RECAP: Hackett Punches Ticket to State Final on 3-1 Win Over Buckley

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For the second time in three seasons, the Hackett Catholic Irish will be playing for a Division 4 boys soccer state championship.   Hackett defeated the Buckley Bears 3-1 Wednesday at East Kentwood, getting all three goals from junior forward Max Keenan, giving him 44 total on the season.

Hackett brought the pressure immediately and Keenan earned a penalty kick in the fourth minute, putting it to the right on the ground by goalkeeper Joey Weber.  It was the first goal Buckley had allowed in the postseason.  In the 14th minute, Keenan got an assist from Aidan Gillig for the 2-0 Irish advantage.

In the 37th minute, Keenan found his way through three blue shirts to earn the hat-trick for a 3-0 lead at halftime, becoming the first team to score three on a Buckley squad which had allowed only 12 goals in 24 other matches.   Possession remained in favor of Hackett for the rest of the match with Buckley finally getting a goal on a deflection from Denver Cade in the 89th minute.   Unofficially, Irish goalkeeper Joe Carr had four saves with six by Weber for Buckley.

The Bears, eighth in the final Coaches Association poll, finish their program’s strongest ever season with a 20-2-3 record.   The Irish, fourth in the final poll, move to 20-1-3 and will play in the championship for the sixth time in program history.   They will play fifth-ranked Ann Arbor Greenhills, who knocked out two-time defending champion Genesee Christian 2-0.   The Division 4 championship is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek and can be heard live via the Slocum Sports Network.

Listen back to the semifinal match below:

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  1. […] their team page shows 20-1-3.    Ranked fourth in the final Division 4 Coaches Association poll, Hackett defeated #8 Buckley 3-1 in Wednesday’s semifinal off a hat-trick from Max Keenan.    The Irish were tested last week in a 1-0 overtime win in the Regional final against […]


  2. […] Listen live Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Hackett Catholic Irish meet the Buckley Bears in boys basketball from Kalamazoo College.  These programs combined for 45 victories last season and this game should serve as a playoff-level test to start the season.   Located about two-and-a-half hours apart, these schools first became acquainted back on November 1st with Hackett defeating Buckley 3-1 in the Division 4 soccer state semifinal. […]


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