MONROE — It looked like a routine corner kick try.
Junior midfielder Tori Bonno launched a corner kick from the right side of the Monroe High School turf field, and senior midfielder Jordi Reddington took the kick out of the air and knocked in the shot from in front of the Beavercreek goal.
That was all Mason needed to claim a 1-0 Division I girls high school soccer district title win over Beavercreek, Oct. 26 at Monroe High.
Comets coach Andy Schur was humble in victory. He said Beavercreek veteran coach Steve Popp is a person whom he idolizes as a coach.
“Steve has an incredible group of young ladies. They play so well together. He’s got them so connected,” Schur said. “I’m really proud of my kids. Sometimes in soccer the team that has the ball most of the night doesn’t necessarily have the night they want. Tonight was our night.
“I’m really proud of my kids, but take nothing away from how well his Beavercreek kids played.”
Reddington scored with 34:15 left on the game clock in the first half. It was just her third goal of the season in 19 games.
The two teams played pretty evenly in the first half, but Beavercreek controlled the ball in Mason territory for most of the second half.
Several feeds to Beavercreek’s Marcella Cash went for naught, however. Perhaps Cash’s best scoring chance came with just under 23 minutes left in the contest, when the Beavers sophomore forward drove deep into the left side of Mason territory. When she was about 5 yards away from the Comets goal, Cash dished a nice crossing pass that rolled right in front of the goal.
Mason goaltender Emma Schewe dove out and pounced on the pass before another Beavercreek player could chip it in.
Beavercreek senior forward Tiffany Hayes also had a shot attempt from medium range in the second half, but she was turned away as well.
“It was a district final that had two really good teams playing,” Beavercreek’s Steve Popp said. “Both teams played really well. Mason was just able to get a goal early, and be strong the rest of the game to let that goal hold up.
“In a one-goal game, they can go either way. And they were able to get the lead and hold it the whole night.”
Popp said he’ll miss seniors Sydney Cleverly, Addison Tiffany, Meredith Magee, Kira Hohne, Taylor Ulrich, Hayes and Cara Snider.
“Our program does so well, year after year. And that’s because we have players who go through for the four years to make the program as strong as it is,” he said. “We’ll miss our seniors. We had another good senior class this year.”
With the win, Mason advances to take on either Springboro or St. Ursula in the next round. That match is set for 7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31 also at Monroe High School.
Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.