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June 5, 2014

Stellar goaltending pushes Country Day to 1-0 victory and spot in D-3 semifinals

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Country Day's Michelle Manning fires the ball past a Grosse Ile player during the regional semifinal. Country Day beat Flint Powers Catholic Thursday to advance to the D-3 semifinals.

FARMINGTON HILLS — Outplayed. Outshot. Outgunned.

Not outscored, and that’s all that matters.

The Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day soccer team is moving on in the Division 3 state playoffs after a 1-0 victory Thursday night against Flint Powers Catholic in a regional final at Farmington Hills Harrison.

“As I’m sitting here now talking, I don’t know how we won,” coach Bob Bukari said with a laugh after the victory. “It was great heart, great effort and great goaltending by our team. We had just about everything going against us, but we found a way.”

Jenna Staudt scored the game’s only goal early in the first half, heading in a corner kick.

From there, goaltender Isabel Nino took over.

“She was brilliant,” Bukari said. “We could have lost 10-1 without her.”

Flint Powers (18-1-2) was the favorite coming in, and dominated play after Country Day took the lead.

“They had the wind at their back, and they controlled the whole second half,” Bukari said. “We had some great shots blocked. We defended so well. We just fought and found a way.”

Country Day, now 23-3-3, will have to wait until Saturday to see who it faces in next Wednesday’s semfinal.

Freeland High and Frankenmuth face one another at 1 p.m. Saturday in their regional final.

The D-3 semi is set for 6:30 p.m. at Ortonville-Brandon.

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