Thursday, November 11, 1999

Roger Bacon eliminated on penalty kicks


Bexley wins at state semis

BY JOHN SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

        After 100 minutes of play, it came down to the play of a freshman goalie and a senior goalie. The freshman walked away victorious.

        Megan Brake made a save in a shootout to lead Bexley to a 2-1 victory over Roger Bacon in a Division II state semifinal game Wednesday night at Winton Woods Soccer Stadium.

        Bexley advances to the state title game at 11a.m. Saturday at Columbus Crew Stadium.

        “After we missed our first shot, I knew I had to make a play,” Brake said, “After I saw the ball kicked, I knew I had it.”

        Brake lunged to her right and punched Corinne Smith's attempt over the crossbar.

        “We were as prepared as possible for a shootout,” Bexley coach Jack Brownley said. “We thought we knew enough about them to stop one shot.”

        Jessie Lytle scored for the Lions on the next attempt for a 3-2 advantage.

        Following a Lisa Vondrell goal, the pressure was on Roger Bacon senior keeper Marche Gendrew. But Deborah Lochner snuck one past a diving Gendrew to give Bexley a 4-3 advantage in the shootout.

        “We never should have let the game get to a shootout. Eventually you will loose,” Roger Bacon coach Jason Arszman said. The Spartans had reached the state semifinal game with a shootout victory over Bellbrook.

        Roger Bacon, seeking to make the state finals after loosing in the semifinals last season, dominated much of the game and took a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the second half. Michelle Kelly worked the ball up the left side and centered to Smith. Smith collided with Brake, leaving Emily Doll wide open for the goal.

        Bexley scored the tying goal with 8:37 remaining. Allison Eberle centered to freshman Anne Stevens, who blasted the ball past Gendrew.

        “We had the lead and we sat on our heals,” Arszman said.

        Roger Bacon outshot Bexley 26-14. Gendrew made seven saves; Brake stopped nine.

        Goals: RB—Doll. B—Stevens. Shootout goals: RB—Ashley Janning, Lindsey Vondrell, Lisa Vondrell. Bex—Allison Eberle, Lee Brant, Jessie Lytle, Deborah Lochner. Records: B 19-1-2, RB 10-6-6.

       



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