To no one's surprise the game was tight between No. 1 St. Anthony's and No. 2 Kellenberg in the CHSAA-AA girls soccer championship Tuesday night. The teams were meeting for the third consecutive year in the final and were the only squads to beat the other in league play during the regular season.
For more than 56 minutes both teams battled back and forth, with Kellenberg goalkeeper Paige Salmon making the difference. Finally, after heavy pressure put the ball deep in the Kellenberg (12-2-1) end, St. Anthony's Jessica Lukas sent a cross into the box that bounced around before finding the foot of Mackenzie Kober, who deposited the ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 victory for St. Anthony's (17-2-1).
"Jess played a great ball and I was really lucky I got there," Kober said. "I was happy for the team and especially the seniors because I knew it meant a lot to them."
The Friars know this victory moves them one step closer to mirroring last year's state championship run.
"We've done exactly the same thing the last three years -- we lost the last game of the season to them and came back and beat them in the playoffs," coach Dave Prutting said. "It's new for this group but it's not really new for this program."