Ogemaw Heights, Elk Rapids Advance to Div. 3 Regional Final
CLARE — Ogemaw Heights and Elk Rapids will meet in the Div. 3 regional final in boys soccer after picking up wins on Tuesday in Clare.
The Falcons secured their first regional victory with a 1-0 win over Big Rapids. The game was scoreless at halftime, but Ogemaw Heights took the lead with a goal by Cameron Miller in the second half. Late in regulation, Big Rapids appeared to score the game-tying goal with time expiring, but the refs called it off, saying it was out of bounds over the crossbar before landing in the back of the net.
The Falcons will face Elk Rapids, who led 2-0 at halftime and advanced with a 5-0 win over Tri-County. Nolan Carroll recorded a hat trick for the Elks, who will play in their third straight regional final.
The Cardinals end their season with 16-4-4 record. Tuesday’s game marked the 20th time this season that they gave up one or less goals in a game.
The Falcons wrap up their season with a 13-8-3 record. They secured their first district title since 2006 in a shootout over Muskegon Oakridge. They finished in second place of their conference behind Fremont and one spot ahead of Big Rapids.
The Div. 3 regional final between Ogemaw Heights and Elk Rapids will be held at Clare on Saturday at 12 p.m.