The defending state champion Columbus Academy field hockey team is headed back to the state final after routing Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 6-0 in a state semifinal Oct. 31 at Upper Arlington.

The Vikings improved to 19-0-1 and will play Shaker Heights for the state championship Nov. 2 at UA. Academy, which will be making its 18th state final appearance, defeated the Raiders 2-0 on Sept. 13.

“We’ve come this far not to finish,” said Academy coach Anne Horton, whose team is seeking its 12th state title. “Whomever we face, we know it’s going to be a battle. Two quality teams. We’ll be ready, though.”

Carolyn Vaziri and Kiersten Thomassey scored first-half goals as Academy took a 2-0 lead into halftime.

Thomassey and Abby Yakam scored during a span of 1 minute, 35 seconds early in the second half to extend the Vikings’ lead to 4-0, and Charlotte Adams and Sarah Klingerman both added a goal to round out the scoring.

Academy held Mount Notre Dame without a shot on goal in posting its 19th shutout of the season.

“I’m very proud of this team,” Horton said. “It’s been difficult throughout the season because of last year’s success, starting again and wanting to do as well but knowing you have to create your own journey. We graduated all those attackers and it’s been a battle all season.”

Mount Notre Dame finished 15-3-2. 

Shaker Heights 2, Thomas Worthington 0

The Cardinals fell behind early and couldn’t break through the defensive wall put up by the Raiders in a state semifinal Oct. 31 at UA.

Thomas finished 16-2-2, with both of its losses coming against Shaker Heights. The Cardinals lost to the Raiders by the same score on Sept. 20.

“I really thought my girls really did a nice job of pressuring them the way that I wanted them to pressure,” Thomas coach Terri Simonetti Frost said. “That’s what we worked on all week. I feel like we really came out and controlled a lot of the game. But Shaker has really good stick skills and a good passing game.”

Maggie Carter backhanded a shot through traffic and into the cage to give Shaker Heights a 1-0 lead with 18:01 left in the first half.

The Cardinals had a couple of penalty-corner opportunities in the final minute of the first half, but couldn’t convert the equalizer.

The Raiders’ Eliza Bennett scored off a pass from Lora Clarke with 10 minutes remaining to close out the scoring.

Goalkeeper Athena Vadnal made two saves for Shaker Heights, which improved to 19-1 and will play Academy in the state final Nov. 2.

Goalie Scarlett Oaks had one save for the Cardinals.

—Michael Rich

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