by Michael Leonard
Richfield -- Walsh Jesuit girls soccer had to face Massillon Jackson in its Division I regional semifinal.
The Warriors and Polar Bears know each other well as Walsh has played Jackson nearly every year in the regular season, including a 4-0 win at Jackson on Sept. 21.
"That 4-0 win meant nothing because they had one of their worst games of the season," Warriors head coach Dino McIntyre said. "We're not four goals better than them."
This time, Walsh put up a much better fight this time, but the Warriors still managed to win.
Walsh defeated Jackson 1-0 Oct. 29 at Revere High School's Pappano Stadium in Richfield to advance to the Division I regional final.
The Warriors were set to play Strongsville Nov. 2 at Rocky River.
Results were not available at press time.
Strongsville defeated Mentor 4-1 in the other regional semifinal Oct. 29.
Walsh finished the game with a 10-1 edge in shots on goal, but the defensive-minded Polar Bears nearly were able to force overtime.
Walsh didn't get its goal until the 74th minute from senior Maddy Anzelc.
Jackson was in defend-and-counterattack mode during the entire game.
Walsh controlled the majority of possession in the first half, but had no real scoring chances.
However, the Warriors were able to turn up the heat a little bit early in the second half.
Off a free kick from Emily Rogers in the 49th minute, Anzelc headed the ball toward the corner of the goal, only to be denied by a brilliant diving save by Jackson goaltender Katie Kingsbury.
Kingsbury had a huge night, as the Kent State University recruit finished with nine saves.
After one corner kick from the Warriors was deflected out for a second corner kick, sophomore Christina Trickett took the kick from the far side and sent a ball into the six-yard box.
Anzelc crashed the near post and the ball deflected off her and into the net to make it 1-0.
Jackson didn't come close to getting an equalizing goal as the Warriors kept the ball in the Polar Bears' end for most of the last six minutes of the game.