By Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — After the way the second half ended, Troy Christian girls soccer coach Brian Peters knew just how the game would end.
“I told the girls before the overtime began that we would score in the first 15 minutes,” he said. “We had a lot of chances in the last seven or eight minutes of the second half — good, quality, on-frame shots. The girls created some great opportunities, and that energy carried over from the second half.”
Olivia Glaser ripped home the game-winner early in the first overtime as seventh-seeded Troy Christian grabbed a 3-2 victory over sixth-seeded Springfield Catholic Central on the road in the opening round of the Division III sectional tournament.
A punt by freshman goalkeeper Cara Salazar ended in a throw-in for the Eagles in the Fighting Irish’s end. Alyssa Donald threw it in to Hannah Benjamin, who, while being covered by a trio of defenders, somehow dropped a pass off to Glaser — who put it home for the win.
“I don’t know how Hannah got it out of there,” Peters said. “She had a girl to either side and a girl behind her. Olivia was yelling for the ball, and she had four other teammates just yelling ‘drop! Drop!’ It was a team effort and a great play by everyone involved.”
The back-and-forth began early when Kenley Blake drew a foul on a long run, setting up a dead ball situation. Hailey Peters scored on a set piece to give the Eagles an early lead.
“After that, we started playing much better and with more confidence. We really started dominating play,” Peters said. “And the with about 1:42 left in the half, they had a long run up the sideline and scored a good goal. We were so close to going into halftime up 1-0.
“After the half, the girls were really motivated. They did not want this to be their last match.”
And in the second half, the Eagles regained the lead as Riley Spoltman ripped home a shot from 20 yards out on an assist from Donald — only to have the Irish tie the score again five minutes later.
But the Eagles built momentum from there, and Glaser sent them into the next round.
Troy Christian now returns home for its second-round game Thursday night against No. 10 Northeastern.
“We picked this side of the bracket knowing that we’d get a 50-50 game in the first round,” Peters said. “And the game was phenomenal. Now we play Northeastern, and their No. 10 seed may be misleading. They’ve played a really tough schedule, and we know they’re going to be a good, quality team. We’ll have to be ready to play.”
Botkins 1, Newton 0
BOTKINS — Newton’s season came to an end Monday night as the ninth-seeded Indians were defeated 1-0 by No. 8 Botkins on the road in the opening round of the Division III sectional tournament.
Botkins advances to face No. 2 West Liberty-Salem in the second round on Thursday.
Wayne 3, Piqua 0
HUBER HEIGHTS — From the start, this was not the girls soccer season Piqua coach Flo Loisy anticipated.
Senior forward Liz Duer had an ACL injury before the season started — keeper Reynna Lavey was lost to the same injury in the opening game and litany of injuries followed after that, including senior Elizabeth Butt.
None of that made Loisy feel much better when the season ended at Heidkamp Stadium Monday night with a 3-0 loss to a speedy Wayne team that was seeded fifth in the sectional and improved 11-6-0 overall.
“We had to deal with a number of situations this year,” Loisy said. “Injuries are part of the story, but they are not the whole story. We had a lot of talented girls. By any standard, I think you have to look at four wins as underachieving.”
Chloe Clark was in goal for the first time since the Vandalia-Butler game when she was injured — and despite fielding a barrage of shots, did what she could to keep Wayne off the board.
Sommer Donnely got Wayne’s first goal with 30:37 left in the first half, then Destiny Bohamon made it a 2-0 game at the break with 6:39 to go in the first half. Alexcis Jordan capped off the scoring with 37:12 to play.
Piqua closed the season at 4-13-0.
Tipp 3, Belmont 0
NEW CARLISLE — The postseason may have began, but that doesn’t mean the Tippecanoe volleyball team’s run has to end.
The Red Devils (17-6) won their eighth straight and 11th of their last 12 Monday night, sweeping Belmont in the opening round of the Division II sectional tournament at Tecumseh High School. Tippecanoe, the No. 3 seed in the sectional, defeated No. 14 Belmont 25-11, 25-10, 25-7.
Tippecanoe faces No. 7 Urbana (9-13), a 25-12, 25-14, 25-9 winner over No. 11 Greenville in the opening round, Thursday in the second round of the tournament.
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