Tough startfor Piqua girls

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Elizabeth Butt battles for possession Saturday for Piqua.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Elizabeth Butt battles for possession Saturday for Piqua.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Grace Jennings moves the ball up the field for Piqua Saturday

The Piqua girls soccer team, plagued by injuries to key players, suffered another one in a 4-0 opening loss to Bellefontaine Saturday.

Amy Burt and Liz Duer were sidelined by ankle and knee injuries and goalie Reynna Lavey went down in the first half.

Abby Godwin got Bellefontiaine’s scoring started just 2:17 into the game and added a second goal at the 11:19 mark to make it 2-0.

Lavey was injured with a little over six minutes remaining in the first half and less than a minute later, Zoe Price found the back of the net to make it 3-0.

Brooke Parker added one goal in the second half for the final score.

Price also had two assists and Godwin added one.

Deja Peterson had seven saves in goal for the Lady Chieftains.

Piqua will host Springboro Wednesday.

Lady Cavs

get big win

CINCINNATI — The much anticipated opening day showdown between D-III girls soccer foes Cincinnati Madeira and the Lehman Catholic lived up to the hype in the first “Friday Night Futbol” event. In front of a large crowd at Madeira, the two teams battled back and forth in what felt like a regional final matchup instead of an out of conference game.

The game was action packed with both teams attacking each other and controlling different parts of the game. Madeira almost struck first early in the second half. The ball hit the post after it was crossed into the middle and then trickled out across the goal mouth. Freshman goal keeper Grace Brandt jumped on the ball in the middle of pile of players fighting for the loose ball.

“Brandt played huge tonight in her first game as a Lady Cav,” Lehman coach Jeremy Lorenzo said. “She made some great saves and really played smart. You could see her confidence growing as the game went on.”

Brandt was able to step up and fill the roll in place of Sophomore goal keeper Kelsey Weber who is out with an injury.

It appeared the game was going to end in a hard fought 0-0 draw but senior captain Sarah Fuller played the spoiler, finding Madeira’s net with 32 seconds left on the game clock.

Lehman was pushing a lot of numbers forward going for the win. A Madeira defender cleared the ball close to midfield and sophomore defensive midfielder Abby Jones won the ball out of the air, battled through a tackle, and sent the ball through Madeira’s back line into the path of the speedy junior forward, Kaitrin OLeary.

O’Leary crossed the ball in front of Madeira’ s goal and their center back attempted to clear the ball but miss hit it. Fuller pressured her immediately, won the ball, and put it into the back of the net.

“As the game went on, I had that feeling the game was going to come down to who makes the critical mistake,” Lorenzo said. “Fortunately for us, it was them and we capitalized on it. That is what good teams do.

“I was very proud of our team tonight. The girls were focused and every player came out and played extremely hard and with intensity. “

Lehman had 13 shots on goal and Madeira 12. Brandt recorded four saves.

Things don’t get any easier for the Lady Cavs playing rival Troy Christian away on Thursday at 5 p.m. The junior varsity will be in action at Sidney on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Lady Vikings

blank Arrows

CASSTOWN — After Miami East’s Brynne Snodgrass hit the free kick, she turned and left to get back in position.

After all, it was just a routine lob from 50 yards out … that became anything but routine.

Snodgrass’ ball bounced roughly 5 yards in front of the Tecumseh goal — not played by any of the seven players from both teams surrounding it. The bounce sailed high, though, catching the Arrows’ keeper playing up too far, sailing over her head and into the net to break a scoreless tie in Saturday’s season opener.

“It was funny. Brynne shot that and just walked away,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said with a laugh. “She had no idea it was going to go in like that. Once she realized it went in, that’s when she started celebrating.”

The goal lifted a massive weight off of the young Vikings’ shoulders, too. Boasting a roster packed with a large group of freshmen, Miami East couldn’t capitalize on most of its many first-half chances — but with that first mark on the board, those Viking freshmen were able to add two more second-half goals and defeat Tecumseh 3-0 to open the new season.

Miami East (1-0) had eight freshmen listed on the roster for the game, three of which started. And while the Vikings outplayed the Arrows (0-1) throughout the first half — allowing only one chance defensively — they still had trouble cashing in their own opportunities.

“We’ve got a lot of freshmen on varsity this year,” Carson said. “A lot of it was first-game jitters today. I just told the girls to settle down, and once they did that, we played well.”

