Boyne City Advances to First State Championship in Girls Soccer

CEDAR SPRINGS — Boyne City picked up its first state semifinal victory over Hudsonville Unity Christian on Tuesday in penalty kicks, 2-1.

Both teams entered overtime in a 0-0 tie. The Crusaders struck first to take a 1-0 lead after the first half of overtime, but the Ramblers tied it up again with a goal from Ariel Himmelspach-McKillip with just over three minutes left, sending it to penalty kicks.

Maggie McHugh was the hero in the net, holding Unity without a goal while Boyne City scored all three.

“I just waited for them to kick. Watched the ball and dove,” McHugh said. “I was excited. I’m so happy for our team that we pulled through and that we won.”

“The girls played amazing today,” Boyne City head coach Ed Fantozzi said. “Even if we were lose this game, I couldn’t ask for anything more from them.”

The Ramblers advance to play Detroit Country Day in the state championship on Friday at 1 p.m. at Michigan State.

Categories: Girls Soccer