BY DAN STICKRADT
ROCHESTER HILLS — Billy Kobus scored a goal and drew an assist on Thursday night. The junior from Rochester Stoney Creek also helped the Cougars record some long overdue school history.
Kobus’ game-winner midway through the second half helped Stoney Creek defeat Rochester Adams, 2-1, in boys soccer — marking the Cougars’ first-ever win over the Highlanders in the sport.
Stoney Creek is in its 11th season since opening its doors in August of 2002.
“We finally beat them. This is our first-ever win over Adams,” noted Stoney Creek coach Adam Bican, a 1993 graduate of Adams and a three-time All-State performer with the Highlanders. “I think this was something that we have strived for for a long time, but for whatever the reason couldn’t beat Adams.”
Trailing 1-0 at the half, Stoney Creek (10-1-5, 2-0-2) finally got untracked when Adam Anderson scored off a feed from Kobus. That set the stage for Kobus’ heroics. Kyle Turnbull provided the helper on the game-winner.
“We have been playing some very good soccer lately and I think this is another quality win for us,” said Bican. “Adams is always a very good team and we have the utmost respect for their program and (Adams coach) Josh Hickey.”
Ted Hurst opened the scoring for Adams with a first-half goal. The Highlanders could not hold onto the lead.
Stoney Creek, ranked fifth in the state in Division 1, remained in second place in the eight-school OAA Red Division, trailing over Troy Athens with one month to go in the regular season
“That was one of our goals at the beginning of the season — to beat Adams and contend for the league crown,” offered Bican. “We still have a long ways to go and we know we are in the most ridiculous district in the state this season, where all seven teams are very good. I think by the way we are playing we have a shot at the league if we can beat (Troy) Athens and get a little help from a couple of other teams. Everybody in our league is good. And when we get to the district, it’s going to be a dog fight. Any team in our district can win it.”
Jacob Cowdrey made four saves in net for the Cougars. Grand Gibson recorded seven saves for Adams.
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