As ties go, Tuesday’s 0-0 deadlock with Canton would be listed under the “monumental” category for Livonia Franklin girls soccer team.
Following at least eight years of setbacks against the Chiefs, Franklin rose to the occasion in the KLAA South Division clash played in frigid conditions.
“The girls played their hearts out,” said Franklin head coach Dean Kowalski, whose team is now 2-5-1. “It was a total team effort to get the draw.
“The back line of Morgan Justice, Riley Burnette, Sara Cable and Bailey Elliott were outstanding and our keeper, Kathryn MacRae, was stellar in net, getting her first shutout of the season.”
The state-ranked Chiefs picked up the pressure in the closing minutes, but the Patriots held firm thanks to a couple ESPN Sportscenter saves by MacRae, who re-directed a free kick from roughly 25 yards out over the cross-bar before making an amazing fingertip stop on a point-blank Canton effort in the waning moments.
Kowalski also praised the efforts of Isabella Yardley, Riley Hawley and Madison Keen, who “were tough and showed grit, and helped us grind out a result.”
Although the Patriots didn’t crack the scoring column, Rachel Dudek played tough up top, keeping the Chiefs’ defense honest, Kowalski concluded.