Warren Regina senior midfielder Betsy Lueck, right, dribbles past a defender in a June 2 district final win over Clawson High. Lueck scores the lone goal in the Saddlelites 1-0 win over Grosse Ile High in a June 5 Division 3 regional semifinal

Warren Regina senior midfielder Betsy Lueck, right, dribbles past a defender in a June 2 district final win over Clawson High. Lueck scores the lone goal in the Saddlelites 1-0 win over Grosse Ile High in a June 5 Division 3 regional semifinal

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Regina soccer upends Grosse Ile to move on to regional final

Second half goal the equalizer

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published June 5, 2018

BEVERLY HILLS — A big play by a player headed to a Division 1 program pushed the Warren Regina girls soccer team to within one win of a regional title in a 1-0 triumph over Grosse Ile High in a June 5 D-3 regional semifinal.

The Saddlelites (14-6) advance to take on either Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day or Macomb Lutheran North in a regional final at 6 p.m. June 7 at Country Day.

After nearly 60 minutes with no score, Regina senior midfielder Betsy Lueck scored on a shot from 15 yards out to put her team up 1-0 with 20:23 left in the second half. The score was the first allowed by Grosse Ile in the playoffs, which scored 29 goals in the district round.

“I saw that their goalie was playing to the right and I’m a lefty so I took the shot that they gave me and it went in,” said Lueck, who next season will play at the University of Toledo. “This is a big win for us. We lost in PKs in a regional final my freshman year, so we’re trying to get this done.”

Grosse Ile coach Amy Rosso said her team made two defensive miscues that led to the goal.

“We attacked but we couldn’t stop the ball and our goalkeeper didn’t play the ball as well as she could have,” said Rosso, whose team ends the season at 20-2. “Regina is a really good team. They never stop. They keep coming at you.”

The Red Devils' best chance came with 5:42 left in the game but Regina senior goalkeeper Cecelia Muskovac made a save on a point-blank shot to help preserve her team’s lead. The Red Devils scored 29 goals in three district round games.

“She’s the leader of our team. She’s always the loudest player on the field and the player who motivates everybody else,” Lueck said of Muskovac, who will also play D-1 at the University of Detroit Mercy. “She always gives 110 percent. Tonight is nothing new for her.”

Regina coach Stefano Moraccini, in his second year with the program, said his team missed out on some opportunities early in the game but learned from its mistakes.

“We just played our game,” Moraccini said. “We played solid defense. We like to get the ball to our midfielders and get good shots and we were able to do that. I always tell the girls that if they want to score they have to shoot and we were able to get one in the back of the net.”

To get to regionals, Regina got by Clawson High 1-0 June 2. Grosse Ile downed Dearborn Henry Ford Academy 8-0 in a June 1 district final.

The Saddlelites' last trip to a regional final came in 2015, where the team lost to Fenton High in PKs.