Thursday, May 19, 2016
Canton High School
After claiming the KLAA Central Division title on Tuesday night, Novi traveled to Canton to play the host Chiefs (winner of the KLAA South Division) in the Kensington Conference Championship game. As has been the case many times this season, Novi found themselves having a lot of possession and creating a lot of scoring opportunities in the first half, but were unable to capitalize on any of their chances. Canton was able to get on the scoreboard first about halfway through the first half, when moments after a free kick near midfield, senior Mary Galm found the back of the net with a nice shot from 30 yards out. Novi picked up the intensity after the goal, but was unable to find the equalizer before half.
Coming out of halftime down 1-0, the Wildcats bounced back to score all three of their goals within a 20-minute span, beginning with senior forward Jessica Halmaghiâs perfectly place shot from the left side of the goal box 10 minutes into the second half.
Just four minutes later, freshman Jessie Bandyk scored what turned out to be the game winner, when she headed the ball past the Chiefs’ goal keeper off a brilliant cross from senior defender Katrina Koomen.
Then with 10 minutes left in the game, senior Chloe Allen would add an insurance goal for the Wildcats, after she received a perfectly timed and placed pass from freshman Julia Stadtherr and then managed to work herself around a defender and then beat the on-rushing Canton goal keeper.
Novi finished the game with a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal and with the win, improved their overall record to 9-1-6 (6-1-3 KLAA Central). Canton dropped to 11-1-4 overall.
The Wildcats will now move on to play in the KLAA Association Championship against Grand Blanc (winners of the KLAA West Division), who won the Lakes Conference Championship game last night 2-1 over Walled Lake Northern (winners of the KLAA North Division).