Marian and Richland Gull Lake soccer meet again for Division 2 final
June 16, 2014
WILLIAMSTON — Even in defeat, Bloomfield Hills Marian senior Julia Griessmann said her soccer team showed on the field what had made it a special group all season.
The Mustangs had just fallen to Richland Gull Lake 2-1 in the Division 2 state championship June 14 at Williamston High. It was the second straight year these two teams met in the final, with Gull Lake coming out ahead each time.
This was Marian’s only defeat of the season, finishing 19-1-1 overall.
“It was our togetherness. Our ability to be a family on and off the field reflects our love for one another and our desire to win. You look to the next person, and that’s who you want to win for. I think we all had that. It didn’t show today with the score, but with our play, it definitely showed. We all fought for each other,” Griessmann said. She and Annika Johnson are the only seniors on the team.
The Mustangs battled with the Blue Devils until the end.
Gull Lake struck first on a corner kick that deflected off of a Marian player with 24:03 left in the first half. Sophomore Riley Wisser was credited with the goal.
Marian wouldn’t trail long in the second half, scoring five minutes into the session when junior Jaclyn Engel found freshman Ellie Deconinck alone in front of the net to put the pass away.
After trading opportunities, the Blue Devils found the back of the net with just more than 20 minutes left in the game when senior Sydney Nikitas put away a crossing pass from junior Amanda Paveltic.
The Mustangs would have their chances again, getting two corner kicks and another shot in front of the net all with less than five minutes left in the game, but the Blue Devils turned the shots away each time.
“I thought it was in,” Marian coach Barry Brodsky said of his team’s final chance. “It’s a game of inches, and they had the inches necessary to win, and we didn’t.”
Brodsky said the thing about this team that will stand out is its will to win.
“There were a lot of obstacles this year, and we just found a way,” he said. “I had that feeling when we tied it up. I thought we were going to do it again. We weren’t dominating by any stretch of the imagination, but we were trying to find a way.”