Girls Soccer

DeSales heading back to title game

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CENTERVILLE, Ohio — Coach Bob McGee has credited a growing cast of unheralded players as DeSales advanced through the state tournament.

In a Division II state semifinal last night, senior captain Kerry McGuire became the latest to step into the spotlight. Her goal with 14:26 remaining helped send the defending champion Stallions back to the title game with a 1-0 win over Cincinnati Indian Hill at Centerville Stadium.

“Most people don’t give us credit because of our seven losses, but these kids just get better and better,” McGee said. “It’s like a fairyland right now.”

After the Stallions (15-7-1) had dominated time of possession for most of the second half, senior Alvi Shivley helped break the tie by keeping possession against two defenders along the left side. DeSales reversed the field, and McGuire received a pass on the right hash mark.There, from about 20 yards, she got off a low, powerful shot that rolled far post and past Indian Hill goalkeeper Lexi Carrier.

“It feels amazing,” McGuire said. “I just saw a space open and I ran. It was a perfect ball, and I found the back corner of the net. I saw an open space and knew I should put it there.”

With 11 minutes remaining in the first half, Indian Hill senior Taylor Jackson uncorked a rising shot from about 30 yards that struck the crossbar, bounced straight down and out of the mouth of the goal. It was ruled a no-goal.

“There’s nothing I can do about it now,” Indian Hills coach Amy Dunlap said. “You can always say could’ve-should’ve-would’ve.”

McGee said he did not see much of the play but added, “All I know is I don’t like it when they get shots off.”

From there, the Stallions absorbed a number of chances as the Braves (17-4-1) pushed for the tying goal. Indian Hill’s final gasp came with less than 30 seconds remaining, but Liz Dammeyer came up a step short on a loose ball inside the box that rolled out of harm’s way.

With a shot at a second straight state title, McGuire said her team’s five-game losing streak to end the regular season now seems a distant memory.

“I think (it) picked us up,” she said. “We knew we needed to pick it up. It woke us up a little, and we got on a roll.”

DeSales will play undefeated Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit on Friday afternoon in Crew Stadium.

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