Columbus Wellington School Wins First Boys Soccer State Championship with 4-0 Victory Against Bluffton
COLUMBUS, Ohio –Senior Ahmet Ozer recorded a hat trick as No. 5 Columbus Wellington School (18-2-3) defeated Bluffton (18-3-2) 4-0 in the 2019 Division III Boys Soccer State Championship at MAPFRE Stadium Sunday evening. It is the Jaguars’ first boys soccer state title in school history and inaugural appearance in the state championship game.
After a scoreless first couple minutes, Ozer broke the game open with a first half hat trick within an 11-minute span. His first goal came in the 20th minute, after a long pass from sophomore Henry Lin, to give Wellington School a 1-0 lead. Only four minutes later Ozer netted another goal in the 24th minute from an assist from senior Freddie Lin to make it 2-0 in favor of Wellington School. Then, Ozer scored his third goal of the day in the 31st minute from a Henry Lin pass to make it a 3-0 lead for Wellington School at the end of the first half. Bluffton had two shots on goal in the first half while Wellington School landed 11. The Jaguars’ three first half goals were tied for the third-most goals scored in a half in the Division III state title game.
It was a quiet second half until the 62nd minute when Freddie Lin got a pass from Henry Lin and kicked the ball to the back of the net to make it 4-0 in favor of Wellington School. Bluffton had two shots on goal in final 40 minutes. Wellington scored the third-most goals scored in the Division III state title game.
The Jaguars finished with 17 shots on goal in the game, with Freddie Lin leading the team with eight, Ozer with four and junior Jordan Livits had three. Ozer’s hat trick is tied for the second-most goals scored in the Division III state championship game. Henry Lin’s two assists are the second-most assists in the Division III state championship game. Sophomore goalkeeper Aurius Calloway made one save. As a team, Wellington School totaled the third-most assists in the Division III state championship game with four.
It was Bluffton’s first boys soccer state championship game appearance in school history. The Pirates totaled four shots on goal with junior Tayton Kleman leading the team with two. Junior goalkeeper Nic Essinger made five saves and senior goalkeeper Zach Taylor had two.
Tipp City Tippecanoe Edges Warren Howland 1-0 to Win First Boys Soccer State Championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 2 Tipp City Tippecanoe (23-0-1) netted a late goal to defeat No. 9 Warren Howland (21-1-1) 1-0 in the 2019 Division II Boys Soccer State Championship at MAPFRE Stadium Sunday afternoon. It was the Red Devils’ first boys state soccer title and championship game appearance in school history. Sunday’s matinee was the eighth Division II boys soccer state championship game that ended with a 1-0 score. The last time it occurred was in 2016 between Kettering Archbishop Alter and Richfield Revere.
It was a physical game that involved 18 total fouls, with six called on Howland and 12 against Tippecanoe. Two yellow cards were given to the Red Devils as well. The first half was scoreless but Tippecanoe was able to land more shots on goal than Howland, 4-3. Tippecanoe pulled away in the second half with a goal in the 68th minute when senior Aaron Davis kicked the ball into the back of the net from an assist from teammates junior John Baileys and freshman Keaton Jackson.
Nine Tippecanoe players attempted a shot on goal with sophomore Evan Stonerock, seniors Eli Hadden and Ben Sauls each having two. Senior goalkeeper Adam Trimbach made three saves.
Howland compiled an undefeated record heading into its first state title game appearance in school history. Sophomore captain Gabriel Altawil recorded two shots on goal and four other players totaled one. Junior goalkeeper Lucas Brill had three saves.
Cleveland St. Ignatius Sets OHSAA Records With 4-0 State Title Victory Over Powell Olentangy-Liberty
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 2 Cleveland St. Ignatius (21-0-2) won its state record ninth boys soccer state championship after defeating No. 4 Powell Olentangy-Liberty (19-3-1) 4-0 in the 2019 Division I Boys Soccer State Championship at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday night. St. Ignatius scored two goals in each half and senior Everett Shorey recorded a hat trick and set a record for the most goals scored in the Division I state title game.
The match was scoreless up until the 21st minute when Shorey scored his first goal of the night off an assist from senior Danny Kalic to make it 1-0 Wildcats. Later before the end of the first half, Shorey netted his second goal in the 39th minute after controlling a series of passes from sophomore Luciano Pechota and senior Ian Sugar, increasing the Wildcats’ lead 2-0. St. Ignatius led in shots on goal at the break 8-3 over Olentangy-Liberty.
In the second half, Shorey scored his hat trick-clinching goal in the 52nd minute off an assist from senior Nick Russo to make it a 3-0 game for St. Ignatius. Wildcats junior Marko Rimac scored the final goal of the game in the 65th minute, extending the lead 4-0.
It marked the 10th state championship match appearance for the Wildcats after a two-year hiatus. St. Ignatius tied its own team record for the most goals scored in the Division I state title game set in 2015. The Wildcats also set the new record for the most assists in the title game with four. Shorey broke the record for most goals in a game in the Division I championship game passing fellow St. Ignatius player, John Duldner, on the list (two goals vs. Powell Olentangy Liberty in 2014). The Wildcats led in shots on goal 17-9, outshooting Olentangy-Liberty 9-6 in the second half. Shorey led the team with eight shots on goal, while seniors Kyle Folds and Matthew McLaughlin had two. Three goalkeepers saw action the net with senior Peter Van Euwan playing 70 minutes in the goal with junior Liam Sowell and senior Danny Radigan serving for five minutes each. Van Euwan made two saves and Sowell had one.
Olentangy-Liberty made its fourth appearance in the state championship game and its first since 2014. Senior Ludwig Conrad led the team with five shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Theren Handlon made one save.