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University Liggett defeats Montrose in shootout, wins D4 title

   | Dan Stickradt

University Liggett defeats Montrose in shootout, wins D4 title

(PHOTO COURTESY: MHSAA)

 

East Lansing – A great defense will often beat a great offense.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett proved just that Friday during the Division 4 final at Michigan State University’s DeMartin Stadium.

The Knights, ranked No. 4 by the soccer coaches association, took high-powered eighth-ranked Montrose to a shootout before silencing the Rams, 1-0, to claim the school’s first title in girls soccer since 2005.

University Liggett (19-2-1) held a 4-2 edge on the penalty kicks to prevail. 

During the shootout, Montrose (23-4-1) was wide on its first two attempts. University Liggett’s Kelly Solak, Maddie Wu, Alexis Wagner and Kate Birgbauer converted their PKs in succession to seal the deal.

“It was probably my biggest (shot) of my career,” freshman defenseman Birgbauer said of her game-clinching kick. “I usually go to the same spot, usually. But I always watch the goalie’s feet and sometimes switch it up.”