MIDLAND — Traverse City West is headed back to the boys soccer state semifinals for the third time in school history — the first since 2006.
The Titans (16-6-3) are returning to the semis after a 1-0 overtime victory over Rochester Adams on Saturday at Midland Community Stadium.
It was West’s third consecutive victory in extra time. The Titans were coming off an overtime victory over Walled Lake Central on Tuesday and won the district championship by topping Saginaw Heritage 2-1 in a shootout.
West got the win on an Alex Patten goal with one minute left in the first overtime. The Titans then held off the Highlanders over the next 11 minutes of play.
“It was just a defensive mistake on their end and we were able to get a breakaway,” said West head coach Jason Carmien. “They just got a bad bounce and Alex took advantage.”
Adams put eight shot on goal for West goalie Justin Kraft. The Titans had five shots.
West moves on to Wednesday’s Division I semifinal against Bloomfield Hills, which beat Utica 2-1 in a regional final on Friday. game will be played in Midland, West’s third postseason game there.
“It’s been nice to be able to split travel with the metro Detroit teams,” said Carmien. “We have a two-hour drive instead of a four-hour drive. It’s a little easier for us.”
“I’m just proud of our players. They worked really hard,” Carmien added. “This team is peaking. We’re just enjoying a nice tournament run.”
Kingsley second at Boyne City Invite
Kingsley went undefeated in its first six matches at the Boyne City Invitational, but fell to the host Ramblers in the finals, 15-25, 25-23, 5-15.
Prior to being eliminated the Stags went 5-0-1, including a semifinal victory against Petoskey, 20-25, 25-16, 15-3, and a quarterfinal win against Johannesburg-Lewiston, 25-21, 25-19.
The Stags came out of pool play second overall at the 15-team tournament. They started with a split against Gaylord, 21-25, 25-14, then won three straight matches against East Jordan, 25-14, 25-9, Pellston, 25-13, 25-21, and Rudyard, 25-11, 25-17.
Leah Hall was named Team MVP for Kingsley (43-7-7) with 20 kills, 18 blocks, 113 assists and 51-for-52 on serves. Other leaders were: Lilly Travis (34 kills, 55 digs, 59-for-61 serving, 7 aces); Autumn Goggin (31 kills, 60 digs, 72-for-74 serving); Alysia Folkersma (32 kills, 18 blocks, 12 digs, 8 aces); Kelsey Graham (7 kills, 10 blocks); and Lindsey Weber and Arianna Hart (outstanding floor defense).
The Stags are at the Reed City Quad on Monday.
TC Central reaches semifinals at Fenton Invite
Traverse City Central took first in pool play at the Fenton Invitational, but lost in semifinal action to Fenton, 16-25, 13-25.
The Trojans won their pool after splitting with Linden (25-17, 23-25) and beating Utica (25-15, 25-11) and Rochester Adams (25-22, 25-18).
Leading the Trojans (27-13-2) on the day were: Devin Dotterrer (64 assists, 5 aces); Callie Bartkowiak (27 kills, 3 aces); Carissa Bartkowiak (18 kills, 7 blocks); Jessie Kuchner (20 kills, 12 digs); Sierra Fraser (8 kills, 3 blocks); and Cara Ferguson (21 digs, 3 aces).
The Trojans open district play on Nov. 4 against Gaylord at Gaylord.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski