Utica Ford girls soccer outlasts Troy High to move on to regional finals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published June 6, 2017

UTICA — One stop by Utica Ford II sophomore goalkeeper Emma Boutorwick propelled her team into a Division 1 regional final as the Falcons beat Troy High 5-4 on penalty kicks on its way to a 3-2 win in a regional semifinal June 6 at Utica High.

Boutorwick stopped the first shot she faced in PKs. It was the only stop by either goalie in the do-or-die situation.

“I saw where she was going. I read her cues, and I was able to make a stop,” said Boutorwick. “That was intense. I’m so happy I was able to help my team out.”

 Ford (14-1-4) advances to take on Anchor Bay High (18-1-4) in a regional final at 7 p.m. June 8 at Utica High. The Falcons and Tars tied twice in the regular season. Both teams play in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division. The Tars in their 4-1 June 6 win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore set a school record for wins.

“I expect it to be another tight game. Both us and Anchor Bay are playing better now than we were at points in the regular season, so it’ll be another tough game,”  Ford coach Teri Steinwascher said.

A regional final win would put the Falcons in the state semifinals for the first time since 2014 and third time since 1988.

Ford easily outshot Troy in the game, but the Colts battled until the final shot.

“I’m proud of how the team fought,” Troy coach Dan Troccoli said. “They can hold their heads up high, because they played hard.”

The Falcons got on the board first with a goal from sophomore Nicole Fiantaco with 4:11 left in the half.

The Colts tied the game at 1-1 when freshman Marissa Young scored on a rebound off of a free kick with 22:24 left in regulation.

Fiantaco, playing on her 16th birthday, put her team up 2-1 on a goal with 14:30 left.

“I’m not very good at handling the ball, but when my teammates get it to me in the right spot, I can score,” Fiantaco said. “I give a lot of credit to my teammates for getting me the ball in the right spot.”

Troy High (8-9-4) tied the contest at 2-2 with 6:09 left on a long goal from freshman Ally Smolinski.

Ford senior co-captain Cecilia Steinwascher had a shot that got past Colts senior goalkeeper Lindsey Bolas with 5:30 left in the first overtime, but Bolas recovered to stop the shot. The Falcons had two good looks in a scrum with 6:18 left in the second overtime but couldn’t capitalize.

“Boutorwick is a great goalie and (Utica Ford) is a great team,” Troccoli said. “I give them credit. We had seven girls out with injuries, and we had to have some girls step up and that’s what happened. They should be proud of how they played.”

“(Troy High) did what they needed to do and mucked up our attack, and we didn’t respond to that a lot of the second half,” Steinwascher said. “Our girls stepped up when they had to. They’ve been doing that all year.”