The district championship pairings are set for area girls soccer teams after Tuesday and Wednesday’s semifinals. Below are results and upcoming schedules for teams from St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, and Cass counties.
DIVISION 4 – DISTRICT 51
(At Kalamazoo Christian)
Kalamazoo Christian 4, Hackett Catholic 0
The third-ranked Comets again showed why they have taken eight consecutive district titles as they held the eighth-ranked Irish to only one shot on goal and two total shots for the match. Despite the lopsided possession, K-Christian only had a 1-0 lead into halftime. At the start of the eighth minute, a Sarah Miller free kick made its way into the net off of a deflection in traffic.
29 seconds into the second half, Lauryn Mohney put the Comets ahead via an assist by Karina Deering. In the 54th minute, Kayla Beebe gave K-Christian a 3-0 lead via a corner kick by Miller. Less than a minute later, Sarah Wenke found the upper corner of the net on a shot taken from a severe angle down the goalline.
Hackett goalkeeper Natalie Toweson unofficially made 13 saves in defeat. She is one of three seniors to graduate along with Isabelle Saucier and Grace Gordon. The Irish close with a 13-6 record.
K-Christian moves to 17-2-2 and hosts Schoolcraft in Friday’s championship at 6 p.m. ET from Kalamazoo College, which can be heard live via JoeInsider.com.
Schoolcraft 10, Quincy 7 (OT)
Wednesday’s second contest was a wild affair with stats more reminiscent of lacrosse, as the Eagles unofficially had 23 shots on goal to 25 for the Orioles. Total shots were unofficially at 41-35 in favor of Quincy. The score was 4-4 at halftime and 7-7 after regulation, with Schoolcraft outlasting a depleted Oriole bench into extra time.
Freshman Hannah Thompson scored seven of the Eagle goals, coming in the 4th, 12th, 29th, 44th, 51st, 74th, and 93rd minutes. Allie Walther struck in the 25th and 91st minutes. Grace Tremblay had the first overtime goal in the 85th minute. Goalkeeper Natalie Rorick made 18 saves.
Quincy had four goals via Emily Hollenbaugh (29′, 30′, 52′, 62′), two from Katie Rathbun (33′, 44′) and one by Maddie Hinds (5′). Goalkeeper Mariah Wiley had 13 saves. The Orioles finish 8-9-1 and lose only one senior in Gabby Williams.
Schoolcraft’s victory is their first postseason win since starting the girls soccer program in 2015, putting them at 6-7-0. They rematch with SAC rival Kalamazoo Christian in Friday’s District 51 championship at Mackenzie Field, which can be heard live via JoeInsider.com at 6 p.m. ET.
DIVISION 1 – DISTRICT 3
Portage Central 8, Jackson 1
The Mustangs improved to 11-3-4 with Tuesday’s win, setting up a rematch with crosstown rival Portage Northern in Saturday’s championship at noon from Lakeview High School.
Portage Northern 3, Lakeview 0
The Huskies moved to 9-9-2 by beating the host, getting goals by Gracie Poulsen, Abby Lasilla, and Allison Mitchell. They battle Portage Central in Saturday’s title match at noon at Lakeview.
DIVISION 2 – DISTRICT 18
Gull Lake 3, Harper Creek 0
The Blue Devils improved to 15-2-1 by defeating the Beavers Tuesday. Reagan Wisser scored twice with Rosie Wisser adding the third goal. Gabby Bennecke only needed two saves for the clean sheet. Gull Lake plays at host Plainwell in Thursday’s final at 6 p.m. ET, which can be heard live via JoeInsider.com.
Plainwell 6, Coldwater 0
The Trojans move to 15-4-0 with the win.
DIVISION 3 – DISTRICT 33
Paw Paw 5, Dowagiac 0
Coloma 8, Buchanan 0
Paw Paw plays Coloma in the district final Thursday at 5 p.m. ET from Dowagiac Union.
DIVISION 3 – DISTRICT 37
Leslie 5, Parchment 0
Delton Kellogg 8, Comstock 0
Leslie battles Delton Kellogg in the district final Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from Olivet.