Kalamazoo Christian rolled Covenant Christian 5-0 in Tuesday’s region 13 semifinal at Portage Northern, pushing them into the regional final for the seventh time over the last eight years. Like in their most recent trips in 2017 and 2015, they’ll meet Black River in the elite eight, as the Rats defeated Lake Michigan Catholic 2-1 in Tuesday’s second contest.
The third-ranked Comets built up a 2-0 lead by halftime, getting both goals on two of their 12 corner kick opportunities in the match. The opening score came only 3:27 into the contest with Sarah Miller’s corner kick finding Emma Bertrand’s face for the re-direct and goal. At the start of the 25th minute, another Miller corner found its way to Lauryn Mohney through a traffic jam.
In the 48th minute, Phoebe Will and Kayla Beebe broke away for the game’s third goal. Beebe centered for Will, who was able to just tap it by the charging goalkeeper.
The fourth goal was Bertrand’s second and the third assist for Miller. In the 63rd minute, Miller’s free kick from by the Comet bench (pictured above) soared into the penalty box, where Bertrand kicked it home. Just over a minute later, Will tallied her second goal on a Bertrand assist to seal the 5-0 win.
Covenant ends the season at 8-11-2, falling for the second consecutive season in the regional semifinal to the Comets. For K-Christian, they improve to 18-2-4 and will meet Black River in Friday’s regional final at 6:30 p.m. , which can be heard live via JoeInsider.com from Portage Northern.
Lake Michigan Catholic scored to open the 25th minute as freshman phenom Maggie Tidey worked her way through numerous defenders for her 39th goal of the season. The Rats aggressively battled back and found the equalizer 68 seconds later on a 25-yard top-shelf missile by Abby Frankhouse.
Black River went ahead in the 44th minute as Aliana Alvarez passed to a wide open Haley Griffin in front of the net for an easy score. The more powerful BR squad held firm the rest of the way, although the Lakers threatened a few times, including one shot that clanked off the post.
13th-ranked LMC finishes with a 15-2-4 record. Black River improves to 12-9-2 and will play in the regional final for the third time in four years. Their previous trips last year and in 2015 both saw 2-0 defeats to K-Christian. You can listen to Friday’s contest live via JoeInsider.com with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET.