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Monday, June 2, 2008

Girls soccer regionals

Novi proved to be the only Oakland County Division 1 team that won a district title. The Wildcats will now face undefeated and No. 1-ranked Northville in a regional semifinal at Liviona Stevenson.
These two teams have had quite a rivalry over the past few years. Novi has eliminated Northville in each of the last three years on its way to three straight state championships. The Wildcats defeated Northville in a district final in 2005, in the state finals in 2006 and in the semifinals in 2007. Back in 2004 Northville eliminated Novi on its way to a state championship.
This year should be another good one and if the past is any indication the winner might be the next Division 1 state champion.

A very interesting regional in Division 2 will be at Fenton. The regional features three teams ranked in the top 10 and last year’s state runner-up Lahser. The Knights face off against No. 8 Flint Kearsley. It will be Lahser’s toughest challenge since facing Marian in the first round of districts. The difference will likely be Lahser’s goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer.
No. 4 Auburn Hills Avondale and No. 9 East Lansing should be another great game. The Yellow Jackets are in uncharted territory for them and they haven’t been tested yet in the playoffs. East Lansing handed No. 3 DeWitt its first loss in the district championship game. Avondale being relatively fresh might work to its advantage.

In Division 3 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard will face off for a third time this season. Gabriel Richard won the last meeting and the two teams tied in their first meeting. The third match will be at the Fighting Irish’s home field. The two Catholic League foes should provide another exciting game.

Here are my predictions for regional semifinals. Some district champions have not been reported yet so I have no predictions for those games yet.
Division 1
Livonia Stevenson regional
Novi vs. Northville, 5 p.m. Tuesday — Prediction Novi
Dearborn vs. Ann Arbor Huron, 7 p.m. Tuesday — Prediction Huron

Division 2
Berkley regional
Dexter vs. Warren Regina, 5 p.m. Tuesday — Prediction Dexter
Farmington vs. Trenton, 7 p.m. Tuesday — Prediction Farmington

Fenton regional
Bloomfield Hills Lahser vs. Flint Kearsley, 5 p.m. Wednesday — Prediction Lahser
Auburn Hills Avondale vs. East Lansing, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday — Prediction Avondale

Division 3
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep regional
Birmingham Detroit Country Day vs. Richmond, 5 p.m. Tuesday — Prediction Country Day
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep vs. Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, 7 p.m. Tuesday — Prediction Notre Dame Prep

Division 4
Ann Arbor Pioneer regional
Ann Arbor Greenhills vs. Canton Plymouth Christian Academy, 5 p.m. Wednesday — Prediction Greenhills
Madison Heights Bishop Foley vs. Monroe-St. Mary Catholic, 7 p.m. Wednesday — Prediction Bishop Foley

Auburn Hills Oakland Christian regional
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes vs. Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker, 4 p.m. Tuesday — Prediction Bay Port Laker
Marine City Cardinal Mooney vs. Burton-Genesee Christian, 6 p.m. Tuesday — Prediction Cardinal Mooney



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