Regina soccer starts fast, outlasts Grosse Ile to get to regional final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published June 4, 2019

 Warren Regina freshman Mia Iaconi boots the ball on her way to a goal in the Saddlelites 3-2 June 4 regional semifinal win over Grosse Ile.

Warren Regina freshman Mia Iaconi boots the ball on her way to a goal in the Saddlelites 3-2 June 4 regional semifinal win over Grosse Ile.

Photo by Sean Work

LIVONIA — The Warren Regina soccer team overcame a couple of late Grosse Ile High goals to earn a 3-2 win in a June 4 Division 3 regional semifinal.

The Saddlelites (12-4-3) advance to face Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard in a regional final set for 6 p.m. June 6 at Livonia Clarenceville.

A couple of the youngest players on the field made the biggest impact.

Saddlelites freshman Mia Iaconi scored two early goals, and fellow freshman Avery Sikorski added what would be the game-winning goal with 29:23 left in regulation.

“I got the goal but my teammates put me in the position to score,” Iaconi said. “Once I got the ball it was all about trying to hit it into the corner of the net. It’s fun being on this stage.”

Grosse Ile (16-3-4) got board the board with a goal from senior Brooklyn Donckers with 25:24 left in regulation to cut the Regina lead to 3-1.

The Red Devils added another goal when junior Rozlyn Mehall stepped up and drilled a shot on a penalty kick to cut the Saddlelites lead to 3-2 with 21:21 left in regulation.

Grosse Ile coach Kyle Lesperance said he’s proud of the way his team battled back, but admitted going down 3-0 would be tough to overcome.

“We knew this would be a tough match coming into it,” Lesperance said. “We were just overcome early on by (Regina’s) speed and athleticism.”

The Saddlelites are coming off a season that saw the team advance to the D-3 state semifinals.

Grosse Ile in the district round outscored three opponents 18-0. Regina in two district playoff games outscored opponents 14-0.