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2018 Soccer Tournament Coverage

2018 Girls Soccer State Championships - Friday, Nov. 9 at MAPFRE Stadium
 
2018 Boys Soccer State Championships - Saturday, Nov. 10 at MAPFRE Stadium
 
Tickets for the matches cost $8 per game and are set to be available on day of match at the Gate 5 ticket booth on the Southwest corner of the stadium, and parking is $7. The public may enter the parking lot off of 17thAvenue.

Boys State Championship Recaps

DIVISION III
Archbold Secures First Boys Soccer State Championship with 2-1 Victory
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Archbold won the 2018 OHSAA Division III boys soccer state championship by defeating No. 3 Miamisburg Dayton Christian 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at MAPFRE Stadium. The Blue Streaks' victory is the first state championship in the young program's nine-year history.
 
No. 8 Archbold (22-1-0) secured its 2-1 victory with a goal in the first three minutes of each half. Sophomore Trey Theobald struck first on a cross from senior captain Josh Kidder, who also assisted on the second-half goal by junior Elijah Zimmerman.
 
Despite the second half in which Dayton Christian (20-3-1) held the majority of possession in Archbold's half of the field, including nine corner kicks, the Warriors were only able to put one goal past Archbold junior goalkeeper Noah Cheney. Senior midfielder Noah Alexander scored the Warrior goal in the 29th minute off of a penalty kick.
 
It was Dayton Christian's first appearance in the OHSAA state championship game.
 
Archbold's two goals put its season total up to 145, which ranks fifth in OHSAA soccer history.
 
DIVISION II
Cincinnati Summit Country Day Wins OHSAA-Record 29th Straight State Tournament Game
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Cincinnati Summit Country Day won its OHSAA-record fourth straight boys soccer state championship by defeating No. 5 Richfield Revere 4-0 in the Division II title game on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium. The Silver Knights have now won a state championship in six of the past seven years.
 
It did not take long for Summit (15-6-0) to get on the board as junior captain Doug Simpson found the back of the net on a free kick from 26 yards out in the fifth minute of the match. The Silver Knights played possession soccer for the remainder of the first half and into the second until Simpson put up a second goal as he streaked down the right side of the field and beat the keeper near post in the 65th minute. Simpson's two goals ties an OHSAA Division II state championship game record. 
 
Eight minutes after Simpson's second goal, senior captain Colby Gordon maneuvered his way into the Revere box and put away the Knights' third goal. Just 71 seconds later, fellow senior captain Eli Rawlings added the fourth and final goal. Summit's four goals ties an OHSAA Division II state championship game record. 
 
It was Richfield Revere's (17-3-3) sixth appearance in the state championship game and fifth runner-up finish with its state championship coming in 2013.
 
The Silver Knights have now won an OHSAA-record 29 consecutive tournament games culminated by their seventh state championship. Only Cleveland St. Ignatius has more state championships with nine. This was the first year that Summit played in the Division II tournament, as opposed to Division III in all previous seasons.
 
DIVISION I
BOX SCORE
Medina Wins First Boys Soccer State Championship in Overtime Thriller
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Medina (17-2-4) defeated No. 3 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 1-0 in overtime to win the 2018 OHSAA Division I boys soccer state championship on Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium. The victory marks the first boys soccer state championship for the Battling Bees.
 
In the most competitive match of the championship weekend, both teams failed to beat the opposing keeper through regulation. The two teams combined to put only four shots on net in regulation, but not for a lack of offensive tempo. Each team managed to get the ball inside the opposing 18-yard box numerous times, yet collapsing defenses kept it scoreless.
 
Two minutes and 34 seconds into the first overtime, Medina saw its best scoring opportunity thus far when junior defender Nnamdi Seukwa found a cutting Oliver O'Cull inside the left side of the box, but Moeller keeper Cal Collins made a game-saving stop on the strong strike.  
 
Following O'Cull's chance, the Battling Bees kept the pressure on with three more good scoring opportunities in the ensuing five minutes but the game remained scoreless.
 
With 1:30 left in the first overtime period, Medina junior and First-Team All-Ohioan Parker Csiszar trapped a pass at the top of the 18-yard box, spun to his left around the defender and put a shot passed the keeper to the far post to win the state championship.
 
It was Moeller's first appearance in the state championship game. The Crusaders had yet to give up a goal in tournament play prior to Csiszar's overtime winner.
 
It was Medina's second straight year in the state championship match and second straight year that the match went to overtime, losing last year in double overtime to Beavercreek. 

Girls State Championship Recaps

DIVISION III
Cincinnati Country Days Wins First State Championship, Defeats Kirtland 3-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 1 Cincinnati Country Day defeated No. 2 Kirtland (20-3-0) 3-0 to win the 2018 OHSAA Division III girls soccer state championship Friday afternoon at MAPFRE Stadium. The win gives the Indians their first girls soccer state championship, after coming up short in their previous title game appearance in 2016. 
 
After a scoreless first half in which Country Day outshot Kirtland 15-3 (6-2 shots on net), freshman forward Jada Moorman put the Indians on the board. Moorman controlled a rebound off a shot from junior Lawson Renie and put it past the keeper to the far post from 12 yards out.
 
The Indians (20-2-0) extended their 1-0 lead 20 minutes later when junior forward Kate Brock scored the first of her two goals. Once again, the goal was scored on a rebound off a shot from Renie. Renie took 11 shots in the game, and put five of them on net. Less than two minutes later, Brock found the back of the net again off an assist from Renie, putting the final stamp on  Country Day's 3-0 victory.
 
It was Kirtland's second straight runner-up finish and third overall trip to the OHSAA soccer state tournament. Sophomore goalkeeper Corinne Aquila finished with 12 saves.
 
