The Cinderella post season continues for the Chelsea field hockey team as the Bulldogs knocked off Cranbrook-Kingswood 2-1 in the Division 2 semifinals Thursday evening.
The win was the third straights over a higher seeded team in the tournament. The Bulldogs entered the tournament as an 11 seed and have taken down sixth seed Hartland, three seed St. Catherine and seventh seed Cranbrook-Kingswood on its way to the Finals.
Chelsea carried the play early and had a good chance on a redirect in front of the net, but the C-K goaltender made a kick save to keep it scoreless.
With 18 minutes left the Cranes had a great chance, but Bulldogs goaltender Nina Faupel made the save as it remined scoreless.
Under a minute later the Bulldogs earned a corner shot and Madison Vogel hit Grace Lane with a pass who fired it home for a 1-0 Chelsea lead.
Chelsea had another great chance on a corner and just before the half Kendra Patterson ripped a shot at the net that was batted wide by the Cranes goaltender and the Bulldogs led 1-0 at the break.
The Bulldogs forced the play to start the second half and had four straight corners in the first two minutes, but could not get a shot on net.
C-K had a near breakaway on a long pass, but Ava Woodard mad a big defensive play to break up the pass and keep the Cranes at bay.
With 22:21 left in the game Makayla Kegerreis made an amazing move lofting a back had shot into the top right corner of the net to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to pressure with two more corner plays, but could not find the net to keep it 2-0.
With just under five minutes left, C-K hit a long pass to a player that got behind the defense and was taken down and a penalty shot was called. They found the left corner of the net on the shot to cut the Bulldogs lead to 2-1.
The Cranes continued to pressure, but the Chelsea defense held.
C-K called a timeout with 31.7 left, but would not get another shot off the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs advance to Saturday’s D2 state championship game, which will be played in Chelsea at 11:00 AM.
Chelsea will have to pull the biggest upset of them all as they will face #1 seed Ann Arbor Skyline in the championship. Skyline beat University Liggett 3-1 in the other semifinal game.
Pictures by Mike Williamson