Utica, WarrenOctober 14, 2013
Utica defeats Warren Mott in first round of districts
By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer
Utica survived an early rush of scoring chances from Warren Mott and then converted on its own opportunites to defeat Mott 5-1 in the opening round of districts Monday night.
Noah Brenizer opened the scoring for Utica with 19:38 remaining in the first half, then Steven Wasik gave the Chieftains a 2-0 lead going into halftime with a goal 16:12 before intermission.
The Chieftains stormed out of the locker room to erase any doubts of a Mott comeback in the second half, as Utica's Matt Wilkie scored less than three minutes into the second half.
Forty-two seconds later, Ryan Bankstahl scored with a header to give Utica a 4-0 lead.
Mott got on the board with 14:31 left in the game by way of a Mario Bleepos goal in the top-left corner of the net.
Utica responded shortly after by connecting on several passes to give Paul Conway a clear shot on goal, which he converted to close out the scoring 5-1 for Utica.
Mott keeper Luke Brady had 13 saves on the night.
Utica (14-5-3) will move on to play the winner of Sterling Heights and Utica Ford II in a district semifinal on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Troy Athens. Warren Mott finishes the season with a record of 11-6-2.