November 2, 2010
2010 State Field Hockey
The 2010 OHSAA State Field Hockey
Tournament will be held this weekend at Upper Arlington High
School. The two seminal games will be held Friday Nov. 5, with the
championship game taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 6.
Gahanna Columbus Academy (19-0-0) will
face off against Worthington Thomas Worthington (16-1-2) in the
first semifinal game at 12 p.m.
The second semifinal game has Cincinnati
St. Ursula (12-5-1) taking on Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (16-1-1)
at 2:30 p.m.
The undefeated Vikings of Gahanna
Columbus Academy enter the state tournament after posting their
closest victory of the qualifying tournament, a 1-0 win over Bexley.
The first two rounds of the tournament were both 12-0 routs in favor
of the Vikings over Worthington Kilbourne and Lewis Center Olentangy.
The Vikings have allowed goals in only seven of their 19 games.
Thomas Worthington comes into the state
tournament having posted narrow 1-0 victories over Toledo Ottawa
Hills and defending state champion Columbus Bishop Watterson in the
previous two rounds. The first round victory was a 6-0 handling of
Granville. The Cardinals have a relatively young lineup intact,
with 11 of the 20 players on the roster being freshmen or
sophomores. That same youth has given up only seven goals all
season, the fewest of all semifinalist teams.
The jumpstart Bulldogs of Cincinnati St.
Ursula have earned a trip to the state semifinals for the second
year in a row, and the second time in program history. After a
relatively sluggish start to the season, in which St. Ursula lost
three of its first five games, the Bulldogs got their bite back and
have rallied to get back to where they left off last season.
Second-year head coach Sarah Catlin is hoping the Bulldogs are
hungry enough to advance to the state finals for the first time
Hathaway Brown blazed through the first
two rounds of the qualifying tournament before facing its closest
game of the year, in a tight 5-4 win over Hudson. The Blazers are
also in the state semifinals for the second year in a row, and the
seventh time in the last eight years. There are only six seniors
and four juniors on Hathaway Brown’s roster, but they all remember
the feeling of hoisting the championship trophy in 2008, and are
determined to do it again.
By Brad Pettiford, OHSAA Sports
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