Chagrin Falls, West Geauga advance to district championship games

Chagrin Falls and West Geauga both won their district semifinal games on Monday and played for a district championship on Thursday.

Kirtland and Wickliffe had their Division III quarter-semifinals suspended due to darkness, with the game tied 0–0 after the first overtime. Play resumes Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Kirtland Recreation Park with the second 15-minute overtime.

Cuyahoga Heights and Hawken both ended their seasons with quarterfinal losses on Monday.

The Red Wolves lost 3-1 to Andrews-Osborne Academy while the Hawks lost 10-1 to Hoban.

Defending Division II champions Chagrin Falls edged host Aurora 1-0 in a district semifinals.

“Any win that allows your team to go through to the playoffs is a good win, so we’re very happy with tonight’s win,” said Chagrin Falls coach Joe Ciuni. “Although we only scored one goal, we consistently created chances throughout the game. Our attack played very well and we were very dangerous throughout.”

Lindsay Burgess scored the only goal of the game from a Bella Radomsky assist.

“We knew we wanted to attack the channels and try to get behind the defenses,” Ciuni said. “We then wanted to attack the goal and knew that without a shot on goal, the square pass to the back would be open; this is how our goal came about. At Aurora, we knew we had to cut the chances of their top player – Bailey McGee. We did a good job of taking her space and when she was able to break free we were great at limiting her chances of finding a teammate.”

Izzy Pribanic made four saves and recorded one goal in goal.

The seventh-seeded Tigers, who have improved to 9-4-5 over the year, will face No. Play 2 bays.

Bay defeated Chagrin Falls 4-2 in the regular season.

“We know it’s going to be a lot harder to win and progress now,” said Ciuni. “Bay is a very talented team but we are ready to take on the challenge against them. We’re not the same team we were three weeks ago and we’re playing good football right now. We know that if we work as a team and give our all, we have a chance to win.”

Sixth-seeded West Geauga celebrated a 5-0 win at No. 4 Salem.

“I’m very proud of today’s win against a great Salem team,” said West Geauga coach Kori Jesenovec. “Tournament time always produces the best game and tonight we took our chances.”

Frankee Flesher scored twice in the first half and Courtney Whiting also scored in the first 40 from an assist by Flesher as the Wolverines built a 3-0 lead. Zoe Cowles also recorded a first-half assist.

Flesher made it 4-0 with her third goal of the game in the 50th minute and Alyssa Mobley finished the goal in the last 10.

Adison Cook and Megan McGinness assisted on the goals in the second half.

Ashlyn Drayer recorded 10 saves recording the shutout.

“The key for us was to play as a unit and keep the ball,” said Jesenovec. “We were able to work the ball through our system and take advantage of our opportunities and chances.”

The Wolverines, who have improved to 11-3-4, play top seeded West Branch on Thursday at Hubbard Memorial Stadium.

“Tournament time is about taking each game as it came and respecting your opponents. We were focused on Salem and now have a few days to prepare for West Branch,” Jesenovec said. “These are the games these girls have been training for all year. I love seeing a season culminate during tournament time and I look forward to these seniors seeing what keeps them growing for the rest of this tournament.”