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Richmond soccer ready for regionals | USA Today High School Sports

The last three boys soccer postseasons for Richmond were all the same memories — bad memories.

The seniors on this year’s team always had an early end to the season, never winning a playoff game in the last three playoff runs.

Well, it’s been different this year. Actually, a lot different.

The Blue Devils, who have won all three playoff games by way of shutout, are going for their first regional title since 2007 at Troy Athens at 6 p.m. Of course, they will be tested as they’ll take on Grosse Ile — the No. 5-ranked Division 4 team by Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association.

The Blue Devils, who have outscored their playoff opponents 12-0, are ranked No. 15.

Before Richmond’s 5-0 win over Clarenceville on Tuesday night, the Blue Devils got to take a peek at Grosse Ile during their 1-0 win against Lutheran North in the regional semifinals.

“We watched 20 minutes of the first half before we started warming up,” Richmond senior Brandon Kunce said. “They have a really strong midfield and move the ball really well, and they’re defense is very strong. Their center back stands out quite a bit.”

Kunce also added that watching them was almost like watching Almont — a team that has a nice advantage. However, Richmond had a nice season against Almont as they went 3-1 against the Raiders, and Richmond is hoping to find that success to punch a ticket to the state semifinals.

“We’ve been focusing a lot on the mental part of the game, just taking it one game at a time,” Kunce said. “This is the first year we’ve won a district game, so it’s been really big for us.”

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