By Josh Brown
WEST CARROLLTON — The Troy boys soccer team shut out its third straight opponent Thursday night, and this time the Trojan offense could not be stopped as Troy routed West Carrollton 7-0 on the road.
Still, the Trojans (4-0) led only 2-0 at halftime. Mack Sherman scored on an assist from Grant Holland in the 25th minute, then Holland set up a score by Caleb Leibold a mere two minutes later.
In the second half, though, Troy got rolling. Leibold returned the favor and assisted on a goal by Holland, then Jake Diffenderfer Gabbard ripped home a direct kick to make it 4-0. Holland scored another goal on an assist from Sherman, then Holland picked up his third assist of the night by setting up a Tyler Mauk score. Brandon Lewis finished off the scoring with one second left in the game on an assist from Sherman.
All five of goalie Alex Williams’ saves were in the first half.
“That’s indicative of how well we played in the first half,” Troy coach Richard Phillips said. “Our possession game was not where we would have liked it to be. In the second half, we played much better — but we should be, at the first whistle, ready to play football for 80 minutes, which we did not do.”
Troy hosts Springboro Tuesday.
Bethel 1, Newton 1
BRANDT — In a matchup atop the Cross County Conference Thursday, both Newton and Bethel fought to a 1-1 draw at Bethel and now possess matching 3-0-1 records.
Zach Cohee scored for the Bees on an assist from Tyler Brueckman, but Nick Honeycutt evened up the score for the Indians — and that’s the way it ended.
“This was a very even match,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “(After the score was tied in the second half) the rest of the play was fast and furious, but neither team was able to put it into the net.”
Both teams are in action Saturday, with Bethel hosting Dayton Christian and Newton traveling to Lehman.
ME 3, WL-S 1
CASSTOWN — Miami East had its hands full Thursday night with visiting West Liberty-Salem, but in the end the Vikings were able to hold on for a 3-1 victory over the Tigers.
Dalton Taynor put the Vikings on the board less than three minutes into the game with an assist from Connor Wilson, then in the second half Devyn Carson scored the eventual game-winning goal on an assist from Jackson Davis. Carson added an insurance goal with 4:52 to play on an assist from Dylan Hahn, and East held on from there.
Miami East travels to Botkins Tuesday.
TC 5, New Knoxville 0
NEW KNOXVILLE — Troy Christian routed New Knoxville on the road Thursday night, with Jon Slone leading the way to a 5-0 victory.
Slone scored four goals in the game and Brendan Pohle added another, with Seth and Jacob Wynne and Andrew Strait each recording an assist.
The Eagles host Botkins today.
* Girls Soccer
M-U 2, PS 0
CAMDEN — Danielle McFarland and Madison Brandon connected twice Thursday night, and the Milton-Union girls soccer team rode that to a 2-0 victory over Preble Shawnee on the road to open up Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
McFarland scored both goals in the game, and Brandon assisted on both of the to give the Bulldogs (5-0, 1-0) the edge over Preble Shawnee (2-1, 1-1).
Milton-Union travels to Butler tonight.
Troy 3, WC 0
WEST CARROLLTON — The Troy volleyball team won its seventh straight to start the season Thursday, routing West Carrollton early but then taking the foot off the gas in a 25-5, 25-16, 25-13 victory on the road.
Katie DeMeo had 10 kills, Miranda Silcott had seven kills and Camryn Moeller had four kills, five aces and 15 digs to lead the way. Katie Jackson had 14 assists and four aces and Dana Wynkoop had 11 assists and two kills as the majority of the Trojans’ (7-0) roster saw some action.
Troy hosts Versailles — a state finalist in Division III last season — Tuesday.
M-U 3, PS 1
CAMDEN — Milton-Union lost the first set Thursday night at Preble Shawnee, but the Bulldogs stormed back and won in four, 23-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-23 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
“What a nice victory in a place we’ve historically had trouble winning,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “We just never, ever gave up. I know it’s a cliche, but all 10 players contributed. They had to.”
Milton-Union (2-1, 2-0) travels to Tri-County North Saturday.
Covington 3, Ansonia 1
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaneers picked up their first victory of the season Thursday, defeating Ansonia in Cross County Conference play in four, 18-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-10.
Brooke Gostomsky led the Buccs (1-5) with 12 kills, five digs, three aces and two blocks, Rachel York added eight kills and 11 digs, Arianna Richards had 14 assists and four aces and Bre Dieperink had 11 assists.
Covington travels to Tri-Village Tuesday.
Tecumseh 3, Tipp 1
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe fought hard Thursday night against Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Tecumseh, but in the end the Arrows won in four, 25-20, 25-18, 25-27, 28-26.
Alyssa Crusey had 14 kills, two aces and 15 digs, Taylor Prall had 11 kills, three aces and five blocks and Aubrey Cox had eight blocks to lead Tippecanoe (3-2), Kara Trimbach had 23 assists, Laura Rosselit had 15 assists and Jordan McMahan had 19 digs.
Tippecanoe hosts Butler Tuesday.
* Boys Golf
Newton 155, TVS 185
EATON — Newton’s boys golf team missed its school record by one stroke Thursday at Eaton Country Club, defeating Twin Valley South in Cross County Conference play, 155-185.
Brock Jamison was medalist with a 35, Wade Ferrell shot a 38 and Chet Jamison and Milan Bess both shot 41.
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