By Josh Brown
CLAYTON — Troy’s girls soccer team has yet to play an easy game this season.
As coach Michael Rasey said earlier this year, there are no nights off in the Greater Western Ohio Conference.
His Trojans passed yet another tough test Wednesday night, taking charge against a physical and tough Northmont team on the road and holding on for a 2-1 victory at Northmont High School.
“It was a back-and-forth match all night,” Rasey said. “We had our chances, they had their chances. But in the end, we held our composure.”
Sierra Besecker gave the Trojans (2-1) the edge in the first half, taking a feed from Alie Soutar and driving a high, arcing shot past the Thunderbolts’ keeper and in to make it a 1-0 game at the half.
Fresh off her hat trick against Fairmont the week before, Kelsey Walters gave Troy some insurance in the second half. She took a pass from Whitney Webb, dribbled past a pair of defenders and beat Northmont’s goalie one-on-one to make it a two-goal lead with 32 minutes left to play.
And those were 32 rough-and-tumble minutes, as well, as Northmont (2-1-1) fought hard to get back in the game. Arianna Garcia finished with 11 saves to preserve the victory.
“There were a lot of fouls and some yellow cards late, but we kept our composure,” Rasey said. “It was a really physical game, which is very typical of Northmont-Troy. We told the girls at the half that it was just going to come down to who wanted it more at the end. Our defense did a really good job and stopped a lot of their attacks, and in the end we just wanted it more.”
Troy continues its brief road trip Saturday, traveling to 4-1 Wayne for a 5 p.m. start.
Because, again, there are no nights off in the GWOC.
ME 3, TV 0
CASSTOWN — The Miami East Vikings kicked off Cross County Conference play on the right foot Thursday, routing visiting Tri-Village in three quick games, 25-5, 25-6, 25-6.
Jonni Parker had six kills and six aces and Kyndall Hellyer added eight aces to lead the way, while Lindsey Black had 11 digs.
Miami East (2-3) travels to Newton Tuesday.
YS 3, TC 1
YELLOW SPRINGS — The Troy Christian Eagles fell in Metro Buckeye Conference play Thursday, losing on the road in four to Yellow Springs, 28-26, 25-17, 19-25, 25-20.
Kathryn Lee had 11 kills and nine blocks to lead Troy Christian, Jenna Bullock had 17 assists and eight digs, Kristen Winger had 24 digs and Allison Winger had 16 digs and three aces.
* Girls Golf
Troy 168, Butler 222
VANDALIA — After a hard-fought 184-197 victory over Chaminade Julienne Tuesday at Miami Valley Golf Course, the Troy girls golf team traveled to Cassel Hills Wednesday for its Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division matchup against rival Butler — with the start time an hour later than normal.
When Troy coach Matt Wibbeler asked his girls what the difference was between Tuesday’s round and Wednesday’s stellar performance in a 168-222 victory over the Aviators, he couldn’t help but laugh.
“On the way back, I asked them what the difference was. They said it was having an extra hour after school to relax,” Wibbeler said. “No matter what, they played great today.”
Natalie Henson was medalist on Wednesday with a 39, LeeAnn Black shot 41, Ali Helman and Mackenzie Pruitt both shot 44, Hannah Wright shot 49 and Melanie Henson shot 57 to make the Trojans 4-2 overall, and more importantly 2-0 in the North Division.
We didn’t have a lot of penalties and just played really well,” Wibbeler said. “We finally got that round where we got four or five nice nine-hole scores. The girls were really happy, and I was really excited for them.
Troy is off until Wednesday when it faces Greenville in a non-division matchup.
Tipp 176, Graham 251
VANDALIA — Tippecanoe improved to 4-1 in Central Buckeye Conference play Thursday with a 176-251 victory over Graham at Cassel Hills.
Tori Merrick led the Red Devils with a 40, Ally Chitwood shot 43, Sammie Rowland shot 46, Taylor Hudson shot 47 and Emily Doll shot 60.
Tippecanoe plays in the LCC Invitational Saturday.
East Sweeps Tri
BELLEFONTAINE — Miami East picked up an impressive win Wednesday, knocking off Kenton Ridge — a state qualifier last season — 207-209.
