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perrysburg girls soccer Team co-captains Mollie Whitacre, left, and Maddy Williams lead their team past supporting students in the commons. The Perrysburg High School girls' soccer team received a send-off from the school and family members as they depart for the state title game in Columbus.
Team co-captains Mollie Whitacre, left, and Maddy Williams lead their team past supporting students in the commons. The Perrysburg High School girls' soccer team received a send-off from the school and family members as they depart for the state title game in Columbus.
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Published: Friday, 11/9/2012

Perrysburg Soccer gets send off for first state championship

BY TANYA IRWIN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The Perrysburg High School girls' soccer team received a double send-off both inside and outside the school today as the team departed for the state title game in Columbus.

Students gathered inside the school to cheer for the girls as they marched around the commons area at the school. The athletes high-fived some of the other students, who were sending them off to what they hoped was a victory tonight against the soccer team from Mason High School, just outside of Cincinnati. The two teams compete at Columbus Crew Stadium, Black and Gold Boulevard, at 7 p.m.

Parents waited for the girls to emerge from the building and they cheered them a second time before they boarded the bus, which was escorted by two Perrysburg Police Department squad cars to the freeway.

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Students at Perrysburg High get ready for the girls soccer team. Students at Perrysburg High get ready for the girls soccer team.
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Holding a placard that read “We {heart} the Keeper,” Mary Buehler of Perrsybug was there to cheer for her daughter Chloe, one of the seniors who would be playing her last game for the high school this evening. The teenager will be playing soccer for Pennsylvania State University next year.

“She just had spinal surgery in April so it's remarkable that she's a part of this,” Ms. Buehler said of her daughter.

Another player, Hannah Salmon, gave her younger sister Ellie, 10, a hug before boarding the bus. Hannah's mom, Gail Salmon, said the Perrysburg family would be cheering Hannah on in Columbus, including Hannah's older brother who is a student at Ohio State and also played soccer in high school.

Allex Brown's father Tom waited in the parking lot with his car, which had been painted with all of Allex's teammates names and numbers. Allex, who is a sophomore helped decorate the car along with her mom, Kim, and 12-year-old sister, Ashlynn.

“It's all about the adventure,” said Mr. Brown, of Perrysburg. “But I'm very optimistic about their chances. They are a cool headed and level minded group of girls.”

Principal Michael Short agreed, adding that the team's advancement to the state finals had generated a lot of enthusiasm in the student body.

“As a team, they are just such a great group of kids,” Mr. Short said. “They've come so close in previous years. But this year we are very optimistic.”

Perrysburg co-head Coach Jorge Diaz said the girls had a “very intense” last practice Thursday night.

“For some of them (the seniors) it will be their last soccer practice with the team,” he said. “But there were good vibes. I'm very confident.”



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