2018-11-07 / Sports

AHS Girls Defeat Liberty-Benton For Regional Championship


Addison Moyer (6) watches as the ball sails into the net for the game’s only goal in Archbold’s 1-0 win over Liberty-Benton, Saturday, Nov. 3, for the Div. III regional championship. Moyer had gotten the rebound when the shot of Regan Ramirez, shown on the pitch at right, was blocked by the Eagle goalkeeper.– photo by Mario Gomez Addison Moyer (6) watches as the ball sails into the net for the game’s only goal in Archbold’s 1-0 win over Liberty-Benton, Saturday, Nov. 3, for the Div. III regional championship. Moyer had gotten the rebound when the shot of Regan Ramirez, shown on the pitch at right, was blocked by the Eagle goalkeeper.– photo by Mario Gomez Archbold found itself in a similar situation as last season when the Streaks faced Liberty-Benton in a Division III regional girls soccer final, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Lake High School.

In 2017, AHS gave up a late goal in the second half of the regional final to lose 1-0.

It was a different outcome in 2018.

Archbold got the game-winning goal from freshman Addison Moyer with 22:51 remaining and then held off a desperate L-B attack to win its second regional championship in school history and advance to the state semifinals.

“It was the absolute complete opposite of what we did last year,” said an ecstatic Jen Kidder, AHS assistant coach.

“We played such a great game last year and came out on (the losing) end.

“Back in June we told them that our team was good enough to make a run. We had lots of bumps and bruises along the way.”

“We had some great opportunities, but at the end of the day you have to put it in the back of the net,” said Mark Pagano, L-B head coach. “They did. We didn’t.”

“Whenever we play Archbold it’s going to be a good game.”

During the regular season, the Eagles, who finished 18- 1-1, tied with Archbold 2-2.

The Streaks were scheduled to face Kirtland last night, Tuesday, in Sandusky, in the first game of an Archbold Kirtland doubleheader that also featured the boys state semifinal between the two teams.


Archbold goalkeeper Reagan Kohler stops a shot after Liberty- Benton’s Alexis Rickenbacher misses connecting with the ball in their Div. III regional final.– photo by Mary Huber Archbold goalkeeper Reagan Kohler stops a shot after Liberty- Benton’s Alexis Rickenbacher misses connecting with the ball in their Div. III regional final.– photo by Mary Huber Back And Forth Chances

The first half was about as even as you would expect a regional championship game to be.

Both teams shared an almost equal amount of possession time and each had spurts where a goal seemed imminent, only to be turned back by strong goalie play and a solid defensive effort.

A scoreless first half set the stage for a nerve-racking second half for Archbold players and fans.

The Eagles had a few chances early in the second half to score, but were stopped cold by the goalkeeping of Reagan Kohler, who was solid all afternoon.

“Reagan is a freshman, and she plays like a senior in college,” said Kidder. “She’s so calm and composed all the time. She did phenomenal.”

Breaking Through And Holding On

With more than 27 minutes left, Archbold had a chance to score when Macy Peterson dribbled into and past a crowd of L-B defenders, but lost the ball.

Brittney Ramirez recovered the lost ball and took a shot that L-B keeper Sophie Aschemeier got her hands on to keep the game scoreless.

It didn’t take long for Archbold to get back on the offense.

Regan Ramirez waited for her opportunity and finally took it when she received a pass that gave her a breakaway chance to score.

The shot was blocked by Aschemeier.

On the rebound, Moyer was in the right place at the right time. She knocked a shot over a sprawled-out Aschemeier– who was still in recovery mode after the blocked shot– and into the goal to score what would turn out to be the game winner.

“If Regan wouldn’t have got that touch, there wouldn’t be a shot for me,” said Moyer.

“I was just like ‘I’ve got to hit this.’ I saw the open goal and I just knew it had to go in for my team.”

While the goal was in hand the outcome was not, and the Streaks had almost 23 minutes left to hold off the Eagles to secure their trip to the Final Four.

AHS packed in the defenders as the minutes turned to seconds, holding L-B off for the remainder of the game as the players and fans began to celebrate the 1-0 victory.

“Credit to everyone on the team,” said Kidder. “We came out with a job to do and they did it.”

Previous State Appearances

Archbold: 2011.

Bishop Rosecrans: no previous appearances.

Cincinnati Country Day: 2016 (2nd)

Kirtland: 2017, 2015.

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