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June 5, 2013

Zawislak praises team after Troy High soccer claims fifth district in a row

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Troy’s Kayla Porter (2) goes for the ball against a Utica defender during a district semifinal. Troy went on to claim its fifth straight title.

TROY — He doesn’t like to group the years together, claiming each team has its own identity and own purpose.

But the girls on the Troy High soccer team have certainly put together quite an impressive streak when it comes to district titles.

The 2013 squad picked up the fifth in a row after 1-0 victory against Troy Athens by way of a 4-2 shootout on June 1.

“Having all the ups and downs we faced this year, this was pretty special,” coach Brian Zawislak said. “This district was so tough. There were six teams here that could have won it.”

Playing in the Sterling Heights Stevenson district, Troy beat Utica High 3-0 in the semifinals after taking care of the host team 2-1 in the opener.

“The girls did such a good job of staying focused, both physically and mentally,” Zawislak said.

Troy advanced to the Grosse Pointe North regional and faced North Farmington in a semifinal played after press time.

The regional final is set for 6 p.m. June 7 against Grosse Pointe South or New Baltimore Anchor Bay.

“This is a group that’s been tournament-tested, and I really think that helped us,” Zawislak said. “They relied on the experience of the past.”

Troy, which improved to 11-6-3, reached the past two state finals but dropped both games.

“All these districts are nice in their own way,” Zawislak added. “We don’t worry about a streak or anything. We believe we have a good product and hope for the results to take care of themselves.”

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