Bishop Foley soccer bows out

Ventures fall in Division 4 state semifinals

By: Jon Malavolti | Madison - Park News | Published June 14, 2012

 Madison Heights Bishop Foley seniors Megan VanFleteren (10) and Danielle Partyka (6) 
celebrate after a goal scored by VanFleteren in the June 13 state semifinal at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley seniors Megan VanFleteren (10) and Danielle Partyka (6) celebrate after a goal scored by VanFleteren in the June 13 state semifinal at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Photo by David Schreiber

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PONTIAC — Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s girls soccer team’s bid to successfully defend its state title came up just short, as the Ventures lost June 13 in a Division 4 state semifinal.

Foley fell 3-2 to Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes/Clarkston Everest Collegiate at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep to finish its season.

“That’s a good team,” Foley coach Aaron Miller said of the Lakers. “It’s obviously not the ending we were looking for, but I’m really proud of these girls.”

Foley, which won the state title last year after finishing as runner-up in 2008 and 2009, ends up 10-10-2 on the year. The Ventures began this season 0-5 before turning things around and then making another great playoff run.

“This has been a great team,” Miller said. “They showed up and worked hard every day.”

Senior goalkeeper Rachel Fischer said she was “extremely proud” of her team.”

“We weren’t expected to go far, but proved everyone wrong and got to the semis,” she said. “That’s a great accomplishment. Everyone stuck it out, and we almost made a comeback.

“But we came together as a team because that’s what Foley soccer does,” Fischer continued. “You come out and show everyone who you are.”

Fischer made several big saves in the semifinal, while Foley got goals from junior Lauren Cross and senior Megan VanFleteren. For more details and photos from the game, visit our website at www.candgnews.com.

Foley graduates 10 seniors from its playoff roster in Fischer, VanFleteren, Anna Abraham, Danielle Partyka, Ali Mancini, Natalie Finazzo, Allison Arafat, Katelyn Needham, Erin Mullen and Taiesha McCoy.

The future of the program looks bright, as usual. Just three juniors adorned the playoff roster, joined by four sophomores and seven freshmen.

“Our motivation is to get better every day as a team and as a group, to achieve excellence and become the best team that we can be,” Miller said. “And if that takes us to where we’re going, that’s just fine — to reach our potential, to do that, and I believe we have.”


Semifinal showdowns
Elsewhere in semifinal action on June 13, Birmingham Marian defeated Trenton High 5-2 to advance to the Division 2 state final. Visit our website for more on Marian’s run to the finals.

And in Division 3, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep fell 2-0 to Flint Powers Catholic. Visit our website for updates and more from all the spring sports season tournaments.

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