By John Lachmann
Senior striker Emily Pawsat scored the only goal of Beechwood’s 1-0 win over Holy Cross in a Region 9 All ‘A’ semifinal on Wednesday.
Junior midfielder Annie Wilson ran back 20 yards to retrieve a loose ball and crossed a pass to freshman striker Emily Huff, who slid a pass to Pawsat. Pawsat knocked the ball in from six yards out with 14:30 remaining in regulation.
Senior Cara Schwartz turned five shots aside for the Tigers to earn her second shutout of the season.
Beechwood will play Newport Central Catholic in the final at noon on Saturday.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOAL: B—Pawsat. SHUTOUT: Schwartz (5 saves). RECORDS: Beechwood 3-2-1, Holy Cross 0-4-1.
NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1, VILLA MADONNA 0 – Senior striker Chandler Cain found the net nine minutes into the second half in a Region 9 All ‘A’ semifinal.
Cain fired a shot that was blocked by a defender, got her own rebound and buried it.
The Thoroughbreds will play Beechwood in the final at noon on Saturday.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOAL: NCC—Cain. SHUTOUT: Martin (1 save). RECORDS: NewCath 2-1, Villa Madonna 3-1-1.
SCOTT 2, CONNER 1 – Junior defender Madison Meyer scored the decisive goal with 2:52 remaining in the second half.
Senior forward Dulci Gurley gave the Eagles the lead with eight minutes left in the first half, but Scott was assessed a red card early in the second half and the Cougars were able to tie it on a goal by sophomore midfielder Carly Noll.
Meyer buried the game winner on a free kick from just outside the box.
Eagles junior goalkeeper Kristen Hedger stopped 12 shots to help preserve the victory.
HALFTIME: Scott, 1-0. GOALS: S—Gurley, Meyer. C—Noel. RECORDS: Scott 1-3, Conner 2-2.
RYLE 4, DIXIE HEIGHTS 2 – In a battle of unbeatens, Raiders junior forward Stephanie Duggins scored twice in an eight-minute span midway through the second half to put the match out of reach.
Duggins snuck a corner kick into the net for her first goal, and she took a cross from freshman midfielder Hannah Poe and deposited it in the net with 14 minutes left to make it 4-1.
Senior forward Jill Davenport and sophomore midfielder Emily Erdman dished for two assists in the win for Ryle, which opened the scoring in the first minute of the match on a goal by senior Claire Kolkmeyer.
Junior Lauren Nemeroff netted both goals for the Colonels, who had won their first four matches of the season.
HALFTIME: Ryle, 2-0. GOALS: R—Duggins 2, Kolkmeyer, Thelen. DH—Nemeroff 2. RECORDS: Ryle 3-0-1, Dixie Heights 4-1.
LUDLOW 4, DAYTON 0 – Senior forward Breeann Bailey netted all four of the Panthers’ goals, giving her 13 markers in five matches this season.
Freshman stopper Tori Williams added two assists, and junior goalkeeper Jaden Crawford stopped four shots to earn her first shutout of the season for Ludlow.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: L—Bailey 4. SHUTOUT: Crawford (4 saves). RECORDS: Ludlow 3-2, Dayton 0-1-1.