By Dan Wright
Senior midfielder Ali Critcher scored three minutes into the first sudden death overtime as Dixie Heights knocked off St. Henry in the 34th District final, 2-1, at Dixie Heights.
It marked the second straight season the Colonels beat the Crusaders in the district championship game.
Senior midfielder Libby Leedom gave St. Henry an early lead with a breakaway goal 10 minutes into the game, but Dixie managed to even things when freshman midfielder Rachel Hatfield scored with 10 minutes left in the first half.
HALFTIME: 1-1. GOALS: DH—Hatfield, A. Critcher. SH—L. Leedom. RECORDS: Dixie Heights 15-5-1, St. Henry 15-5-2.
NOTRE DAME 4, HOLY CROSS 0 – Notre Dame built a four-goal lead by halftime in cruising to the 35th District championship at Beechwood.
Corner kicks by senior Alex Lonnemann led to goals by seniors Jamie Bramlage and Ellie Eckerle within the first 13 minutes of the game, and sophomore midfielder Carissa Dyer and senior midfielder Paige Kellam added goals in the final 10 minutes of the half.
Sophomore midfielder Mandy Arnzen was named the tournament’s most valuable player, as seniors Olivia Voskuhl and Nikki Zembrodt did not have to make a save to combine for the shutout
HALFTIME: 4-0. GOALS: SK—Bramlage, E. Eckerle, Dyer, Kellam. SHUTOUT: Voskuhl and N. Zembrodt (0 saves). RECORDS: Notre Dame 19-2-1, Holy Cross 8-9-2.
RYLE 2, CONNER 0 – Junior forward Claire Volkmeyer and senior forward Elise Duggins scored for the Raiders in the District 33 final at Ryle.
Volkmeyer scored on a rebound with six minutes left in the first half to give Ryle the lead.
Duggins extended the Raiders’ lead to two in the second half off a throw-in by her sister, sophomore center midfielder Lauren Duggins.
Sophomore Emily Hayes turned five shots aside to earn the shutout for the Raiders, who won their first district title since 2006.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: R—Volkmeyer, E. Duggins. SHUTOUT: Hayes (5 saves). RECORDS: Ryle 12-5-2, Conner 9-9-1.
SIMON KENTON 3, GRANT COUNTY 1 – Senior forward Samantha McNamara scored two goals to lead the Pioneers to a 32nd District championship.
McNamara put Simon Kenton found the net in the opening minutes of the first half and she gave the Pioneers the lead for good five minutes into the second half.
Junior midfielder Courtney Fulmer iced the match with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
HALFTIME: 1-1. GOALS: SK—McNamara 2, Fulmer. GC—Pelfrey. RECORDS: Simon Kenton 7-10-1, Grant County 8-5-2.
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