Semifinal Game #1: Columbus Bishop Watterson defeats Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame
Columbus Bishop Watterson (19-0-1) remained unbeaten on the season overcoming a determined Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (14-4-0) in the first state semifinal game with a 3-0 win at Thomas Worthington High School on Thursday.
Action started early in first quarter with Bishop Watterson getting on the scoreboard with a goal from Grace Cantwell at the 10:41 mark with an assist from Sophia Schultheis. Cantwell got on the scoreboard a second time early in the second period with another assist from Lily Goodfellow. After a scoreless third period, Molly Griffith scored Bishop Watterson’s third goal early in fourth period at 14:12 mark with the goal being assisted by Camille Gregory. Ainsley Kemp stood tall in the Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame goal registering 10 saves during the contest while Bishop Watterson's Kenzi Jones did not record a save.
Semifinal Game #2: Thomas Worthington Staves off Shaker Heights
In a nail bitter, Worthington Thomas Worthington (17-2-1) held on to an early goal in the second period to escape from Shaker Heights (15-4-0) 1-0, in the second state semifinal game on Thursday at Thomas Worthington High School. The Cardinals will face Columbus Bishop Watterson for the 2021 OHSAA Field Hockey State Championship game at 1 pm on Saturday, November 6.
Thomas Worthington's Tate Beegle scored the only goal of the game in the second period off an assist from Emily Kendall at the 11:35 mark of the second period. Defense would then stifle offense with no scoring taking place the rest of the game largely due to the goalkeeping efforts of Maddie Durham who registered six saves for Shaker Heights and Kate McClellan had one save for Thomas Worthington.
State Championship Game: Columbus Bishop Watterson Beats Worthtington Thomas Worthington in an overtime thriller
Columbus Bishop Watterson defeated Worthington Thomas Worthington 2-1 in sudden death victory overtime at the 2021 Field Hockey State Championship on Saturday at Thomas Worthington High School. Watterson’s Molly Griffith scored the game-clinching goal on a penalty stroke at the 5:29 mark in the overtime period. The Eagles’ victory marked the fifth state title in school history and the second consecutive state championship. Bishop Watterson owns the third-most state championships in OHSAA field hockey history behind Thomas Worthington (6) and Gahanna Columbus Academy (12).
The Eagles struck first when Sophia Schultheis scored with 1:32 left in the first period off an assist from Grace Cantwell. Then, Thomas Worthington scored early in the second period at the 11:40 when Cora Hamilton scored off a pass from Emily Kendall, tying the game at one. The game would remain deadlocked at one the rest of regulation and halfway through the 10-mintue overtime period until Griffith’s penalty stroke goal. This was the first time since 2017 when the state championship game was decided in overtime (Thomas Worthington beat Columbus Academy, 1-0).
Thomas Worthington’s Kate McClellan made seven saves and Bishop Watterson’s Kenzi Jones tallied two saves.