they played and beat Ladywood, but I think that win took a lot out of them,” Brodsky said. Regina beat Ladywood 1-0 in a grueling semifinal two nights previous that wasn’t decided until a shootout. “When we got those first two goals early in the game, the writing was pretty much on the wall. … I just thought we were the better team in this one.”
Sophomore Kelly Sweeney put Marian up 1-0 roughly 14 minutes into the first half on a penalty kick.
Brittany Gray scored two minutes later to give the Mustangs a 2-0 advantage.
Sweeney scored twice more, once in the first half and once in the second, to put the exclamation point on the win.
Since returning from injury, Sweeney has scored nine goals in eight games.
“I was talking to the girls after the game, and this makes seven regional finals for this program in the past 12 years. And now we’ve won all seven,” Brodsky said. “In my mind, that’s pretty incredible.”
Marian (16-2-4) faces the same team it ousted from the 2012 tournament with a 2-0 victory in the regional final.
Fenton beat Haslett High 1-0 in its regional final this year.
“We don’t really know a ton about them this year,” Brodsky said. “I expect an exciting game, though. I know they will be ready to go. For us, it’s the mindset of going on the road, playing in a tough environment and finding a way to win.”