New Piqua soccer coach Josh Duncan may have been on the job for less than a month, but he had and the team are learning and growing every day.
The final tuneup for the regular season opener was Thursday at Wertz Stadium and the Piqua boys came away with a 3-2 win over Milton-Union.
“I think we made a huge jump with the experience from our first scrimmage to our second one and we did again tonight,” Duncan said.
Colin Baugh scored with 34:00 to go in the first half on rebound of a missed Piqua shot off a corner kick to give the Indians the early led.
Milton-Union tied it later in the half to make it 1-1 at the break.
In the second half, Brandon Grissom converted a penalty kick to make it 2-1 at the 34:30 mark and less than a minute later, Kaden Jones found the back of the net to make it 3-1.
“All those goals stemmed from teamwork,” Duncan said. “They did a nice job.”
Milton-Union scored on free kick with 14:18.7 to go from just outside the box, but Wesley Ford and the defense were able to keep them off the board the rest of the way. Ford stopped one 1v1 in the second half and had another punch save.
“Wesley (Ford) is a leader for us,” Duncan said. “He is the guy that had our back. They would have scored a lot more goals without him.
Piqua had the play the last 11 minutes a man short after a player picked up his second yellow card.
“It got a little chippy there at the end,” Duncan said. “But, that is to be expected with soccer.”
Piqua will open the season Tuesday, with a GWOC crossover game with Trotwood-Madison,
VANDALIA — The Piqua boys golf team lost to Vandalia-Butler 176-203 on the back nine of Cassel Hills Wednesday.
Aaron Davis led Piqua with a 44.
Other Indian scores were Kyler Kommer 52, Nick Wright 52, Decker Jackson 55, Matt Herron 55 and Evan Hicks 64.
pick up win
SIDNEY — Lehman beat Arcanum 168-194 in a match at Shelby Oaks on Thursday.
Tyler Lachey led Lehman with a 39 while Ryan Schmidt and Cole Gilardi both had 40 and Brandyn Sever had a 48.
WEST MILTON — The Covington boys golf team edged Bethel 194-196 Thursday at Homestead Golf Course.
Andrew Slusher was match medalist and led Covington with 37.
Other Covington scores were Grant Humphrey 44, Dylan Lucas 55, Thomas Kuether 58, Hunter Alexander 63 and David McCool 88.
fall to Milton
ST. PARIS — The Milton-Union Bulldogs claimed a non-league road victory Wednesday over Miami East, winning 188-194 at Lakeland Golf Course.
Miami East was led by Cooper Elleman’s 45. Zac Johnson shot 48, Sam Zapadaka shot 49 and Tyler Fetters shot 52.
WEST MILTON — Chet Jamison was medalist with 36 as the Newton boys golf team defeated Franklin Monroe 178-197.
Other Newton scores were Garrett Peters 46, Nate Zielenski 47, Drew Thiesing 49, Ross Ferrell 51 and Kleyson Wehrley 55.
improve to 3-0
ST. PARIS — The Miami East girls golf team will play Covington Monday at Echo Hills.
The Lady Vikings improved to 3-0 and won their CCC opener with a 198-213 win over Arcanum Thursday.
Paige Lawson led Miami East with 46.
Other Lady Viking scores were Emily Rowley 47, Maci Krites 52, Annalise Logan 53, Marissa Kearns 54 and Cadence Gross 76.