Girls Division III
Waynesville’s Shutout Streak Earns First State Title Win in Program History
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Waynesville’s seven-game shutout streak was put to the test against Ottawa-Glandorf, but a 53rd-minute goal and grueling second half defense proved to be the difference in the Lady Spartans’ Division III girls soccer state championship win at Lower.com Field on Friday night.
Waynesville’s streak of pitching shutouts began in the opening round of the Division III playoffs and was culminated in the state championship game. The Lady Spartans held the Titans to only five shots on goal overall including one shot on goal in the second half. It was the first girls soccer state championship appearance for Waynesville.
The first half was neck-and-neck with the teams combining for nine shots on goal and three saves resulting in a scoreless tie after the first 40 minutes of play. The Lady Spartans’ goalkeeper, Gracyn Armstrong, had two saves while Titans’ goalkeeper, Emma Brinkman, tallied two. Waynesville’s stout second half defense was coupled with an aggressive approach on offense with the Lady Spartans having 10 shots on goal in the final 40 minutes of play. Waynesville’s Emma Whitaker broke the tie when she scored unassisted to give the Lady Spartans a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute of the game. The game would not see another score after Whitaker’s goal, sealing the victory for Waynesville.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s totaled five shots on goal and the Titans’ Myka Aldrich had two. Waynesville’s shots on goal leader was Whitaker with six.
Girls Division II
Chagrin Falls Outlasts Cincinnati Wyoming in Thrilling Shootout to Win State Title
COLUMBUS, Ohio- In a duel of goalkeepers, Chagrin Falls netted four penalty kicks in a shootout to edge Cincinnati Wyoming, 4-2, and win the Division II girls soccer state championship Friday afternoon at Lower.com Field. The game saw a combined 38 shots on goal (Chagrin Falls 17; Wyoming 21), 18 saves and two overtime periods before the shootout commenced. Chagrin Falls’ Peyton Gellin and Wyoming’s Sophie Crockett each had nine saves apiece.
The victory marked the second girls soccer state title in school history for the Tigers and their first in the last 25 years.
In the first half, each team had three shots on goal with Sarah Burgess leading Chagrin Falls with two and three players were tied with one for Wyoming. Gellin was credited with two saves and Crockett made one save in the first half.
Conversely, in the final 40 minutes of regulation the teams went on the offensive. Wyoming took an additional nine shots on goal with the Cowboys’ Francesca Alberto being credited with five. The Tigers took eight shots on goal and Burgess was credited with three. In the final 10 minutes of the second half, the Tigers took four shots on goal while the Cowboys tallied three. Despite their opportunities, two 15-minute overtime periods were necessary. Gellin and Crockett combined for six total saves in the second half.
In the first overtime period, the Cowboys outshot the Tigers, seven attempts compared to four with Peyton Kyle leading Wyoming’s shots on goal with four. Burgess led Chagrin Falls with two shot attempts. Crockett made three saves while Gellin compiled two. In the second overtime period, both teams had two shots on goal and both attempts were saved by goalkeepers Gellin and Crockett.
In the shootout, each team received a set of five kicks and whichever team made more kicks than the other was declared the winner. Chagrin Falls attempted and successfully connected on four penalty kicks from Kate Bartlett, Elana McGinnis, Gellin and Burgess to clinch the state title. Wyoming’s Allie Mouch and Vanessa Rosander made the two penalty kicks for the Cowboys.
Friday’s Division II girls soccer state championship game was the first of six state title games held at Lower.com Field. Lower.com Field is home to Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew SC and the OHSAA soccer state championships through 2025 in downtown Columbus. The agreement comes after the OHSAA had played the soccer state championships at the Crew SC’s former home, Historic Crew Stadium, since 1999.
Girls Division I
Frey’s Brace Lifts Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame to first state title over Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a captain’s contribution from senior Emma Frey of Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame that propelled her team to victory in the 2021 OHSAA Division I girls soccer state final at Lower.com Field on Friday, November 12. She scored two goals and had one assist on the day, helping the Cougars to a 4-1 victory over Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit to give Mount Notre Dame its first soccer state title.
Frey’s brace was only the sixth time in OHSAA girls soccer state championship in which a player has scored two goals. Junior Peyton Kohls and sophomore Avery May were the other two goal scorers for Mount Notre Dame on the day. Goalkeeper for the Cougars, sophomore Allie Lammers, had four saves to help Mount Notre Dame (21-0-1) secure its first soccer state championship.
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (20-3-0) finished the game with five shots on frame, with freshman defender Hannah Pachan scoring the lone goal of the day for the Warriors.
The game started with end-to-end action, before Frey scored her first goal of the match in the eighth minute to put Mount Notre Dame in the lead. Less than 10 minutes later, she scored an absolute rocket from outside the 18-yard box into the top right corner off a pass from senior Ava Wittrock, she gave the Cougars a two-goal lead with only 17 minutes gone in the first half.
However, not more than 5 minutes later, Walsh Jesuit hit one back. A cross by senior Kennedy Alberty was deflected right into the path of freshman defender Hannah Pachan who rocketed it into the back of the net.
As time wound down in the first half, Mount Notre Dame snatched a third goal through a set piece in the 33rd minute. A cross by junior Allison Burkey was helped on its way into the net by sophomore Avery May. This gave the Cougars a solid 3-1 advantage at the break.
