By Rob Kiser
BELLBROOK — Lehman Catholic soccer opponents beware.
Success against the Cavaliers in the regular season is not a recipe for success against them in the tournament.
As West Liberty-Salem found out the hard way Saturday night.
For the second straight year, Lehman defeated an opponent it had lost to during the season in the district finals, winning the schools fourth district title and third under coach Jeremy Lorenzo with a 3-1 victory over the Tigers.
A year ago, Lehman defeated Anna in the district finals after losing to the Rockets in the regular season.
Lehman improves to 13-4-1 with the win and will play Madeira at Centerville High School Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“It is tough to get up for every opponent during the season,” Lorenzo said. “The tournament allows you to do that and be focused for that opponent. I think the girls do step up at tournament time.”
The first half was scoreless.
“It was a well-played, hard fought game with two good teams in the first half,” Lorenzo said.
In the second half, Lehman sophomore Lindsey Magoteaux caught fire, scoring all three goals with two assists by Grace Olding and one by Carly Edwards.
“Lindsey (Magoteaux) was phenomenal tonight,” Lorenzo said. “None of the goals were gimme goals. They were all great shots by Lindsey. Everybody stepped up tonight.”
Magoteaux opened the scoring with 30:04 remaining in the game on an assist by Grace Olding.
“She was just inside the 18,” Lorenzo said. “She just kind of bent it around the goalie to the left.”
But, WLS wasn’t going away.
Gabby Hollar struck from 40 yards out with 18:06 remaining to tie the game.
“Gabby Hollar just made an amazing shot,” Lorenzo said. “There is a reason why she has been the Miami Valley Player of the Year the last three years. We were just trying to find a way to keep her from scoring. We were man marking her. That tells you just how good she is.”
But, Magoteaux was not going to be denied.
She scored with 11:24 to go off an Olding assist and then scored again off of Carly Edwards assist with 8:38 remaining.
After that, it was just a matter of keeping WLS off the board.
“We were just trying to do everything we could the rest of the way to keep them from scoring,” Lorenzo said. “West Liberty-Salem was being really aggressive and attacking.”
Lehman had 12 shots on goal to WLS’s seven and Hannah Giguere had seven saves in goal.
Now comes a matchup with Madeira, who defeated Milton-Union 2-1 in overtime Saturday.
“We normally play them, but we didn’t play them this year,” Lorenzo said. “It should be a good game. It should be a lot of fun.”
With Lehman looking for another big win to continue down the tournament trail.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.