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Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 10:41 p.m.

Huron advances to field hockey state semifinals; Greenhills eliminated

By Jason Idalski

The Huron High School field hockey team is one win away from earning the right to defend its state title.

The River Rats advanced to the semifinals of the Michigan High School Field Hockey Association semifinals with a 5-1 win over Grosse Pointe South on Tuesday.


1st half
H - Anna Masini (Lexi Collins), 25:36
H - Katie Yeatts (Casie Ammerman, Hannah Gadway), 15:35
H - Taylor Standiford (Masini), 12:30
G - Elizabeth DiMauro, 11:06
H - Yeatts (Masini), 4:48
2nd half
H - Collins (Standiford), 14:08
The River Rats got off to a quick start, opening up a 3-0 lead less than 20 minutes into the game

Anna Masini opened the scoring less than five minutes in on an assist from Lexi Collins. Masini would later add two assists.

Katie Yeatts and Taylor Standiford scored near the midway point of the half to make it 3-0. Yeatts scored her second goal of the game near the end of the first half and Collins finished the scoring with 14 minutes left in the game.

"The entire team played well," coach Tia Sutton said. "The entire team contributed to this win."

Top-seeded Huron (15-0-1) will take on Farmington Hills Mercy in Thursday's semifinal at Dearborn Edsel Ford High School. Mercy prevented an all-Ann Arbor semifinal with a 1-0 win over Greenhills School.

There still could still be an all-Ann Arbor championship game. Pioneer plays Livonia Ladywood -- the team that tied Huron in the regular season -- in the other semifinal after defeating Saline 6-0 on Tuesday.

Despite the rivalry between the schools, Sutton said her team is not looking ahead.

"We have great leadership from our seniors," Sutton said. "They know this is their last chance to win a state title."



1st half
No scoring
2nd half
Mercy goal, 10:00
Farmington Hills Mercy's goal with 10 minutes remaining broke a scoreless tie in the MHSFHA state quarterfinal at Detroit Country Day.

Greenhills (9-4-2) had chances to tie in the final minutes, but couldn't score. The Gryphons were outshot 16-5.

"We had problems possessing the ball on offense," Greenhills coach Tom Weinfurther said, lamenting the team's sometimes-unforced turnovers. "We did well as soon as we started passing to us instead of them."

Greenhills goalie Sierra Patton stopped 15 shots.

"She made some nice saves, a couple very nice saves," Weinfurther said. "They shot a lot at us and we let them."



Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 1:40 a.m.

Note to writer, it should be noted that Ladywood also tied Pioneer earlier in the season and the tie with Huron should not be used as a measuring stick. (no pun intended) Ladywood is a very good team to contend with, but I can see Pioneer and Huron meeting once again in the finals.

Matthew Countryman

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 5:29 p.m.

I'm sorry Ann didn't cover Greenhills' sudden death victory over Detroit Country Day on Saturday. Must have been the most exciting game of the tournament so far.