Perseverance pays off for Eagles


Big Walnut clips Bloom-Carroll 1-0 in district semi

By Michael Rich - For the Gazette



Big Walnut’s Kimberly Serna collects the ball in front of a Bloom-Carroll defender during the first half of Tuesday’s Division II district semifinal in Sunbury.

Big Walnut’s Kimberly Serna collects the ball in front of a Bloom-Carroll defender during the first half of Tuesday’s Division II district semifinal in Sunbury.


Ben Stroup | Gazette

Big Walnut High School Girls Varsity Soccer

BW beat Granville High School 1-0

Saturday, October 27, 2018 5:00 PM @ Granville High School

Game Recap: Soccer The Golden Eagles shutout Granville 1-0 to take the 2018 district championship.

Goal : Avery Maxiener; Assist; Alexis Schone; Saves: Payton Carter - 7

We will be back in action on Tuesday 10/30 against Unioto in the regional semi-finals game. Go Eagles!!!

Box Scores 1 2

BW HS 0 1

Granville 0 0

BW beat Bloom Carroll High School 1-0

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:00 PM at Big Walnut High School

Game Recap: Goal - Avery Schone; Assist - Grace Bodker Corner + Double Header by Morgan Bodker & Rylee Bussen

Saves: Carter (BW) - 2; Keefe (BC) - 20

The Eagles look to take on Granville next in the District Finals on Saturday.

Box Scores 1 2

Big Walnut 0 1

Bloom Carroll 0 0

Posted by Chris Allen chrisallen@bwls.net

Mothers for generations have echoed the, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ mantra.

The Big Walnut girls soccer team took that to heart after spending much of the game on the offensive side of the field without anything to show for it on the scoreboard.

The Golden Eagles finally broke though, though, when Grace Bodker got a second corner through to Avery Schone for the game’s only goal to give them a 1-0 win over Bloom-Carroll in a Division II district semifinal Tuesday night (Oct. 23) in Sunbury.

Bodker sent a corner kick from the right side that found Schone, but her shot was deflected out by the BC defense.

“(BC goalkeeper Jenna Keefe) is not tall, so it was easy for our players to get on the end of it,” Bodker said. “The first one, I was just kind of serving it to see if we could get on the end of it or if they were aggressive in the box or not. They weren’t as aggressive as we are. We’re really good at getting on the end of crosses. So, I did it again.”

Bodker’s second attempt pin-balled off the heads of teammates Morgan Bodker and Rylee Bussen before Schone got a leg on it and sent in on the left side to finally make a dent on the scoreboard with 14:32 left in the game.

“When (Bussen) ran front post – it created a gap,” Schone said. “So, I just followed through to try to tip it in.”

BW spent most of the night with possession, but couldn’t get through the Bulldog defense.

“I thought we started the game well,” BW coach Chris Allen said. “We just needed to put the ball in the back of the net. They (gave us) a little bit of space to play, but I think we’ve also been – consistently throughout the season – moving the ball better. That’s been great for us … that’s been a strength for us.”

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (16-2) didn’t have a shot, let alone a shot on goal, until the second half. Payton Carter finished with two saves for the second-seeded Eagles (11-2-4).

Carter got caught in traffic at the top of the box in the 68th minute and Makenzee Mason emerged with the ball. She sent a floater just wide right. That was as close to a goal as the Bulldogs came all night.

Keefe made 20 saves for the game – 10 in each half — to keep her team within striking distance.

“Our team is really good at persevering and working hard throughout the game,” Schone said. “This season we’ve learned a lot about never giving up. As the game went on we fought harder to make sure that we got that goal. So, I don’t think there was any doubt that we were going to score – it was just a matter of when.”

The Eagles advance to the district final round for the second consecutive season and there’s a familiar foe waiting for them. Top-seeded Granville advanced with a win over Olentangy Berlin.

“Even though I’m new – I definitely want to honor and continue the legacy that’s been here before,” Allen said. “Being here and getting an opportunity is great. (Granville is) a great team (with) a great coach. But, we definitely have the same things here as well.”

BW beat the Aces in a shootout last season.

Big Walnut 1, Granville 0

The second-seeded Golden Eagles did it again, getting a goal from Avery Maxeiner to slip past the state-ranked Aces — the top seed — in Saturday’s (Oct. 27) Division II district championship at Westerville North.

The Big Walnut defense took care of the rest, notching its second straight shutout of the postseason. Payton Carter anchored things in the BW goal, finishing with seven saves.

Next up, the Eagles will take on Chillicothe Unioto in a regional semifinal Tuesday night (Oct. 30) at Bloom-Carroll.

