STREETSBORO — A tiebreaking goal by Kirtland in the second half resulted in a stunning end to a banner season for Chippewa's girls soccer team Saturday afternoon.

A follow-up shot by Kirtland's Jenna Sayle, which rebounded off the Chipps goalkeeper after she stopped another Hornet's attempt, put Kirtland up 3-2.

And that margin held up for the final 13:53 of the match as Chippewa (18-2-2) lost the Region 9 Division III regional championship at Streetsboro High, one step short of the state's final four.

"Both teams played hard today," said Chippewa coach Ruth Coney, in her 23rd year at the school. "My girls played with heart and skill. The passing was excellent. [It's] just we didn't get that third goal to tie it up."

Compounding the pain was how well the Chipps started the match. Chippewa senior striker Bailey Clark, who scored both of her team's goals, made it 1-0 just eight minutes in.

Sophomore Sydnee Barnett dribbled down the left side, crossing it perfectly in the box to Clark, who rammed a point-blank shot into the net.

And the Chipps seemingly controlled the action until an unlikely play turned momentum in the favor of Kirtland (19-2).

Junior Maya Zovko arched a 35-yard shot from the right wing over the head of Chippewa junior keeper Angela Cancarevic and into the net, tying it 1-1 with 10:59 left in the half.

That appeared to stun the Chipps and energize the Hornets, who took a 2-1 lead 3½ minutes into the second half on a goal by sophomore Mia Rini.

"It didn't take anything out," Coney said of the Zovko goal. "It was too bad they tied it up. When you come out after halftime, both teams are ready to go and they know it's on the line."

But Kirtland coach Edward Bradac acknowledged his team's first goal provided a spark.

"It absolutely was," Bradac said. "Honestly, if Maya takes that shot 10 more times, I don't know if it goes in. She hasn't been hitting that all year."

With 24:49 left and Clark surrounded by four defenders, she somehow emerged from the pack and got off a 5-foot shot from the left wing that found the back of the net and made it 2-2.

Chippewa, which struggled to find scoring chances after Sayle's goal put Kirtland ahead to stay, suffered its first loss since Aug. 28 against Chagrin Falls. The Chipps won 18 in a row after that.

Kirtland, which beat South Range 9-0 in Tuesday's regional semifinal, was able to coast in that one and may have been the fresher side Saturday against Chippewa, which needed overtime to get past Warren Champion 1-0 Tuesday at Ravenna.

"I think my team and everybody, we did really well," said Clark, a D-III All-Ohio choice last year. "I'm very proud of how far we made it this year. Obviously made it further than last year.

"It's been a great year, a great four years at Chippewa. I'm proud to represent them."

Clark is one of seven seniors who finished their high school careers. Under Coney's guidance, Chippewa has won four regional titles, eight district titles and made it to two state championship games, the last in 2015.

"I'm glad they were able to show how special they really are," Coney said of the current group. "Because they were a special senior class this year."