By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
XENIA — The showdown is set.
Lehman Catholic, the second-ranked girls soccer team in Ohio in Division III, will face top-ranked Cincinnati Country Day Tuesday in the regional semifinals at a site to be determined.
The Cavaliers improved to 15-1-2 with a 3-0 win over Springfield Catholic Central in a D-III district championship game at Doug Adams Stadium Thursday, while CCD advanced with a 7-1 win over Greeneview.
“I know they (Cincinnati Country Day) are really good,” Lehman forward Noelle Dexter said. “But, I think we are really good too.”
Lehman coach Jeremy Lorenzo is looking forward to the challenge.
“It should be a great game,” Lorenzo said.
And the biggest challenge yet for an impressive Lehman defense.
For the second straight game, the Cavalier defenders were facing a prolific scorer or two on the other side.
Middletown Madison’s Keri Wheeler came into Monday’s district semifinal with 25 goals — and Thursday, Catholic Centrals Lizzie Bruce and Caitlin Foley had combined for 45 goals this season.
But, none could penetrate the defense of the Cavaliers led by center-backs Hope Anthony and Anna Cianciolo as Catholic Central had six shots on goal to Lehman Catholic’s eight.
Heidi Toner recorded her third straight shutout in postseason with one save, while Libby Woeber finished with six saves for the Irish.
“I thought they had some opportunities,” Lorenzo said about Catholic Central. “But, our defense is amazing. Our centerbacks are as good as any in the state and are outside backs are very good as well.”
It was a record night for Lehman junior Lindsey Magoteaux as she scored her school-record 32nd goal and Dexter and Lindsey Jones added goals as well.
Dexter got things started with 10:01 remaining in the first half on a bang-bang play.
Dexter and Rylie McIver were chasing a perfect diagonal ball from Ava Behr as Woeber came out of goal for the ball.
They and Irish defender Natalie Troop all got together at about the same time.
Dexter got her foot on the ball just before Woeber could get to it and as Dexter collided with Woeber and Troop, the ball rolled into the goal at the 10:01 mark of the first half.
“I thought she (Libby Woeber) was going to get the ball,” Dexter said. “I think Rylie (McIver) and I just collided at the perfect time. I kind of feel like Rylie (McIver) should get the assist because when we collided, she pushed me towards the ball.”
Less than three minutes later, Magoteaux moved to the top of the Lehman single-season scoring list, breaking the mark held by Gretchen Walter after another perfect diagonal ball — this time from Jones.
“That is one of the things we talked about,” Lorenzo said. “Attacking them diagonally.”
Magoteaux didn’t wast the opportunity, scoring from the left corner of the box with 7:30 remaining in the half to make it 2-0.
“I was thinking it would be terrible to come down her and not get a goal,” Magoteaux said. “The first goal was to win the game. That was the most important thing. But, the second goal was to get the record tonight.”
Jones capped the game’s scoring with a shot from the top of the box, after Ella Monnin’s direct kick ricocheted to her with 22:26 remaining in the game.
“I just hit the ball when I saw it,” Jones, who had a stunned look on her face when the ball went into the goal, said. “I was not expecting that to go in. This (scoring a goal in the district championship game) it was what you dream about. It is what you work for and this is my senior year.”
The shot surprised Lorenzo as well.
“I actually thought it was on the other side of the net,” he said. “Then, everybody started celebrating. It was great to see for Lyndsey (Jones). She has worked really hard and it is great to see her getting hot this time of year.”
All that was left was for the clock to hit zeros and Lehman to celebrate its third straight district title.
“It is a great feeling,” Dexter said about the district title. “It never gets old — I can tell you that.”
Now, it is on to Tuesday night and the matchup of the top two ranked teams in Ohio in D-III.
Troy Christian 0
TRENTON — The season came to an end for the Troy Christian girls soccer team in a district runner-up finish Thursday at Edgewood High School as the Eagles fell to Mariemont 5-0.
Mariemont advances to the regional semifinal round Tuesday to take on Madeira at a site still to be determined. Troy Christian, which had won nine straight coming in, finished the season 13-3-2. It was Troy Christian’s first district final appearance since 2014.
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Indian Hill 1
LEBANON — The Tippecanoe Red Devils are back in the regional tournament.
And they knocked off the that has ended its season the past two years to get there.
Hannah Rittenhouse, who led the Devils in scoring during the regular season, scored a pair of goals to lead Tippecanoe (11-4-4) past rival Indian Hill 2-1 and to a Division II district championship Thursday night at Lebanon.
Tippecanoe — which last made a regional appearance in 2017, falling to eventual state champion Indian Hill in the regional final — advances to Tuesday’s regional semifinal round, where it will face Monroe at a site still to be determined. Indian Hill, which also defeated Tippecanoe 2-1 in the district final in 2018 on its way to a second straight state title, finished the year 12-4-2.
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