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Stoney Creek wins shootout over Novi, heads back to state final

Soccer   | Dan Stickradt

Stoney Creek wins shootout over Novi, heads back to state final

 

 

Rochester Hills - Gina Cerny went from tears to jubilation.

A year ago Cerny was the starting goalkeeper on a team that was upset by Grand Blanc in the regional semifinals, a game that went to a shootout.

This year Cerny was the goalkeeper of record as host Rochester Hills Stoney Creek defeated No. 4-ranked Novi, 2-1, on Tuesday in a Division 1 semifinal.

This game, again, reached a shootout.

“Last year they made all of their shots and we didn’t make any against Grand Blanc,” said Cerny. “I knew that we couldn’t let that happen again.”

Cerny, a junior, stopped two of Novi’s three shooters, as the Cougars held a 4-1 edge in the penalty kicks.

Junior Amanda Harvey calmly scored on her team’s fourth shot, this one to the corner, sending Stoney Creek to the finals for the first time since 2005.

The Cougars (17-3-3) will face unranked Canton (17-2-4) on Friday at 4 p.m. at Michigan State’s DeMartin Stadium in the title match. Canton upset top-ranked and previously unbeaten Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 2-1, in the other semifinal. 

“She told me after last year’s game that she would not let it happen again,” said Stoney Creek sixth-year coach Brian Mittelstadt of Cerny. “She’s worked so hard for moments like this.”

Both teams scored late second-half goals in the conservative contest, where chances were at a premium.

Novi held a narrow 7-6 shot advantage through 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtimes, while both teams traded off three shots directly on frame.

Stoney Creek, ranked No. 10, held a 6-5 edge on corner kicks.

Ironically, Novi (16-2-6) took a 1-0 lead on it