An amazing tournament run came to a crushing end as the Chelsea field hockey team fell to #1 ranked Ann Arbor Skyline 2-1 in the D2 state championship on a corner goal with no time left on the clock Saturday.
The Bulldogs were called for a penalty with 12 seconds left giving Skyline a corner chance. and The running clock expired giving the Eagles the chance with zeroes on the clock.
Chelsea stopped the initial attempt, but was unable to clear the ball out of the circle and was called for a penalty giving Skyline another corner chance after time had expired.
Again the Bulldogs stopped the initial shot, but the ball trickled to a Skyline player who tipped it into the net to clinch the state title for the Eagles.
Skyline controlled early with a pair of corners, but Chelsea goaltender Nina Faupel made a big kick save on the second to keep the game scoreless.
The Eagles continued to carry the play, but Faupel made several saves before Skyline finally broke through when Morgan Nalepa lifted a shot over Faupels shoulder and into the net for a 1-0 lead and it would stay that way until the half.
Skyline continued the pressure and had a near breakaway but Ava Woodard made a big save to break up the long pass and keep the game at 1-0.
Chelsea picked up a corner and had a good chance that was kicked away by Eagle goaltender Anika Jaglan.
Faupel kicked away a couple of more shots and made a big kick save on a corner by Skyline as the score remained 1-0.
Chelsea defense kept the Bulldogs in the game as the Eagles continued big pressure, until Chelsea got a break and was given a corner with just over two minutes left.
The Bulldogs capitalized on the penalty and Madison Vogel redirected a shot by Kendra Patterson into the net to tie the game and setting up the heartbreaking finish.
Skyline outshot the Bulldogs 11-3 in the contest.
Faupel was huge in net making several huge save to keep Chelsea close, stopping nine shots.
The Bulldogs had reached the finals with improbable playoff run. They were seeded 11th and defeated six seed Hartland, three seed St. Catherine, and seven seed Cranbrook-Kingswood.
Chelsea finished with a 9-10-1 overall record.