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2008 Boys Soccer Championships
November 7, 2008
Crew Stadium, Columbus

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2008 Boys State Tournament Results and Box Scores

Division I        Division II         Division III


  Division I State Championship Game
  Cleveland St. Ignatius 1, Beavercreek 0

2008 Division I State Champion
Cleveland St. Ignatius
High School


Championship Recap
Cleveland St. Ignatius senior Denio Leone’s improbable first-half goal through a cluster of defenders stood up as the game-winning goal to give the Wildcats a 1-0 win over Beavercreek Friday night in the OHSAA Division I boys soccer championship game in Columbus Crew Stadium.

In winning its third state championship (also in 2004 and 2005), top-ranked St. Ignatius (19-1-3) went 18-0-3 in its final 21 games of the season and out-scored its opponents 26-0 during its seven-game postseason run to the title. The shutout Friday night was the school-record 19th this season for junior goalkeeper Joe Kalt.

Second-ranked Beavercreek finishes the season 20-2-1. The Beavers were making their second appearance in the state championship game (1990).

Leone’s first-half goal came when St. Ignatius sophomore Ryan Ivansic lofted a corner kick into the penalty area that bounced around several Beavercreek defenders and St. Ignatius forward Vaughn Spurrier before settling at the feet of Leone. Surrounded by defenders, Leone somehow managed to blast a shot past them all and into the back of the net to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.

Kalt and the St. Ignatius defense would make it hold up, limiting the Beavers to four shots in the second half, none of which were on goal. Kalt finished the night with one save.

St. Ignatius out-shot Beavercreek 14-8 overall, including eight shots on goal, and led in corner kicks 6-3.

Beavercreek junior goalkeeper Ben Dorn collected seven saves. 

Box Score 1 2 Final
19-1-3 Cleveland St. Ignatius 1 0 1
20-2-1 Beavercreek 0 0 0
Scoring Summary:
SI - Denio Leone (assist Vaughn Spurrier, Ryan Ivansic), 37th minute
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  Division II State Championship Game
   Dayton Carroll 3, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 2 (SO 4-3)

2008 Division II State Champion
Dayton Carroll
High School


Championship Recap
Junior Jon Buscher converted Dayton Carroll’s final penalty kick to give his Patriots a 3-2 shootout win over defending state champion Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Friday in the OHSAA Division II boys soccer state championship game in soggy Columbus Crew Stadium.

In a driving rain, CVCA (19-3-1) kicked first in the alternating kick shootout format and connected on three of its five penalty kicks, while Carroll (20-1-2) connected on four, including Buscher’s dramatic game-ender, to give the Patriots their second state title, the first coming in 1980.

Neither team’s goalkeeper had a save during the 80 minute regulation and two 15 minute overtime periods as all four shots on goal found the back of the net. But in the shootout, the keepers – senior Ryan Sheedy for Carroll and senior backup Ryan Segedi for CVCA – were thrust into the spotlight. Segedi was inserted into the game for the shootout in place of senior Ryan Cook, who was in goal for regulation and both overtimes.

Sheedy and Segedi both saved their opponents’ third penalty kick attempt, and after CVCA sent its fifth PK wide right and high, Buscher delivered on his chance to end the game.

CVCA senior Matt Mason scored in the 32nd minute and Carroll junior Jeffrey Graham scored in the 38th to tie the game at 1-1. Carroll went up 2-1 in the 65th minute when senior Connor Morris scored, but CVCA answered 90 seconds later when Matt connected again.

CVCA out-shot Carroll 14-10 and had two shot hit the post, while two more hit the cross bar. Carroll took five corner kicks compared to three for CVCA.

Carroll senior Ben George, sophomore Justin Mitchell and Graham all converted penalty kicks during the shootout prior to Buscher’s game-winner.

Box Score 1 2 OT



20-1-2 Dayton Carroll 1 1 0 4 3
19-3-1 Cuyahoga Valley Christian Acad. 1 1 0 3 2
Scoring Summary:  
CVCA - Matt Mason (assist Taylor Hamilton), 32nd minute
DC - Jeffrey Graham (assist Jon Buschur), 38th minute
  DC - Connor Morris (assist Nick Newkold), 65th minute
  CVCA - Matt Mason (assist Eric Hallis), 66th minute
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  Division III Championship Game
  Toledo Ottawa Hills 1, Worthington Christian 0

2008 Division III State Champion
Toledo Ottawa Hills
High School


Championship Recap
Senior midfielder Sam Kuehnle’s 30-yard strike in the 51st minute through an unsuspecting Worthington Christian defense gave Ottawa Hills a 1-0 win in the boys Division III soccer state championship game Friday in rain-soaked Columbus Crew Stadium. It marks the first Toledo-area school to win a boys or girls soccer state championship.

Unranked entering the tournament and never having advanced past the regional finals, Ottawa Hills (20-3-0) knocked off the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Gates Mills Hawken, 3-0 in the state semifinal Tuesday and the state’s No. 2-ranked team, Worthington Christian, Friday to cap off the Green Bears’ season-ending 14-game winning streak.

Ottawa Hills, which overcame an 0-2-0 season start, also beat No. 6 Bluffton in the district final and shut out 17 of its 23 opponents.

In the 51st minute, Ottawa Hills senior Ben Bryant took a 35-yard free kick from outside the top-left corner of the 18-yard box that Worthington Christian junior goalkeeper Alex Scott punched out of the penalty area. As the WC defense relaxed, Kuehnle rushed up on the ball as it bounced outside the top-right corner of the 18. His line-drive shot hit the back-left corner of the net, stunning Scott and the WC defense.

Entering the finals with a 14-game winning streak, Worthington Christian applied most of the pressure during the first half, out-shooting Ottawa Hills 9-4 in the first 40 minutes. The Warriors ended the game with a 14-12 shot advantage and nearly tied the game with 9:15 left when senior midfielder Eric Stevenson’s shot went off the fingertips of Ottawa Hills senior goalkeeper Kevin Elliott and bounced off the left post.

Ottawa Hills’ Elliott ended the game with five saves. His first big one came with 12 minutes left in the first half when Stevenson sent a corner kick into the box that senior Luke Helmuth nearly headed in from just four yards away.

Worthington Christian’s Stevenson posted a game-high seven shots, including four on goal. Scott had three saves.

Box Score 1 2


18-4-1 Worthington Christian 0 0 0
20-3-0 Toledo Ottawa Hills 0 1 1
Scoring Summary:
OH - Sam Kuehnle (unassisted), 51st minute
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