Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
October 29, 2020
If it were a hockey game, Mogadore Field might have had a chance against West Geauga. But a soccer goalie can only stand on her head for so long with the posts 24 feet apart.
During a Division II Northeast District 2 semifinal games between No. 2-seed West Geauga (14-3) and No. 3-seed Field (12-4-2) on Monday night in Chester Township, the host Lady Wolverines hammered away 23 shots on goal.
But Field junior goalkeeper Hannah Siudak turned away blast, after blast, after blast, as the West Geauga girls owned just a 1-0 lead at halftime. The Lady Falcons tied it up for a brief moment in the second half, before West Geauga opened the floodgates for an eventual 4-1 victory.
Siudak finished the night with a brilliant 19 saves in what otherwise could have been another blowout victory for the Lady Wolverines, who were coming off decisive results against Harvey, 10-0, and Edgewood, 7-0, in their first two playoff games.
Against Field, West G’s attack featured two goals and an assist by senior forward Nicola Ehrbar, two goals by sophomore forward Frankee Flesher and an assist from senior midfielder Bailey Zanella. Through 17 matches, Ehrbar now has 23 goals and 10 assists, while Flesher owns 22 goals with four assists.
While West G sophomore keeper Ashlyn Drayer was riding five straight shutouts entering the match against Field, with 60 saves on the season, the Lady Falcons only had one shot on target for a goal on Monday night.
With the victory, West Geauga advances to play district favorite and state No. 6-ranked Streetsboro (14-1-3), according to the coaches poll, in the title game at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lady Rockets’ home pitch.
Kenston blanks NDCL
After a 2-1 overtime nail biter last Thursday, the Kenston girls soccer team continued its playoff run with a 3-0 result against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in the Division II Northeast District 1 semifinals on Monday night in Bainbridge.
With the No. 4 seed in the 12-team district, the Lady Bombers (15-3) owned the pace of the pitch in last week’s quarterfinal game against No. 3-seed Cortland Lakeview (14-2), outshooting the Lady Bulldogs, 15-3, in that affair, but the score was 1-1 after 80 minutes of regulation with a tally from junior forward Sophia Mighton in the 44th minute.
In overtime, junior midfielder Skylar Cornell hammered home a walk-off winner on a lefty strike from 25 yards out in the 85th minute – her 17th tally this campaign.
Advancing to Monday’s semifinal game, Kenston was up against No. 6-seed NDCL (9-7), which was coming off an 8-3 upset victory against No. 2-seed West Branch (13-2-2), who was ranked No. 12 in the state coaches poll – obviously with some 20-20 hindsight questioning that ranking.
But the unranked Kenston girls had no problem keeping a clean against NDCL, thanks to four saves from senior keeper Natalie Adante.
Offensively, the Lady Bombers took a 1-0 halftime lead off sophomore forward Ramsey Smith’s tally in the 27th minute, with an assist from sophomore midfielder Emma Gaskin.
In the second half, Gaskin provided another assist, her 11th of the season, to sophomore forward Paige Spicuzza for a 2-0 lead in the 41st minute, before the Lady Bombers buried the dagger on a Mighton to junior forward Lily Peters finish in the 65th minute for the 3-0 final.
With that victory, the Lady Bombers will make their program’s first district title game appearance when they travel to take on No. 1-seed and state No. 8-ranked Canfield (13-3-2) at 6 p.m. Thursday in Mahoning County.
Chagrin thumps Woodridge
The Chagrin Falls girls soccer team (13-3-1) is soaring back to the title game after the Lady Tigers put a 10-1 hurting on Woodridge (11-8) in the Division II Northeast District 5 semifinals on Monday at their home pitch.
Owning the top seed in the 12-team district, the Chagrin Falls girls got to business early with a 6-1 lead at intermission and never looked back in the rout against the No. 7-seed Lady Bulldogs, who were coming off a 3-0 victory against No. 5-seed Canton South.
Chagrin Falls actually had a more difficult game in its playoff opener against No. 6-seed Orange (6-3-1) last Thursday, when the Lady Tigers didn’t put away a 2-0 tally until the 63rd minute for the eventual final.
In those two playoff triumphs, junior midfielder Peyton Gellin scored four goals with two assists, sophomore forward Elana McGinnis scored two goals with three assists and junior forward Sarah Burgess scored two goals with two assists. That trio has combined for 49 of Chagrin’s 67 goals this campaign.
With the win, the Chagrin girls advance to host district No. 2-seed Lake Catholic (10-4-3) in the title game at 6 p.m. Thursday. Lake Catholic was a 3-1 winner over Aurora.
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