GREEN — If there is no substitute for experience in the playoffs, one might think Twinsburg girls soccer was at a disadvantage Saturday during its Division I regional final at Green.

After all, Jackson won last year’s regional final, while Twinsburg, as coach John Garber put it, was “just starting our story.”

That story continues for the Tigers, as Twinsburg earned its first state semifinal berth in school history.

Twinsburg (21-0) got early goals in both halves to score a 3-1 win over the Polar Bears at Green Memorial Stadium. It was the second win of the season for Twinsburg over Jackson (12-4-5). The Tigers won 2-1 on Sept. 17.

The Tigers will play Strongsville in a state semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Strongsville defeated Toledo Notre Dame 4-0 Saturday.

Garber was all smiles after he watched his team reach another milestone.

“I’m thrilled for the girls,” Garber said. “To do this against Jackson, who won here last year, it’s just fantastic."

Jackson coach Frank Gagliardi noted the Tigers’ finishing touch in front of goal was the difference in the game.

“I think they were efficient with their chances,” Gagliardi said. “They were very organized and disciplined. Our efficiency and passing wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t our best game. They had a lot to do with that with all the pressure they put on us.”

Twinsburg scored three times on just six shots on goal. Jackson was held to just four shots on goal.

Twinsburg got off to the perfect start, scoring the opening goal in the third minute. First a corner kick from Tigers forward McKenna Donahue was punched away by Jackson goalie Haley Durr for another corner kick.

On the second corner, Donahue hit an outswinger that found the head of Tigers forward Mia Cervenka. Cervenka’s header rolled in to make it 1-0.

For much of the rest the first half, the Tigers were hemmed into their own end. However, Twinsburg did not yield a shot on goal in the first half and kept Jackson forward Izzy Arnold under wraps.

“It was tough. They had a lot of players coming through the midfield,” Twinsburg midfielder Hannah Pickens said. “We tried to stay tight in the middle and slow them down.”

Ahead 1-0 at half and playing with the wind at their backs in the second half, the Tigers doubled their lead in the 45th minute.

Pickens got the ball in a tight space at the top of the box, and threaded a short pass to Donahue, allowing Donahue to go one-on-one with Durr. Donahue’s low shot made it 2-.0.

“I was just ready for it,” Donahue said. “I’m very hyped up for states.”

Twinsburg put the game away in the 51st minute, when a long ball through the Polar Bears’ defense allowed junior forward Alli King to run on net. King fired a shot from just inside the box past a charging Durr to make it 3-0.

In the 62nd minute, Jackson made things a bit interesting, thanks to a well-executed goal. Midfielder Peyton Niemi served a ball from the left side to the back post of Twinsburg’s goal, where forward Caitlin Bruni headed it home, giving Tigers goaltender Hannah Zochowski no chance.

It was the first goal the Tigers gave up in five playoff games and only the ninth goal all season.

Twinsburg finished with a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Zochowski and Durr each had three saves.