Battle Creek Central and Pennfield high schools won first-ever boys’ soccer MHSAA district team titles on Saturday, and both are headed to regional semifinal action next week.
Also, Quincy won a district title as well during Saturday’s finals action, as all three programs advanced in the postseason.
D-2 AT GULL LAKE
Battle Creek Central edged Coldwater 2-1 and advanced to next Tuesday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal against Milan at Jackson High School.
The Bearcats (11-7) received two first-half goals from Ismael Bautista-Trejo, assisted both times by Francisco Carrillo. Carmelo Hernandez made 10 saves in the nets.
For Coldwater (16-5) — honorable mention in D-2 — Wageeh Saeed scored in the second half on an assist from Sean Delaney, and Ian Wright made three saves. Coldwater’s win total tied its school record, first set last year.
“This is just a great victory for our program. We won our first district game ever, we then beat Gull Lake in the second round and then Coldwater. We had a lot of support from coaches of other sports and our athletic director out there Saturday watching us … and our players are holding their heads high in the hallways at school and getting congratulations from everyone. It’s just wonderful,” said BCC coach Brad Yoder.
D-3 AT MAPLE VALLEY
Coach Steve Kipp’s Panthers defeated Lakewood-Lake Odessa 2-1 to advance to next Tuesday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal at Otsego against top-ranked Grand Rapids South Christian.
The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation — with Keith Browand scoring Pennfield’s goal unassisted — and the two teams then battled through two overtime periods before the Panthers won it on Darian Brown’s penalty kick goal as the sixth man of a shootout.
Brown started the game in the Pennfield nets, and was brought out by Kipp to kick in the shootout.
“This is our first district championship for boys’ soccer at Pennfield, and I’m just really proud of everyone,” Kipp said.
D-4 AT QUINCY
Quincy beat Hillsdale Academy 4-3 after two overtimes and into a shootout, advancing to next Wednesday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal at Marcellus against top-ranked Grand Rapids Covenant Christian.
The Orioles (17-3-1) received regulation goals from Tannter Parshall (assist), Jake Rider and Evan Albright; and shootout goals from Nick Haberl, Zach Bowerman and Daniel Ojeda — the latter of whom also made eight saves in the nets.