Adams girls soccer crowned district champs

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published June 5, 2019

 Rochester Adams senior Elise Delikat battles for possession with Rochester High’s Liz Jewell May 28 in a Division 1 district semifinal at Oxford High.

Rochester Adams senior Elise Delikat battles for possession with Rochester High’s Liz Jewell May 28 in a Division 1 district semifinal at Oxford High.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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ROCHESTER HILLS — For the second straight year, Rochester Adams and Utica Eisenhower needed two 10-minute overtime sessions and a shootout to decide a Division 1 district final. And for the second straight year, Adams came out on top.

This time it was a 2-1 victory (4-3 on penalty kicks) that helped the Highlanders get by the Eagles May 30 at Oxford High.

“It’s always a battle in these districts,” Adams coach Josh Hickey said. “It’s always interesting when injuries happen and girls have to step up and they’re just ready to go right away. That’s where my head goes. It was a total team effort, and I’m super proud of them.”

In penalty kicks, the two teams were tied 3-3. Adams’ sixth and final shooter was Jordan Tjhung. The senior tucked the ball into the left corner of the net, putting her team up 4-3.

Sophomore goaltender Maddie Dolenga then got the stop on Ike’s Bianca Candela to officially crown Adams as district champions.

“She’s a sophomore, but mentally she’s a senior,” Hickey said about Dolenga, who came up big for her team in the shootout last season as well. “She’s just tough and she loves the game.”

The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half of regulation. After the break, it took less than five minutes for freshman Remini Tilletson to put Adams up 1-0 with a shot from just outside the box.

That lead lasted until the 25-minute mark, when Ike junior Megan Sideway fired a shot from far out into the top left corner, just past Dolenga’s outstretched arms.

Hickey praised his team’s mental toughness in battling through a game that lasted two and a half hours.

“It’s always nice to get a district title, especially when you have a tough season and you schedule hard teams,” Hickey said. “So when you come to this moment, you feel prepared, but it’s always nice to finish it off.”

In the district semifinal, Adams (11-5-6 overall) beat Rochester High 3-0 May 28. The Falcons finished the season at 10-7-3 overall, scoring 28 goals and giving up 13.

“These ladies are incredibly talented, intelligent and kind,” Rochester coach Dustin Coleman said. “The leadership of captains and 11 seniors was strong and kept a tight bond in the group. The underclassmen are also a great group, and we look forward to strong leadership from them next year.”

Also seeing its season come to an end was Rochester Hills Stoney Creek. The Cougars fell to Eisenhower 3-0 May 28 in a district semifinal after beating Lake Orion High 3-0 in the district opener.

The Cougars finished at 17-2-1 overall and won an Oakland Activities Association Red Division championship.

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