Moment: Novi's Fenchel Finds Way

May 8, 2020

By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor

Through the first six games and 76 more minutes of the 2018 Division 1 Girls Soccer Tournament, Grand Blanc hadn’t given up a goal.

But with the championship game rolling toward the end of regulation, Avery Fenchel capitalized on a rare opportunity.

Fenchel, then a sophomore, took advantage of a defensive miscommunication in front of the Bobcats’ net and fired the winning shot with 3:29 to play to give Novi a 1-0 advantage on the way to its sixth Division 1 championship. (That total stands at seven now after the Wildcats’ repeat in 2019).

“I was just running after it, and it just went into the back of the goal,” Fenchel said that day. “I just turned around and ran towards my team. I was so excited.”

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Be the Referee: Soccer Referee Jersey Colors

By Sam Davis
MHSAA Officials Coordinator

November 1, 2022

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Soccer Referee Jersey Colors - Listen

A soccer match is about to start between two teams – one wearing road white uniforms and one wearing its home blues. It’s pretty easy to spot the referee in the middle of the field wearing a bright yellow referee jersey.

But what if the home team is nicknamed the Yellow Jackets and they are also wearing bright yellow jerseys?

Soccer officials come prepared. They have a number of different colored jerseys, so they can wear something that contrasts with both teams. While yellow is the default color, they can very easily change into a distinctive uniform if needed – as red, blue, green and black are also acceptable colors. They may even choose to wear a color different from what the goalkeepers are wearing. The last thing a referee wants is to be mistaken for a player on the field.

Previous Editions:

Oct. 18: Cross Country Tie-Breaker - Listen
Oct. 11: Soccer Shootouts - Listen
Oct. 11: Safety in End ZoneListen
Oct. 4: Football Overtime Penalty - Listen
Sept. 27: Kickoff Goal - Listen
Sept. 20: Soccer Timing - Listen
Sept. 13: Volleyball Replays - Listen
Sept. 6: Switching Sides - Listen
Aug. 30: Play Clock - Listen
Aug. 23: Intentional Grounding Change
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