Troy High junior Hailey Stewart celebrates a goal during a Division 1 state semifinal with Novi High. Stewart's tally was assisted by senior Clare McAuliffe.

Troy High junior Hailey Stewart celebrates a goal during a Division 1 state semifinal with Novi High. Stewart's tally was assisted by senior Clare McAuliffe.

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Troy High falls to Novi High in state semifinals

Colts finish at 9-7-6 overall

By: Timothy Pontzer | Troy Times | Published June 12, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS  — Troy High saw its successful soccer season come to a close with a 4-1 loss to Novi High June 12.

The clash was in a Division 1 state semifinal at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, marking Troy's first appearance in the semis since 2013.

"Our girls had a very difficult time in contending to win balls. Unfortunately we just couldn't do that," Colts coach Dan Troccoli said. "In the last two games prior to this, we won 82 percent of the headers and 50-50 balls. Tonight, I'm sure that percentage was much, much lower. The game plan was to win balls and go back at them and put a lot of pressure on them. We did that for a long stretch of time, but just couldn't continue it for the whole game."

The Colts outshot Novi 9-7 overall but saw the Wildcats score two goals in the first 15 minutes of play. Junior Hailey Stewart scored Troy's lone tally with 12:01 left in the first half with senior Clare McAuliffe picking up the assist.

WIth 18:33 remaining in the affair, Novi picked up its third goal with the fourth and final notched with exactly 10 minutes remaining. The Colts had several chances down the stretch but could not convert.

"It's just one of those days," Troccoli said. "I give (Novi) a lot of credit. They're a very good team, very dangerous. I don't take anything away from them, I don't mean to imply that at all. We could play with them but today just wasn't our day."

Troccoli's side finished the season at 9-7-6 overall with a third-place finish in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

"Our regular season is just that, the season," Troccoli said. "Everybody always worries about record, but I tell the girls that I don't care about record. I care about the wins when the playoffs start ,and I want us to do what we do. We got to this game, which is a big deal. I'm very proud of them, and they should be very proud of themselves."

On the way to the semifinals, Troy outscored opponents 14-3 in the postseason. The club topped Grosse Pointe North 5-0 June 7 to win a regional title for the first time since 2013. The Colts earned a second straight district banner with a 1-0 decision over Troy Athens June 2.

"When we started the season (with practices) in January, the goal is to get to this point and then go one game further," Troccoli said. "We worked things out in the regular season. We plan an incredibly difficult schedule and there's a purpose for that. That purpose is to get right here, and we did that."

Troccoli said he will greatly miss his senior class.

"The seniors this year were great leaders," Troccoli said. "They bonded these girls really well. They kept the team together. There was zero drama this year, and I think that starts from them at the top."