Girls Soccer | Regional Semifinal Recaps

First-half rally sends Watterson into regional final

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The Watterson High School girls soccer team rallied to defeat Hilliard Davidson 2-1 in a Division I regional semifinal Oct. 29 at Dublin Jerome.

The Eagles improved to 13-2-4 and Davidson finished 14-4-2.

Davidson jumped out to a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game when sophomore forward Devon McClellan scored off an assist from senior forward Lea Edler.

Watterson answered with back-to-back goals by freshman forwards Priscilla Severance and Emily Ganz to take a 2-1 halftime lead.

Davidson struggled to generate quality scoring chances in the second half. Senior forward Ashley Bates had Davidson’s best second-half scoring opportunity when she headed the ball just one foot wide of Watterson’s left goal post with 18 minutes remaining.

Watterson senior goalkeeper Marissa Wierzbicki finished with six saves and Davidson senior goalkeeper Rachel Teater had five saves.

“We came out a little timid and complacent, and I knew if we did that that they would put their opportunities away,” Watterson coach Alex Portier said. “But our team is battle-tested after playing a tough regular season schedule and our players knew what to do because we’ve been down in games and have come back before.”

Pickerington North 3, Marysville 2 (OT)

Cameron Shedenhelm’s goal with 8:45 left in the first sudden-death overtime powered the Pickerington High School North girls soccer team to a 3-2 win over Marysville in a Division I regional semifinal Oct. 29 at Gahanna.

Marysville’s Kaela Kovanda gave the Monarchs the lead 33 seconds into the game, but North’s Emily Thomas tied it less than two minutes later.

The teams also traded goals early in the second half. Megan Marasco slipped past Marysville goalkeeper Kendra Steepe with 9:49 left to make it 2-1 North, but the Monarchs’ Aubree Lewis tied it 1:35 later.

Hannah Wilson made two saves for North, which improved to 18-0-1 and will play Watterson in a regional final at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at a site to be announced.

Steepe had eight saves for Marysville, which finished 12-7-1.

— Dave Purpura

Granville 4, Bexley 1

The Blue Aces got three goals from sophomore forward Nikki Cox and one from senior defender Riley Rosinski and beat the Lions 4-1 in a Division II regional semifinal Oct. 29 at Zanesville.

Granville improves to 17-2-1.

Senior midfielder Sarah Dawley scored the only goal for Bexley, which finishes 12-7-1.

— Jarrod Ulrey

Middletown Fenwick 2, Columbus Academy 0

The Columbus Academy girls soccer team saw its season come to an end following a 2-0 loss to Middletown Fenwick in a Division III regional semifinal Oct. 29 at Hilliard Bradley High School.

The Vikings finished the season 11-4-6.

Academy goalkeeper Neve Adler had six saves.

Fenwick's Katie McCarthy opened the scoring with 26 minutes left in the first half and Leandra Hess added an insurance goal in the second half, assisted by McCarthy.

Fenwick, the defending Division III state champion, improved to 10-5-5. In 2011, Fenwick defeated Academy 6-2 in a regional semifinal.

— Frank DiRenna

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