Soccer team closes in on state championship

The soccer team has a chance to get a step closer to winning a state championship by beating Bloomfield Hills and advancing to state championship semifinal game. The game is at 5 p.m. at Grosse Pointe North on Friday, Oct. 25.

Junior Ryan Bankstahl and senior Michael Bailey cut towards the ball against divisional rival Eisenhower earlier in the season.

With a win against Bloomfield Hills, the Chieftains can be two wins away from winning a state championship.

“Getting all of this media attention is nice,” senior Austin Perry said. “To be a part of this team is something I’ll never forget.”

The team kicked off their postseason with 5-1 win against Warren Mott on Oct. 14. That success continued, beating Troy Athens in a  3-2 game that need overtime to decide the winner.

“The feeling was indescribable,” Perry said. “To win a second overtime game with them being the number one team in the state.”

The team continued their postseason run, winning their last game 1-0 against Dakota which advanced them to the regional final. They will be looking to add another playoff win on Friday night.

Students who are looking to attend the game but have no transportation can pay to take a bus to Grosse Pointe North. The bus will take them to the last football game of the season at Stevenson against Henry Ford after the soccer game has concluded. Students will have to find a ride home from Stevenson, as the bus will not be dropping students back at Utica. Contact athletic director Jim Vigus for more information about the bus.