By Rob Kiser
The Miami East boys soccer team was on a mission Monday night — and the Vikings were not about to let Greeneview standi in the way in the Division III sectional title game at Greenville.
The Vikings scored two first-half goals and the defense and goalie Collen Gudorf made it stand up for 2-0 victory.
East now advances to the district championship game for the first time in school history and the 18-4 Vikings will play Dayton Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday at Beavercreek.
“We made school history tonight,” senior forward Conner Wilson said.
And it is exactly where the Vikings expected to be when the season started.
“For sure,” senior Wesley Sutherly said. “We knew the talent we had coming back and the young players we had coming into the program.”
And it was Sutherly who broke the ice. He followed a deflection of a cross from in front of the goal, drilling a shot from 20 yards that caught the top of the crossbar before dropping down into the goal with 26:10.5 remaining in the first half.
“That was a play we have run all year,” Miami East coach Nakilee Weni said. “That was big to get the first goal.”
Sutherly’s eyes lit up when the ball came his way.
That shot was just low enough,” Sutherly said with a laugh. “I knew it (would be in the net) as soon as I hit. It was a cross that got deflected. That was huge. They had the momentum and it changed the whole game.”
Wilson added an insurance goal with 18:06.7 remaining in the half.
He took a cross from Logan McEldowney and found the back of the net.
“Logan (McEldowney) crossed it to me,” Wilson said. “I was able to get my toe on it and fortunately it went in.”
Weni knows whenever they can get the ball to Wilson, odds are the result will be a good one.
“Logan (McEldowney) does a lot of things for us,” Weni said about McEldowney, who had the game-winning goal in overtime against Botkins to get East to the sectional final.” Conner (Wilson) is a guy we use off ball. He is (dangerous). That was big to be up two goals.”
While East did not score again, Greeneview never made a serious threat at the East goal as Gudorf and the defense was up to the challenge.
Miami East finished with 13 shots, including nine on target. Greeneview got off 11 shots and Gudorf had seven saves.
“Our first goal was to win the CCC (Miami East beat all five teams from the CCC on its schedule),” Weni said. “This is our first time in the district championship game. Our actual goal is to get to state.”
“All the records and wins and all that it is all good,” Wilson said.
And the Vikings aren’t done yet.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.