A pair of clutch defensive stops — a non-goalie save by freshman Whitley Gross and then freshman Cerstin Gross chasing down a Tecumseh player on a breakaway early in the second half — ensured that East held onto that slim lead.

“Those plays were huge — and those two girls are freshmen, too,” Carson said. “It provided us a lot of momentum.”

And with 22:40 to go in the game, two more freshmen connected on an insurance goal. Grace McCalister sent a cross in from the right side that Tecumseh’s goalie got her hands on but couldn’t wrap up — and Morgan Haney made her pay for it, depositing the ball in the net to make it a 2-0 game.

The duo connected again with 12:40 left, this time with Haney feeding the ball forward to McCalister, who ripped a near-post shot past the helpless keeper to make the score 3-0 and seal the win.

“I really, really like my freshman class this year,” Carson said with a smile.

Junior Katie Bodemiller recorded the shutout in goal for the Vikings.

The game also featured a special event: the “Kickin’ it with Nicky to Wage Hope” benefit to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. All the fundraising proceeds went to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of Nicole Demmitt Bailey, a 1994 graduate and now teacher at Miami East.

The Vikings travel to Graham Monday for their next matchup.


Newton boys

handle Wave

GREENVILLE — Host Greenville took a 1-0 lead over the visiting Newton boys soccer team in the first half of Saturday’s season opener, but the Indians scored four goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half to knock off the Green Wave 4-1.

Nick Honeycutt scored three of those goals for Newton (1-0), two on assists from Treyton Lavy and one on an assist from Kyle Demido. Seth Courtney added a goal, as well, also on an assist from Lavy.

Newton travels to Troy Christian Thursday.


Lady Cavs

take eighth

TIPP CITY — The Lehman Cavaliers finished eighth with eight points at Saturday’s Schroeder Tournament at Schroeder Tennis Center, with St. Mary’s defeating Celina 31-30 to win the tournament.

At first singles, Diana Gibson finished sixth, losing to Springfield 8-2, defeating Wayne 8-2 and losing to St. Mary’s in the final round. At second singles, Sarah Gibson lost to Kenton Ridge 8-4, lost to Carroll 8-6 and defeated Wayne 8-2 to finish seventh.

The first doubles team of Melanie Bruner and Emma Simpson and the second doubles team of Alison Briggs and Anna Pennaparra both finished eighth, and the Cavs forfeited third singles.


Lady Cavs

win in five

VANDALIA — The Lehman volleyball team opened the season with a five-set win over Vandalia-Butler Saturday at the SAC 24-26, 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-11.

“It was a typical early season match,” Lehman coach Greg Snipes said. “Some of the kids were playing varsity for the first time. We had some mistakes early, but we played really well on the important points and were able to get a win.”

Sidney Chapman pounded 22 kills, while Maddy McFarland added seven kills and 12 digs.

Madeline Smith dished out 30 assists and led the defense with 15 digs, while Marianne Hissong also had 12 digs.

Lehman, 1-0, will play at Piqua Tuesday.

Lady Raiders

top Buccs

RUSSIA — The Covington volleyball team opened the season with a 25-12, 25-10, 25-17 loss to Russia in non-conference action.

Brooke Gostomsky had six kills and a solo blocks.

The Covington JV lost 25-17, 25-22.

Covington travels to Jackson Center Tuesday.

The Covington freshman lost 25-14, 25-15 to Minster Saturday.

The freshman will play at Piqua today.


Tiger JVs

get win

WEBSTER — The Versailles boys golf team defeated Milton-Union 202-248 Friday on the front nine at Stillwater Valley Golf Club.

Alec Ahrens led Versailles with a 47.

Other Tiger scores included Austin Pleiman 50, Connor Custenborder 52, Alex Keiser 53 and Connor Vanskyock 53.


Lady Raiders

fall to Minster

MINSTER — The Russia girls golf team lost a match to Minster 192-200 Friday at Arrowhead Golf Course.

Russia’s top four include Lizzie Adams 48, Kara Barlage 49, Alicia George 49, Maddie Borchers 54.

The Raiders travel to Mercer Co Elks on Tuesday to take on Fort Recovery.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Elizabeth Butt battles for possession Saturday for Piqua. Ullery | Daily Call Elizabeth Butt battles for possession Saturday for Piqua.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Grace Jennings moves the ball up the field for Piqua Saturday Ullery | Daily Call Grace Jennings moves the ball up the field for Piqua Saturday