Friday, Jan 19, 2018
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

Our Town Sports

Perrysburg girls soccer team wins Division I state title


Perrysburg goalie Chloe Buehler (1), center, celebrates with teammates and fans after defeating Mason during the Girls Division I State Championship Soccer game at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus. Perrysburg won 1-0.

The Blade/Jeremy Wadsworth
Enlarge | Buy This Image

COLUMBUS — Mak­ing his­tory should never be easy, and the un­stop­pa­ble Per­rys­burg girls soc­cer team was fi­nally chal­lenged be­fore the Yel­low Jack­ets per­se­vered to post an un­prece­dented feat.

Per­rys­burg be­came the first girls pro­gram from north­west Ohio to win a state soc­cer ti­tle with a tense 1-0 vic­tory over Ma­son in a Divi­sion I cham­pi­on­ship game on Fri­day night. The Yel­low Jack­ets cap­tured the school’s first state ti­tle in any sport since 1991 with a tight vic­tory in the con­test at Co­lum­bus Crew Sta­dium.

Gifted se­nior for­ward Maddy “The Ma­gi­cian” Wil­liams scored the only goal. Wil­liams scored near the mid­point of the first half on a pen­alty kick. She fin­ished her se­nior sea­son with an as­ton­ish­ing 48 goals and scored in ev­ery game but one.

Se­nior net­minder Chloe “The Goalie” Buehler was phe­nom­e­nal through­out the con­test. Buehler made sev­eral div­ing and leap­ing saves. She fin­ished with nine saves and faced 25 shots over­all.


HACKENBERG COLUMN: Chloe 'The Goalie' a rock for the Jackets

“I had to come up big a few times, and we’re state champs,” said a beam­ing Buehler af­ter the game with a medal around her neck. “There is no bet­ter feel­ing. I ig­nored ev­ery­thing around me. The ul­ti­mate goal was not to have the ball in the net, and we ac­com­plished that.”

Wil­liams scored with 15:25 left in the first half on the free kick. Wil­liams, who will play next sea­son at Pur­due Univer­sity, set up the first goal with re­lent­less­ness as she bat­tled a Comet de­fender one on one to draw the pen­alty shot. She then made no mis­take from 12 yards out to send the large Perr­syburg con­tin­gent into a frenzy.

“I just want to go hug ev­ery­one I’m in such a good mood,” Wil­liams said. “This is like liv­ing a dream. I love this group of girls so much. They are like my fam­ily.”

Per­rys­burg (23-0-0) was ranked No. 1 all year and trailed just once all sea­son. The Yel­low Jack­ets out­scored their foes 108-5. But un­ranked Ma­son, which fin­ished with a 9-5 edge in shots, proved to be the big­gest ob­sta­cle as it con­stantly pres­sured and kept the ball in the Per­rys­burg end.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a nail-biter,” Yel­low Jack­ets co-head coach Jorge Diaz said. “It was an awe­some game to watch and coach. I’m very emo­tional right now be­cause we re­ally worked very hard, and we had this goal from day one. It’s amaz­ing it came true.”

Destiny seemed to be on Per­rys­burg’s side as the Comets hit two posts and one cross­bar.

Buehler, who will play at Penn State, jumped to make a save and then dove for an­other dur­ing a 40-sec­ond span late in the game to main­tain the slim lead. Buehler then snatched the ball out of mid­air to pre­vent a goal with 3:35 left.

“Chloe is ab­so­lutely our MVP,” co-head coach Mar­ga­ret Ber­nard said. “She re­ally is an awe­some goalie. She re­ally stepped up and made some big saves to­day.”

Per­rys­burg trailed just once this sea­son, 1-0, to Gahanna Lin­coln on Sept. 8 be­fore ral­ly­ing for a 4-2 win. Buehler, who missed 10 games with a back in­jury be­fore re­turn­ing full time for the last 11 games, yielded only two goals all sea­son and never trailed.

Buehler came out to beat a free Comet for­ward to a loose ball to keep the one-goal lead late in the first half. Buehler then made the save of the half when she got a hand on a point-blank shot by Madi­son Mel­nick, who had two great shots in the game.

“This is the clos­est game we’ve ever had,” Wil­liams said. “We’ve never won by just one goal be­fore. Chloe is amaz­ing. She is my hero. She should get MVP. They came out fight­ing, but we came out on top.”

Per­rys­burg was only the sec­ond team from north­west Ohio to reach the girls ti­tle game. St. Ur­sula made it last year.

Ma­son, a sub­ur­ban school from the Cin­cin­nati area, also was play­ing in its first state ti­tle game. The Comets con­trolled play and had 26 shots to­ward the net over­all.

“It’s crush­ing,” Ma­son coach Andy Schur said. “But give Per­rys­burg credit, their keeper is a re­ally im­pres­sive player. She was the star of the match. We had the bet­ter of the chances this eve­ning, but it was Per­rys­burg’s night.”

Diaz said when he woke up yes­ter­day morn­ing his yard was com­pletely filled with soc­cer balls.

“The way the com­mu­nity and par­ents have come to­gether this way is amaz­ing,” he said. “I’m so blessed to coach this team.”

Wil­liams had Per­rys­burg’s first qual­ity chance of the match as she set up her own shot, but Ma­son goalie Toni Baz­za­roo (four saves) made a div­ing save. Buehler made the best save of the sec­ond half when she come out to stop a solo break­away by Mel­nick early on. Wil­liams then had three straight qual­ity chances for Per­rys­burg late in the game. Ma­son coun­tered when Mel­nick’s shot de­flected off the cross­bar with 16:59.

Per­rys­burg’s 23-game win­ning streak is fourth lon­gest in Ohio his­tory. The Yel­low Jack­ets also had cap­tured state ti­tles in 1991 (soft­ball) and 1979 (vol­ley­ball).

“This is the fur­thest you can go,” Wil­liams said. “We won it all. It’s so awe­some I can’t even de­scribe it. This is the best way to go out.”

Con­tact Mark Mon­roe at:mmon­roe@the­,419-724-6354 or onTwit­ter @Mon­roeBlade.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2018 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…