Troy girls rally, tie Northmont: Monday sports roundup


Ron Nunnari/Aim Media Troy’s Julianna Williams defends against Northmont Monday.


Ron Nunnari/Aim Media Troy’s Megan Malott looks to pass the ball Monday at Northmont.


By Ron Nunnari

rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com

and Josh Brown

jbrown@troydailynews.com

CLAYTON — The Troy girls soccer team only took three shots the entire match but made good on two of them, with Kiyha Adkins scoring twice to help the Trojans rally from a two goal deficit Monday on the road to tie Northmont 2-2.

With the tie, Troy moved to 9-4-1 overall and Northmont to 5-6-4.

Northmont dominated the first half but could only manage to take 1-0 lead at the break. Alyssa Saltsman netted the Thunderbolts’ first goal with 5:59 remaining in the first half. Senior Emily Howard boosted Northmont’s lead to 2-0 with 26:46 remaining in the match, and the ‘Bolts appeared to be in total control.

But Troy’s Adkins responded with a goal off a corner kick 1:37 seconds to cut Northmont’s lead to 2-1. The ball bounced off Northmont defenders before Adkins slammed it home with authority.

Adkins struck again with 17:38 remaining in the match. Northmont sweeper Rozalyn Malott tried to thwart Troy’s run on the goal but missed, and Adkins raced past the defense to nail the shot to tie the game.

Neither team could gain the upper hand the remainder of the match. Northmont took 11 shots — seven on goal — but couldn’t put the match away thanks to Troy keeper Molly Miller.

“I am really proud of the girls and the way they fought,” Troy coach Michael Rasey said. “They had a long weekend off and had to get back into the swing of things. I think we were a little lethargic in the first half. To go down 1-0 was bad enough, and then 2-0, so I was really proud of the way the girls battled back from that deficit to come out with a tie against Northmont. There is a pretty good chance we will see them again in the tournament.”

Rasey praised Adkins for her hustle during the match.

“She is a dangerous player,” he said. “She is, I believe, one of the fastest, if not the quickest player in the area. She is a handful to defend. She cleaned up a corner kick — but then the second goal, just the way the two forwards combined for a nice flick through, and once she gets free in the open field, as long as she doesn’t beat herself by kicking it to the keeper, she is going to score.”

Northmont coach Ted Mergler was a little frustrated that his team let a two-goal lead slip away but feels his team will be ready if the ‘Bolts face Troy in the sectional tournament.

“We just had two defensive letdowns, and they capitalized on both of those,” Mergler said. “They had three shots, so when they are scoring on two out of those three chances, it is kind of disappointing that we didn’t clean up our game. It is what it is. I saw what I needed to see. Hopefully we will see them in tournament.”

Northmont will face Fairmont at home in the opening round of the tournament on Monday, Oct. 16. The winner of that match will advance to face Troy on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Troy.

“Hopefully we will get to battle them again. That is our goal, and hopefully next time we will come out victorious,” Mergler added.

Before that, though, the Trojans will host Piqua Wednesday night, needing only a win to clinch an outright Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division championship.

Other scores: Beavercreek 1, Tippecanoe (11-3-1) 0.

* Boys Soccer

Bethel 3,

Yellow Springs 2

BRANDT — The Bethel boys soccer team’s Senior Night matchup was one to remember.

The Bees (13-1-1) — the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Division III sectional tournament — hosts fifth-seeded Yellow Springs (10-3-2) Monday night and came out on top after a back-and-forth battle, winning 3-2.

“It was Senior Night at the Hive tonight, and everyone got their money’s worth,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “This was the kind of matchup you want going into the tournament. Yellow Springs had not lost in its last 13 matches, and we had won seven straight games.”

The Bulldogs took an early lead, but Bethel’s Korry Hamlin quickly tied the score on an assist from Ben Lawson, then Joe Miller scored on an assist from Nick Schmidt to put the Bees up 2-1 going into halftime.

Yellow Springs’ Teymour Fultz scored his second goal of the game early in the second half, though, converting a penalty kick to tie the score. But Hamlin drove home his second goal of the night on an assist from Daniel Ross, and Bethel was able to hold on from there.

“We were not sharp tonight,” Hamlin said. “Our touch was not there tonight. We made too many unforced errors. But part of that was due to the high pressure Yellow Springs put us under. It had been a while since we played a team with that intensity.

“We did not finish some opportunities tonight that we normally do that allowed Yellow Springs to keep hanging around. But it was a great atmosphere tonight, being Senior Night, and we were able to beat a good soccer team.”

Bethel hosts Twin Valley South Thursday.

Milton-Union 4,

TV South 1

WEST MILTON — After losing the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division lead last week in a loss to Waynesville, Milton-Union had some frustrations to work out. They took those out on visiting Twin Valley South on Monday, winning 4-1 to improve to 12-2-1 overall.

Keltonn Dillhoff and Josh Daum each had a goal and an assist, Andrew Besecker and Caden Hilling each had a goal and Sam Motz had an assist.

Milton-Union finishes the regular season Thursday night at Preble Shawnee.

* Volleyball

Miami East 3,

Lehman 0

CASSTOWN — The Miami East volleyball team bounced back from its loss to Dublin Coffman last week, claiming a sweep of visiting Lehman Monday night, 25-9, 25-23, 25-19.

The Vikings (17-3) were led by Jonni Parker’s 16 kills, 17 assists, six aces, four digs and four blocks and Kyndall Hellyer’s 10 kills, 12 assists, one ace, five digs and two blocks. Sophie Jacomet added six kills, an assist, five aces and four digs, Lydia Conley had two kills and two blocks, Delaney Bourelle had two kills and Sierra Kinnison and Ashlyn Monnin each had a kill. Kaitlyn Mack added an assist, an ace and 14 digs, Gabrielle Hawkins had two assists and six digs and Anna Jacomet had an ace.

After Tuesday’s match at Covington — which was not complete at time of press — the Vikings will finish the regular season at home Thursday against Bethel.

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com or follow him on Twitter @Englewood_Ind. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.

Ron Nunnari/Aim Media Troy’s Julianna Williams defends against Northmont Monday.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/10/web1_JuliannaWilliams.jpgRon Nunnari/Aim Media Troy’s Julianna Williams defends against Northmont Monday.

Ron Nunnari/Aim Media Troy’s Megan Malott looks to pass the ball Monday at Northmont.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/10/web1_MeganMalott.jpgRon Nunnari/Aim Media Troy’s Megan Malott looks to pass the ball Monday at Northmont.

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com or follow him on Twitter @Englewood_Ind. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com or follow him on Twitter @Englewood_Ind. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.