The Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett soccer team pose for a photo at the Catholic High School League championships Oct. 2 at Madison Heights Bishop Foley. Liggett beat Royal Oak Shrine 3-2 to claim the CD Division title.

The Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett soccer team pose for a photo at the Catholic High School League championships Oct. 2 at Madison Heights Bishop Foley. Liggett beat Royal Oak Shrine 3-2 to claim the CD Division title.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Liggett, U-D Jesuit soccer capture CHSL championships

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published October 2, 2019

MADISON HEIGHTS — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett and Royal Oak Shrine played to a 2-2 draw Sept. 28. The teams met again Oct. 2 at Madison Heights Bishop Foley for the Catholic High School League CD Division championship and played another tight game.

This time, Liggett topped Shrine 3-2 for the title.

“We played it pretty sloppy, but you take a win when you can get it,” Liggett coach David Dwalhy said. “The game was looking like it could really slip away from us when we were down 2-1. I told them a lesser team would have mailed it in, but that’s when we stepped up.”

The teams traded goals in the opening 40 minutes in a half that saw Liggett edge Shrine in shots on goal. On its first shot on goal of the game, Shrine sophomore Kevin Wright sent a pass on the Liggett net. 

Before the Grosse Pointe goaltender could make a play on the ball, Shrine senior Ben Plunkey stole the ball and sent it in on net to give Shrine a 1-0 lead in the second minute of play.

Liggett put pressure on Shrine as the opening half concluded. Grosse Pointe would get the equalizer in the 27th minute. Senior midfielder Matthew Summers sent a shot on net from roughly 40 yards out. After escaping through the hands of Shrine keeper Ben Abel, the ball fell at the feet of Stewart Smith who tapped it in the net.

Just as it did early in the first half, Shrine got on the board early in the second half courtesy of Kevin Wright. The sophomore took a centering pass from junior Jalen Ramirez and tucked it past the Liggett goalkeeper to give Shrine a 2-1 advantage.

As the rain continued to fall and the weather began to become more of a factor, Liggett scored back-to-back goals to secure the win.

The tying goal came with 18:35 to play. Liggett’s Nolan Ondersma took a shot on net that beat Abel and tied the game at 2-2. Liggett would score seven minutes later to take a lead that would last until the clock struck zero.

Liggett was awarded a corner kick taken by Ondersma. After some fumbling around in the box the ball eventually fell to the feet of Summers who booted in the game-winner.

“If we don’t control their four best players, we’re not going to win the game,” Shrine coach Mark Soma said. “If they control the game, they win. If we control them, we win. They did a better job, and because of it they won.”

With districts getting underway Oct. 9, Shrine will play Madison Heights Bishop Foley at 7 p.m. at Foley. Liggett received a first-round bye and will take on Bloomfield Hills Roeper at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at home. Both games are in Division 4.

Detroit U-D Jesuit and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood squared off in the nightcap for the AB Division championship.

The Cubs supplied the majority of the pressure in the first half. The constant bombardment of the Cranbrook net came to fruition as the first half came to a close. 

After hitting both the post and the crossbar earlier in the half, Jesuit junior Robert Williams was finally able to put the ball in the net and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead into the half.

Jesuit tacked on two more second-half goals from Matthew Wimmer and Lawrence Kania to secure a 3-0 victory.

Cranbrook will return to action in a D-2 district tournament hosted by Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. The Cranes drew Auburn Hills Avondale and will face the Yellow Jackets in a first-round matchup at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at home.

“We’re grateful for this opportunity, and were grateful for how hard the boys worked,” Cranbrook coach Chad O’Kulluch said. “Lot of young players that stepped up today, and we’re proud of them.”