Warriors' repeat bid ends with OT loss

Without a doubt, Western Michigan Christian was the more dangerous team in Saturday's Division 4 state final.
Matt DeYoung
Nov 7, 2011


But Allen Park Inter-City Baptist’s Steven Fiema was the game’s most dangerous player, and he put away the game’s lone goal with 65 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, giving the Chargers their first state title since 2006 and denying the Warriors’ quest for a repeat.

“They probably outplayed us,” admitted Chargers’ coach Mark Kraatz, whose team finished at 25-2. “They carried the play. I feel bad for them. They just couldn’t put it away. We have great finishers, and I knew that if we got a chance, we have the finishers to take advantage.”

The goal was Fiema’s 43rd of the season. He came in on a breakaway on the left side and drilled a shot that eluded WMC goalie Jacob Berens and slammed into the back of the net.

“It’s just complete disappointment,” said Berens, who made a phenomenal leaping save to keep the game scoreless late in regulation. “We played a great game, but sometimes it doesn’t go your way."

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