Girls soccer: Carroll tops Shawnee, advances to district for fifth straight season

Shawnee High School junior Juliana Cydrus dribbles the ball asCarroll's Brooke Grieshop defends during their game on Monday night at Fairmont High School. The Patriots won 2-0
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Shawnee High School junior Juliana Cydrus dribbles the ball asCarroll's Brooke Grieshop defends during their game on Monday night at Fairmont High School. The Patriots won 2-0

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KETTERING — The Carroll High School girls soccer team is headed to the district finals for the fifth straight season — and they did it with defense.

The Patriots scored two goals in the first 20 minutes andbeat Shawnee 2-0 in a Division II district semifinal game on Monday night at Fairmont High School.

Patriots freshman Rachel Gervais and senior Sophie Rieman each scored goals and sophomore Amy Klingbeil had an assist as Carroll won for the seventh time in eight matches.

“The girls played well,” said Patriots first-year coach Ian Molfenter. “That’s a really good team. They’ve got some really, really good players and I’m proud of our girls for putting in a good effort in some tough conditions and just playing well.”

Carroll senior goalkeeper Natalie Ryan had nine saves in net for the Patriots, earning her eighth shutout of the season. Carroll’s center backs — senior Ellie Mason and junior Sarah Truesdale — also played a key role in the shutout, Molfenter said.

“They keep the girls organized and keep our good shape back there,” he said.

Shawnee finished its season 16-3, winning the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division and setting a school record for most wins in a season.

“Carroll is a good team, a good program,” Gannon said. “They constantly have club players. They scored early and that helped them. The last 60 minutes, it’s a 0-0 game and we had lots of chances, we just couldn’t penetrate the net.”

Ten minutes into the match, Klingbeil played a through ball to Gervais, who gave the Patriots an early 1-0 lead.

“She was one-on-one and slotted it home,” Molfenter said.

Ten minutes later, Rieman wrapped a corner kick into the net to make it 2-0 with about 20 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Braves had several chances to score in the final 60 minutes, but were unable to break through the Patriots defensive unit.

“We weren’t overmatched, they just made plays and sometimes that’s the game of soccer,” Gannon said. “It’s a silly game sometimes. They made two more plays than we did tonight.”

Carroll (10-6-3) advanced to play Greater Catholic League Co-ed division rival Alter in a D-II district final match at 7 p.m. Thursday at Beavercreek High School. The Knights beat Oakwood 2-1 in overtime.

The Patriots and the Knights tied 0-0 in GCL Co-ed play on Sept. 29.

“It should be a good match,” Molfenter said.

Shawnee will graduate six seniors — Alysis Applin, Lily Cain, Raegan Howdyshell, Megan Kelly, Jaelyn Lytle and Dani Ross — who helped the program set several records this fall, including a perfect 10-0 record in the Central Buckeye Conference.

“We had a tremendous year,” said Braves coach Mike Gannon. “The girls did some great stuff. I’m super proud of the entire group.”

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