Father Ryan edges Ensworth for DII-AA title

Father Ryan edges Ensworth for DII-AA title

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Father Ryan edges Ensworth for DII-AA title

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MURFREESBORO — The Father Ryan girls soccer team captured its third state soccer title and first since 2012 on Saturday afternoon, claiming a 1-0 championship win over Midstate foe Ensworth at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

Father Ryan coach Robin Dieterich and the Lady Irish sweat out the final minutes of Saturday's 1-0 championship win over Ensworth.

Father Ryan coach Robin Dieterich and the Lady Irish sweat out the final minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 championship win over Ensworth.

“It’s the girls and the hard work they’ve put in all year along,” said Father Ryan coach Robin Dieterich, who has led Father Ryan to a combined 11 boys and girls state soccer titles. “They have had to overcome adversity — we’ve had trouble with injuries, troubles with the way we’re playing and our decision marking.  (Friday night and Saturday) they just overcame all of that.

“We put the ball in the back of the net when we needed to, and the defense just held on.”

The Lady Irish (11-2-6), who defeated Hutchison 3-1 in Friday’s Division II-AA semifinals, claimed an early advantage on senior forward Tally Bishop’s score in the 23rd minute off an Abby Nipp assist.

“Me, (freshman Lilly Rummo) and Abby Nipp kind of combined,” Bishop said of the eventual game-winning goal. “Abby played me through and I just found the back side on the ground and it went in.”

Ensworth (12-4-3), which kept things close thanks to senior goalkeeper Jenna Rolfe’s eight-save effort, had several chances at scoring a late-game equalizer, but the Lady Tigers never managed to slip one past Father Ryan’s defense.

“We came out in the second half and put pressure on them,” said Ensworth coach Danny Wright, whose squad fired seven shots in the losing effort. “We just maybe needed one more pass in the final third to get a good look, but I can’t fault our effort.”

Lady Irish goalkeeper Reed Sparta finished with five saves, including three in the second half.

“Our defense played solid, our midfield played solid, our goal, it was great,” added Bishop, a Western Kentucky commitment. “We just had high energy the whole game and I am just so happy for us.”

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-269-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports

Olivia Allen (3) and Tally Bishop (10) celebrate after Father Ryan's 1-0 championship win over Ensworth.

Olivia Allen (3) and Tally Bishop (10) celebrate after Father Ryan’s 1-0 championship win over Ensworth.

Ensworth's Dorothy Faber and Father Ryan's Olivia Allen (3) battle for possession as Father Ryan's Kelsey Roche (7) looks on during Saturday's Division II-AA title match.

Ensworth’s Dorothy Faber and Father Ryan’s Olivia Allen (3) battle for possession as Father Ryan’s Kelsey Roche (7) looks on during Saturday’s Division II-AA title match.

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