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Thursday’s roundup: Northville soccer blanks Novi

Blake Meakin
Special to The Detroit News

Whenever Northville and Novi get together for a soccer game, it’s a big matchup.

Their kids grow up together as friends and are often on the same club teams. But when it comes time to represent your school, the friendships are put aside for a while.

Visiting Northville (14-1-1, 9-0-1, which took the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association Central crown with its last win, came out Thursday as it has for most of the season and took it to its division rival, winning 2-0.

Jake Reitzloff opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a beautiful shot from about 38 yards out for Northville, ranked second in the state.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime ball,” coach Henry Klimes said. “I’m not sure he could do it again if he had 100 tries.”

Novi (9-5-3, 5-4-1) never got much of a chance to alter the outcome with Northville controlling possession.

Brendan Kemp scored with 15 minutes left to secure the win for Northville, which will take aim at the KLAA Conference championship next Monday against Canton.

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Allen Park Cabrini 7, Clarkston Everest Collegiate 0

Lutheran Westland 5, Novi Franklin Road Christian 1

New Baltimore Anchor Bay 3, Romeo 0

St. Clair Shores South Lake 4, Marine City 2


Detroit Pershing 30, Detroit CMA 6: Nyassinu Crowell had 10 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown and Dave Sufax also scored for Pershing (3-3).

Detroit University Prep 22, Southfield Bradford Academy 6: Melvin Snerling led University Prep (4-2, 2-2 Charter) with an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown, while Shawn Pittman had eight solo tackles and a pair of sacks. DeMarco Henry rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown. Bradford Academy is 4-3, 1-3.


Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood d. Royal Oak Shrine, 25-21, 25-12, 25-21: Margaret Payne had 15 kills and eight digs, and Jordan Faulkner had eight kills and eight blocks for Cranbrook-Kingswood (2-7).

Blake Meakin is a freelance writer