Plainwell posts 2-1 win over rival Otsego in league semifinal

Jason Wesseldyk

It was a case of déjà vu all over again for the girls’ soccer teams from Plainwell and Otsego.
When the teams met during the regular season, it was the Trojans who posted the 2-1 victory.
And when the squads met again in the semifinals of the Wolverine Conference Tournament on Monday, May 18, Plainwell was victorious by that same score.
With the win, the Trojans advanced to the finals to face defending conference champion Paw Paw. The game was slated for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20.
“The game itself was back and forth,” Plainwell coach David Groves said. “Both teams created chances and had opportunities to win it. I’m so proud of these girls for pulling the ‘W’ out.”
The game was a defensive battle for most of the first half, with neither team able to find the back of the net for the first 39-plus minutes.
Finally, with less than a minute to go in the opening half, Plainwell broke through on a goal from Carly Pylat off an assist from Katie Rush. The goal materialized following a scramble at the goal after a Hayley Hawkes set piece.
And while Pylat’s offensive contribution was big for Plainwell, the defensive job she did on Otsego’s Mikayla Cupp was equally as important.
“Little Carly Pylat did a fantastic job neutralizing Mikayla Cupp. And our whole defense—Brittany Molenaar, Tricia Kelly, and Jalyn Tran—did their part in taking (Otsego’s) threats out of the game,” Groves said.
Morgan DeHaan scored the second Trojan goal as she took a feed from Paige Rachut and beat Otsego keeper Sarah White high.
Otsego’s lone goal came with less than a minute left in the game.
Lauren Stefl was in goal for the Trojans.
“Lauren had some very impressive saves when the game was still 1-0 us and Paige was a commanding presence in the midfield,” Groves said.
“It was a solid team effort and we’re looking forward to a heck of a game for the championship in Paw Paw.”

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