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Prep loses in D-3 final; Rochester High falls to eventual D-1 state champ in semis

June 19, 2013

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Maria Broecker, right, battles for the ball during a regional-final victory. Rochester had the 2013 season come to a close in a 2-1 loss to Troy High in the state semifinals.

Literally, just inches proved to be the difference for Pontiac Notre Dame Prep in the Division 3 girls soccer state final June 15 at Mason High.

The Fighting Irish Fell to Grand Rapids South Christian 1-0.

“With around four minutes left, their goalie made a finger-tip save. Literally, her finger tips knocked the shot down, and she grabbed it before we could get to it,” Prep coach Jim Stachura said. “That was a tough one. They were physically bigger, stronger and faster, but we knocked the ball around with them pretty well for the most part.”

Officially, Prep finished with six shots to South Christian’s three. The Sailors’ goal came midway through the second half on a set play that Prep had befuddled for most of the game.

“We did everything we needed to do to score a goal; actually, we had two good opportunities with in the first five minutes of the game and just missed them,” the coach said.

“Bottom line is, they got the one they needed, and we didn’t get the one that we needed.”

The Fighting Irish, 21-3-2 overall, had nine seniors on the team. It is a group that was integral to the team’s success, according to the coach.

“I told them that they blazed a path where we’re at a point now where we expect to be there, and expect to win every year,” Stachura said. “The senior class, there weren’t a lot of girls that played a lot of minutes, but they were the ones that incorporated the team aspect of it. They worked really hard as far as training goes to make the other girls that saw more time better.

“They were around when we were 10-10 four years ago. Now we’re here.”

As for the expected 16 returnees next season and the added depth from the JV ranks, Stachura has high hopes.

“A lot of the girls are looking forward to next year,” he said. “We look at it like this: training starts tomorrow.”

Rochester High falls in semis
Rochester High soccer lost to the eventual Division 1 state champ Troy High 2-1 in a shootout June 12 in a semifinal.

The Falcons finish the season 18-3-5 overall and with their first regional championship since 2007.

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