2013 OHSAA Girls State Final Pairings
Hamilton Badin def. Gates Mills Hawken 3-2 (SO)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hamilton Badin defeated Gates Mills Hawken 3-2 in penalty kicks in the 2013 OHSAA girls Division III state soccer championship on Friday at Crew Stadium in Columbus. Badin senior goalkeeper Michelle Hessling saved a PK before stepping up to net a goal herself in the 4th round of PKs. Hawken then missed its next shot, sealing the victory for the Rams in the shootout (4-3).
Badin (15-4-4) put pressure on Hawken in the second half with seven of their 15 shots and three of their five shots on goal. Hawken had five corners compared to Badin’s two, but could not capitalize on the set pieces.
Hawken (16-2-5) was on the board first in the sixth minute of the first half. Senior Kat Zalar scored on a penalty kick after being fouled in the penalty box. Zalar added her second goal for the Lady Hawks in the 23rd minute, putting Hawken up 2-0 at halftime. Badin rallied in the second half with a goal in the 60th minute from Malia Berkely (assist by Morgan Langhammer). Langhammer then scored in the 74th (assisted by Gabby Geigle) to tie the game.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the overtime, but it would take a penalty shootout to crown a champion. The first three shooters for each team scored, but Badin would break the tie with a save and a goal in the 4th round. Hawken missed its final shot.
This is Badin’s eighth state appearance and second state title, its first coming in 2005.
Hawken comes away as runner-ups for the first time in its first state final appearance. The Hawks were a first-time state participant in 2012 (lost in semi-final).
Rocky River def. Granville 3-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rocky River controlled most of the 2013 OHSAA girls Division II soccer state championship game at Crew Stadium in Columbus, defeating Granville 3-1 Friday evening.
The Pirates finish the season 22-0-1 and take home the state title as a first-time state participant. Granville (19-3-1) ends its season as state runner-up in its first state appearance.
Rocky River senior Grace Bennett scored the game’s first goal in the third minute. Classmate Abby Elinsky scored just six minutes later in the ninth minute to give Rocky River a commanding 2-0 lead headed into halftime. Granville senior Nikki Cox answered in the second half with a goal on a penalty kick in 49th minute. Grace Bennett added her second goal of the game in the 71st minute after netting a rebound that had bounced off the post to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.
Rocky River gave Granville plenty of pressure with 25 shots and 10 shots on goal, compared to the Blue Aces’ four shot and four shots on goal.
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit def. Mason 2-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit capped off an undefeated season with a 2-0 victory over Mason in the 2013 OHSAA girls Division I soccer state championship game on Friday at Crew Stadium in Columbus.
With the victory, Walsh Jesuit finishes with a 20-0-3 record and its seventh girls state soccer championship.
In the first half, freshman Sofia Rossi put the Warriors on the board in the 36th minute, Sophomore Katie Quinn added another goal in the 69th minute of the second half. Mason had scoring opportunities, but could not finish in the box.
The championship game was a well contested, physical battle between both teams. Walsh Jesuit committed eight fouls to Mason’s 11. Mason also had two players receive yellow cards, while Walsh Jesuit received one. The Warriors were able to convert on half of their shots on goal (4), having a total of seven shots. Mason only had four shots and two shots on goal.
Mason, in its second appearance in the state tournament, finishes as runner-up for the second year in a row, with a 18-3-2 record.