Troy High junior Marissa Young controls the ball during a district semifinal against Utica Ford II May 29. Troy went on to beat Troy Athens to win the program’s third straight district title.

Troy High junior Marissa Young controls the ball during a district semifinal against Utica Ford II May 29. Troy went on to beat Troy Athens to win the program’s third straight district title.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Troy High girls soccer beats Athens to win third straight district title

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published June 5, 2019

 Troy Athens junior Isabelle Crum attempts to control the play during a district semifinal against Utica High May 29.

Troy Athens junior Isabelle Crum attempts to control the play during a district semifinal against Utica High May 29.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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TROY — Troy High’s girls soccer team won the program’s third consecutive Division 1 district championship with a 3-1 victory against rival Troy Athens May 31 at Athens.

It was the second year in a row the Colts beat Athens in the final.

Troy was scheduled to play in a regional semifinal against Berkley High June 4, after press time.

As for the district championship, Troy coach Dan Troccoli said his team really focused on set pieces.

“It worked twice for us tonight,” he said. “Very happy with the girls.”

Senior Tahra Brodbine has been a part of each of Troy’s last three district championships.

“We had a good team effort all around the field. I think that was the key to winning,” she said.

Troy’s first goal came early in the game, and Troccoli said that was a “big help.”

“It takes a lot (of) pressure off,” he said. “It allows the girls to really, instead of worrying about trying to get something in the back of the net, now they can really focus on exactly what it is that we wanted (them) to do.”

Troccoli admitted that it was “more intense leading up to the game” because the opponent was Athens.

“Afterwards, it’s like, ‘OK, (it’s) the playoffs, we’re moving on.’ It could be them; it could be the women’s national team. We’re moving on, and that’s the important thing,” Troccoli said. “There’s still four more games to go, and that’s all they’re focused on right now.”

Athens coach Todd Heugh reflected on some of his team’s accomplishments.

“As a season, I’m thrilled with what our kids did,” Heugh said. “We played a tough schedule. We won some big games in the regular season. This is our seventh straight district final.”

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