Stoney Creek defeats Waterford Mott in district final as Jamie Midgley scores twice
Waterford – It did not take long to realize why Rochester Hills Stoney Creek was ranked No. 6 in the state coming into Saturday’s Division 1 district final against Waterford Mott.
Controlling the ball in Mott’s zone for a majority of the game, the Cougars defeated the Corsairs, 2-0, but it was not as close as the score indicated.
“We attack from all over you know,” Stoney Creek coach Bryan Mittelstadt said. “And I said it’s our outside backs look to get forward and we either play through, depending on what the defenders are giving us. But like I said we either play a cross or we play to our forwards feet.”
The Cougars scored early when senior forward Jamie Midgley scored a header off of a free kick cross from Courtney Solek just over 11 minutes into the game.
Midgley had three more scoring chances in the first half but failed to convert as her team led 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half it was more of the same. Stoney Creek dominated possession and scoring chances.
Just over 17 minutes into the second half, Midgley, a co-captain, scored again as she fired a rocket past Mott goalkeeper Vanessa Bolling to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.
“We have our two fabulous outside defenders, Courtney Solek and Carly Cerny, who have probably the best crosses ever, so those are fun,” Midgley said. “And then they can also get it to our feet which is nice, so we have an all-around strong team I think.”
A minute later Stoney Creek’s Taylor Paradoski had a breakaway chance but hit the crossbar.
The Cougars had a couple more scoring chances, but ultimately they could not convert but continued to play well on both sides of the ball.
Stoney Creek finished the game with nine shots on goal, Mott had none.
Stoney Creek senior defenseman and co-captain Carly Harvey said it was a great team effort, led by all of the seniors.
“All the seniors have been in this spot,” Harvey said. “And we knew what we had to do to win and we all went out there and did it.”
As the Cougars look to advance further in the post-season, senior co-captain Maria Zandi says they are going to continue to play their game.
“We aren’t changing our game for anyone,” said Zandi. “This was just part of our goal, so we got to keep going.”