OHSAA State Soccer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 2012 OHSAA state soccer
tournament begins at semifinal sites around the state and will return to
Crew Stadium in Columbus for the 14th year of play for the 37th annual
boys tournament and 28th annual girls championships. This year’s edition
marks the second there will be three divisions of champions for both
boys and girls.
In girls Division I, 2011 champion Strongsville
returns to the state tournament for the 11th time and enters its state
semifinal game with a record of 19-1-0. The Mustangs have won four state
titles since 1998. Perrysburg will oppose the defending champions in the
semifinal matchup. The Yellow Jackets (21-0-0) have navigated their way to
the state tournament for the first time and have done so without a blemish.
The other girls Division I state semifinal
features Pickerington North (19-0-2) and Mason (19-1-1). The Panthers, who
have advanced to the state tournament for the third time since 2007, did so
by defeating 2011 runner-up Dublin Jerome in the regional final in double
overtime, 1-0. Mason is making its first appearance in the state tournament
The girls Division II state tournament features
four teams that all have recent experience at this level. Cuyahoga Falls
Walsh Jesuit (19-0-2) is making its 12th state tournament appearance and
fourth in a row. The Warriors will take on Toledo St. Ursula Academy which
finished as runner-up in 2011. The Arrows are making their third tournament
In the other half of the girls Division II state
tournament, 2011 state champion Columbus St. Francis DeSales has earned its
way back to defend its title. In their ninth appearance the Stallions
(14-7-1) will have to defeat Cincinnati Indian Hill if they want to repeat
as champions. Indian Hill (17-3-1) will be looking to upend the defending
champions, as the Braves are making fourth state tournament appearance since
In girls Division III, Gates Mills Hawken is
making its first state tournament appearance with a record of 13-4-2. The
Hawks will face Mansfield Ontario in the state semifinal. Ontario (17-3-1)
is making its second state tournament appearance. The Warriors previously
made it to a semifinal game in 2010.
The school that won the first girls Division III
soccer state championship last year has played its way back to the state
tournament for a chance to defend its title. Cincinnati Summit Country Day
(19-1-2) is looking to win back-to-back titles in its second appearance. The
Silver Knights will have to get past Middletown Bishop Fenwick (16-1-3) if
they hope to repeat. Fenwick is looking to avenge its state semifinal loss
from a year ago to Summit and make its own claim to the 2012 championship
trophy. The Falcons are making their third state tournament appearance and
have previously won a title in 2008.
A new boys Division I champion will be awarded
for the first time in two years, as two-time defending champion Cleveland
St. Ignatius was defeated in its district final game. Aurora (16-3-2) and
Sylvania Southview (16-3-2) square off in a semifinal matchup of schools
making their first state tournament appearance. Aurora defeated Lakewood St.
Edward 1-0 in the regional final to qualify, while Southview defeated
Westlake 3-1 in its regional final.
The 2011 state runner-up, Powell Olentangy
Liberty (20-1-0) has earned its way back to the state tournament for the
second time. The Patriots look to improve upon their finish from last year,
but will first have to face Mason (18-2-1), which is making its first
tournament appearance after defeating West Chester Lakota West in a shootout
for the regional title.
In boys Division II, Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga
Valley Christian Academy (14-6-0) is making its ninth appearance in the
state tournament having won a state title in its last appearance in 2010.
The Royals will face Bay Village Bay (14-4-3) in their semifinal matchup.
Bay is making 12th appearance in the state tournament most recently
finishing as runner-up in 2009.
Two-time defending state champion Dayton Carroll
(17-0-4) is back in the state tournament in the other Division II semifinal
matchup. The Patriots are making their ninth tournament appearance and are
looking to become the first boys soccer team in OHSAA history to win three
consecutive state championships. Carroll will first have to face Bexley
(14-3-4), which is making its seventh state tournament appearance. The Lions
have two state titles of their own, coming in 2003 and 2005.
The boys Division III 2011 runner-up, Gates
Mills Hawken will take on Toledo Ottawa Hills in one half of this years
state tournament. Hawken (16-1-4) is making its 11th appearance in the state
tournament and has seven runner-up finishes and one state title. Ottawa
Hills (17-2-2) is making its third tournament appearance and has previously
won a title in 2008.
The other boys Division III matchup pits
defending state champion Worthington Christian (13-5-3) against Cincinnati
Summit Country Day (17-2-1). Worthington Christian is making its 11th state
tournament appearance overall and eighth straight appearance. Summit Country
Day is making its second appearance and won the state championship in its
only other showing in 1999.
The OHSAA state soccer semifinals take place at
sites across the state, November 6th (girls) and 7th (boys), with
the state finals taking place on November 9th (girls) and 10th
(boys) at Crew Stadium in Columbus.