COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Mason High School soccer programs didn’t make history this weekend. Instead, they had to settle for a state title.
On Saturday, the boys soccer team defeated Mentor 1-0 in the Division I final Saturday afternoon at Columbus Crew Stadium to earn the first soccer title in program history.
Jack Clark scored the title-clinching goal for the Comets with a little more than 17 minutes remaining in regulation. It was his 31st goal of the season.
The 24-player team battled for months to secure an unbeaten and nearly-perfect season, finishing with a 22-0-1 record after outscoring their opponents 96-5 during the season. They had 19 shutouts in 23 games.
The Comets weren’t the only local boys team to earn a state title this year. Summit Country Day defeated Mansfield Christian, 2-1, to claim their second straight state soccer title. It was also the last game for coach Barnard Baker, whose turned the Silver Knights into a soccer power.
Mason had a chance to become only the second Ohio school to win boys and girls state soccer titles in the same season (Turpin, 1986). But, alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
The Lady Comets lost 2-0 to state powerhouse Walsh Jesuit in the Division I final Friday night in Columbus.
Mason was 18-2-2 coming into the match, but failed to capitalize on the few chances they had against the Warriors (20-0-3), who’ve won seven state titles since 2000. They’ve worn the past two state crowns and three in the past four years.
But Southwest Ohio did win one state soccer title Friday. Badin won the girls Division III final in a shootout over Gates Mils Hawken, 3-2.
Both Mason teams got a big sendoff at the school Friday morning (See the video in the player at top).