LYNDHURST: The Archbishop Hoban girls soccer team went through 19 matches and never got shut out by an opponent.
Unfortunately for the Knights, that streak came to an end in match No. 20 Tuesday night when Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown earned a 1-0 win in a Division II regional semifinal on Korb Field at Brush High School.
The Blazers (14-3-3) scored the match’s lone goal in the 46th minute following a kick by senior Beth Brzozowski that deflected off a Knights defender and into the net.
The result ended Hoban’s season at 17-1-2.
“This was a great season,” Hoban coach Patrick Dobbins said. “The girls just played great the whole time. We did some really great things. They played their hearts out all season.
“The game was a little frustrating for us. It was physical and not the way I expected it to go. I thought it would be a lot more clean and easy soccer, move the ball, but it is what it is. They came out physical and put a lot of pressure on us. We just couldn’t find a way through the defense. The one goal they got was a good shot from the outside. A defender got a leg on it and it deflected.”
Hathaway Brown advances to meet Canfield in a regional final on Saturday at Brecksville. Canfield (15-2-3) topped Revere (13-4-3) on Tuesday 4-3 in overtime.
Senior forward Mykaela Zingale finished the season as the Knights goals leader with 12 and senior midfielder Katie Easton had 10. Sophomore midfielders Alex Sheldon (eight goals) and Ashley Dobbins (seven goals) are also among a group of 15 players who have scored for Hoban.
“That is something that is amazing about our team,” Zingale said. “We had a lot of different players that scored, and I think that it shows we had chemistry on the field and we were best friends off of it.”
Hoban had opportunities Tuesday, but was unable to score on Blazers sophomore goalkeeper Clair O’Brien (four saves). Hoban senior Maddie Diestel had four saves.
The Knights graduate five seniors from their starting lineup, Easton, Zingale, Diestel, defender Natalie Comeriato and midfielder Brooke Simmons.
“I had a great team that worked with me and I had coaches that cared,” Easton said. “This was the first time I really felt like a part of something great and I am sad that it had to end.”
The Knights are slated to have six starters returning next season, Ashley Dobbins, Sheldon, junior defender Annie Tomei, sophomore defenders Shannon McMahon and Maddie Grosklos and sophomore midfielder Sydney Huckabee.
“This is a great group of girls,” Patrick Dobbins said. “I hate to lose the seniors. They are great leaders and really good players. We will keep trying to build on what we have started, and try to move forward next season.”
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