Mercy. Oh, mercy me.
The Dearborn High soccer team may be hitting its stride. After knocking off rival Edsel Ford in a district quarterfinal last week, the Pioneers scored an 8-0 mercy victory over Detroit Cass Tech on Tuesday and advanced to Thursday’s Division 1, District 12 championship game.
The first semifinal game on Tuesday at Dearborn featured district top-seed Detroit Western battling Grosse Pointe North, which beat Grosse Pointe South 1-0 in a quarterfinal game last week. GP North dominated the game and won 5-0 over Western to advance to the finals.
Dearborn (12-6-1) was set to face GP North on the Thursday with a trip to regionals on the line.
Cass Tech, which advanced to the semifinals with a 5-4 win over Fordson last week, played hard and has some excellent players on the roster. But the Pioneers’ overall talent and depth proved to be too much.
Dearborn led 5-0 at halftime and scored three times to end the game with just over 19 minutes still on the clock.
Pioneers goaltender Sydney Rosbury wasn’t tested often but kept the Technicians off the scoreboard with the shutout.
The Dearborn backline, led by senior Stella Doverspike, was solid all night long in front of Rosbury.
One of the Cass Tech coaches stressed to her players to play tight on Serena Faraj and Lila Mozham – both talented players up front for the Pioneers.
But Dearborn has other fire power and proved it as five different players scored.
Senior midfielder Rena Arabi had a hat trick with three goals and senior midfielder Grace Boettger scored twice in the win.
Faraj got the party going with a goal at 37:30 with an assist from Mozham, who didn’t score but was clearly one of the most dominant players on the pitch.
Arabi scored on a penalty kick but the goal was waved off because a Dearborn player left early. She missed on her next attempt but made up for it when she made it 2-0 on a great individual effort with 22:26 left in the half. Faraj earned the assist.
Boettger hit a perfect ball from about 25 yards out to push the lead to 3-0 with 14:35 left in the half.
Another shot from about 25 yards out, this time from the other side of the pitch, off the foot of Arabi made it 5-0 at 5:57. The shot was a rocket that the Cass Tech goalkeeper got a hand on but couldn’t keep it out of the net.
Arabi scored her third of the game after a nice pass out front from Erin Moran and a scramble in front of the goal. The score made it 6-0 with 37:57 left in the game.
With 28:24 left, Boettger scored her second goal of the night. And a goal by Dena Hammoud with 19:03 left made it 8-0 and finished the game.