GIRLS SOCCER DISTRICTS: Stoney Creek perseveres to oust Utica | North Oakland Sports

GIRLS SOCCER DISTRICTS: Stoney Creek perseveres to oust Utica

| May 31, 2012 | Comments (1)



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UTICA — This match had trap game written all over it.

Coming off a 3-2, double-overtime victory over third-ranked Utica Eisenhower on Tuesday, Rochester Stoney Creek found the terrain a little rough Thursday night in a Division 1 girls soccer district semifinal at Utica’s Swinehart Field.

In fact, the Cougars received a downright scare against Utica.

Stoney Creek persevered in the end, claiming a 2-1 victory over district host Utica to advance to Saturday’s district final against Rochester Adams.

ON THE MOVE: Rochester Stoney Creek's Joanie Sieja dribbles the ball past Utica's Elena Simopoulos during Thursday's Division 1 district semifinals. Staff Photo | Dan Stickradt

Adams defeated Rochester in Thursday’s other district semifinal and will collide with Stoney Creek at 12 noon for the district championship.

“This was a scary game because we were coming off that win over Eisenhower,” offered Stoney Creek coach Bryan Mittlelstadt. “We had so many chances, we just couldn’t score. And they scored on a free kick. We came through in the end, but we had so many chances. We hit the crossbar twice and the goal post twice. We should have had a few goals by halftime.”

Stoney Creek outshot Utica by a 15-2 margin. After a scoreless first half, Lauren Bulhuis staked Stoney Creek (16-3-1) to a 1-0 lead.

Utica (8-8-4) had the answer and tied the match when Megan Horan scored off a free kick. The Chieftains could not muster another shot after that point.

Freshman Maria Zandi netted the game-winner in the 65th minute for Stoney Creek when she scored unassisted. Halee Michel made one save to gain the win for the Cougars.

“We have a lot of younger players on this team and I didn’t know how they would react after such a tough game,” said Mittelstadt. “But we found a way to win. Utica played us tough. We just couldn’t score in the first half.”

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