After the back and forth first half, the two teams settled in for the second half. There was one goal scored in the second 40 minutes and that came from junior forward Peyton Kohls in the 58th minute. A cross by Frey was deflected and helped on to the back post by sophomore Danielle Charleston, where Peyton was waiting for a tap in.
Senior Goalkeeper Maddie Krosky of Walsh Jesuit kept the Cougars at bay for the remainder of the game and tallied nine saves in the process.
But the first half display would be enough for the Cougars as they finish their season undefeated to claim their first OHSAA girls soccer state title.
Boys Division III
Claypool’s hat trick leads Grandview Heights to first boys state championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Grandview Heights defeated Columbiana Crestview 4-2 in the 2021 OHSAA Division III boys soccer state championship on Saturday, November 13 at Lower.com Field. A hat trick from junior Danny Claypool helped the Bobcats claim their first boys soccer state title.
The Bobcats (17-4-2) outshot the Columbiana Crestview Rebels (21-2-0) 19-8, who were making their first state tournament appearance.
Claypool notched the fourth hat trick in boys division III state final history. Senior midfielder Jack Mollette also scored on the day.
For Crestview, it was senior midfielder Mitchell Auer who supplied a brace for his team, scoring the two goals for the Rebels.
The game started with a bang as Claypool had himself a brace inside 10 minutes. Scoring off passes from junior Gunnar Szynal in the third minute and from senior Keegan Kearney at the 9:30 mark.
The Rebels got one back right on the brink of halftime, Auer scored in the final seconds off a pass from junior Nick Novak to cut the lead 2-1 going into the break.
Auer would complete his brace by tying the game for Crestview in the 53rd minute off a combination between senior captains Ryan Emch and Carter Blakeman.
However, Claypool would complete his hat trick less then 2 minutes later as he pulled the Bobcats back in front. Off a pass from junior Will DeVere, Claypool put the ball in the back of the net in the 55th minute.
Grandview Heights would capitalize on a red card foul in the box in the 76th minute as Mollette converted from the spot to secure the Bobcats their first boys state title.
Boys Division II
Last minute goal gives Cincinnati Wyoming state championship over Bay Village Bay
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Cowboys of Cincinnati Wyoming defeated the Rockets of Bay Village Bay 1-0 in the 2021 OHSAA Division II boys soccer state championship on Saturday, November 13 at Lower.com Field to secure its first boys soccer state title.
Bay was making its eighth Division II state title game appearance and first since 2017.
The Rockets (18-3-3) outshot the Cowboys (20-2-2) 13-5 but couldn’t get any past Wyoming’s junior goalkeeper Noah Popvitz, who had five saves on the day.
The scorer on the day for the Cowboys was junior captain Louie Trenkamp, who made Wyoming’s one shot on goal count by putting it in the back of the net. Rockets senior goalkeeper Alex Carras and the rest of the back line put out a strong defensive effort, only allowing that one shot on goal.
Bay Village had 13 shots on the afternoon and seven found their way on frame, with junior midfielder Ethan Jacobs tallying four of those seven on target shots.
The game was back and forth for the entire game, as both teams had multiple good chances. The Rockets had more shots, but the Cowboys recorded more corners (4-1).
The decisive moment came in the 78th minute when senior midfielder Nick Mouch threaded a pass through to Trenkamp who put Wyoming’s only shot on goal into the back of the net.
The Cowboys defended a final push in the closing moments from the Rockets to secure their first boys state championship.
Boys Division I
St. Ignatius win overtime thriller over Centerville for state title
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In overtime, Cleveland St. Ignatius defeated Centerville 2-1 in the 2021 OHSAA Division I boys soccer state championship on Saturday, November 13 at Lower.com Field. The win gives St. Ignatius its 11th boys soccer state title, most by any school in the state of Ohio.
The Wildcats (23-0-0) capped off their second straight undefeated season with their third straight boys soccer state championship. St. Ignatius held a 27-10 shot advantage over the Elks (20-2-1), who were making their eighth appearance in the title game.
Scoring the goals for St. Ignatius were junior midfielder Nolan Spicer, who scored a brace in last year’s state final, and senior forward Josip Rimac.
Centerville junior midfielder Colin Gottron scored for the Elks with senior forward Jack Drabenstott grabbing the assist.
St. Ignatius kept the ball in their attacking half for most of the first half and tallied 10 shots. The heroics of Elks sophomore goalkeeper Luke Shrivers and his back line kept the game scoreless at halftime.
The Wildcats would eventually get the goal that their play had warranted, less then 15 minutes into the second half. Off a pass from senior midfielder Luciano Pechota, Rimac put the ball in the back of the net in the 54th minute to give St. Ignatius the advantage.
Centerville would get their chance though and in the 74th minute, Gottron scored from a Drabenstott pass to level the score with 5 minutes to play.
A defensive masterclass from the Elks held Ignatius back in the final minutes to send the game to extra time.
Ten minutes into overtime, last year’s star performer broke the deadlock for the Wildcats. Spicer picked up the ball on the left side of the box in the 90th minute from junior Nathan Trickett’s pass and put it into the right side of the net, giving Ignatius their third straight boys championship title.