|(Updated 6:30 a.m. 11-7-12) Perrysburg girls soccer to play for state title (11-6-12)|
|Written by Thomas Schmeltz Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Tuesday, 06 November 2012 20:35|
SANDUSKY – Jubilation was the emotion amongst the Perrysburg players Tuesday night at Strobel Field in Cedar Point Stadium.
Coaches were thrown in the air and fans celebrated with each other, all for a trip to the state championship game as Perrysburg’s girls soccer team defeated defending state champion Strongsville, 2-0 in a Division I state semifinal at Sandusky High School. PHOTO GALLERY
It is the first time the Yellow Jackets will play for a state title in girls soccer.
“I don’t know what they call it,” Perrysburg co-head coach Margaret Bernard said of the tossing celebration. “But if that motivates them to play well, then they can pick me up and throw me around as much as they want.”
Perrysburg, 22-0 and ranked first in the state and second in the nation, face Mason on Friday at 7 p.m. at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Mason (20-1-1) defeated Pickerington North 1-0 in overtime Tuesday to advance.
“Amazing,” said senior forward Maddy Williams, who scored both goals in the first half for Perrysburg. “It honestly feels like a dream. My team deserves it so much. This group of girls works so hard.”
Strongsville, ranked third in the final state poll, finished 19-2.
Early on, it looked as if Perrysburg was going to have a problem with Strongsville’s offense as the Mustangs controlled possession through much of the first seven minutes of the match.
But Williams struck twice in a span of less than eight minutes to give Perrysburg the only goals it would need to clinch a berth in the state final.
“Normally, we have three goals (for each match) and we added an extra one,” said Perrysburg co-head coach Jorge Diaz. “The extra one was to make an impact right away in the first 10 minutes of the game. We had been waiting a little bit to kind of figure things out.”
At the 9:53 mark of the opening half, Williams took advantage of a turnover by Strongsville and netted her shot, as she put the ball past goalkeeper Sarah Baskey, who had come to the top of the goalie box to try and stop the loose ball.
“My college coach always tells me that I need to keep pressuring as a forward and I’ll get some extra chances,” Williams, who will attend Purdue University next year, said. “I got that one chance and it was an easy slot.”
Shortly after, with 22:26 to go in the first half, Williams struck with her left foot. This time, she was wide open and scored after a pass from Courtney Clody. It was the 47th goal of the season for Williams.
The senior scored from about 18 yards out, as Baskey, diving to her left, couldn’t stop the ball, allowing Perrysburg to take a 2-0 lead.
“A huge weight lifted off your shoulders,” Perrysburg goalkeeper Chloe Buehler said of the two early goals. “We had to make sure we came out hard.
“(Strongsville) kind of walked in a half hour before the game and seemed pretty cocky to be honest,” Buehler added. “And we took it to them right away. I don’t think they were expecting it at all.”
Buehler, set to play at Penn State next year, stopped all eight shots on goal. Perrysburg had just two shots on goal and eight shots total.
“They didn’t really get any really good chances on net because our defense had played so well,” Buehler said. “So their chances were just desperation, and I was able to get to those and our defense stopped everything else.”
Perrysburg has out-scored its opponents, 107-5, on the season. Strongsville had given up just five goals this season as well.
“We came here early and got ready to go,” said Diaz. “(Strongsville) just jumped in and expected to just walk in and play. At that time, Margaret said to me, ‘I don’t think they’re ready to come and play.’ So we said we would take them out early.”
The ’Jackets, who lost 1-0 in a regional semifinal last year to Northview, saw a surge of energy from Strongsville in the second half, but Buehler and the rest of the defense didn’t budge.
“We know the pain from losing last year,” Williams said. “We’ve been in the position before where we’ve lost a big game that we knew we should have won.”
“We wanted to go to Columbus,” Diaz said. “But now we want to win the whole thing. This was our big challenge right there. We have all the tools to make it happen.”
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 06:38|
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