Marian soccer wins D-2 state title
By Jon Malavolti
C & G Sports Writer
Birmingham Marian won its third Division 2 girls soccer state title in four years, defeating Plainwell 3-1 June 16 at Williamston High.
"I’m on cloud nine," Marian coach Barry Brodsky said.
Julia Griessmann scored in the first half, while Kelly Sweeney added a pair of second half goals to lead Marian to the title. Catherine Anger recorded a pair of assists, while Hanna Pateryn also added an assist for Marian. Hope Pell scored for Plainwell.
Scoring early goals in the first and second half gave the Mustangs (22-2-1) confidence while taking the wind out of the sails of Plainwell (21-3-2) — last year's state champion.
"Initially, we had some really good pressure on them," Brodsky said. "The early goal settled the nerves, makes everyone that much comfortable. They weren't knockout punches, but we definitely staggered them."
"It’s the greatest feeling ever," Marian senior Alexa Finger said. "We came out really hard, had an early goal, that was great. The second half started out the same. We kept the pressure up, then dedicated ourselves to defense.
"Defense wins championships. Tthat proved right today, it worked."