Field Hockey

Columbus Academy, Watterson advance to state tournament


The Columbus Academy field hockey team earned the program’s fifth consecutive state tournament berth following a 1-0 win over Olentangy Liberty in a district final on Oct. 27 at Dublin Jerome.

Hana Sinno scored the game’s lone goal with 6 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in the first half.

Columbus Academy (17-0-1) had several chances to add to its lead, but was turned away by Liberty goalkeeper Maddie Passeralla, who finished with 15 saves.

Columbus Academy goalies Sarah Guendert and Megan Neubig combined for two saves.

“They probably had three stick stops on the goal line,” Columbus Academy coach Anne Horton said. “We were pounding it. Half a stick length and that score could have been 5 or 6-0. Good for them doing that, but I thought we controlled the momentum of the game. I thought we had the strongest offensive flow. I felt good about the win today.”

The Vikings defeated Liberty 8-0 on Aug. 27.

Columbus Academy will play Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (17-0-1) in a state semifinal at noon on Friday, Nov. 2, at Upper Arlington. Watterson (18-1) and Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (15-3-1) will meet in the other semifinal.

The state final 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at UA.

The Vikings are seeking their first state title since 2006 when it defeated Watterson 4-0 in the final.

Liberty finished the season 16-4.

The Eagles advanced with a 1-0 victory over defending state champion Thomas Worthington on Oct. 27 at Jerome.

Alessandra Margello scored on a pass from Stephanie Polleta midway through the second half to lead the Eagles.

Goalie Bridget Wagy made two saves for Watterson. Ellen Westfall also had two saves for the Cardinals (14-3-2), who finished 14-3-2.