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Madison fans arrived in force Saturday at the Division II girls state soccer championship game in Columbus.

COLUMBUS -- Several storylines played out on Saturday when Kettering Alter topped Madison 2-0 in the girls Division II state championship soccer match at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.

Coach Zac Huff is a 1995 Madison graduate who played on the 1992 boys Final Four team. In five years as the girls head coach he's compiled a 78-17-9 record.

His daughter, Taylor, has verbally committed to play collegiate soccer at the University of Tennessee. The junior standout enters next season with 99 career goals, and figures to crack the century mark early in her senior campaign.

She's already the school's career scoring leader.

This marked the second time in three years the Rams reached the Final Four. Madison fell in the state semifinals in 2017.

Madison's only loss this season before the title tilt came in a 6-1 decision to Whitehouse Anthony Wayne.

Kettering Alter has been to the Final Four eight times, and claimed its second state championship. The Knights had runner-up finishes in 2001 and 1998, too.

Coach Javier Iriart is in his ninth season, and has compiled a 127-37-20 record as coach at the school.

SUPPORT: Saturday was the final game for six seniors, including captain Julia Litt, Maddie Slick, Haili Smith, Hannah Schmidt, Kaya Lunsford and captain Kalie Blaising.

Madison enjoyed a tremendous advantage in supporters. There were at least four times as many Ram fans donning green in the stands as Knights' backers. They made their voices heard, too.

Some made signs and waved towels, braving the chilly and sometimes windy conditions. Several enjoyed tailgating, grills cooking, beverages flowing and soccer balls flying around the parking lot.

They created a festival-like atmosphere, and cheered on their charges to the very end.

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