Kohler powers Raiders to first district title

Above, South Range’s Bree Kohler (13) races down the field with Southeast’s Hannah Bradley tries to keep up. Below, South Range’s Addie Flowers and Southeast’s Abby Fischer vie for possession. (Salem News/Wayne Maris)

NILES — Bree Kohler wore the hat and the South Range girls held their first district championship trophy Thursday.

Kohler scored all three goals as fourth-seeded South Range downed sixth-seeded Ravenna Southeast, 3-1, in a Division III district final at Bo Rein Stadium.

Kohler scored twice in the first half, the second goal off a free kick from Hannah Ritchie, and Southeast’s Ashley McKenzie got a goal off a pass from Allissa Pow to make the score 2-1.

The Raiders closed out the scoring late in the match as Kohler notched her third goal on a break.

South Range improves to 13-7 and will face its toughest test in the regional semifinals.

The Raiders will play second-ranked Kirtland, the state runner-up last season, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Solon High School.

Top-seeded Kirtland won the Elyria district by downing third-seeded Cuyahoga Heights, 4-2, Thursday.

Ravenna Southeast beat second-seeded United and third-seeded Springfield on the way to the district final.