Anna Podojil named Ms. Soccer, best in Ohio

Indian Hill High School gave Anna and Ellie Podojil the opportunity to play a full season of soccer together.

The sisters took advantage, helping lead the Braves to an undefeated season and Division II state championship in their second season as high school teammates.

Anna, a junior forward, scored 38 goals en route to earning Division II Ms. Soccer honors from the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. Ellie, a sophomore attacking center mid, sparked the Braves’ attack, which outscored opponents 114-18 this season.

Anna led the Cincinnati Hills League with 93 points (38 goals, 17 assists), while Ellie was sixth with 44 points (15 goals, 14 assists). Their teammate, senior Morgan Jackson, tallied 87 points (34 goals, 19 assists).

“Anna winning Ms. Soccer is an incredible accomplishment. She’s a very unselfish player,” said Division II state Coach of the Year Amy Dunlap. “I think as a team, we were blessed because we had two girls score 30-plus goals this season. That took some pressure off of her, because Morgan scored just as many goals as she did. Having a teammate like Morgan to play off of definitely helped her.”

The sisters were born in Cincinnati, but spent their early years growing up in Arkansas. They moved back to the area when Anna was in fifth grade and Ellie was in fourth. They found great success with their club teams, as Anna’s Cincinnati United Premier team won a national title this summer while Ellie’s squad advanced to the national semifinals. But this fall was even more special, as the sisters were able to team up for a championship.

“It was awesome representing Indian Hill in such an incredible way. It was honestly indescribable,” said Anna. “It’s something completely different [from club soccer]. Playing for your school and representing something meant so much more to me. Ellie and I have a good connection on the field that helped out a lot.”

“Our first year in high school together, we realized we have a great group of girls here at Indian Hill. This year, everything came together,” added Ellie. “We hadn’t played on the same team in a while. Getting to play with her is fun. It brings out the competitive side but we work really well together on the field.”

The state championship match at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus was extra special, as the Podojils’ extended family from northeast Ohio made the trek to watch them clinch. Their cousins played in the Division III state championship match immediately prior to Indian Hill’s game, with their Kirtland squad coming up short against Summit Country Day.

“That was really exciting for them to be able to watch us play,” said Ellie of the many relatives who attended. “Them being able to see us accomplish something so great was so awesome.”

The family atmosphere extended beyond the Podojil sisters. Led by five seniors, the Braves were a close-knit group whose chemistry helped them reach their ultimate goal.

“One of our strengths this year was how we all played well together as a team. The girls are all good buddies on and off the field,” said Dunlap. “It definitely feels like a family.”

The Podojils will be counted on to provide more leadership in 2018. Thankfully, they had a great group to learn from this year.

“Our seniors were really good role models for the whole team. They would always pick us up and encourage us when we weren’t having our best game or practice,” said Ellie. “They really were the driving force behind the whole state run.”

Two years ago, Anna was a freshman on the Braves team that fell two wins short of a championship, losing in the state semifinals. That provided motivation that helped fuel this magical season.

“I knew the feeling of how devastating it was for the seniors that year. This year, the passion and dedication everyone put into it helped us end on a perfect season,” she said. “Our last game of the regular season, I was like, wow, we have not lost a game. We played against some of the best competition. Honestly, it was kind of insane that we were able to do this.”

For Anna, all of the individual accolades are secondary to the team’s success.

“I was very honored to receive (Ms. Soccer), but I honestly couldn’t have done it without such great teammates who created such a competitive environment for me each and every day,” she said. “Coach Dunlap and Coach Lawson provided me with such great opportunities and motivation.”

After knocking on the door with state runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2004 and semifinal appearances in 2010, 2012, and 2015, Dunlap was overjoyed to finally deliver a state championship. With the Podojil sisters returning in 2018, expectations will remain sky-high. But for now, the coach and team are still enjoying their historic 2017 season.

“It definitely was an experience of a lifetime,” said Dunlap. “Having our seniors end with a state championship, we can’t ask for anything more.”

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Girls Soccer Records

  SEASON GOALS      
Rank Name   Season Goals
1 Anna Podojil   2017 38
2 Morgan Jackson   2017 34
3 Anna Podojil   2016 31
3 Brooke Rogers   2004 31
5 Annie Schenck   1997-8 26
5 Jenna Kereiakes   2001 26
5 Elizabeth Slattery   2011 26
8 Morgan Jackson   2015 22
8 Jenna Kereiakes   1999 22
8 Tricia Craig   1987 22
8 Brooke Rogers   2005 22
12 Brooke Rogers   2006 21
 
  CAREER GOALS      
Rank Name   Years Goals
1 Anna Podojil   2015-P 89
2 Morgan Jackson   2014-2017 78
3 Brooke Rogers   2003-2006 77
4 Annie Schenck   1995-1998 76
5 Jenna Kereiakes   1998-2001 70
6 Elizabeth Slattery   2009-2012 66
7 Amanda McCaw   2000-2003 52
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 Morgan Jackson   2017 19
3 Annie Schenck   1998 18
4 Anna Podojil   2017 17
4 Lisa Tecklenburg   1997 17
6 Annie Schenck   1997 16
6 Meredith Snow   2007 16
6 Erin Schmitt   2001 16
9 Ellie Podojil   2016 15
9 Kristen Ellis   2001 15
9 Maddie Slattery   2011 15
12 Ellie Podojil   2017 14
12 Anna Podojil   2014 14
12 Claire Kenny   1999 14
 
  CAREER ASSISTS      
Rank Name   Years Assists
1 Annie Schenck   1995-1998 53
2 Morgan Jackson   2014-2017 47
3 Anna Podojil   2015-P 42
4 Lisa Tecklenburg   1995-1998 39
5 Meredith Snow   2004-2007 37
6 Erin Schmitt   1999-2001 36
6 Elizabeth Slattery   2009-2012 36
8 Paige Gloster   2010-2012 35
9 Shaedyn Cousino   1995-1998 34
10 Brooke Rogers   2003-2006 33
11 Jenna Kereiakes   1998-2001 31
12 Maddie Slattery   2008-2011 30
         
         
     
  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