WILLIAMSTON — After finishing second in the state the past two seasons, Troy High soccer accomplished its ultimate goal June 15 at Williamston High.
The Colts beat Grandville High 2-1 for the Division 1 state championship, their first since 2003.
“Grandville battled so hard, so to withstand the pressure there at the end, to come from behind, it’s stuff that dreams are made of,” Troy coach Brian Zawislak said.
The Bulldogs struck first when Sydney Blitchok hit the far corner of the net to make it 1-0 with 25:51 remaining in the first half.
Just four minutes later, Troy responded when Madison Hirsch settled the pass down from Sarah Troccoli and popped it over the goalie’s head.
The Colts scored the game-winner with just over 26 minutes left in the second half on a shot from Kayla Porter.
“I had a lot of space, and I saw the goalie coming at me, so I just shot it. I didn’t even know if it was going to be a good shot,” she said.
Troy finishes the year 15-6-3 overall. Grandville ends 14-8-1.
“It’s a game of moments, and at the end of the day, they took their two and we took our one,” Grandville coach Lewis Robinson said. “Getting the experience of being here is going to help.”
Despite holding an advantage in nearly every statistical category, Bloomfield Hills Marian was behind in the most important one, falling to Richland Gull Lake 1-0 in overtime June 15.
“I wouldn’t change how we played or did; we just didn’t get one in, and they did,” Marian coach Barry Brodsky said. “Soccer is a tough game that doesn’t always go your way.”
Gull Lake's Amanda Pavletic scored with 6:04 left in the first overtime, putting in a loose ball that deflected off the crossbar.
For the game, Marian had 27 shots compared to the Blue Devils' 12.
Gull Lake's Maggie Harma was solid in goal.
"When we need her to come up big, she comes up with a big save," coach Jeff Corstange said.
Marian, which won three of the previous four state championships, finishes the year 17-3-4.
Gull Lake, which last won a title in 1992, ends the season 21-1-1.