Indian Hill beats Lake Catholic 2-0, wins first Division II title in school history

COLUMBUS - Indian Hill junior goalkeeper Kate Marrs ran to the corner and slid on her knees. Her teammates chased behind. A dozen yards away, their fans celebrated something they’d never been able to celebrate before:

Indian Hill won the Division II state title.

“This is just the very best feeling,” head coach Amy Dunlap said after the game. “It’s just a great feeling and this has been such an amazing team.”

The Braves beat Lake Catholic 2-0 on Friday evening at MAPFRE Stadium in the Ohio Division II state championship game, finishing with a 22-0-1 record. They were the only undefeated in Ohio girls soccer this season.

And they dominated the match instantly.

Eighty-four seconds in, senior forward Morgan Jackson gave Indian Hill in the lead when Lake Catholic goalkeeper Kennedy Solymosi was caught out of position and Jackson tapped the ball into an open net.

It was the fast start the Braves needed, as the Cougars grew in possession and momentum as the first half played out. But junior forward Anna Podojil doubled the lead in the 24th minute when she turned a defender on the edge of the penalty box, then dribbled in and pushed a backpost shot past Solymosi.

Indian Hill led 2-0 at halftime.

“The whistle blew and they were focused,” Dunlap said. “It helps any team to get an early goal. It definitely sets the tempo. And to get the second not long after that, it really helped us through.”

The Cougars did have chances to cut into the deficit. However, a sturdy Braves backline, as well important saves from Marr, kept the team’s second clean sheet in two state matches this year.

Five minutes into the second half, Marrs mishandled a cross into the goal box and her teammates had to make a goal-line clearance. Roughly two minutes later, Marrs had to make another save. Minutes later there was another clearance off the line.

“I’ve always said everything I do is for this team,” she said. Marrs was an outfield player and switched to goalkeeper at the start of the season.

“Coming in and never playing goalie before, I think I finally showed all my captains, the rest of my team, my community what I’m capable of,” she continued. “I mean I know I have more firepower within me and next year is going to be even better.

Friday’s match proved to be more of a complete win that previous blowouts during the postseason and regular had been.

From an offensive standpoint, the Braves had the best attacking players in Division II. Jackson, who was named to the Cincinnati Hills League first team all four years in high school, finished the year with 34 goals and 19 assists. Anna Podojil had 38 goals and 17 assists, while her sister, Ellie, had 15 goals and 14 assists.

Indian Hill finished the season undefeated, winning all but one game: a 2-2 tie with Alter on Oct. 7. The program also beat Summit Country Day 3-2 on Sept. 9. The Silver Knights won the Division III state title earlier Friday at MAPFRE Stadium.

The last time two teams from Greater Cincinnati won the state title was 2008 when St. Ursula Academy and Bishop Fenwick won the title. Loveland still plays Perrysburg in the Division I title game. Three Greater Cincinnati teams have never won the title in one season.

As for Dunlap, though, the 2017 championship was her first in 23 years coaching at Indian Hill. She’s spent the last 19 years as the head coach and led two state runner-up teams in 2003 and 2004.

“It’s a special group of girls,” she said of her current team. “They just have a mentality where they never wanted to settle."

The Braves had four seniors on their roster.

During the trophy ceremony after the game, Jackson and a few other teammates wiped tears from their eyes in happiness. Marr said although key seniors are graduating, she believes the program can return to Columbus in 2018.

“As the greatest day of my entire life,” she said when asked how she’d remember it. But then Jackson cut her off.

“Literally the best day of our lives, so far.”

Coach Dunlap's Practice Schedule

2017 Girls Soccer Team Photos

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
         
         
         
         

CHL Girls Soccer Statistics