Walsh Jesuit won its seventh state title in Div. I or Div. II in 14 years with a 2-0 win over Mason at Columbus Crew Stadium on Friday night.
In the 36th minute, junior Julie Knapp crossed the ball on a corner kick. It was immediately sent straight into the air and then kicked around a bit. Freshman Sofi Rossi ended up with it in front of the goal and fired it past Mason goalkeeper Toni Bizzarro.
Walsh added the insurance goal in the 69th minute. Again off of a corner kick, senior Jessica Hlosek ended up with possession and flipped it over her head to sophomore Katie Quinn. Quinn followed a miss off the near post with a second shot that beat Bizarro.
Rossi, though, was never really expecting to play. She sustained a stress fracture in her left leg Sept. 28. Only 24 hours before the title match did she tell coach Dino McIntyre that she had been cleared to play.
We freaked out,” Walsh coach Dino McIntyre said. “I was like, ‘What do you mean? If you can play 30 seconds, let us know.’”
McIntyre credited Walsh's back four defenders and rotation of goalies with the state championship. The Warriors didn't allow a single goal in the playoffs.
“The back four have been phenomenal,” McIntyre said. “[Senior Kaitlyn] Semelsberger, [senior Emily] Rogers, [junior] Colleen Grace and [freshman] Marin Auth have been a wall for us. Those four, they’ve been amazing since the beginning. Those four, they won the state tournament for us.”