Royal Oak Shrine Catholic players and coaches pose with their MHSAA regional championship trophy on Thursday.
Posted June 10, 2021
Defending Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 champion Royal Oak Shrine Catholic downed Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 3-0 to win the MHSAA Division 4, Region 14 girls soccer championship on Thursday, June 10, at Riverview Gabriel Richard.
Senior Mary Mulcahy scored the Knight’s first goal nine minutes into the game off a corner kick.
Junior Bridgette Drouillard scored twice in less than a minute in the second half for Shrine.
Sophomore Addy Vemulapalli earned the victory in goal for the Knights.
Inter-City Baptist beat Plymouth Christian 3-1 and Shrine beat Adrian Lenawee Christian 2-0 in the regional semifinals on Tuesday.
Shrine (13-3-1) advances to face Bad Axe in the MHSAA semifinals on Wednesday, June 16, at Troy Athens. Bad Axe beat Laingsburg 2-1 in its regional final.
Shrine won the 2019 Division 4 championship, beating Kalamazoo Christian. The 2020 season was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Most of the players on that championship team have graduated and head coach Mark Soma began the 2021 season with a young team with only four seniors.
Shrine started the season 4-3, but is 9-0-1 in May and June, eliminating Madison Heights Bishop Foley 2-0 and Adrian Lenawee Christian 2-0 in the district round.
“We had a rough start at the beginning of the season,” Soma told reporters. “We did not really know what to expect with a young group. We graduated a state championship team from 2019 that did not play last year. We’re super excited to still be playing.”