Sunday, November 07, 1999

Four reach Ohio soccer semifinals

Lakota West, Roger Bacon girls; Lakota East, Summit boys

Enquirer contributor

        Junior Kim Comisar broke a seven-week scoring drought in Lakota West's 3-1 victory Saturday against McAuley in a Division I regional championship game at Hamilton Soccer Stadium.

        More importantly, she broke a 1-1 tie with 13:53 left in the game.

        “I trapped the ball and got a good foot on it,” Comisar said. “I'm glad I could score in such a big game.”

        The Firebirds play Columbus St. Francis DeSales, which beat Westerville South 1-0 in overtime, in a state semifinal 7p.m. Wednesday at West Carrollton High School. The winner will play in the state championship game Saturday at Columbus Crew Stadium.

        Amy Miller set up Comisar's goal by passing her the ball in the middle of the field 12 yards from the goal. Comisar shot over charging goalie Erin Bittner. The ball bounced off the crossbar and into the goal.

        Comisar's last goal came Sept.16 in a 4-0 victory over Princeton.

        “I've been making runs at the goal like I do every game,” Comisar said. “Finally a ball came across to me.”

        Lakota West, ranked No. 2 in the Enquirer's final Division I poll, never trailed.

        The Firebirds, which beat McAuley 3-0 on Oct.9, took the lead with fewer than three minutes remaining in the first half on a perfect play. Junior Shawn Reynolds found a streaking Amy Mink, who placed the ball in the lower right corner of the goal.

        “At halftime we told the girls not to go into a defensive mode, there is no way we can defend for 40 straight minutes,” Lakota West coach Tara Schafer said.

        The Firebirds didn't listen. Lakota West pulled back, and McAuley tied the game.

        Nikki Lichtenfeld picked up a loose ball in front of the goal and scored with just fewer than 16 minutes remaining.

        The goal woke up Lakota West, and the Firebirds returned to the offensive. The Firebirds almost scored on a two-on-one opportunity just before Comisar's goal, and they controlled the ball for much of the remainder of the game.

        The Firebirds learned from their earlier mistake of dropping back on defense with a one-goal lead. With their second lead of the game, Lakota West continued to apply the pressure and the result was an insurance goal.

        Goals: LW—Mink 2, Comisar. M—Lichtenfeld. Records: M 13-5-2, LW 15-4-2.

        • Roger Bacon 1, Bellbrook 0, SO, at West Carrollton — Roger Bacon advanced to a Division II state semifinal after a shootout win. The Spartans will play Columbus Bexley at 7 p.m. Wednesday at West Carrollton.

        Roger Bacon outscored Bellbrook 3-2 in the shootout, with Marche Gendrew making three saves.

        “Marche showed twice why she's the best keeper in Cincinnati.” Roger Bacon coach Jason Arszman said. “It wasn't a pretty win, but it's great to be in the state semis.”

        Shutout: R—Marche Gendrew (9 saves). B—Fitzharris (1 save). Shootout Goals: R—Ashley Janning, Lindsey Vondrell, Lisa Vondrell. B—Stephanie Scott, Vicky Lark. Records: R 10-5-6.

        • Lakota East 1, Centerville 0, Division I regional championship at Lakota West — The last time Lakota beat Centerville coach Danny Landrum was a player. 13 years later, Lakota East accomplished the feat, downing powerful Centerville 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout.

        Centerville entered the game unbeaten and ranked No.1 in the state and No.5 in the country.

        “The kids fought hard to get here,” Landrum said. “We stressed attention to detail on defense and set pieces.”

        Lakota East has dominated on defense with the help of goalie Craig Salvati. The Thunderhawks have allowed just one goal in six tournament games and two in the last 12 games.

        Lakota East now plays Westerville North Tuesday at Troy at 7 p.m. North beat Thomas Worthington 1-0.

        Shutout: L—Craig Salvati (9 saves). Shootout goals: L—Matt Chiodi, Casey Fischer, Craig Salvati, T.J. Myers. Records: L 16-5-1, C 19-1-2.

        • Summit 6, Seven Hills 0, Division II regional final at Sycamore — Summit Country Day scored five goals in the first 16 minutes to stun rival Seven Hills for the schools first regional championship.

        Summit came out determined to make a statement. The Silver Knights immediately attacked and scored on the first five shots they took.

        Jack Cummings scored three goals and Ben Roy added two. Of the six goals, five were assisted.

        In the last three tournament games, Summit has outscored its opponents 16-2.

        Summit outshot Seven Hills 15-5 in the game and scored five before the Stingers got a shot off.

        Summit advances to the state semifinals Wednesday at Centerville.

        Shutout: Michael Fessler (3 saves). Goals: Sum—Jack Cummings 3, Jibran Shteiwi, Ben Roy 2. Records Sum 15-2-2.


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