Royal Oak Shrine Catholic players and coaches pose with their MHSAA regional championship trophy on Thursday.
Division 4 No. 5-ranked Royal Oak Shrine Catholic edged No. 1-ranked and two-time defending state champion Lansing Christian 1-0 to win the Michigan High School Athletic Association Region 14 girls soccer championship on Thursday, June 6, at Novi Meadows School.
It was the first regional championship in the history of Shrine’s girls soccer program.
The game was tied 0-0 at halftime.
With the game increasingly looking like it was heading to overtime, Shrine sophomore Ellie Plunkey scored the game-winner late in
the second half for the game's only goal.
Junior Jess Reaume’s shot had ricocheted off the Lansing Christian goalie and Plunkey nailed the rebound into the net.
Junior Allison Lapoint earned the shutout in goal.
Shrine (22-1-0) advances to the semifinals on Wednesday, June 22. They will face Saginaw Nouvel (18-3-1) at Troy at 7 p.m.
Shrine reached the regional final by beating Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 8-0 in the semifinals. Lansing Christian beat Plymouth Christian 4-0 in the other semifinal.
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic sophomore Ellie Plunkey (2) scores the game-winner on Thursday.
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic players celebrate after sophomore Ellie Plunkey's (2) game-winning goal on Thursday.
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic players anticipate head coach Mark Soma handing them the MHSAA regional championship trophy on Thursday.
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic players celebrate with head coach Mark Soma and the MHSAA regional championship trophy on Thursday.