Because of scheduling conflicts and other factors, Huron requested its Regional semifinal game be moved to Tuesday. Not only did Woodhaven agree but the Warriors offered to host the game.
The two sides were evenly matched despite Woodhaven (19-1-1 coming into the game) having a better overall record. The game was well played by both teams, but the visiting River Rats turned their opportunities into goals while the Warriors were a little off the mark in a 3-1 Regional semifinal win for Huron.
Huron (11-3-1) will play the winner of the Plymouth-Dearborn game (played Wednesday at Dearborn) at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at Dearborn High in a Regional final.
In a sea of purple, Huron’s Minna Tremonti had the ball about 18 yards out along the right side surrounded by three Warriors. But the senior forward was able to cross the ball to a wide open Jadyn Smith who was just outside the left post about 10 yards in front of the Woodhaven goal.
The senior controlled the ball and rifled a perfect shot into the upper left corner. Woodhaven keeper Ally Anderson had no chance on the shot with 22:31 left in the first half that put the River Rats into the lead at 1-0.
With 12:47 left in the first half, Huron Autumn Halliwill turned a great individual effort into a 2-0 lead for the visitors.
Woodhaven cranked up the pressure to try to get on the board before halftime. One of their best chances came in the final seconds but Huron keeper Dana Decan saved the shot to send the Warriors into the break up 2-0.
It was the River Rats who came out aggressive to start the second half and their hard work paid off with their third goal of the game. Siena Smith was all alone in front of the goal along the left post and tucked it just inside to give Huron a 3-0 lead with 35:39 left in the game. Smith got knocked down hard on the goal but the pain was worth the pleasure of giving her team a three-goal advantage.
With 18:20 left in the game, Woodhaven’s increased pressure forced another nice save by Decan to keep the hosts off the scoreboard.
The Warriors finally converted one of their opportunities into a goal with 9:47 left in the game. Caitlin Brown sent a ball to Parker Cheney in the middle of the field about 20 yards out and the freshman rifled a shot into the lower right corner.
Huron limited the chances the rest of the way for the 3-1 win.