Bellbrook wins in OT over Fenwick


By John Bombatch - jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com



Junior forward Bailey Sedlak (23) battles for control of the ball with Fenwick’s Alex Page, during the first half of the Oct. 23 Division II sectional final at Fairmont High School in Kettering. Sedlak scored both Bellbrook goals in a 2-1 overtime win.

Junior forward Bailey Sedlak (23) battles for control of the ball with Fenwick’s Alex Page, during the first half of the Oct. 23 Division II sectional final at Fairmont High School in Kettering. Sedlak scored both Bellbrook goals in a 2-1 overtime win.


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In a very physical contest, Bellbrook’s Sydney Hollingsworth (12) makes contact with Fenwick forward Megan Neff (3) in the first half of an Oct. 23 girls high school sectional final soccer match at Kettering Fairmont High School. Hollingsworth set up the winning goal in overtime as Bellbrook won, 2-1.


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Bellbrook senior midfielder Cassi Hennen (9) heads up field with the ball, during the first half of Tuesday’s Division II sectional final against Middletown Fenwick. The Golden Eagles won the match, 2-1 in overtime, at Kettering’s Fairmont High School.


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KETTERING – Those hours practicing the same ol’ crossing play over and over again paid off nicely for the Bellbrook High School girls soccer team.

Sydney Hollingsworth drove deep into the right corner of the Fenwick zone, saw teammate Bailey Sedlak and fired a crossing shot her way. Sedlak did what she’d done many times in practice … buried the ball in the goal.

And with that, Bellbrook defeated Fenwick, 2-1 in sudden victory overtime, Oct. 23 at Fairmont High School.

Bellbrook head coach Zach Huffman huddled his team together moments after the win, and told the girls that he had good news and bad news to tell them.

“I told them the Good News is that we are playing on Saturday,” he said. “And the Bad News was …. there is no bad news.”

With that news, the team erupted in an excited cheer.

The Golden Eagles (13-4-1) came away happy, but Fenwick (9-6-2) made them work hard for the win. The Falcons appeared to have worn down the Bellbrook players for much of the second half. It wasn’t until Sedlak scored with 5:39 left in overtime that the win was assured.

After a scoreless first half, Bellbrook scored the first score of the match.

Bellbrook’s persistent offensive attack finally paid dividends four minutes into the second half when Sedlak drove into Fenwick territory before firing in a score from close range in front of the goal.

With 15 minutes left to play in the match, Fenwick co-captain Lauren Boland launched a direct kick from about 30-35 yards away and just to the right of the Golden Eagles goal. The ball sailed high over everyone, and appeared to graze the bottom part of the crossbar as it fell into the goal for a tying score.

Fenwick appeared to be on the offensive for the remainder of the second half, but neither team could muster a score in regulation.

That’s when the Hollingsworth-to-Sedlak combination moved the Golden Eagles forward in overtime.

“I looked and I saw (Sedlak) there,” Hollingsworth said. “I knew she was open.”

Sedlak said she knew the speedy Hollingsworth could get past the Fenwick defenders.

“I just wanted to be at the line and ready to be there. She played a good ball, and I just stepped back to make sure I could get a good shot off of it, had to make sure the defender didn’t get it.”

When the two teams met last season, Bellbrook won by a 1-0 score in double overtime.

“Sydney and Bailey have done a great job all season long of getting behind the defenders, getting to the baseline and just playing it back to the goal. That’s exactly how they did it this time, too,” Huffman said.

Huffman credited goalie Claire Baker with a superb job of keeping the Golden Eagles in the match.

“I couldn’t see the entire sequence, but she made two incredible saves on the same drive that really kept us in the game today. She did an amazing job for us tonight,” he said.

Still smiling, Hollingsworth and Bailey summed up how it felt to win in overtime once again over Fenwick with one word: “Amazing.”

Bellbrook now takes on either Wyoming or Batavia at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at a neutral site yet to be determined.

Junior forward Bailey Sedlak (23) battles for control of the ball with Fenwick’s Alex Page, during the first half of the Oct. 23 Division II sectional final at Fairmont High School in Kettering. Sedlak scored both Bellbrook goals in a 2-1 overtime win.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2018/10/web1_B23F17_PS.jpgJunior forward Bailey Sedlak (23) battles for control of the ball with Fenwick’s Alex Page, during the first half of the Oct. 23 Division II sectional final at Fairmont High School in Kettering. Sedlak scored both Bellbrook goals in a 2-1 overtime win. John Bombatch | Greene County News

In a very physical contest, Bellbrook’s Sydney Hollingsworth (12) makes contact with Fenwick forward Megan Neff (3) in the first half of an Oct. 23 girls high school sectional final soccer match at Kettering Fairmont High School. Hollingsworth set up the winning goal in overtime as Bellbrook won, 2-1.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2018/10/web1_B12PigtailF3_PS.jpgIn a very physical contest, Bellbrook’s Sydney Hollingsworth (12) makes contact with Fenwick forward Megan Neff (3) in the first half of an Oct. 23 girls high school sectional final soccer match at Kettering Fairmont High School. Hollingsworth set up the winning goal in overtime as Bellbrook won, 2-1. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Bellbrook senior midfielder Cassi Hennen (9) heads up field with the ball, during the first half of Tuesday’s Division II sectional final against Middletown Fenwick. The Golden Eagles won the match, 2-1 in overtime, at Kettering’s Fairmont High School.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2018/10/web1_B9Drive_PS.jpgBellbrook senior midfielder Cassi Hennen (9) heads up field with the ball, during the first half of Tuesday’s Division II sectional final against Middletown Fenwick. The Golden Eagles won the match, 2-1 in overtime, at Kettering’s Fairmont High School. John Bombatch | Greene County News

By John Bombatch

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