Girls Soccer - Div. II State Final

DeSales falls in Division II state final

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DeSales' Michelle Seiffert tries to keep the ball inbounds during DeSales' 5-0 loss to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit in the Division II state final Nov. 9, 2012 at Crew Stadium.

DeSales High School girls soccer coach Bob McGee briefly considered having his team use extra defenders against Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit in the Division II state championship game Nov. 9 at Crew Stadium.

He decided against having extra players in the back, and the Warriors took advantage in record fashion.

Maddy John scored two goals, and Walsh Jesuit broke the game open with two goals in a 2-minute, 35-second stretch midway through the first half to cruise to a 5-0 victory and the program’s sixth state championship, a record regardless of gender.

“What we were hoping to do was come out, put some pressure on them and maybe get a goal, get into our end and get some opportunities to stretch the field,” McGee said. “We wanted to get them to play both sides, but they came up with the goals when they needed them.”

The loss foiled DeSales’ quest for a second consecutive state title. The Stallions finished 15-8-1.

Most of the game was played in Walsh Jesuit’s offensive end. John scored off a corner kick with 23:38 left in the first half, and 11 minutes later Abby Kithcart made it 2-0 off a floating crossing pass that eluded DeSales goalie Katerina Barrett.

Two minutes later, Notre Dame recruit Sandra Yu made it 3-0, and the Warriors (21-0-2) — who defeated DeSales 3-0 on Oct. 6 — weren’t seriously threatened after that. They outshot the Stallions 21-2.

“We started everything up top and had the forwards build (the offense) for us. This team did a great job today. They chased everything down,” Yu said. “I wouldn’t say it was too easy, no, but it was definitely fun.”

Kennedy Payne and John scored in the second half, when DeSales was held without a shot.

Walsh Jesuit’s margin of victory was the largest in the 28-year history of the girls soccer state tournament. The Warriors were upset by Toledo St. Ursula 1-0 in a shootout in a Division II state semifinal last year, after defeating Pickerington North 3-0 for the Division I state title in 2010.

DeSales beat St. Ursula 2-0 in last year’s Division II final.

Barrett made eight saves for the Stallions, who advanced to the title game despite losing their final five regular-season games.

“If you’d have told the kids we’d be back here after that stretch, I don’t think they’d have believed it,” McGee said. “It’s something we talk about, but we only go one game at a time. That’s all we could do to get through that series of games. By the time we looked up, we realized what we had an opportunity to do.”