XENIA – The Olentangy Liberty boys soccer team will meet Cleveland St. Ignatius for the third time with the Division I state championship on the line on Nov. 10 at Mapfre Stadium.
The Patriots scored in the first minute and made it stand for a 1-0 victory over Liberty Township Lakota East in a state semifinal Nov. 6 at Xenia to improve to 19-2-1 and advance to their fourth state final.
Liberty won the 2012 state title but lost to St. Ignatius in state finals in both 2011 and 2014.
The fourth-ranked Patriots lost to second-ranked Wildcats 1-0 on Oct. 12.
“We saw them the last game of the regular season and, obviously, they’re Ignatius, they’re good,” Liberty coach Marc D’Auteuil said.
Against Lakota East, Ludwig Conrad scored off of a centering pass into the box by Jaggar Brooker.
“When that ball went through to Jaggar, I knew I had to get as high up as I could because any ball in the box could bounce around and set up,” Conrad said. “I got lucky it came right to me. I couldn’t really see the goal. I just knew where it was, so I tried to put it on target and it went in.”
Liberty nearly scored a second goal with 10:50 left in the first half on a shot by Conrad that was saved by Thunderhawks goalkeeper Nic Lemen.
Lakota East had one of its best scoring opportunities midway through the second half off of a corner kick, Brady Shapiro’s shot was saved by Liberty goalie Theren Handlon.
Liberty lost in a state semifinal last season.
“We just wanted it,” Patriots senior defender Nate Logozzo said. “Nothing was going to stop us tonight, especially after last year.”
Lakota East finished 16-4-3.DIVISION III
Wellington 4, Botkins 0
The Jaguars are headed to the Division III state final for the first time in program history after routing seventh-ranked Botkins in a state semifinal Nov. 6 at Springfield.
Ranked fifth, Wellington improved to 17-2-3 and will play Bluffton for the state title Nov. 10 at Mapfre Stadium.
Freddie Lin scored a pair of first-half goals, with the second assisted by Eli Dulle with 3:18 left before halftime.
Jordan Livits scored the other two goals for the Jaguars, who have outscored their six postseason opponents by a combined 36-0.
Botkins finished 19-1-2.
—Jarrod UlreyDIVISION II
Tipp City Tippecanoe 1, Columbus Academy 0
LONDON – The Vikings’ pursuit of their second state title ended in a Division II state semifinal Nov. 6 at London.
Jake Rowland scored with 27:37 remaining to lift the second-ranked Red Devils to victory. Tippecanoe improved to 22-0-1 and will play Warren Howland in the state final Nov. 10 at Mapfre Stadium.
Academy, which was ranked 14th and was making its first state tournament appearance since winning the Division II state title in 1995, finished 13-4-5.
“They did everything I thought they would do and we did everything I thought we could do,” Vikings coach Ron Leach said. “We played extremely well tonight. Our game plan was solid. We tried to sneak a ball through a couple of times, and we knew they were going to be very physical and come at us.”
Academy goalie Luke Budzik had six saves and Red Devils goalie Adam Trimbach made eight saves.
Trimbach turned away two prime scoring opportunities by Academy, both times deflecting a loose ball away from Sam Massick.