2018 OHSAA Girls Soccer Regional Pairings

Home Team Listed First. Dates, Locations and Times Subject to Change

Records Indicated Are as of District Final from Available Information

Rankings are from the Seventh Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association State Poll released on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Division I

Region 1

No. 8 Twinsburg (19-0-0) vs. No. 1 Medina (17-0-2) at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Madison (14-5-0) vs. Massillon Jackson (11-3-5) at Nordonia High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 2

No. 10 Ashland (16-3-0) vs. Toledo Notre Dame Academy (10-2-7) at Millbury Lake High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

North Royalton (6-9-4) vs. Strongsville (16-0-3) at North Ridgeville High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 3

Pickerington North (14-2-3) vs. Lewis Center Olentangy (13-3-2) at Dublin Jerome High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

No. 6 Columbus Bishop Watterson (16-1-2) vs. Dublin Jerome (15-3-1) at Westerville Central High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 4

No. 2 Beavercreek (20-0-0) vs. Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (14-5-1) at Mason High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

No. 9 Mason (15-1-2) vs. No. 5 Loveland (15-1-3) at Monroe High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Division I State Semifinals and Championship

Region 2 vs. Region 1, Tues., Nov. 6 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Region 4 vs. Region 3, Tues., Nov. 6 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Division I State Championship: Fri., Nov. 9 at MAPFRE Stadium, TBA

Division II

Region 5

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (13-3-4) vs. Mentor Lake Catholic (11-5-1) at Streetsboro High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Alliance Marlington (9-6-3) vs. Richfield Revere (11-3-5) at Green High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 6

No. 3 Mansfield Madison Comprehensive (16-1-3) vs. Bay Village Bay (11-5-3) at Sandusky High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Millbury Lake (13-5-1) vs. Wapakoneta (11-5-2) at Findlay High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 7

No. 9 Sunbury Big Walnut (12-2-4) vs. Chillicothe Unioto (14-1-3) at Bloom-Carroll High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Warsaw River View (15-3-1) vs. New Concord John Glenn (17-2-0) at Coshocton High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 8

No. 6 Cincinnati Indian Hill (14-2-3) vs. No. 2 Cincinnati Summit Country Day (18-2-0) at Lebanon Junior High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

No. 5 Kettering Archbishop Alter (15-2-2) vs. Bellbrook (14-4-1) at Miamisburg High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Division II State Semifinals and Championship

Region 6 vs. Region 5, Tues., Nov. 6 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Region 8 vs. Region 7, Tues., Nov. 6 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Division II State Championship: Fri., Nov. 9 at MAPFRE Stadium, TBA

Division III

Region 9

Warren Champion (17-2-0) vs. No. 5 Doylestown Chippewa (17-1-1) at Ravenna High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

No. 2 Kirtland (17-2-0) vs. Canfield South Range (13-7-0) at Solon High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 10

Pemberville Eastwood (19-1-0) vs. No. 6 Findlay Liberty-Benton (17-0-1) at Perrysburg Junior High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Archbold (14-1-4) vs. Lima Central Catholic (12-5-1) at Napoleon High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 11

Grandview Heights (15-2-2) vs. No. 8 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (13-2-3) at Hebron Lakewood High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Wheelersburg (18-1-0) vs. Albany Alexander (12-4-2) at Waverly High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 12

Sidney Lehman Catholic (13-4-1) vs. Cincinnati Madeira (19-3-5) at Centerville Alumni Stadium, Tues., 7 p.m.

No. 3 Anna (17-0-2) vs. No. 1 Cincinnati Country Day (16-2-0) at Beavercreek High School, Tues., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Division III State Semifinals and Championship

Region 2 vs. Region 1, Tues., Nov. 6 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Region 4 vs. Region 3, Tues., Nov. 6 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Division III State Championship: Fri., Nov. 9 at MAPFRE Stadium, TBA

2018 OHSAA Boys Soccer Regional Pairings

Home Team Listed First. Dates, Locations and Times Subject to Change

Records Indicated Are as of District Final from Available Information

Rankings are from the Seventh Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association State Poll released on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Division I

Region 1

Medina (14-1-4) vs. Hunting Valley University School (11-6-2) at Solon High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

North Canton Hoover (15-3-0) vs. Stow-Munroe Falls (15-2-2) at Nordonia High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 2

Toledo St. Francis DeSales (12-6-1) vs. No. 9 Sylvania Northview (15-1-3) at Millbury Lake High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

No. 1 Cleveland St. Ignatius (16-1-2) vs. Avon (14-2-3) at Brunswick High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 3

Powell Olentangy Liberty (16-2-0) vs. Pickerington North (17-1-0) at Dublin Jerome High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

No. 8 Columbus St. Charles (14-3-2) vs. Dublin Coffman (14-2-3) at Westerville Central High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 4

