Birmingham Groves and North Farmington hooked up in a ‘Pink Out 2015’ boys soccer match Tuesday evening.
The host Falcons arranged the evening’s activities which aided in the cause to fight for breast cancer awareness. Groves wore pink shirts while the Raiders wore purple jerseys.
The hard-fought, well-played game concluded with a 2-1 North Farmington victory.
“I thought we outplayed them the entire game and fell short in the end,” said Groves’ first-year head coach Jonathan Turner. “I am very pleased with how hard we fought and how well we played. It just goes to shot you can work hard and play well and still lose.”
The teams played a scoreless first half with limited scoring chances.
North Farmington broke the deadlock at the 27:30 mark of the second half on a goal Kazushi Aoyama. Groves tied the game seven minutes later on a penalty kick by sophomore midfielder Alberto Whitmer.
Jacob Bahm netted what proved the game-winning goal for the Raiders with 3:52 remaining.
The results left Farmington Harrison as the OAA Blue Division champion with a 7-1 record. North Farmington was second at 6-1-1 and Groves third at 6-2.
In a pre-game ceremony, breast cancer survivor Cheryl Gumenick was recognized.
Turner indicated the ‘Pink Out’ game will be an annual event. It marked the first such game in Groves boys soccer program history.