Brittany Guitar played sweet music.
In the heat of a shoot-out, the senior defender scored the winning goal as Troy advanced to the Division 1 state soccer finals with a 2-1 victory over Oakland Activities Association Red rival Rochester at Lake Orion, winning, 4-3, in penalty kicks.
“During our districts, we had a couple PKs (penalty kicks), so I’ve been in the position before,” Guitar said. “It was a kind of pressure, but at the same time it wasn’t too much pressure because we’d be tied if I missed.”
She didn’t, squeezing a shot past All-State goalie Stephanie Heber to end the drama.
The teams tied, 1-1, during the regular season, were tied, 1-1, after regulation Wednesday and couldn’t score in either of the 10-minute extra periods.
Maddie Moote, Gemma Najar and Sarah Egbert scored in the shoot-out for Rochester, but Erin Wrubel, Grace Goodrich and Sarah Troccoli scored before Guitar’s winner.
Alison Holland was exceptional in net for Troy.
“Rochester is a great team; they really took it to us at the end of regulation,” Troy coach Brian Zawislak said. “We had to weather the storm. We told the girls you’re given another life, just go out there and play with no regrets.”
Both teams wore dark uniforms, which is against high school rules. Troy was expected to wear the dark colors. Rochester coach Cliff Brandmier said his team didn’t bring their light-colored uniforms because he was told to have his team in dark uniforms.
Brandmier asked Zawislak would it be a problem, and he responded “kinda.” But with a state final at stake, it just intensified the action in a physical battle.
Troy had overcome an assortment of hip, back and ankle injuries along with a couple of cases of mononucleosis to go on a nine-game winning streak after the teams tied May 14.
“We had four starters on the bench to start the season,” Zawislak said. “We’ve overcome a lot of adversity. When we played them the first time, we only had four victories. We finally got healthy, and that’s whey we’ve been able to win the nine games in a row.”
Moote got the Falcons on the board first when she took a pass from Jenny Goethals at 35:48 of the first half to take a 1-0 lead.
Madison Hirsch tied the score with a 25-yard blast at 21:15, burying a shot in the post just past Heber.
Hirsch had a great chance in the second 10-minute period after Heber slipped, but her shot went across the front of the goal.
“I thought we were able to wear them down but just couldn’t get that final goal to get the lead,” Brandmier said.