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Published: Sunday, 11/4/2012

GIRLS SOCCER D-III REGIONAL FINAL

Arrows heading back to state semifinal

BY MARK MONROE
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

ASHLAND, Ohio — The St. Ur­sula girls soc­cer team earned a re­turn trip to the state fi­nal four Satur­day as the Ar­rows cap­tured a Divi­sion II re­gional cham­pi­on­ship.

St. Ur­sula (13-5-3) shut­out Bellville Clear Fork 1-0 at Ash­land Com­mu­nity Sta­dium.

Soph­o­more Al­lie Farell headed the ball into the back of the net off a cor­ner kick by se­nior Kyla Sofo in the first half.

Junior goalie Syd­ney Yeager had four saves to post the shut­out.

Yeager recorded her eighth shut­out of the sea­son and she has four in five post­sea­son games. Yeager and the Ar­row de­fense have yielded just one goal in the play­offs.

Clear Fork (18-3-0) en­tered the game as the ninth ranked team in the state.

Farell tal­lied her sixth goal of the sea­son for the un­ranked Ar­rows.

Fresh­man Jor­dyn Greer has scored 13 goals and has four as­sists this sea­son. Greer had scored four of St. Ur­sula's nine goals in the post­sea­son.

Last sea­son, St. Ur­sula also de­feated Clear Fork (5-2) in the re­gional cham­pi­on­ship to reach the fi­nal four.

The Ar­rows ad­vance to play top ranked Cuya­hoga Falls Walsh Je­suit (18-0-2) in the state semi­fi­nals on Tues­day at 7 p.m. at a site to be de­ter­mined.

Walsh Je­suit has been ranked No. 1 in Divi­sion II the en­tire sea­son.

St. Ur­sula de­feated Walsh Je­suit 1-0 in the state semi­fi­nal last sea­son. The Ar­rows ad­vanced to the first state ti­tle game in pro­gram his­tory but they fell 2-0 to Co­lum­bus St. Francis DeSales.

“We have a very tough re­match against Walsh Je­suit which will se­verely test us,” St. Ur­sula coach Chris Black said. “They are con­sis­tently one of the best pro­grams in the state and we are happy to have the op­por­tu­nity to face them again for a trip back to the state fi­nal.”

The Ar­rows are out­scor­ing op­po­nents 54-21. Walsh Je­suit has scored 64 goals and given up only four.

Walsh Je­suit has lost just once in two years with that lone set back com­ing against St. Ur­sula last sea­son. The War­riors won a Divi­sion I state ti­tle in 2010.



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