D2 District Championship Lexington H.S.
#1 Madison vs #3 Ontario
Lady Rams Slip By Ontario 4-3
To Claim 3rd Straight District Title
In the third consecutive meeting between Madison and Ontario, the Lady Rams battled through a first half deficit and pouring rain to claim the program's third straight District Championship with a 4-3 victory at Lexington High School.
Lady Rams junior All-American Taylor Huff wasted little time getting her squad on the board as she weaved her way through the Lady Warriors defense for the first goal of the match at the 35:35 mark. Less than four minutes later, Ava Ruhe sent home the equalizer before Ontario took a 2-1 advantage with 7:52 to play in the first half on a Mere Bise rebound.
Madison had not trailed at any point during their dominant tournament run, and didn't stay behind on the scoreboard for very long. Huff headed in her second goal on a Paige Eldridge corner kick, then Chesney Davis gave the Lady Rams a 3-2 edge with 1:47 remaining before the half.
Davis would find the back of the net again just over 10 minutes into the second half, bending a cross into the corner. In part due to the sloppy field conditions, both teams remained scoreless until Adi Turnbaugh made good on a PK with just 2:20 left, but Ontario could not force an extra session with a few shots on frame to close out the match.
Madison (15-1-4) now advances to Regionals for the third year in a row to face Rocky River in the semifinals on Oct 29.
Ontario finishes their season as District runners-up to the Lady Rams for the third time at 13-4-2, and will see seven seniors depart.