Braves Dominate Bellbrook To Advance To Regional Finals

As the first half of a frigid night game against Bellbrook in the Southwest Ohio Regional semi-finals wore on, Braves fans could be excused if they were feeling a bit of déjà vu. Although they were clearly more dominant (OK, a LOT more dominant) against Bellbrook than they were in the first forty minutes last week against Waynesville, the Braves were just as scoreless as they had been in their District final game. IH allowed only one threatening run by Bellbrook in the entire first half, and (aside from a couple booming midfield direct kicks from Bellbrook’s cannon-legged center back) kept the ball in the Bellbrook half for well over 90% of the period.

Outside back Lauren Frey may as well have been classified as an offensive wing player, given the numerous times she spent joining the offensive end as the Braves poured on the pressure. But a number of their shots sailed wide or over the pipes, and their shots on goal were well defended by 7-8 Bellbrook players packing the box.

With a minute to go, the Braves remained scoreless. But then Ellie Podojil rifled a low corner kick just inside the near post, and in the typical chaos of a corner, Bellbrook was unable to handle it (although if we had slow-motion replay, we might see that one of their players did just that). The Braves were finally on the board. But seconds later, the pressure got to Bellbrook again, this time seeing Morgan Jackson get loose with a feed off of a Braves steal, and with 12 seconds left she chipped one over the Bellbrook goalie who had come off her line. And just like that, the Braves headed to halftime with a 2-0 lead.

Forced out of their strategy to pack the defensive third, Bellbrook was forced to take a more aggressive offensive approach to start the second half. It was a strategy that worked much better for them, as they played the Braves much closer for the opening thirty-plus minutes of period two. The Braves came out a bit flat after their dominant opening period, and some fatigue was bound to set in, but they turned back every serious Bellbrook advance. Anna Podojil showed off some great leg strength as she fired off a trio of shots from the 25-30 yard range, narrowly missing wide right, and then being the victim of some impressive goalkeeper saves. Nearing the seven minute mark, the Braves got on the board for a final time, with a pinball sequence that began with Lauren Frey’s lob into the middle of the box, and continued with Bea Fries hitting the crossbar with a shot, before Anna punched in the rebound of another point blank shot to give the Braves their final 3-0 advantage. From there, the Braves employed a “clear the ball” strategy, as Bellbrook made a number of last ditch efforts to get on the board, their last gasp ending in Kate Marrs’ hands as time expired.


NOTES: The Braves next opponent is old rival Tippecanoe in the Southwest Regional Finals, to be played at Centerville High School (time still TBD), with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Braves beat Tippecanoe 2-1 in the season opener at Tipp City. Tuesday’s victory leaves the Braves with a 19-0-1 record.

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  SEASON GOALS      
Rank   Name         Season   Goals
1 Anna Podojil   2016 31
1 Brooke Rogers   2004 31
3 Annie Schenck   1997-8 26
3 Jenna Kereiakes   2001 26
3 Elizabeth Slattery   2011 26
6 Morgan Jackson   2015 22
6 Jenna Kereiakes   1999 22
6 Tricia Craig   1987 22
6 Brooke Rogers   2005 22
10 Brooke Rogers   2006 21
11 Anna Podojil   2015 20
11 Amanda McCaw   2002 20
 
  CAREER GOALS                         
Rank Name Years Goals
1 Brooke Rogers   2003-2006 77
2 Annie Schenck   1995-1998 76
3 Jenna Kereiakes   1998-2001 70
4 Elizabeth Slattery   2009-2012 66
5 Amanda McCaw   2000-2003 52
6 Anna Podojil   2015-P 51
7 Morgan Jackson   2014-P 44
8 Meredith Snow   2004-2007 38
9 Taylor Jackson   2010-2012 35
10 Paige Gloster   2010-2013 34
11 Kaeli Flaska   2008-2010 33
12 Shaedyn Cousino   1995-1998 30
  SEASON ASSISTS      
Rank Name Season   Assists
1 Lisa Tecklenburg   1998 22
2 Annie Schenck   1998 18
2 Lisa Tecklenburg   1997 17
4 Annie Schenck   1997 16
4 Meredith Snow   2007 16
4 Erin Schmitt   2001 16
7 Ellie Podojil   2016 15
7 Kristen Ellis   2001 15
7 Maddie Slattery   2011 15
10 Anna Podojil   2015 14
10 Claire Kenny   1999 14
12 Erin Schmitt   1999 13
12 Elizabeth Slattery   2011 13
 
  CAREER ASSISTS      
Rank Name Years   Assists
1 Annie Schenck   1995-1998 53
2 Lisa Tecklenburg   1995-1998 39
3 Meredith Snow   2004-2007 37
4 Erin Schmitt   1999-2001 36
4 Elizabeth Slattery   2009-2012 36
6 Paige Gloster   2010-2012 35
7 Shaedyn Cousino   1995-1998 34
8 Brooke Rogers   2003-2006 33
9 Jenna Kereiakes   1998-2001 31
10 Maddie Slattery   2008-2011 30
11 Kristen Ellis   1998-2001 29
12 Morgan Jackson   2014-P 28
         
     
  SEASON SHUTOUTS      
Rank Name Season Shutouts
1 Katie Markesbery   2010 18
2 Ellie Schaub   2015 14
2 Sarah Wiggers   2003 14
4 Olivia Ribariu   2011 13
4 Lauren Harris   1995 13
6 Lexi Carrier   2012 12
7 Missy Meyers   2000 11
8 Sarah Wiggers   2004 10
8 Liz Hilberg   1999 10
8 Lisa Iacono   2002 10
8 Ashley Daniels   2008 10
8 Katie Markesbery   2009 10
 
  CAREER SHUTOUTS      
Rank   Name   Years   Shutouts
1 Ellie Schaub   2013-2016 37
2 Sarah Wiggers   2002-2005 35
3 Katie Markesbery   2009-2010 28
4 Liz Hilberg   1997-1999 27
5 Lauren Harris   1993-1996 26
5 Ashley Daniels   2005-2008 26
7 Missy Meyers   1999-2001 23
8 Lisa Iacono   2000-2002 21
         
         
         
         

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