The Columbus Academy field hockey team earned its second consecutive state championship and 12th overall with a 1-0 victory over Shaker Heights on Nov. 2 at Upper Arlington.
Regan Cornelius scored the game’s lone goal on a penalty stroke with 26 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Vikings, who had beaten the Raiders 2-0 on Sept. 13, finished 20-0-1.
“This is definitely overwhelming,” Academy coach Anne Horton said. “There’s no doubt about it. I don’t really think about that stuff. You’re always in the moment, trying to guide the team that you have and doing the best that you can. They’ve done their thing, so it’s always about the future.”
Clinging to its 1-0 lead in the second half, Academy turned to its defense, led by goalkeeper Alex Phelps. The Vikings faced 13 penalty corners and Phelps made five saves as Academy posted its 20th shutout of the season.
The Vikings did not have any penalty corners.
“This was our toughest game of the year,” Phelps said. “Shaker has some great players. Practicing with these girls just builds me up so I can take these shots. I don’t feel pressure. I’m just really excited right now. … It’s an honor to have this (state championship) trophy in my arms right now.”
Goalie Athena Vadnal had two saves for Shaker Heights, which finished 19-2.
“Shaker Heights was good,” Horton said. “I knew they were good. Luckily, we were able to capitalize at the beginning and hold on for dear life.”