Pirates knock off Lady Wildcats on the pitch
FORT JENNINGS — The Jefferson Lady Wildcats lost their soccer match 5-1 against Continental on Saturday at Keith Hamel Memorial Field in Ft. Jennings.
The match started badly for the Wildcats when a cross by the Pirates’ Vanessa Koppenhofer trickled past senior goalie Paige Miller (12 saves versus 28 total shots) off the foot of Jefferson’s Jordan Radler for an own-goal (Paige Kindilien was the closest Pirate) at 32:59 of the first half.
The Lady ’Cats tied the score at 1-1 at 30:16 when sophomore Kylee Haehn used her left foot to service the ball into the box and onto the foot of freshman Logan Hamilton for a score past Continental senior keeper Leva Weller (3 saves, 4 Wildcat shots on-goal).
The Lady Wildcats continued to keep pressure on the Pirates.
“This was the best game we have played all year. We played as a team today and we were able to move the ball at times today with some great passes and send it up to our forwards and outside mids at the right time,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober noted.
The Pirates played hard and fast, though, and scored three more goals by the end of the half: at 20:14, when Whitney Miller connected with Sloane Zachrich; at 5:24, when Paige Ordway assisted McKenna Scott; and at 2:14, when Scott found Zachrich.
At the start of the second half, Scott assisted Taylor Willliamson for the final tally just 26 seconds into the 40 minutes.
However, Jefferson once again found some intensity, this time on the defensive end. Midfielder Baily Miller pressured the Pirate offensive players and had several timely interceptions. Outside midfielder Adrie Miller was aggressive and seemed to frustrate the offense.
“We were fundamentally sound today on defense. We tried to tell the girls at the half to break down, don’t stab and keep the offense in front of you,” Stober added.
The Lady ’Cats played well the second half, allowing just that one goal, but could not find the net themselves.
The Lady ’Cats travel to Ft. Jennings High School this Tuesday for a 5 p.m. start.
Lady Wildcats win twice at Cory-Rawson Invitational
MT. CORY — Jefferson paid a visit to Mt. Cory Saturday for the Cory-Rawson Volleyball Invitational and won two matches.
The Lady Wildcats walloped Miller City 25-6, 25-19 — a team they had swept in a 3-of-5 match earlier this season — and then outlasted Lima Temple Christian 25-20, 19-25, 25-22.
They will play at LTC 5:30 p.m. (junior varsity start) tonight.
Big Green, ’Riders notch tie
ST. MARYS — Visiting Ottoville and host St. Marys Memorial battled to a 2-2 title Saturday afternoon in boys soccer action at West Elementary School.
Scoring for the Big Green (6-3-1) was Anthony Eickholt with both goals.
St. Marys (7-0-3) — who outshot the visitors 6-4 — got tallies from Nathan Wilker and Zac Nelson.
Ottoville hosts Lima Temple Christian 7 p.m. tonight.
FORT JENNINGS — The second half became the downfall for the Fort Jennings boys soccer team again Saturday afternoon at the Fort Jennings Outdoor Athletic Complex.
New Knoxville (7-2-1) scored twice in the second half to down the Musketeers 3-1 in non-conference action.
The Musketeers (5-6-1) came out strong, possessing the ball and playing wide well.
At the 20th minute, they brought the ball back across the “big D” from the right to the left, Drew Stechschulte slid a nice counter pass from the middle back to the right in the gap to find Alex Berelsman, beating the flat-back defense to score in the left post net.
The next 15 minutes went well for Jennings but with no additional scoring.
On a counterattack, the Rangers’ Andrew Mackie dribbled down to the right-side goalline just wider than the 6-yard box and cut the ball back, finding Goncalo Branco, who shot far post left to score, tying the match at 1-1.
That score held to halftime.
The battle continued for 20 minutes in the second half. The Musketeers were not putting together as many passes nor changing the point of attack as well.
More physical play was occurring and a foul gave the Rangers a free kick from 30 yards out on the right. Mackie struck the kick onto a running Branco, who beat his defender and the keeper for New Knoxville’s lead.
The fight raged on, yielding few chances for the Musketeers.
At the 78th minute, Caleb Yeatts lifted a free kick from 30 yards out, which bounced high and found Branco heading the ball over the reach of the Musketeer keeper for their third and final goal of the day.
Jennings visits Riverdale 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Lady ’Dawgs battle at Rebel Spike Classic
TOLEDO — The Elida volleyballers played at The Rebel Spike Classic at Toledo Bowsher Saturday morning.
The Lady Bulldogs fell 25-17, 25-14 to the hosts.
Stat leaders were Torie Adams (4 blocks, 2 kills), Katie Hawk (2 kills), Katie Hawk (4 assists), Erika Kiel (13 digs) and Summer Grogg and Bethany Koch (4 aces each).
They then played familiar foe Defiance, falling 28-26, 25-23 in two close sets.
McAdams had six kills, Hawk 17 assists, Koch two aces and Kiel 14 digs.
Elida (7-6) visits Miller City 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (no junior varsity match).
Elida girls fall to Knights
ELIDA — The Elida girls soccer unit fell 2-1 to invading Van Buren Saturday at the Elida Soccer Complex.
Lindsey Hall had the Lady Bulldogs’ goal.
They visit Bath 7 p.m. Thursday.