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GIRLS SOCCER: Stenger’s late goal lifts Marian past Trenton in regional finals clash


BY DAN STICKRADT

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST | WEB AND CONTENT EDITOR | DIRECTOR OF NEWS

PH: (248) 884-1051

TW/X: @msn_stickradt @LocalSportsFans @MiSoccerNetwork


DEARBORN, Mich. – The possibility of a Division 2 regional finals match between Birmingham Marian and Trenton was very well anticipated ever since the beginning of the 2024 season.


Now that it was a reality on Friday night, the two teams didn’t disappoint.


After being upset by eventual state champion Grosse Pointe North 3-2 in last year’s regional semifinals, the Mustangs have now taken it at least two steps further, taking down Division 2 honorable mention Trenton 1-0 in a Division 2 regional finals match at Dearborn Divine Child.


Senior Madeline Stenger scored with nine minutes left in the second half, volleying home a cornerkick from Lily Robinson for the game’s only goal. The Mustangs defense made it stand and senior Danielle Mertz notched the shutout for Marian (14-3-3), which has now recorded 14 clean sheets on the season.




Senior Madeline Stenger scored with nine minutes left in the second half, volleying home a cornerkick from Lily Robinson for the game’s only goal. The Mustangs defense made it stand and senior Danielle Mertz notched the shutout for Marian (14-3-3), which has now recorded 14 clean sheets on the season.


In the state tournament, eighth-ranked Marian owns a 28-0 edge on the scoreboard and riding a five-game win streak after being upset in the CHSL-Bishop Tournament semifinals by Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.  The Mustangs have outscored its opponents 60-10 over 20 games and lowered the team goals-against-average down to 0.50 over 20 games.

Marian advances to a 6 p.m. state semifinal on June 12 against honorable mention DeWitt at Waterford Kettering High School.



It marked the second straight season that Trenton (17-6-2) has lost in the regional finals. The Trojans captured both Downriver League and district titles this season but came up agonizingly short of a Final Four berth.


Trenton also finishes its fine season with 15 shutouts and a 78-18 scoring edge and was ranked or listed as honorable mention in Division 2 all season.




(Have a story suggestion for the Premier Media Group and the Michigan Soccer Network regarding club soccer, high school varsity, amateur soccer, collegiate soccer or professional soccer of teams or players with Michigan ties, contact Communications Specialist/Web and Content Editor/Director of News Dan Stickradt via email at stickradt@michigansoccernetwork.com, or call 248-884-1051. Dan Stickradt is a 31-year veteran of the Michigan Media circles and recently joined the staff full time in March of 2024. Want to schedule a broadcast game or live show, contact PMG/MSN Director of Broadcasting Jonathan Turner for availability and pricing at jonathan@michigansoccernetwork.com.) 






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