Olentangy Orange falls to Cincinnati Seton in OHSAA Division I girls soccer state semi

CENTERVILLE — Cincinnati Seton’s Lexi O’Shea ended a storybook season for the Olentangy Orange girls soccer team in a Division I state semifinal Nov. 8, just as she had done to the defending state champion three days earlier.

The sophomore midfielder scored with 4 minutes, 14 seconds left in the second overtime at Alumni Stadium to give the Saints a 2-1 win and send them to the title game.

Seton (17-3-1) plays Strongsville at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at Lower.com Field. The Mustangs (15-1-3) defeated Rocky River Magnificat 3-0 in their semifinal.

Olentangy Orange’s Gabbi Blendick looks on in disbelief as Cincinnati Seton celebrates a 2-1 double-overtime victory in a Division I state semifinal Nov. 8 in Centerville.

“Lexi is an amazing kid, and she has come up big for us,” Seton coach John Volker said. “That’s the third game she has won for us this year. … She had the goal with 1:08 left to beat (defending state champion Cincinnati) Mount Notre Dame (4-3 in the regional final).”

Coach Tim Lawrence was proud of the effort from his Pioneers, who won their first regional title, their second district championship and finished 19-2-3.

“It was a tough game with two good teams slugging at it,” he said.

Cincinnati Seton players pile on each other in celebration after a 2-1 double-overtime win against Olentangy Orange in a Division I state semifinal Nov. 8 in Centerville.

Seton struck first when Greta Harmeyer scored off a pass from McKenzie Carle with 24:52 left in the first half. Orange answered with a goal by midfielder Maryn Zavislak with 15:08 to play in regulation.

“(The Saints) play that high line that would give us opportunities,” Lawrence said. “I thought we would get it done in extra time or in the end of regulation. They have a good, athletic team.”

Orange goalie Jadia Kershaw made eight saves as Seton had 12 shots on goal. The Pioneers took seven shots on goal.

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