Thursday, November 11, 1999

Lakota West reaches finals in shootout

Kalkoff's save lifts Firebirds in sudden death

Enquirer contributor

        WEST CARROLLTON — Goalie Krista Kalkoff guessed right, and Kim Comisar finished it off.

        A diving save by Kalkoff and Comisar's ensuing goal in a sudden-death shootout lifted Lakota West to a 1-0 victory over Columbus DeSales in the Division I state semifinals Wednesday at West Carrollton Stadium.

        The victory earned Lakota West a shot at the school's first state championship. The Firebirds will meet the winner of the Hudson-Strongsville game at 7p.m. Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus.

        “That was the first penalty kick I stopped in four years of high school soccer,” Kalkoff said. “On penalty kicks, you guess which way to go and then commit. I guessed right and got my hands on the ball.”

        The pressure then shifted to Comisar, a junior midfielder.

        “I always look one way and shoot the other,” Comisar said. “I didn't know the goal won it for us until everyone ran out and hugged me. I thought we would go through the entire five-girl rotation.”

        Neither team scored during the 80 minutes of regulation or the 20 minutes of overtime, even though DeSales outshot the Firebirds 22-8.

        After the two scoreless OT periods, the game went to a shootout.

        Lakota West missed two of its first three penalty kicks, enabling DeSales to take a 3-1 advantage.

        But the next two DeSales kicks were high and wide. Then the Firebirds' Leigh Carroll and Shawn Reynolds scored on their attempts and forced a sudden-death shootout.

        Jennifer Weakley scored for DeSales, and Kara McCue fol lowed for Lakota West. That's when Kalkoff stepped up, lunging to the right to stop a hard, low shot by DeSales' Danielle Slupski.

        Comisar, who had been picked by Lakota West coach Tara Schafer to be one of the first five shooters but was put back to the second group, followed with the game-winner. “All week I felt we would win, and I guess it was lucky we moved Kim back to the second rotation,” Schafer said.


        Penalty-kick goals: LE — Applegate, Carroll, Reynolds, McCue, Comisar. D — Skladany, Fink, Kozlowski, Weakley. Records: LE 17-2-3, D 20-2.


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