Troy High girls soccer coach Dan Troccoli hoists the trophy as players celebrate following a win against Rochester Adams in a regional championship game June 6 at home. It is the second consecutive season that the Colts have won a regional title.

Troy High girls soccer coach Dan Troccoli hoists the trophy as players celebrate following a win against Rochester Adams in a regional championship game June 6 at home. It is the second consecutive season that the Colts have won a regional title.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Troy High girls soccer wins regional crown

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

 Freshman Olivia Rush heads upfield. With the win over Adams, Troy advanced to the semifinal round of the Division 1 playoffs.

Freshman Olivia Rush heads upfield. With the win over Adams, Troy advanced to the semifinal round of the Division 1 playoffs.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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TROY — Troy High girls soccer coach Dan Troccoli recently said, “When we play our game, we’re very good.”

The Colts have proven that to be the case through the regional round of the playoffs.

Troy won the program’s second consecutive Division 1 regional championship with a 3-0 victory against Rochester Adams June 6 at home.

The Colts were scheduled to play in a state semifinal against Plymouth High June 12, after press time.

The winner advances to the state final at 4 p.m. June 15 at Michigan State University.

“The regular season is nothing but a dress rehearsal for this,” Troccoli said following his team’s win against Adams, as his team was 12-5-2 overall. “They know it, and we focus on that. We try to ramp it up, ramp it up, ramp it up, so at the end of the season we’re hitting (on) all cylinders. And as of right now, that’s the way it is.”

Senior Anna Fairman has been a part of both of Troy’s regional championships over the last two seasons.

“It’s super exciting,” Fairman said. “A lot of us are returners from last year, so to do it again was really good.”

Between the district and regional rounds of the playoffs, Troy outscored its opponents 15-1, with a variety of scorers helping to lead the way.

“That is great,” Troccoli said. “That’s what we’re working on. We’re working on getting people into the box, making it a team attack, as opposed to one or two players just attacking. There’s the results right there.”

Aside from the talent the Colts have on their roster, having a “calm” and “relaxed” squad can also help make the coach’s job easier.

“They’re really composed,” Troccoli said. “Our practices have been exceptional. They have worked really hard in practice on executing the way that we want them to play.”

Although with each playoff game Troy’s season has been on the line, from Troccoli’s perspective, the postseason is fun.

“It’s very fun, because I enjoy watching them play,” he said. “I tell them, ‘Entertain me.’ I just (want to) be entertained, and they do a great job.”

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