Throughout their championship run, the Indians outscored their opponents 43-1 in seven postseason games. 
 
DIVISION II
Cincinnati Indian Hill Repeats as State Champions Via 1-0 Victory Over Bay Village Bay
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the second consecutive year, No. 6 Cincinnati Indian Hill is the OHSAA Division II girls soccer state champion. The Braves defeated Bay Village Bay 1-0 on Friday at MAPFRE Stadium.
 
The game's lone goal came in the 24th minute when Indian Hill (18-2-3) sophomore defender Meghan O'Brien took a pass from senior Ellie Podojil and drilled it off the far post into the net. Podojil led the team with four shot attempts as Indian Hill outshot Bay Village 14-8 (8-3 shots on net) in the game.
 
Bay's 1-0 loss was the team's first loss in a girls soccer state championship match, as the Rockets (14-6-3) won state titles in 1999, 2002 and 2003.
 
The Braves are the ninth team in OHSAA girls soccer history to win back-to-back state championships. This senior class for Indian Hill finishes their high school careers with three league, district and regional titles and two state championships.
 
 
DIVISION I
Beavercreek Wins First OHSAA Girls Soccer State Championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Beavercreek (24-0-0) defeated Strongsville (19-1-3) 4-2 to win the 2018 OHSAA Division I girls soccer state championship on Friday night at MAPFRE Stadium. The victory gives the Beavers their first girls soccer state championship in school history.
 
After a hotly-contested opening 10 minutes, Beavercreek overwhelmed Strongsville in the first half and took a 4-0 lead into the locker room.
 
Junior forward Marcella Cash started the scoring for the Beavers with a shot from the top of the box that curled into the upper left of the goal. Following Cash's goal, senior captain Ella Bianco scored on a free kick (26:40) and then again on a header off of a corner kick (30:43). Junior Diana Benigno put one past the Strongsville keeper off a through-ball from Cash (39:19) to complete Beavercreek's scoring. Bianco's two goals and Beavercreek's four goals tie OHSAA Division I state championship game records. 
 
Strongsville senior captain Kayla Wypasek scored the first Mustangs goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute, with senior Madeline Blakely following with a goal of her own in the 84th minute. The six combined goals breaks an OHSAA Division I state championship game record.
 
It was a historic season for the Beavers as they made their way into the OHSAA record book multiple ways. They are the third team in OHSAA girls soccer history to finish a season 24-0-0. They finished with 19 shutouts on the season, which is tied for second, and had 14 consecutive at one point in the season, which is the second-longest streak ever. Additionally, Beavercreek finished the season with 140 goals, falling behind only Findlay's 2000 season (199 goals).

Girls Soccer State Pairings

Home Team Listed First. Rankings are from the Seventh Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association State Poll released on Monday, October 15, 2018.
 
Division I
Strongsville (18-0-3) vs. No. 8 Twinsburg (21-0-0) at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, Tues., 7 p.m.
No. 2 Beavercreek (22-0-0) vs. No. 6 Columbus Bishop Watterson (18-1-2) at Springfield Evans Stadium, Tues., 7 p.m.
Division I State Championship: Strongsville (19-0-3) vs. Beavercreek (23-0-0) at MAPFRE Stadium, Fri., 7 p.m.
 
Division II
Bay Village Bay (13-5-3) vs. Mentor Lake Catholic (13-5-1) at Nordonia High School, Tues., 7 p.m.
No. 6 Cincinnati Indian Hill (16-2-3) vs. No. 9 Sunbury Big Walnut (14-2-4) at Xenia Doug Adams Stadium, Tues., 7 p.m.
Division II State Championship: Bay Village Bay (14-5-3) vs. Cincinnati Indian Hill (17-2-3) at MAPFRE Stadium, 4 p.m.
 
Division III
Archbold (16-1-4) vs. No. 2 Kirtland (19-2-0) at Sandusky High School, Tues., 6 p.m.
No. 1 Cincinnati Country Day (18-2-0) No. 8 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (15-2-3) at London High School, Tues., 7 p.m.
Division III State Championship: Kirtland (20-2-0) vs. Cincinnati Country Day (19-2-0) at MAPFRE Stadium, Fri., 1 p.m.

Boys Soccer State Pairings

Home Team Listed First. Rankings are from the Seventh Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association State Poll released on Monday, October 15, 2018.
 
Division I
No. 1 Cleveland St. Ignatius (18-1-2) vs. Medina (16-1-4) at North Ridgeville High School, Wed., 7 p.m.
No. 3 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (18-1-3) vs. Powell Olentangy Liberty (18-2-0) at Springfield Evans Stadium, Wed., 7 p.m.
Division I State Championship: Medina (17-1-4) vs. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (19-1-3) at MAPFRE Stadium, Sat., 7 p.m.
 
Division II
No. 1 Bay Village Bay (18-1-2) vs. No. 5 Richfield Revere (16-2-3) at Strongsville High School, Wed., 7 p.m.
Cincinnati Summit Country Day (14-6-0) vs. No. 1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (18-3-0) at Xenia Doug Adams Stadium, Wed., 7 p.m.
Division II State Championship: Richfield Revere (17-2-3) vs. Cincinnati Summit Country Day (15-6-0) at MAPFRE Stadium, Sat., 4 p.m.
 
Division III
No. 8 Archbold (20-1-0) vs. Kirtland (17-1-3) at Sandusky High School, Tues., 8 p.m.
No. 3 Miamisburg Dayton Christian (19-2-1) vs. No. 5 Grandview Heights (16-2-3) at London High School, Wed., 7 p.m.
Division III State Championship: Archbold (21-1-0) vs. Miamisburg Dayton Christian (20-2-1) at MAPFRE Stadium, Sat., 1 p.m.

Tournament Information