In the final game of regular season play, Miami East girls spoiled Piqua’s Senior Night with a 6-1 victory.
“We moved the ball well and capitalized on our opportunities, something we haven’t done particularly well this week,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said. “But it was much needed heading into the tournament.”
Miami East wasted no time getting on the board. Less than two minutes into the game, Danielle Mannier headed home a Morgan Haney corner kick. It was 23 minutes later before East would score again, as Cerstin Gross slotted in a Haney pass. With 8:39 until the break, Emily Holicki found the net on a PK after Piqua was called for handling in the box.
Ten minutes into the second half, Haney got a goal of her own directly off a corner kick. A minute and a half later, Haney got her second on a ball from Mannier. Piqua found the net with 26 minutes left to play off a corner kick. The Vikings finished off the scoring with 22 minutes to go when Stephanie Hammond headed in a Mannier corner.
“We moved the ball well and capitalized on our opportunities, something we haven’t done particularly well this week. But was much needed heading into the tournament.”
Piqua, 4-12-0, will play at Wayne at 7 p.m. Monday in D-I sectional tournament action.
East finishes the regular season 10-4-2 and will host the Northwestern-Mechanicsburg winner at 7 p.m. Thursday in D-III sectional action.
SIDNEY — The Lehman girls soccer team headed into tournament play with a 3-0 win over Lima Bath.
The Lady Cavaliers are 11-4-1, while Bath is 12-3-1.
“Bath, the number seven ranked team in Division II, has had a great season and we knew it would be a nice test for us, heading in to tournament play,” Lehman coach Jeremy Lorenzo said. “Although the tournament draw is over and the league is behind us, every coach wants to finish strong and I could not have asked for a better performance from our team today, putting together 80 quality minutes of play. Our attackers played with attitude, the midfield controlled the pace of the game, and the back line played flawless.”
At the 34:00 mark of the first half, Grace Monnin beat a player near the top of the 18 and hit a shot that came off the crossbar. Kaitrin O’Leary followed the shot and headed it into the goal.
“It was an amazing effort by Kaitrin (O’Leary),” Lorenzo said. “The ball the hit the crossbar and took a high bounce. (Kaitrin) O’Leary out jumped everyone and headed it in.”
At the 26:00 mark, a cross was sent into the box and Samantha Edwards smothered a clearance attempt by a Bath defender. She then collected the ball and buried it into the back of the net.
“”Sam (Edwards) has really been playing well and that was another great effort by one of our forwards showing real determination to score,” Lorenzo said.
It was 2-0 at half.
At the 25:00 mark, Sara Fuller showed why she was just voted the WOSL League Player of the Year. Fuller picked up a loose ball near the 18 and beat a Bath defender 1v1 and smashed it into the net past the Bath GK.
“I can’t say enough about Sara. She is just so fun to watch,” Lorenzo said.
Lehman will open tournament play at 7 p.m. Thursday, hosting the Anna-Southeastern winner.
WEST MILTON — The Lehman Catholic Boy’s soccer team won their third in a row and recorded back-to-back shutouts, closing their regular-season schedule with a 3-0 victory at Milton-Union. The victory brings the Cavs record up to 6-10 overall.
Scoring two goals was senior Connor Thobe, with sophomore Jake Emrick adding another one for the Cavaliers. Assists came from Thobe, Emrick, and junior Trey Kerrigan. Sophomore Ryan Goettemoeller blanked the Bulldogs to get the win in goal.
Lehman now prepares for their first playoff game on Saturday, and will face the winner of Tuesday’s Bethel-Fairlawn tilt.
“After all the adversity we faced in the first half of the year, we’re finally pretty healthy and our lineup is really clicking,” remarked Lehman coach Tom Wiseman. “The boys are working together, the scoring and effort is spread out among many of our players, and we’ll see how far this recent momentum can carry us.”
Bethel will host Saturday’s 7 p.m. game if they win. If Fairlawn wins, the game will be played at Lehman.