Indian Hill beats Big Walnut 4-0, advances to Division II state title game

KETTERING — When the final whistle sounded, the Indian Hill players stormed the field and made a massive circle around goalkeeper Kate Marrs.

For the first time since 2004, the Braves are heading to the Division II state championship game, after they beat Big Walnut 4-0 Tuesday night, Nov. 7, at Kettering Fairmont High School in the state semifinals.

“Oh, gosh, it’s been a long time,” Indian Hill coach Amy Dunlap said after the win. “I’m really, really happy for them. They’re a very, very special team."

The Braves dominated from kickoff. Thirty-five seconds in, Ellie Podojil finished Morgan Jackson’s cross to the backpost, pushing Indian Hill into the lead. Five minutes later, her sister, Anna, found an opening between the Big Walnut center-backs and put the team up 2-0.

Jackson then made the score 3-0 in the 35th minute when she flicked the ball over the Big Walnut keeper. Jackson then scored again in the 78th minute when she broke through the backline.

FMaddie Miller makes a pass 200rom there, Indian Hill comfortably controlled the flow of the match, with long, direct balls causing problems for the opposing backline. It also played a paced passing style that allowed the team to get teammates into space. Entering the match, Big Walnut beat New Philadelphia 8-0 on Saturday. Yet it was the Golden Eagles who chased the match, rarely able to penetrate Indian Hill backline.

Ranked first in the state, Indian Hill is now a match away from its first Division II state title in program history. Dunlap took the team to the state championship game in 2003 and 2004, but lost both matches.

Now in 2017, she believes her current team has the potential to finally break the barrier into state champions.

Meghan OBrien takes position to receive an incoming pass 200“The way they play is special,” Dunlap said. “Defensively, they just shut teams down and play possession. In my opinion, they play the way soccer should be played.”

The Braves have plenty of positives.

A high-scoring side, the three first-half goal scorers have a combined 88 goals in 22 matches. And against Big Walnut, a team that had 16 clean sheets entering the state semifinal match, the Braves had no problem.

Jackson plays a natural No. 9 — a goal scorer who pesters the opposing defense, often times standing within the shadow of the opponent’s last outfield player. Through 22 matches, she has 33 goals.

Morgan Jackson 10 fights through the defense 200Able to hold the ball up, the Braves would soon join her into the final third, where they would either produce a counter attack or drag enough defenders back that Indian Hill can get its defenders higher up the field. Big Walnut played on its heels for much of the night.

“I honestly wasn’t really expecting it,” Jackson said of her two goals and an assist in a state semifinals match. “To come out here and do that, I’m glad I could do it for my school.”

The Podojil sisters’ ball skill found them slithering through the opponents. Anna, who had a hat trick against Tippecanoe in a 4-1 win last Saturday, has a Cincinnati Hills League-best 37 goals. Ellie has 15.

Defensively, the Braves are just as strong, with Claire deHamel playing as a holding midfielder and often the creator Ellie Podojil 18 sends a shot past the Big Walnut defense and to the net 200of Indian Hill’s attacks. Against Big Walnut, the backline was virtually never challenged.

Already in its first Division II semifinal since 2015, Indian Hill will play Mentor Lake Catholic in the state championship game Friday, Nov. 10. While the kickoff time is still to be determined, the location will be MAPFRE Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC.

“It’s a mixture between pressure and excitement,” Jackson said of the upcoming final. “It would be really fun to bring home those rings from Columbus and I really think we can do it.”

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Girls Soccer Records

  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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