By John Lachmann
Beechwood scored twice during a nine-minute span of the second half as the Tigers beat Holy Cross, 2-0 in a District 35 semifinal, earning their first-ever regional tournament berth on Tuesday.
Senior sweeper Jessica Schilling opened the scoring with 30 minutes remaining off a free kick from 27 yards out.
Senior forward Emily Pawsat extended the lead when she took a throw-in, headed it over a defender, dribbled in and scored with 21 minutes to play.
Senior Cara Schwartz stopped three shots for Beechwood, which will face Notre Dame in the district final at Holy Cross at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOALS: B—Schilling, Pawsat. SHUTOUT: Schwartz (3 saves). RECORDS: Beechwood 10-7-4, Holy Cross 5-13-1.
NOTRE DAME 10, COVINGTON LATIN 0 – Four Pandas scored two goals in their District 35 semifinal at Notre Dame.
Sophomore striker Taylor Watts led Notre Dame with two goals and two assists, and senior midfielder Ellen Combs finished with two goals and an assist.
Freshman striker Christin Sherrard and senior midfielder Maddie Tierney also found the net twice for the Pandas, who will play Beechwood in the district final at Holy Cross at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
HALFTIME: 6-0. GOALS: ND—Sherrard 2, Tierney 2, Watts 2, Combs 2, Thompson, Woods. SHUTOUT: Hansel and Kim (0 saves). RECORDS: Notre Dame 16-2-3, Covington Latin 6-12.
DIXIE HEIGHTS 2, VILLA MADONNA 0 – Junior forward Lauren Nemeroff scored both Colonels’ goals in a 12-minute span of the first half in a District 34 semifinal at St. Henry.
Junior stopper Sami Josslyn, who helped Dixie Heights hold the Blue Lightning to two shots on goal, set up the first Nemeroff goal.
Sophomore midfielder Madi Critcher picked up the assist on the second goal.
The Colonels will play St. Henry in the district final at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
HALFTIME: 2-0. GOALS: DH—Nemeroff 2. SHUTOUT: Stubbs and McCarthy (2 saves). RECORDS: Dixie Heights 10-6-1, Villa Madonna 10-8-3.
ST. HENRY 10, LUDLOW 0 – Junior forward Kirsten Bartlett and freshman midfielder Sydney Auteri found the net twice each for the Crusaders in their District 34 semifinal at St. Henry.
Auteri, whose goals were the first of her varsity career, also picked up an assist.
Sophomore midfielder Rachel Samotis, freshman midfielder Ally Dwyer and sophomore forward Jodi Litzler also recorded their first varsity goals.
HALFTIME: 6-0. GOALS: SH—Bartlett 2, Auteri 2, Samotis, Goderwis, Johnson, Foley, Dwyer, Litzler. SHUTOUT: Rice and Ziegelmeyer (0 saves). RECORDS: St. Henry 6-8-3, Ludlow 9-7-1.