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June 6, 2013

Three goals in the second half earns Rochester soccer first regional title since 2007

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Three goals in the second half earns Rochester soccer first regional title since 2007
Rochester High got three second-half goals and came away with a 4-0 victory and a regional title. Aubrey Konal (7) scored the game's second goal on a penalty kick.

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The chances were piling up, but the goals were not.

So Cliff Brandmier pleaded with his team to stick to the game plan.

“I just told them that if we stayed confident, the (results) would come,” the Rochester High girls soccer coach said of his Division 1 regional final halftime remarks to his team. “Obviously, they did.”

In a big way.

The Falcons dominated the first half of their against Hartland High, but led just 1-0.

The second half was a whole different story.

Sparked by a penalty-kick goal from Aubrey Konal, Rochester took over and cruised to an eventual 4-0 victory and first regional title since 2007.

“The girls were very resilient,” Brandmier said afterward. “They played a good brand of soccer.”

Konal’s goal was the key.

“That was a game-changer,” Brandmier said.

With all the momentum in their favor, the Falcons went up 3-0 with 26:57 remaining in regulation on a Meridith Anness tally, and then capped the scoring with 2:57 remaining on Gemma Najar’s second goal of the game.

Najar scored the lone goal in the opening 40 minutes.

Rochester (18-2-5) advances to the D-1 semifinals to face either Troy High or New Baltimore Anchor Bay in a 6 p.m. tilt at Lake Orion High June 12.

The D-1 final is set for noon, June 15 at Williamston High.

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