Middletown Bishop Fenwick senior Alexis Heard scored with eight minutes
left in the game and Akron Archbishop Hoban missed a game-tying penalty
kick with 1:12 remaining as the Falcons won the OHSAA Division II girls
soccer state championship 1-0 Saturday in Columbus Crew Stadium.
(19-4-0) had never advanced past the district tournament before this
season, but went 7-0 in the postseason and outscored its opponents 16-2
along the way.
(21-2-1) brought an 18-game winning streak into the state championship
game and had shut out its last nine opponents, outscoring them 39-0.
championship game, Hoban had been shut out only once this season, that
coming in its fifth game of the regular season against Lodi Cloverleaf, a 0-0 tie.
There were not many
scoring chances for either team in the first 60 minutes of the game, but
Fenwick slowly began to gain the majority of possession and in the 72nd
minute found the back of the net. Fenwick freshman defender Selby Smith
collected the ball on the midfield line and kicked it high and over
several Hoban defenders toward Heard, who tapped it to her left, spun
away from a defender and sent a left-footed shot into the right side of
stepped up its pressure in the waning minutes and it resulted in Fenwick
foul inside the 18-yard box with 1:12 left in the game. Hoban junior
Juliana Libertin’s penalty kick went wide right, however, and the
Fenwick did not allow another chance at overtime.
Fenwick 14-7 and had more corner kicks, 4-2. There were seven shots on
goal combined, with Hoban having four and Fenwick three.
goalkeeper Mary Turvy had four saves, two in each half. Hoban senior
keeper Francesca Gironda had two saves, both in the first half.