FAIRFIELD UNION 2, CHILLICOTHE 1
Carly Rose tapped in a goal in the 46th minute to put Fairfield Union ahead of the Cavaliers 2-1 and the Falcons would keep Chillicothe at bay for the next 34 minutes for the District Semi-Final victory.
“Ups and downs all season” said Cavs coach Zach Breth “Rigor prepares you for moments like this and the game was like that, too… battles, chances opportunities… at the end, they came out with more than we did.”
Fairfield Union’s Amber Lee got the Falcons on the board first at 18:41 of the first half with a shot that got through the grasp of Chillicothe goalkeeper Conner Watkins. Less than seven minutes later, the Cavs answered on a goal by Kenzie Brown at 11:33 to knot the score at a goal apiece.
“I think we possessed the ball really well… we let a couple of balls bounce in the first half and that’s where they (Fairfield Union) got their chances.”
Half of Chillicothe’s roster consisted of freshmen and sophomores which points toward a bright future for Breth’s club, but he says he’ll miss his five seniors. “All five of them have been here since I got the program… it’s a group that the younger players can really look up to.”
The Cavaliers (9-9) played like there was no tomorrow, but they’ll have to wait 28 days before they can look ahead to next season. “We will meet on the 29th day” said a smiling Breth “to discuss our off season plans. I told them these games aren’t won on days like today, they’re won on the 364 other days of the year”.
Fairfield Union (8-3-4) will face Hillsboro (16-2-1) for the District Championship Saturday morning at 10am at Jackson’s Alumni Stadium.
HILLSBORO 3, CIRCLEVILLE 0
Hillsboro (16-2-1) punched its ticket for a spot in the District Final with a 3-0 win over Circleville Tuesday night at Jackson’s Alumni Stadium. The Indians will play the winner of Tuesday’s Chillicothe-Fairfield Union match.
Trista Rhodes scored two goals within three minutes of one another to give the Indians a 2-0 lead before the half. Then Hillsboro tacked on an empty net goal by Ashley Purtee to seal the victory.
While happy with the win, Indians Coach Leslie Molen said her team’s approach to its offensive attack could’ve been sharper. “Sometimes it’s not the fact that you’re attacking, but the quality of your attack” said Molen “and at times it wasn’t very (well) planned out.”
Rhodes first goal came with 4:50 remaining and she charged the net cleaned up a ball that got away from Circleville goalkeeper Darbi Brewer. Brewer failed to secure a shot by Madison Colliver that rolled toward Rhodes for the kill.
Coming in, we knew they would double team Trista and our center Madison (Colliver)” said Molen “and we knew she was gonna have to play a harder game to capitalize for us.”
With a 2-0 cushion at intermission, Molen knew her Indians couldn’t let down “We talked all half not letting them have breakaways, through balls… they (Circleville) were still potentially dangerous.”
On the final goal, Circleville left its net empty in an attempt to pressure late. The Indians cleared the ball deep into Tigers territory. Purtee won the ball and found the back of the net with 2:53 left in regulation.
Hillsboro is a game away from a Regional berth, something Molen has her girls focused on. “We definitely have our sights set big… we’re setting back on our heels to keep from getting over confident.”