The Division 2, District 25 girls’ soccer championship game at Trenton on Tuesday featured two of the better programs in the Downriver area this season. Both New Boston Huron and the host Trojans came in with a combined mark of 25-8-4 on the season, following their respective semifinal round victories last Friday.
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Both coaches anticipated one goal deciding the outcome. Fortunately for Huron, it was on the right side of that and won a district championship for the first time since 2013 following a 1-0 over Trenton.
This was the third consecutive trip to the district title game for Huron. Trenton meanwhile returned to the championship bout after being bounced from the semifinal round a season ago by eventual district champion Gibraltar Carlson.
Prior to that, the Trojans had won nine consecutive district championships from 2011-19. Trenton had knocked Huron out of the playoffs in the latter four of those seasons, including the 2019 district final.
That season-ending defeat in 2019 was just the beginning of a revenge tour, so to speak, for the Chiefs’ senior class, said coach Dan Rossow.
“We were at practice (on Monday) and said, ‘how could a team have this much trauma on the same field three years in a row'” Rossow said. “These seniors lost to Trenton their freshman year, then they didn’t have their sophomore year because of COVID. And last year we lost in a PK shootout.
“We knew today was going to go either way,” Rossow added. “It was a 50/50 chance with two hard-working, pretty equal teams. We had been working on our penalty kicks in case it came down to it which was a real good possibility.”
The game-winner came in the 66th minute of the second half. After Trenton goalkeeper Leila Gorno cleared it out to midfield, a loose ball was eventually corralled by Huron. That allowed for a couple of underclassman teammates in Riley Cassette and Maggie Warden to partake in some give-and-go in the Trojan zone.
“We know we have to work our give-and-go’s, especially when we have our speed up there,” Rossow said. “They worked it back and forth very unselfishly. Maggie could have taken that in herself but that 1-2 punch set up a good open shot.”
Cassette was eventually the beneficiary of the open look and she hammered it home. The freshman nearly made it a 2-0 game with just a few minutes to go in regulation, after Huron cleared out the last of several corner kicks by Trenton.
Cassette dribbled it all the way down the field and was able to get a shot on goal but to no avail as Gorno got enough hand on the ball.
That late-game corner kick was of countless opportunities for the Trojans on Tuesday, approximately double-digits’ worth. The hosts had a handful of them in the second half and at one point midway in the first half and three consecutive tries. But Huron turned away each and every one of them.
“It’s just the reading of the ball,” Trenton coach Mike Hatfield said. “It’s the urgency of getting to the ball and cutting off whoever you need to cut off to get to it.”
“It was two teams that worked really hard,” Hatfield continued. “I’m proud of my team because they didn’t give up. They didn’t have any legs left, they were tired, (Huron) back line did enough to win and we didn’t capitalize on the minimal amount of chances that we had. “
While it is unfortunately another premature exit from the state tournament, the immediate and long-term future for Trenton girls’ soccer remains bright.
The Trojans this season turned in 15 victories with a roster consisting of only three seniors. That success in 2022 was more than good enough to recapture the DRL title for the first time since 2018. And it comes on the heels of a 2021 season where they tallied as many wins (7) as they did draws.
Hatfield spoke glowingly of his senior trio: Victoria Albany, Elena Garrett, and Jaycee Passerman. The long-time Trojans coach also talked about what Huron had experienced the last few seasons could be a sign of things to come for his class.
“I’m not mad or upset that we didn’t win,” Hatfield said. “I’m sad that I don’t get to work with those seniors again. We went through a COVID year as a group, we went through a 7-2-7 season as a group. They came in as freshmen (in 2019) ) and won a district title. They knew coming in there were a lot of younger players and they were proud of what those younger players did, as I was, as well.
“We played a lot of senior-driven teams this year,” Hatfield added. “I didn’t have that. I have younger players who are learning. They are good players who won a lot. Those girls (for Huron) were in a battle with Carlson in the final last year, so they learned how to fight. They knew it took just a little bit more. “
Huron has now moved on to the D2 regional semifinal round, which will take place on June 7 at Divine Child High School. The Chiefs in the second of two semifinals that day will face either Garden City or Divine Child.