The Pickerington High School North girls soccer team’s season ended in almost exactly the same fashion as it did in 2012.
Mason’s Chloe Knue scored with 2 minutes, 2 seconds to play in the first overtime, sending the Comets past the Panthers 1-0 in a Division I state semifinal Nov. 5 at Bellbrook.
Mason also defeated North 1-0 in overtime in a state semifinal last year on the same field.
“It hurts. What else can you say?” said Panthers coach Greg Van Kannel, whose team finished 19-1-1. “They’re very disappointed. They wanted to go a little further, but life is not always fair.”
Comets forward Taylor Sheppard started the scoring play by winning a one-and-one battle with a defender and crossing the ball toward the center of the field. Knue took the pass about 15 yards from the goal, and lined a kick into the lower right corner of the net.
Mason, which has not allowed a goal in the postseason, improved to 18-2-2 and will play Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit in the state final at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Crew Stadium. Walsh Jesuit, which won the Division II state title last year, edged Rocky River Magnificat 1-0 in the other state semifinal Nov. 5.
Senior goalkeeper Hannah Wilson made nine saves for the Panthers.
Granville 1, Kettering Alter 0
The Granville High School girls soccer team got dominated in the areas of possession and shots but scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 victory over Kettering Alter in a Division II state semifinal Nov. 5 at Hilliard Bradley.
The win sends the Blue Aces to the state championship game against Rocky River at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Crew Stadium.
Granville takes a 19-2-1 record into the matchup against the Pirates, who are 21-0-1.
“It’s not really sunk in yet,” coach Scott Forster said. “I figured it would be a one-goal game. We were pinned back (on defense) for a good 65 minutes of the game and I don’t know how we did it.”
Senior midfielder Chloe Kent scored the only goal with 30 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half for Granville.
Sophomore forward Nikki Cox hit the crossbar twice on shot-attempts after that, but those were among the only other offensive chances for the Blue Aces.
Alter, which finishes 16-6, is one of just three teams to hold Granville to one goal.
The Blue Aces haven’t been shut out this season but will face a Rocky River team in the state final that has posted 14 shutouts.
“Nikki free-kicked it in and we’ve been working a lot on position and I just kind of popped it over the goalkeeper,” said Kent, whose team was outshot 13-4. “We really just tried to weather the storm (the rest of the game).”
-- Jarrod Ulrey