Troy High girls soccer season ends in a semifinal shootout

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published June 12, 2019

 Troy High junior Jessica Chen, right, attempts to get control of the ball during a Division 1 semifinal against Plymouth High June 12. Plymouth ended Troy's season with a 3-2 victory in a shootout.                                 h

Troy High junior Jessica Chen, right, attempts to get control of the ball during a Division 1 semifinal against Plymouth High June 12. Plymouth ended Troy's season with a 3-2 victory in a shootout. h

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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TROY — Approximately halfway through the second half of a girls soccer semifinal game between Troy High and Plymouth High June 12 at Troy Athens, the Colts seemed to be on their way to the Division 1 state championship game.

With 20:12 remaining on the game clock, Troy freshman Charlotte Sobotka scored a goal to increase her team’s lead to 2-0 against Plymouth.

However, following that goal, the momentum started to go Plymouth’s way.

After the Wildcats scored two unanswered goals in regulation, the game went into two overtimes before Plymouth ultimately prevailed in a shootout.

With its 3-2 win, Plymouth advanced to the D-1 state championship game against defending state champions Novi High at 4 p.m. June 15 at Michigan State University.

“I’d rather continue playing than PK’s (penalty kicks), but that’s the game,” Troy coach Dan Troccoli said. “We had our opportunities. We had plenty of chances, and as I told the girls, they got nothing to be sad about. … We had lots (of) chances and just, unfortunately, didn’t put it in the back of the net.”

Plymouth (19-4-1) coach Jeffrey Neschich was confident going to a shootout.

“I felt good about it,” Neschich said. “We got a really strong goalie (Rebecca Przybylo), who’s great at stopping PK’s.”

Plymouth senior Rivers Smyth delivered what turned out to be the winning kick in the shootout.

Senior Tahra Brodbine scored Troy’s first goal.

Plymouth’s first goal was scored by junior Sophie Zelek, with the second coming via a penalty kick by senior Kennedy White.

Troy finished its season at 12-6-2 overall and advanced to the D-1 semifinal for the second consecutive year. The Colts also came away with the program’s third straight district championship.

“Fantastic season,” Troccoli said. “The girls (played) very well together. You lose seniors from last year, but kids stepped up. This program is a great program, and I’m very proud of them and the way that they play. … Our tournament run (the) last three years speaks for itself. That’s what our focus is, and they do a very good job of that.”

Troy junior Stephanie O’Keefe was also able to think about more than just how the season ended.

“I’m proud we made it this far,” O’Keefe said. “I’m happy I got to play one last game with the seniors.”

 

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