Cincinnati Anderson (13-3-2) vs. No. 3 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (16-1-3)at Lebanon Junior High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

No. 10 Cincinnati St. Xavier (13-3-3) vs. Cincinnati Turpin (14-1-3) at Monroe High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Division I State Semifinals and Championship

Region 2 vs. Region 1, Wed., Nov. 7 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Region 4 vs. Region 3, Wed., Nov. 7 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Division I State Championship: Sat., Nov. 10 at MAPFRE Stadium, TBA

Division II

Region 5

Chesterland West Geauga (12-6-1) vs. Hubbard (18-0-1) at Twinsburg High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

No. 5 Richfield Revere (14-2-3) vs. Alliance Marlington (16-1-2) at Ravenna Stadium, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 6

No. 6 Kenton (17-0-1) vs. Toledo Central Catholic (12-5-2) at Findlay High School, Wed., 8 p.m.

No. 1 Bay Village Bay (16-1-2) vs. No. 10 Lexington (14-5-0) at Wooster High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 7

The Plains Athens (17-1-1) vs. Albany Alexander (9-7-3) at Logan High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Warsaw River View (14-6-0) vs. No. 1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (16-3-0) at Coshocton High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 8

Bexley (12-6-0) vs. Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas (9-8-2) at London High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Cincinnati Summit Country Day (12-7-0) vs. Tipp City Tippecanoe (15-2-2) at Lakota West High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Division II State Semifinals and Championship

Region 6 vs. Region 5, Wed., Nov. 7 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Region 8 vs. Region 7, Wed., Nov. 7 at TBA, 7 p.m.

Division II State Championship: Sat., Nov. 10 at MAPFRE Stadium, TBA

Division III

Region 9

Mineral Ridge (16-2-0) vs. Campbell Memorial (16-3-0) at Niles McKinley High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Kirtland (15-1-3) vs. No. 9 Kidron Central Christian (16-1-2) at Green Memorial Stadium, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 10

Van Buren (17-2-0) vs. Independence (19-0-0) at Perkins High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Kalida (9-3-6) vs. No. 8 Archbold (18-1-0) at Findlay High School, Wed., 6 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 11

No. 10 Columbus Wellington School (14-4-1) vs. No. 5 Grandview Heights (14-2-3) at Gahanna Lincoln High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Berlin Hiland (15-3-1) vs. South Webster (19-1-0) at Marietta College, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Region 12

No. 6 Troy Christian (15-1-1) vs. No. 3 Miamisburg Dayton Christian (17-2-1) at Centerville Alumni Stadium, Wed., 7 p.m.

Cincinnati Madeira (12-5-2) vs. No. 2 Cincinnati Seven Hills (16-1-1) at Lakota East High School, Wed., 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday at TBA

Division III State Semifinals and Championship

Region 10 vs. Region 9, Wed., Nov. 7 at TBA, TBA

Region 12 vs. Region 11, Wed., Nov. 7 at TBA, TBA

Division III State Championship: Sat., Nov. 10 at MAPFRE Stadium, TBA

Big Walnut’s Kimberly Serna collects the ball in front of a Bloom-Carroll defender during the first half of Tuesday’s Division II district semifinal in Sunbury.
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/11/web1_bw10.jpgBig Walnut’s Kimberly Serna collects the ball in front of a Bloom-Carroll defender during the first half of Tuesday’s Division II district semifinal in Sunbury. Ben Stroup | Gazette
Big Walnut clips Bloom-Carroll 1-0 in district semi

By Michael Rich

For the Gazette

Big Walnut High School Girls Varsity Soccer

BW beat Granville High School 1-0

Saturday, October 27, 2018 5:00 PM @ Granville High School

Game Recap: Soccer The Golden Eagles shutout Granville 1-0 to take the 2018 district championship.

Goal : Avery Maxiener; Assist; Alexis Schone; Saves: Payton Carter – 7

We will be back in action on Tuesday 10/30 against Unioto in the regional semi-finals game. Go Eagles!!!

Box Scores 1 2

BW HS 0 1

Granville 0 0

BW beat Bloom Carroll High School 1-0

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:00 PM at Big Walnut High School

Game Recap: Goal – Avery Schone; Assist – Grace Bodker Corner + Double Header by Morgan Bodker & Rylee Bussen

Saves: Carter (BW) – 2; Keefe (BC) – 20

The Eagles look to take on Granville next in the District Finals on Saturday.

Box Scores 1 2

Big Walnut 0 1

Bloom Carroll 0 0

Posted by Chris Allen chrisallen@bwls.net

Follow Michael Rich on Twitter @mrichnotwealthy or contact him at mrichnotwealthy@gmail.com.

Follow Michael Rich on Twitter @mrichnotwealthy or contact him at mrichnotwealthy@gmail.com.