Division II State Championship 11/9 MAPFRE Stadium
#2 MADISON vs #1 ALTER
Alter Takes State Title 2-0 Over Madison
The top two teams in Division II fittingly met to decide the state championship at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, where top-ranked Alter took home their second title in four years with a 2-0 win over #2 Madison.
With a huge crowd showing out to support them, the Lady Rams opened the match by slicing through the Knights defense on multiple occasions with All-American Taylor Huff creating solid scoring chances but could not capitalize with a goal. Alter would begin to settle in, controlling the ball through the midfield before Lauren Schimpf fired a shot from well outside the box that bounced off keeper Morgan Rachel's hands and trickled in at the 27:31 mark that provided the Knights with a 1-0 lead.
Madison failed to produce an equalizer before the break and headed into the locker room trailing by a goal.
Back and forth gameplay saw the Lady Rams spit 17 shots on frame to Alter's 10, but the Knights came up with the better looks on net, eventually adding to their lead in the 63rd minute on a Noa Tyra goal set up by Anna Sweeny. Madison peppered balls into the box over the last 15 minutes of the match but could never beat the keeper as Alter closed out a 2-0 victory for the title.
The Knights finish the season with a 21-1-1 mark, capping off their eighth trip to the Final Four with championship hardware.
Madison finishes as runners-up at 18-2-4, having qualified for State two of the past three seasons. The Lady Rams will say goodbye to six seniors.