Nevaeh Lewis

Madison's Nevaeh Lewis passes as Shawnee's Lily Cleaves defends during Tuesday's Division II regional semifinal match at Marion's Harding Stadium. 

MARION — Madison ran out of magic Tuesday night.

Lima Shawnee’s Kennedy Jensen broke a scoreless tie with a penalty kick goal in the 49th minute and Shawnee added two more second-half scores in a 3-0 win over the Rams in a Division II regional semifinal match at Harding Stadium.

Shawnee (18-1-1) will play Rocky River for the regional title and a berth in next week’s state tournament Saturday at a time and site to be determined. Rocky River blanked Oak Harbor 6-0 in Tuesday’s other Region 6 semifinal in Huron.

Madison, which won the Division II state title in 2020, had its five-match winning streak snapped. The Rams finished the season 11-10.

“There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. They whipped us,” Madison coach Zac Huff said. “We played pretty good for maybe the first 10 or 15 minutes, but after that it was Lima Shawnee kicking the Rams.”

Shawnee was awarded a controversial penalty kick when the head referee called Madison’s Shannon Jamieson for a foul on Shawnee’s Kamryn Morris. The whistle was for contact in the box on a Shawnee throw-in. Jensen took the penalty kick and beat Madison keeper Morgan Rachel to the upper right corner of the goal.

The score remained 1-0 until the 58th minute when freshman midfielder Tayma Jmiai made a run down the right side and finished to the back corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead. Zoe Best iced it with a goal off a long crossing pass from defender Chloe Cleves with 19:01 remaining for a 3-0 Shawnee advantage.

“The last 15 minutes pf the first half we really started to get into our rhythm and we just kind of took that into the second half,” Shawnee coach Caroline O’Brien said.

Madison reached the Sweet 16 for the fifth straight season despite entering tournament play with a sub-.500 record.

“Other teams would like to be here,” Huff said. “It’s a good learning experience for our girls.”

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