Field Hockey

Academy tops Thomas for 10th state title


Getting to overtime translated into another victory for the Columbus Academy field hockey team in the state championship game Nov. 2 against Thomas Worthington at Upper Arlington.

The Vikings went 0-1-1 during the regular season against the Cardinals but returned the favor with a 1-0 overtime victory that gave them their 10th state title and second in a row.

“We’ve been in overtime four times and we’ve won all four,” coach Anne Horton said. “They picked the motto that the odds were against them this year and that they wanted to try to make it happen.”

Academy, which finished 18-2-1, won the game on a reverse chip shot by senior midfielder Brie Stahl with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left in overtime.

With 3:33 to go in regulation, Cardinals junior attacker Christina Mertz appeared to slap one into the net off a pass from senior attacker Maddie Goelz, but the goal was waved off.

According to Thomas coach Terri Simonetti Frost, one official ruled it a goal but another ruled Mertz didn’t get a stick on the ball and that Goelz was outside of the circle.

The Cardinals finished 19-1-1. They tied Academy at 1 on Sept. 19 and beat the Vikings 3-1 on Oct. 12.