Andover downs C-K to capture first boys soccer district title

By: Sue Teggart | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 26, 2011


BLOOMFIELD HILLS — When the final whistle blew in the district portion of the boys soccer state tourament, two local teams had advanced to the regional round.

Bloomfield Hills Andover (11-6-3) captured its first-ever boys soccer district title with a thrilling 2-1 win over Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood in an Oct. 21 Division 2 title-game.

In D-3, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day beat Clawson High 4-0 in their Oct. 21 final.

The Barons advanced to the regional semifinal against the winner of the Trenton district, while DCD played the winner of the Durand Area district. Both games were played Oct. 25, after press time.

Andover, which came close to winning a district in the past, finally capitalized in what was a tight battle with Cranbrook.

“It’s great,” Andover head coach Geoff Parkinson said of the win. “We’ve had opportunities; one year we lost in overtime in the final. We’ve been so close a lot of times, but we’ve frequently been in a really tough (draw).”

“I’ve been on this team for three years, and we’ve always lost in the semifinals in districts,” said Andover senior Jonah Yousif. “This year, we wanted to do something special.”

In the waning minutes of a match that was on the brink of overtime, Barons senior Darren Weiss got the game-winning goal when a corner kick rebounded out to the top of the box. Weiss chipped a ball that dipped just under the crossbar to break the 1-1 tie.

“It just popped out, and my job is just to clean up the trash in front if anything pops out, and the guy was coming at me, so I just put a foot on it and it went in,” Weiss said about his game-winner.

The Barons were strong from the get-go, applying pressure early and getting three shots from close range.

“First few minutes we had like three point-blank shots and couldn’t get it in. I don’t know how many free kicks and couldn’t get them in, and all our great attacking players were getting snake bit,” Parkinson said.

Andover broke through 15 minutes into the game when senior Will Neef found the back of the net. The Barons held the lead until Cranbrook’s senior Kyle He responded with 26:20 to play in the game to tie the game 1-1, setting it up the dramatic finish.

“They’re a very fit team,” Parkinson said about Cranbrook. “They’re a good team. I think they made adjustments and, credit to them, it took us a long time — to the last minute — to actually figure out a way to get in. They’re a very tough team to score on.”

In other district action

Birmingham Brother Rice fell to Troy High 1-0 in a D-1 district final.

Bloomfield Hills Lahser fell to Auburn Hills Avondale 3-2 in a shootout in a D-2 final.

Birmingham Roeoper fell to Southfield Christian 1-0 in a shootout in a D-4 final.