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Ottawa Hills girls soccer team going strong a year after Title IX victory

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OTTAWA HILLS, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Over 40 years after Title IX was created, it's still providing opportunities for girls across the country. The Ottawa Hills girls' varsity soccer team is proof of that one year after their Title IX victory.

The team has four seniors. Monday night, they were honored. But they aren't your average seniors. Team captains Abigale Lyon and Gaby Guilliod - joined by Hannah Bassett and Anna Callahan are collectively called "the founding daughters."

"Us four seniors all decided we wanted to continue playing soccer after 6th grade and we've been keeping up the team since then," said Abigale.

When the Ottawa Hills girls started the 2012 season, they were a club team. The morning of their sectional game last year, all their hard work paid off - the school board approved their varsity status.

"It was definitely a struggle with our parents, but we had title IX backing us up so we became a varsity sport, which we got more recognition from the school," said Gaby.

"Being part of the first varsity girls soccer team at Ottawa Hills is a great feeling," said Abigale.

A year after achieving their varsity goal, the girls are back to back league champions. And as these seniors pass the torch on to the younger players, they've not only paved the way for themselves but future green bears as well.

"It's a big deal in recruiting actually. Putting a club on your recruiting thing is not as good, I guess you can say as a college or a varsity sport for college," said Gaby.

"I'm extremely proud of their season last year and their season this year. They're a great bunch of girls on and off the field," said head coach Andrea Bigler. "They fought really hard and they deserve it."

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