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Division II state girls soccer championship match
Who: Walsh Jesuit (20-0-2) vs. Columbus St. Francis DeSales (15-7-1).
What: Division II state final.
When: 3:30 p.m. today.
Where: Columbus Crew Stadium.
Coaches: Dino McIntyre of Walsh and Bob McGee of DeSales.
Pregame Notebook: Walsh enters its sixth state final under McIntyre following a 1-0 state semifinal win over Toledo St. Ursula Academy on Tuesday night at Sandusky Perkins. Sophomore Halle Stelbasky scored the Warriors’ goal. Senior Sandra Yu assisted on the goal. Yu leads Walsh in goals (15) and assists (19). Stelbasky and senior Kennedy Payne both have 14 goals for the Warriors, and senior Maddy John has 11 goals. DeSales defeated Indian Hill 1-0 in its state semifinal following a goal by senior Kerry McGuire. Each team features a sophomore goalkeeper, Libby Grace for Walsh and Katerina Barrett for DeSales. The Stallions won last year’s state title. The Warriors won state titles in 2000 and 2001 in Division II and in 2004, 2008 and 2010 in Division I. Walsh defeated DeSales 3-0 in a regular season meeting last month.
We are underway. The match starts at 3:36 p.m. It is a pretty nice day here in Columbus. The sun is out shining brighty overhead. The temperature is in the mid-50's with a little breeze. No clouds in the sky and no rain.
Walsh's starting lineup consists of:
Goalkeeper: Sophomore Libby Grace.
Defenders: Senior Abbey Filicko, senior Sarah Kornick, junior Emily Rogers and junior Kaitlyn Semelsberger.
Midfielders: Senior Sandra Yu, junior Alex Kithcart, freshman Gabby LoPresti
Forwards: Senior Kennedy Payne, sophomore Halle Stelbasky and senior Renee Mirka.
Walsh leads 1-0. Senior reserve Maddy John scores a goal in the 17th minute with a header following a corner kick by senior Abbey Filicko.
Walsh leads 2-0. Junior Alex Kithcart scores a goal in the 27th minute.No assist.
Walsh leads 3-0. Senior Sandra Yu scores a goal in the 29th minute. Senior Abbey Filicko gets the assist.
The second half is underway.
Walsh leads 4-0. Senior Kennedy Payne scores a goal in the 47th minute. Senior Sandra Yu registered the assist.
Walsh leads 5-0. Senior Maddy John scores a goal in the 56th minute. Sophomore Juli Knapp gets the assist. This is John's second goal of the match.
The match is over. Walsh Jesuit wins 5-0.