Rochester Adams senior Nick Kochanski celebrates a goal in a recent district semifinal against Romeo High at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.

Rochester Adams senior Nick Kochanski celebrates a goal in a recent district semifinal against Romeo High at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Late goal lifts Adams soccer over Lake Orion High in district final

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published October 23, 2019

 Highlanders senior Charlie Bass attempts to corral the ball in a district semifinal game. Bass scored the game-winner Oct. 16 against Lake Orion High to send Adams through to the regional round.

Highlanders senior Charlie Bass attempts to corral the ball in a district semifinal game. Bass scored the game-winner Oct. 16 against Lake Orion High to send Adams through to the regional round.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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Editor’s note: Rochester Adams was scheduled to play Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in a regional semifinal after press time. The regional final is at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Troy High.

ROCHESTER HILLS — With a 2-1 victory over Lake Orion High Oct. 16 at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Rochester Adams boys soccer captured a Division 1 district title.

The Highlanders hadn’t won a district title since 2015, when they ultimately made it to the state semifinals.

“(It feels) amazing. It’s been a roller coaster,” Highlanders coach Josh Hickey said. “It’s been tough for these guys, but they never quit. Honestly, it’s one of the best victories and playoff runs I’ve been a part of so far just because these guys have been up against everything. I’m super proud of them.”

Senior Nick Kochanski — who took an outlet pass and found himself in all alone on the Lake Orion keeper — opened the scoring just 45 seconds in to give the Highlanders the early lead.

Kochanski scored the game-winner in the semifinal round to lift the Highlanders over Romeo High.

The Dragons and Highlanders had met once before during the regular season — a 2-1 victory for Lake Orion in late August.

Both second-half goals this time around were the result of corner kicks. The Dragons tied the game on a corner kick 11 minutes into the second half.

With momentum starting to shift, the Highlanders players huddled together.

“We went into a huddle and we said it’s fine, they have nothing,” senior Charlie Bass said. “That (goal) was a flaw on our part. We’ll get another one.”

Bass took his own advice. The Highlanders were awarded a corner kick with just less than seven minutes remaining. Junior Bruno Escobar sent the free kick to the far side of the net, where it met Bass’ head and went into the back of the net.

“You don’t get to see that very often,” Hickey said of the game-winning goal. “You can design it all you want, but he’s got to execute it.”

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