Chagrin Falls freshman Sarah Burgess found the back of the net in the second half to lead the Tigers to a 1-0 win over visiting Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin on Monday.
“This is a great result for us,” Chagrin Falls coach Pamela Malone told Chris Lillstrung of the News-Herald. “We have been working all season long, and pieces and parts have fallen into place as we’re going into the postseason. I told the girls, ‘I’m still waiting for that game when everything comes together.’ And that was before tonight. I think tonight was just a great result of a lot of things coming together.”
The Burgess goal was set up by keeper Aerin Krebs, who served the ball into the offensive third and Burgess took it from there.
“So what happened was one of my players kicked it, and I just thought, ‘I need to get this,’” Burgess told the News-Herald. “So I quickly got it, then I just went in for it. I worked really hard to get that. I really wanted that.”
The Tigers, who improved to 9-3-3 overall, held up on defense against the potent Lions.
“We’d like to have seen a little more offense up top,” Malone said. “But confidence, and possession in the back. Working it to midfield. I think Bella (Dalessandro) and Peyton (Gellin) did a great job at midfield, then we dropped Livi (Harmat) back to help out sometimes. I am very, very happy with the way they played tonight.”
The Tigers, who earned the No. 2 seed in the Division II Kent District, close out the regular season at Rocky River on Thursday. Chagrin Falls will host the winner of the sectional semifinal between No. 7 Streetsboro and No. 10 Crestwood on Oct. 18.