district have had a remarkable familiarity. In all five years the
participants have been Sylvania Northview and Toledo St. Ursula and, in
all five years, St. Ursula has managed to come away with the victory.
This year the participants are the same but the outcome is different as
the Northview Wildcats finally prevailed, 2-0.
Northview wasted little time establishing that this was their year. With only two minutes gone in the first half, Wildcat junior Paige Maroney executed a pass that found teammate, Brooke Taylor, breaking toward the net. Taylor quickly shot the ball toward the Arrow net and, when the Arrow goalie could not reach it, the Wildkats were on the board with an early 1-0 lead.
Typically the district final matches between St.Ursula and Northview have been hotly contested affairs with neither team enjoying a significant advantage but this year it was different. From the beginning to the end the ladies from Northview were in complete control.
As an example of the Wildcats’ dominance, in the first half the Arrows were able to advance the ball into Northview’s defensive zone only three times and failed to get a shot off on all three occasions. Additionally, the Arrows had only two shots on goal for the entire game and both shots came late in the second half.
Bruce Petersen, St. Ursula head coach was complimentary of the Wildcats and their coach, Rick Burgin, but Petersen saved special praise for his graduating seniors.
“They have all been part of a very successful program and they have all played an important role in that program. Even though they have lost today, they have nothing to be ashamed of. They played hard and left it on the field. I am proud of each of them.”
The second Northview goal came shortly before halftime and this time senior Brooke Taylor decided to do it on her own. Taking advantage of an Arrow defensive lapse, Taylor dribbled between two Arrow defenders and released a shot into the low left corner that provided Northview a 2-0 lead.
Neither team managed a score in the second half but the Wildcats continued their domination. The Arrows were able to more successfully advance the ball against the Wildcat defense but still spent the majority of the half playing defense.
Northview coach Rick Burgin was circumspect about his team’s surprisingly easy victory but was quick to note that his young charges deserved the honor.
“They have done what is necessary to place themselves in a position to win. They have worked hard and done the off-season work. We are proud to be taking the place of such a great program (St. Ursula).”
With their win the Wildcats will advance to the regional semifinals that will be played next Wednesday, October 31st at 7 pm at Findlay High School. The Northview opponent will be Ashland High School.