Megan Pettit and Kiera Fellers both shot 48, Maggie Bergman shot 53, Haley Howard shot 58, Megan Thomson shot 59 and Emily Rowley shot 74.
And on Thursday, the Vikings swept a tri-match at Liberty Hills in Bellefontaine to improve to 10-2 on the season, defeating Bellefontaine and Riverside 192-209-242.
Pettit shot 46 to lead the Vikings, Fellers shot 47, Thompson shot 49, Bergman shot 50 and Howard and Rowley shot 54s.
Miami East travels to Echo Hills Tuesday to face Covington.
Covington 221, TV 230
PIQUA — The Covington Buccaneers improved to 3-6 on the season, defeating Tri-Village 221-230 in Cross County Conference play Thursday at Echo Hills.
Addison Metz and Kelsey McReynolds led Covington with 52s, Sydney Blanton shot 58, Megan Alexander shot 59, Emily Thompson shot 72 and Noelle Gast shot 74.
Troy 5, Fairborn 0
TROY — The Troy tennis team had little trouble against Fairborn Thursday in a Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover matchup as the Trojans swept the Skyhawks 5-0 at Troy High School.
At first singles, Hannah Essick won 6-1, 6-1. At second singles, Maggie Hennessy won 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Ashley Bruns won 6-2, 6-2.
At first doubles, Meredith Pruitt and Zoey Scancarello won 6-3, 6-2. At second doubles, Jackie Fulker and Katie Sherrick won 6-1, 6-0.
Troy (9-3) travels to Butler Tuesday for a critical GWOC North Division matchup.
Tipp 5, Urbana 0
URBANA — The day after edging Summit Country Day 3-2 to advance in the OTCA state team tournament, the Tippecanoe Red Devils picked up a Central Buckeye Conference victory on the road, blanking Urbana 5-0 on the road.
At first singles, Kennedy Reeder won 6-2, 6-0. At second singles, Victoria Nordquist won 7-5, 6-0. At third singles, Jordan Jones won by forfeit. At first doubles, Ali Merrick and Ladia Coning won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Sophia McDowell and Sydney Laymon won by forfeit.
NW 5, M-U 0;
M-U 5, Dixie 0
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union took on a tough Northwestern team on the road Wednesday, falling 5-0.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold lost 6-2, 6-1. At second singles, Abby Hissong lost 6-1, 7-6. At third singles, Rachel Rock lost 6-0, 6-1. At first doubles, Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman lost 6-2, 6-1. At second doubles, Hannah Fugate and Mercedes Farmer lost 6-0, 6-1.
On Thursday, though, the Bulldogs returned home and turned in a solid performance in a 5-0 victory over Dixie in Southwestern Buckeye League play.
At first singles, Wombold won 6-1, 6-0. At second singles, Hissong won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Kaitlyn Antonides won in a third-set tiebreak, 3-6, 6-4, (9). At first doubles, Brown and Bushelman won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Lauren Claggett and Farmer won 6-2, 6-0.
* Boys Golf
Eaton 151, M-U 195;
Carlisle 165, M-U 182
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union’s boys golf team faced a talented Eaton squad Wednesday, and in the end the Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 151-195.
Philip Brumbaugh shot 47 to lead Milton-Union, Parker Puthoff and Grayson Galentine both shot 49 and Aaron Brown shot 50. For Eaton (6-1), meanwhile, Cameron Willis shot a 33 and was medalist, and two other players turned in sub-40 rounds.
And on Thursday, the Bulldogs improved their score but still took a 165-182 loss at the hands of Carlisle.
Puthoff led the Bulldogs with a 43, Galentine shot 45, Philip Brumbaugh shot 46, Nick Brumbaugh shot 48, Brown shot 50 and Conner Staley shot 53.
Milton-Union (2-4) travels to Madison Tuesday.
TV 173, Covington 183
PIQUA — Covington’s Levi Winn was medalist on Thursday, but in the end the Buccaneers lost 173-183 to Tri-Village at Echo Hills in a Cross County Conference matchup.
Winn shot 37 for top honors, Andrew Slusher added a 41, James Grilliot shot 48 and Ryan Gengler capped the scoring with a 57. Braden Miller added a 63 and Jack Shell shot 65.
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