WILLIAMSTON – This time, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central head girls soccer coach Jeremy Stacy didn’t have his wedding day preventing him from hoisting a state championship trophy.
In 2008, during his first year as head coach of Forest Hills Central, Stacy was getting married on the same day the Rangers won the Division 2 state title, so he missed the game and didn’t lift the trophy, even though he technically has that state championship on his coaching record.
But Stacy was able to fully revel in all the celebration of another championship on Saturday after Forest Hills Central won the Division 1 state championship with a 2-0 win over Grand Blanc on Saturday.
“It feels really good,” Stacy said. “It was cool to see the atmosphere here. Regardless of the result it is fun to be in a state final. But it is much cooler to be on the winning end, that’s for sure.”
Forest Hills Central also gave a nice present to Stacy’s wife, who was celebrating her birthday Saturday, three days after their wedding anniversary and a day before Stacy planned to celebrate Father’s Day with his four children.
“She has gotten the short end of the stick,” Stacy quipped. “Two of her days ended up being soccer days.”
After an uneventful first half that didn’t feature good scoring chances, Forest Hills Central broke through with 29:52 remaining on a goal by junior leading scorer Bailey Korhorn, who blasted a shot into the goal from the top of the box after gathering a loose ball to make it 1-0 Rangers.
“I took a touch and shot it top-left,” said Korhorn, who will play in college at Cincinnati. “As soon as I saw it hit the back of the net, it was unreal. It was the best feeling of my life. What a great four years I’ve had here at Central. I’ll miss it so much.”
Forest Hills Central then added an insurance goal with 5:48 remaining when sophomore Ashley Ward headed in a chance in front of the goal after another prior opportunity hit the crossbar.
Division 2 state champions in 2005, 2007 and 2008, this was the first state title in Division 1 for Forest Hills Central (21-0-4).
Grand Blanc (22-3-4) was attempting to win its first title in school history after losses in the 2015 and 2004 championship games.
“I’m the Bud Grant and Marv Levy of high school soccer,” Grand Blanc head coach Greg Kehler joked. “They lost four and I’ve lost (three). But it’s a battle to get here and we’ll keep battling to get back. It will turn over one day.”
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