The captains led the way for the Chiefs, who defeated the host Saline Hornets 2-0 in Friday’s regional final. The ever-dangerous Allyson Krause broke a 0-0 tie on a pretty goal on the second half, and Megan Trapp iced it on a corner kick deflection. Danielle Schendel made several saves in the shutout victory, but was never really tested.
Krause spent the game’s first 55 minutes putting the Hornets on their heels. Finally, with 14:50 to play, Krause broke free of the Hornets defense and beat goalie Hayley Reynolds with a terrific shot. The goal came after about 90 seconds of Saline pressure in Canton’s end.
“Megan Trapp put a great ball into the left corner. I had two players on my back. I pulled the ball back with one foot and touched it past the other defender, looked up and saw the net and toe poked it past the goalie,” said Krause, who said the team was a little frustrated after pressuring Saline most of the first half but coming away without a goal. “We just had to stay composed.”
Trapp scored the insurance marker with 7:06 to play in the second half, converting a corner kick.
Canton coach Jeannine Reddy said her team is playing with confidence.
“Ever since beating (Northville) in the district, this team is playing with confidence. The girls know they can win,” Reddy said.
Saline’s coach, Dana Restrick, said the Canton girls showed their experience.
“They’ve been here before and they know how to win. You have to give them credit. Especially (Krause), who is a phenomenal player. It takes three of us to defend her and we did it for most of the game. But she’s a goal scorer,” said Saline’s head coach Dana Restrick.
Canton will play Troy in the state semifinal at at 6 p.m., June 13 at Farmington High School, with the winner earning a trip to the finals to play either Okemos or Rochester Adams.
Krause said she's not worried if her team is viewed as an underdog.
"We've been underdogs and won before," she said.