semifinalists but Wednesday Ashland put an end to the Wildcats dreams
by coming from behind to win 3-2 in a Division I girls soccer regional
semifinal at Findlay. The Arrows (16-2-3) advance to the regional final Saturday and will
play Strongsville, a 3-2 winner over Rocky River Magnificat, at
Lexington High School at noon. Northview finishes 17-2-2.
FINDLAY – Sylvania Northview was viewed all season as potential state semifinalists but Wednesday Ashland put an end to the Wildcats dreams by coming from behind to win 3-2 in a Division I girls soccer regional semifinal at Findlay.
The Arrows (16-2-3) advance to the regional final Saturday and will play Strongsville, a 3-2 winner over Rocky River Magnificat, at Lexington High School at noon. Northview finishes 17-2-2.
Northview started the evening slowly as the Arrows controlled the early action. The Ashland front line players seemed to be having little trouble getting by the Ladycat defenders but, fortunately for Northview, the Arrows were unable to successfully convert on any of their initial rushes.
As the play progressed Northview began to adjust to the Arrow attack and Northview began to control the flow of play. With the wind at their back, the Ladycats were able to distribute the ball and find seams in the Arrow defense but their only first half goal came at the 26 minute mark when Katie Schmidt softly lofted a pass toward the Arrow net that teammate Paige Maroney converted.
The Northview lead was short-lived as the Arrows came scratching back. Ashland senior Rachel Phillip used her quick feet to elude her Northview defender and from point blank range evened the score. The score was one that Ashland coach Jerry White considered to be particularly significant in the ultimate outcome.
“We figured, based on their (Northview) prior tournament games against St. Ursula and Anthony Wayne, that if they won the toss that they take the wind,” White said. “Tonight they won the toss and, as expected, took the wind. We figured if we could keep them scoreless or give up only one goal that we would be in good shape entering the second half. Our scoring that first goal was a big plus.”
n the second half, Ashland’s Megan Gallaway scored twice in the first 15 minutes to provide the Arrow’s with a commanding 3-1 lead. Gallaway’s first goal came on a rush that was aided substantially by the fact that one of the Northview defenders fell as Gallaway’s teammate, Rachel Phillip, was approaching the Ladycat net. As the defender fell, Phillip passed the ball across the goal mouth to Gallaway who directed the ball into the net.
Just over three minutes later, Ashland senior Brianna Fulmer executed a perfect corner kick toward the front of the Northview goal. Megan Gallaway utilized the opportunity, and the failure of the Northview defenders to timely react, to head the ball past Kelsey McCoy, the Ladycat goalie.
Northview coach, Ryan Creech, commenting on the third Arrow goal, said: “They (Ashland) kinda caught us flat-footed on that goal. It was a momentary lapse but one that cost us dearly.”
Subsequent to the third Ashland goal, the Ladycats had sufficient time to get back in the game but the Ashland defense thwarted their efforts until Paige Maroney scored her second goal of the game in the closing two minutes. It was too little too late, however, for Northview as time expired on the game and their season.