SPRINGFIELD – After creating many of the second-half scoring opportunities, the Dublin Coffman girls soccer team scored to tie West Chester Lakota West midway through the second half of a Division I state semifinal Nov. 5 at Springfield High School Stadium.

The momentum the Shamrocks may have gained didn’t last, however, as the Firebirds answered with a goal less than four minutes later to regain the lead and went on to a 2-1 victory.

Lakota West’s second goal came with 10 minutes, 55 seconds remaining and was scored by Kailyn Dudukovich. The goal wasn’t immediately credited as officials determined whether the play was offsides.

Coffman finished 15-2-5, while Lakota West improved to 21-0-2 and will play Whitehouse Anthony Wayne in the state final Nov. 9 at Mapfre Stadium.

“I thought our girls did great and for the most part in the first half, they carried the play,” Shamrocks coach Costa Kalorides said. “The second half, they dominated except for a stint of 5-10 minutes.”

Dudukovich scored to give Lakota West a 1-0 lead with 26:19 left in the first half.

“They got it on a corner kick off a header,” Kalorides said. “Set pieces aren’t always our strong points, and that one got us. It was a well-placed header and we couldn’t clear it off the line.”

Emma Barthel scored for Coffman with 14:16 remaining.

“Simone (Rivard-Roberts) had a really good corner kick and it deflected off someone and I was kind of there and was able to hit it in,” Barthel said. “We definitely gave it our all.”


Cincinnati Country Day 4, Columbus Academy 2

XENIA – The Vikings saw their season come to an end against the defending state champion in a Division III state semifinal Nov. 5 at Doug Adams Stadium in Xenia.

Academy, which was making its first state appearance, finished 16-4-2, while Country Day improved to 19-0-2 and will play Kirtland or Findlay Liberty-Benton in the state final Nov. 9 at Mapfre Stadium.

The Indians have outscored their opponents 110-21 this season.

“They are very good,” Vikings coach Matt Thompson said. “I knew what was coming. It’s hard to create what we’re going to see: the depth, the speed and the skill. What I’m most proud of, though, is how the kids just kept fighting, and that does not surprise me at all given the character and the heart they’ve shown all season long.”

Country Day jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 25 minutes as senior forward Lawson Renie scored all three goals.

Academy’s Katie Schiano scored with 14:59 left in the first half to cut the deficit to 3-1

Renie, who has a team-high 46 goals on the season, scored her fourth of the contest with 13:11 left in the game before Academy’s Annalise Grammel closed out the scoring with 7:36 remaining.

—Frank DiRenna