The 2014 Chieftains entered the MWPA District Tournament this weekend as a top overall seed, and they did not disappoint displaying great team offense and defense en route to three straight victories and the district title. The Chieftains never trailed all weekend holding the three teams to a combined six goals. As a result, the team earned its first district title since the 2012 season and a number one seed for the regional tournament next weekend at Birmingham Groves.
Okemos 14 Haslett 1
Teamwork has been a common theme stressed by coaches and players alike this season, and this game proved to showcase the best part about the varsity team this season as 12 different players registered a goal. Leading the way was senior Katie Dudley and freshman Sarah Williams who tallied two goals each. In addition the team registered six assists for the game.
The game started off very well as the Chieftains tallied the game’s first six goals in the opening quarter to build a 6-0 lead after one. The second quarter got off to a great start as freshman Maya Pegler-Gordon tallied her first career varsity goal giving the Chiefs a 7-0 lead. Okemos would add two more goals before Haslett scored their only goal of the contest.
Defense ruled the rest of the game as the Chiefs closed the game out with a 5-0 second half score for the 14-1 final. In goal, Rachel Sternik tallied two saves, Dawn Hawkins stopped two shots, and Jennifer Przybylo stopped the only shot she faced in the final quarter.
Okemos 15 Birmingham Seaholm 2
The Chiefs began Saturday in a similar fashion to how Friday played out. Great team offense and defense enabled the Chiefs to build a 4-1 first quarter and 9-1 halftime lead. Senior Katie Dudley paced the offense with five goals, and Sarah Williams and Alex Chow chipped in three each. Once again balance on the offense end proved to be the difference as seven different players tallied goals, and smothering team defense held a talented Maples team to only two goals for the game.
In goal, Rachel Sternik tallied 12 saves for the game, and Dawn Hawkins stopped the only two shots she faced in the final quarter. Teamwork proved to be strong in the assist category as six different players tallied assists for the game.
Okemos 15 Birmingham Groves 3
In the district championship game, the Chiefs great teamwork at both ends of the pool continued. Nine different Chieftains tallied goals for Okemos in the championship contest. In goal, Rachel Sternik and Dawn Hawkins continued their stellar play as Sternik stopped eight shots and Dawn made three saves for the game.
This game started much like the others as Okemos built an early lead and never looked back. Okemos held a 5-0 lead after 1, a 9-2 lead after 2, and a 14-2 lead after 3. As a result of this game, the Chiefs will take on Ann Arbor Pioneer next weekend at 4 pm at Birmingham Groves. The winner of that game will advance to next Saturday’s regional semi-final and the 2014 MWPA State tournament at the end of the month.