By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
PIQUA —With the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division race already decided and the sectional tournament brackets already set in stone, all Troy and Piqua played for Tuesday night was bragging rights.
In a rivalry like theirs, though, that’s plenty.
The Troy boys soccer team (11-4, 3-2 GWOC North) answered when Piqua tied the score in the second half, scoring a pair of goals in less than a minute to take control and finishing off a 4-1 victory Tuesday at Piqua.
Troy had the only goal in the opening half when Holland set up J.T. Yenney, who chipped the ball over Piqua’s goalie with 15 minutes remaining in the half. The Trojans nearly added to their lead at the close of the half, but goalkeeper Wesley Ford was able to deflect the shot over the goal as the first half horn sounded.
Piqua (6-8-2, 1-3-1 GWOC North) came out with energy in the second half and with with 27:00 to go in the game, Bradley Hohlbein scored his 21st goal of the season to tie the game. Cade Lyman made a run to the 18-yard mark, found Jared Brandt on the right side and Brandt crossed it perfectly to Hohlbein on the left side of the Troy goal.
The game remained tied until Troy scored two goals in a 20-second span to take control.
Piqua couldn’t get Jake Diffenderfer Gabbard’s corner kick cleared, allowing Tristan West to score at the 22:00 mark — and 20 seconds later, Caleb Leibold beat Piqua’s defense for another goal with an assist from Holland to make it 3-1.
Diffenderfer Gabbard added one more insurance goal for Troy with 11:10 remaining on an assist from Peyton Hampton.
Alex Williams had four saves in goal for Troy. Ford had 16 saves for Piqua.
The Trojans finish the regular season on the road at Springfield Thursday. The Trojans will then, after a first-round bye, play the winner between Fairmont and Piqua in the second round of the Division I sectional tournament Oct. 27.
Newton 4, Dixie 0
NEW LEBANON — Nick Honeycutt had a hand in all four of Newton’s goals Tuesday night as the Indians (10-3-2) shut out Dixie 4-0 on the road.
Honeycutt scored the first goal of the match unassisted, then he set up Treyton Lavy for back-to-back scores to make it 3-0. Honeycutt then scored one more goal to ice the game on an assist from Jack Yoder.
Newton hosts National Trail Thursday.
Other scores: Franklin Monroe 2, Troy Christian 1. Lehman 3, Jackson Center 0.
Girls Soccer scores: Franklin Monroe 2, Troy Christian 0. Lehman 4, Delphos St. Johns 0.
M-U 3, Northridge 0
DAYTON — After a Tuesday night sweep of Northridge, 25-15, 25-11, 25-7, the Milton-Union volleyball team put itself in line to earn a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division championship, needing just a victory in its regular season finale.
Anna Willson took a close first set, 11-9, and served the Bulldogs (13-8, 9-2 SWBL Buckeye) out to an 18-9 lead, and Milton-Union never looked back. Michaela Fullmer led the team with eight kills and seven aces, Willson had seven kills and Lauren Craig had 15 assists.
Milton-Union hosts Preble Shawnee Thursday in the regular season finale and will clinch a share of the title with a win. Waynesville, also 9-2 in the Buckeye, will travel to 8-3 Dixie at the same time, opening even more possibilities should the Greyhounds win.
Tipp 3, KR 0
SPRINGFIELD — Tippecanoe’s roll continued Tuesday night as the Red Devils won three close sets on the road at Kenton Ridge, sweeping the Cougars 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 for their fifth straight victory and eight in their last nine matches.
Alyssa Crusey led the Devils with 14 kills and 13 digs, Aubrey Cox added 12 kills and three blocks, Emily Shuk had 10 kills, Taylor Prall had four blocks and an ace, Kara Trimbach had 44 assists, Jordan McMahan had 11 digs and Taylor Waltemathe had an ace.
Tippecanoe (15-6, 6-3 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) finished the regular season at Bellefontaine Wednesday in a match that was not complete at time of press.
ME 3, Bethel 0
CASSTOWN — The Miami East Vikings won easily on Senior Night Tuesday, defeating visiting Bethel 25-11, 25-9, 25-14 to put themselves one match away from finishing off another unbeaten run through the Cross County Conference.
The Vikings travel to Ansonia Thursday.
Newton 3, TVS 2
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Newton won another five-set match Tuesday night, outlasting Twin Valley South on the road 3-2 in Cross County Conference action.
Madison Mollette had 17 kills to lead the Indians, Catie Kauffman added 13 and Kaitlyn Filbrun had 11, with Jessie Weeks dishing out 51 assists.
Newton hosts Tri-County North Thursday on Senior Night.