Thursday’s roundup: Saline ousts Skyline in soccer

Eric Coughlin
Special to The Detroit News

Saline defeated Ann Arbor Skyline, 1-0, in a soggy Division 1 District 7 championship boys soccer game on Thursday.

Nick Scott scored the game’s only goal on a header off a 40-yard free kick, burying the shot in the bottom right corner of the net and ending a perfect season for Skyline (20-1), which came in ranked No. 1 by the coaches’ association.

“The ball came in, I put a head on it, turned around, watched it go in and had the celebration of a lifetime,” Scott said.

Said Saline coach Ryan Williams: “This is a huge win for our program and our guys. It was a complete team effort, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Goalkeeper Nolan Krause also starred for Saline (15-5-3, 7-3), making a huge stop with four minutes left on a ball many thought was in.

Scott gave credit to the team as a whole.

“We were all going as hard as we could. The season was on the line, and we were all playing for each other,” he said.

It was the third time the teams have met this year. Skyline won the first two games by one-goal margins.

“We know each other inside and out. We knew we couldn’t take any plays off,” Williams said.

The game was played under constant rain, with puddles forming on the turf. Both teams struggled to put passes together, which seemed to favor Saline.

“We talked a lot about slowing them down and getting numbers behind the ball. We had to be patient. If they’re attacking at pace, they’re difficult to defend,” Williams said.

Saline next plays Dearborn Heights Crestwood at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ann Arbor Huron.

More soccer scores

Division 1

Berkley 2, Birmingham Groves 0

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 7, Wayne Memorial 1

East Kentwood 2, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central 0

Grand Haven 3, Jenison 0

Grand Rapids Union 2, Grandville 1

Grosse Pointe North 2, Grosse Pointe South 0

Hamtramck 4, U-D Jesuit 2

Lapeer 2, Swartz Creek 1

Okemos 3, Portage Central 0

Portage Northern 6, Battle Creek Lakeview 1

Rockford 2, Grand Ledge 1

Salem 3, Canton 2 (OT)

Traverse City West 4, Alpena 0

Division 2

Bay City John Glenn 2, Bay City Central 1

East Grand Rapids 2, Byron Center 1

Holland 4, Holland Christian 1

Marshall 2, Coldwater 1 (OT)

Marysville 2, St. Clair 1

Mattawan 4, Edwardsburg 1

Niles 2, Three Rivers 0

Petoskey 1, Cadillac 0

Ortonville-Brandon 1, Goodrich 0

Otsego 2, Wayland Union 0

Plainwell 3, Middleville Thornapple Kellogg 1

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 2, Auburn Hills Avondale 1 (OT)

Tecumseh 3, Chelsea 2 (SO)

Division 3

Freeland 6, Alma 0

Saginaw Swan Valley 7, Hemlock 1

Division 4

Bad Axe 2, Harbor Beach 1 (2OT)

Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 1, Grand Rapids North Pointe Christian 0

Grandville Calvin Christian 2, Wyoming Potter’s House Christian 1

Kalamazoo Hackett 4, Kalamazoo Christian 0

Madison Heights Bishop Foley 13, Madison Heights Madison 0

Marlette 4, Kimball New Life Christian 0

New Buffalo 3, St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic 1

Royal Oak Shrine Catholic 7, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 0


Detroit Central 50, Detroit Renaissance 0: D.J. Atkins had 200 yards receiving, including touchdown catches of 60 and 75 yards, Chaim Austin ran for 112 yards and a touchdown, and Diazon Harris ran for 104 yards for Central (5-4). Renaissance falls to 3-6.

Detroit Cody 46, Detroit CMA 0: Zyaire Gardner ran for 120 yards, including a touchdown, and Reginald Franklin had a 25-yard fumble recovery return for Cody (6-3). CMA falls to 1-8.

Detroit Osborn 34, Detroit Henry Ford 0: Landel Berryman was 8-for-11 with 225 yards and three touchdowns, and Kenneth Holloway had three catches for 110 yards and two scores for Osborn (5-4, 2-3 Detroit PSL). Darrick Jones recorded eight rushes for 127 yards, and Deontae May had four tackles and a 33-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery. Ford is 2-7, 2-2.

More football

Detroit Central Collegiate 50, Detroit Renaissance 0


Madison Heights Madison d. Warren Lincoln, 11-25, 25-21, 23-25, 26-24, 15-8: Amil Bradley had 10 service points for Madison (4-6, 3-5 Macomb Area Bronze). Lincoln falls to 1-13, 0-7.

Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer