By Logan Sewell
The Monroe Lady Hornets' dream soccer season came to an end on a
cold, rainy night with their painful loss to the #2 seed Archbishop Alter
Lady Knights 3-0 last night in the semifinal of the Sectional Tournament at
Fairmont High School.
All year long, Monroe dominated its opponents, as their record
coming into the game was 14-2-2 with their losses to two unbeaten big-school squads, Springboro and Dayton Carroll. So when Alter's Jackie Bavaro scored a goal within the first minute of the contest, it put the Lady Hornets in unfamiliar territory against a very strong Alter squad, who play in the highly regarded Greater Catholic League.
To make matters worse, Alter's Nicole Dietz scored another goal about
halfway through the first half and Monroe, who had never been down by two
goals all season long, was faced with a huge uphill battle.
"They got an early opportunity and took advantage of it,"
Monroe head varsity coach Jennifer Burnside said of the Lady Knights, "and
we kind of let down."
Archbishop Alter's defense swarmed to the ball, not allowing
Monroe a single shot at goal in the first half as the Lady Knights were in
control at the half with a 2-0 lead.
Alter started off the second half just like they started the
first by scoring another goal with a minute not even ticking off the clock.
Jen Hurtuvit scored to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Monroe then tightened up its
defense as the Lady Hornets didn't allow the Lady Knights to score again.
Monroe penetrated Alter's defense more frequently, with the Lady Hornets'
Kaylynn Harrington finally firing a shot at goal that was no good with just
under 9 minutes to play in the contest. But the Lady Knights' defense
kept the Lady Hornets from taking another shot at goal for the rest of the
Give credit to Monroe goalkeeper Jessica Swift for not folding
under heavy pressure and also to sweeper Bethany Davidson who kept the Lady Knights at bay by knocking the ball away numerous times to keep the Lady Hornets within striking distance.
"They put the ball in the air," Burnside said of Alter," they did everything that we needed to do tonight and they did it better."
Burnside said the slippery field hurt, but said Alter deserved the credit
for the win.
" They're good and they definitely deserved that (No. 2 seed)," Burnside
The loss marked the end of high school soccer for five seniors, Alex
Hesson, Natalie Creekbaum, Davidson, Brandi Hubbard, and Anna Hayes.
"These seniors that I have are what built this program," said
Burnside. Monroe finished 1-15 three years ago and the Lady Hornet seniors
steadily improved with each passing year, culminating with them winning the
MML South title two straight times.
"I bet you that you see Alter beating Badin," Burnside predicted, "I can
see it coming." Archbishop Alter plays the Hamilton Badin Rams next for the
Sectional Championship Game.
In the Sectional Tournament, Monroe had defeated Eaton 6-0 and Dayton
Monroe's boys soccer team tries to continue their own postseason run tonight against Madison, in a 7 p.m. gmae at Mason.