Bishop Foley soccer falls in state semi

By: Jon Malavolti | Online Only | Published June 13, 2012

 Bishop Foley's Megan VanFleteren scores on a header during the June 13 Division 4 state semifinal at Notre Dame Prep. Foley fell 3-2.

Bishop Foley's Megan VanFleteren scores on a header during the June 13 Division 4 state semifinal at Notre Dame Prep. Foley fell 3-2.

Photo by David Schreiber

PONTIAC — Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes/Clarkston Everest Collegiate is on to the Division 4 girls soccer state finals after defeating Madison Heights Bishop Foley 3-2 in a state semifinal June 13 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

In a contest pitting the past two D-4 state champs, the Lakers (20-0-2) emerged victorious despite falling behind early and weathering a relentless opponent in Foley late.

Foley junior Lauren Cross put the Ventures on the board about four minutes into the game with a long strike from around 25 yards out.

But the Lakers responded by adding a pair of goals of their own before the half was out. First, junior Brianna Topolewski tied the game with 15:40 remaining, then sophomore Rachelle Topolewski put the Lakers ahead with 6:17 left in the half.

The Lakers added to their lead in the second half with just under 25 minutes to play when sophomore Anna Robb scored to make it 3-1.

Foley got back into the game on a goal by senior Megan VanFleteren with 17:25 to play, but the Ventures couldn’t even things up.

The Lakers advance to play the winner of Grandville Calvin Christian and Muskegon Western Michigan Christian at 4 p.m. in the June 16 D-4 state title game at Michigan State University.

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.

“They decided at the half that it wasn’t over, and they were going to fight to the end, and we did and we had a couple chances,” Foley coach Aaron Miller said. “I thought we got off to a great start.

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