East Lansing — Rochester Hills Stoney Creek captured the MHSAA Division 1 girls soccer championship with a 1-0 victory over Canton in the final on Friday, but not without controversy.
Canton defender Mary Galm was called for pushing in the 70th minute — in the box.
And that led to midfielder Emily Solek’s successful penalty kick, which would be the difference.
“I think that the ball was already out of bounds when they called the penalty kick,” said Canton goalkeeper Jordan Anheuser, who stopped 10 of 11 shots. “The play didn’t affect the ball.
“I think we played a hard game. I think it should have gone to overtime. I think it should have gone to PKs. I think that they are a very talented team. I think they did play hard. I think that the refs interfered with the game.”
Gina Cerny stopped three shots for Stoney Creek (18-3-3).
Both teams had scoring chances in the first half, but Anheuser and Cerny were up to the task.
“We kept trying to get through the back line and it was very difficult all day,” Stoney Creek coach Bryan Middlestadt said.
After 40 minutes, though, the match was scoreless.
“You have 40 minutes left in your season,” Middlestadt said, recalling the message to his team at the half. “How do you want your season to look in the last 40 (minutes)? That was the message.”
Late in the first half, Stoney Creek leading scorer Taylor Paradoski left with an apparent head injury. She returned in the 51st minute.
“I think she brought in a lot of momentum when she came back into the game,” Solek said of Paradoski.
Anheuser made another outstanding save in the 44th minute, keeping the game scoreless.
Canton, which ends 17-3-4, lost junior forward Raquel Church in the first half with an apparent head injury. She did not return.
Al Willman is a freelance writer
All finals at Michigan State, East Lansing
■Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 1, Canton 0
DIVISION 2 — SATURDAY
■Forest Hills Northern vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 4 p.m.
DIVISION 3 — SATURDAY
■Hudsonville Unity Christian vs. Flint Powers Catholic, 1 p.m.
■Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 1, Montrose 0 (SO)