By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
TROY — It was a matchup of two local girls soccer powers that traditionally go deep into the D-III tournament.
So, it seemed only fitting that Lehman and Troy Christian would play to a 1-1 tie at Troy Christian High School Tuesday.
“I think they (Lehman) are probably the best team in the area,” Troy Christian coach Brian Peters said. “And we have some young kids out there. I was really pleased with the way our kids stepped up.”
Lehman and coach Jeremy Lorenzo were coming off a 1-0 win over highly-touted Madeira to start the season and Lorenzo was not too disappointed in the final outcome.
“We got the early goal and then I didn’t think we played that well the rest of the first half,” Lorenzo said. “I thought we came out and played much better in the second half. We have another tough game with Celina Saturday. We knew these first three games were going to test us.”
Lehman scored just 1:16 into the game when Grace Olding took a loose ball just outside the box and drilled it into the corner of the net.
“It was a great shot by Grace (Olding),” Lorenzo said. “She is just a freshman. We have been waiting for her to break out.”
Troy Christian quickly settled down.
“As you saw, it was a little rough at the start,” Peters said. “We are a pretty young team. I thought we got back to playing Troy Christian soccer after that.”
The Eagles would get the equalizer with 14:43 to go in the half.
Riley Spoltin put a corner kick in front of the Lehman net and when the ball didn’t get cleared, Kinley Blake finished it to tie the game.
“Kinley (Blake) is just a freshman,” Peters said. “Riley (Spoltin) gave her a good ball.”
While the ball was in the Troy Christian end much of the second half, the Lady Cavaliers were never able to cash in with the tie-breaker.
“We had some chances,” Lorenzo said. “I thought Samantha (Edwards) was doing a great job of directing things in the middle of the field. But, Troy Christian was putting nine or 10 girls in the box. That makes things tough.”
Troy Christian’s Cara Salazar had seven saves on Lehman’s 16 shots, while Lehman keeper Grace Brandt recorded two saves on the Lady Eagles three shots.
“Cara (Salazar) is just a freshman,” Peters said. “We feel very blessed to have her back there. She does a great job of directing the defense and putting them in the right positions. That is not something we have always had.”
Another key was the defense of Meredith Haddad.
Haddad had a non-goalie save at the 15-minute mark to keep things tied.
“Meredith (Haddad) is the heart and soul of our defense,” Peters said. “She has been a fullback or stopper for three years. What she does is let the outsides take some intelligent gambles at times. They know she is going to be back there behind them.”
Peters had only one regret about the matchup.
“I would rather have this game later in the season,” he said with a smile.
Lorenzo knows the tough start is only going to make Lehman better.
“We were able to play our bench more tonight that we did Saturday,” Lorenzo said. “That is going to help us as they gain experience. Really, I am not too upset with a tie.”
As you might expect.
M-U 4, Piqua 2
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union’s Danielle McFarland remained hot, scoring a pair of early goals to give the Bulldogs an edge over the visiting Piqua Indians. Piqua fought back, but each time the Indians did, the Bulldogs answered, holding on for a 4-2 victory Thursday night.
McFarland scored first on an assist from Karissa Baird, then again on a feed from Taylor Jacobs to make it 2-0. Piqua cut that lead in half, but Baird made it a 3-1 game at the half on an assist from Jacobs. After the Indians (1-2) again closed to within one, Madison Brandon scored the put-away goal on an assist from Mia Morphew to seal it.
Milton-Union (3-0) hosts Miami East Saturday.
* Boys Soccer
Newton 2, TC 1
TROY — The Newton boys soccer team improved to 2-0 on the season Thursday, winning a back-and-forth defensive battle against host Troy Christian 2-1.
Noah Williams gave the Indians the lead on an assist from Nick Honeycutt, but the Eagles tied things up at 1-1 on an unassisted goal by Jon Slone. Honeycutt scored an unassisted goal of his own, though, and the Newton defense made it stand up.
Newton is back in action Saturday at home against Indian Lake, while Troy Christian travels to New Knoxville Sept. 3.
Tipp 1, Northmont 0
CLAYTON — Tippecanoe picked up its second impressive victory to begin the new season Thursday, holding off a solid Northmont team 1-0 on the road.
Zach Bonifas scored the only goal of the game for the Red Devils with an assist from Jacob Niswonger.
Tippecanoe (2-0) travels to Butler Saturday.
Troy 3, Fairmont 2
TROY — Still playing without senior Lauren Freed, the Troy volleyball team had its toughest battle of the season so far in its home opener Thursday against visiting Fairmont. In the end, though, the Trojans were able to go on an eight-point run to take control in the decisive fifth game and hold on for a 25-17, 24-26, 25-16, 24-26, 15-8 victory over the Firebirds.
“We were actually up by 13 at one point in that fourth game, and we got behind 4-0 in the fifth,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “We scored eight points in a row, though, went up 8-4 and took care of it from there.
“Our back row attack was not on like it was against Tipp the other night, and our serve receive was better than it’s been. We had stretches where we didn’t get the passes we needed, but those stretches were fewer and farther between.”
And junior Miranda Silcott played a big role in everything.
Silcott had a career-high 22 kills to lead Troy’s offense on the night, adding three aces, 16 digs and two blocks.
“Miranda played out of her mind tonight,” Owen said. “Her service game was great. When I told her to put a ball somewhere, that’s exactly where she put it.”
Camryn Moeller, Troy’s leader in kills its first three games, was solid once more, piling up 14 kills, an ace, 10 digs and five blocks. Katie DeMeo added 14 kills, five digs and four blocks, Drezanee Smith had five kills, five blocks and six digs, Payton Riley had a kill, an assist, a dig and five blocks, Victoria Holland had a kill, two aces, three assists and 23 digs, Dana Wynkoop had 43 assists, three aces and 10 digs, Katie Jackson had an ace and three assists, Kaylie Marshall had four digs and Freed had four digs.
“Fairmont just played really great defense,” Owen said. “There were some balls that we crushed that they just dug up.”
Troy (4-0) travels to Miami East for a non-league rivalry game Saturday.
Bethel 3, Greeneview 0
BRANDT — The Bethel Bees had little trouble with Greenview Thursday night, sweeping the Rams 25-19, 25-13, 25-15.
Tia Koewler led the way with 10 kills and Sarah Swisher added six, Kaitlyn Parker had 21 assists, Alaina Hawthorn had four aces and Bailey McCabe had 12 digs.
Bethel is off until Sept. 8 when it faces Ansonia.
Covington 3, Fairlawn 0
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaneers picked up their first victory of the season Thursday, sweeping Fairlawn 25-10, 25-17, 25-6.
Breanna Kimmel had four kills for the Buccs and Ashley Cecil added 12 digs.
Covington (1-2) hosts Anna Monday.
Franklin 3, TC 1
TROY — Troy Christian won the first set Thursday night at home, but visiting Franklin was able to rally and steal a victory in four, 14-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-15.
Kathryn Lee had seven kills and nine blocks for the Eagles, Jenna Bullock had 10 assists and five aces, Jenna Grady had three kills and six blocks, Kristen Winger had 10 digs and Emily Sloan had five digs.
Troy Christian travels to Riverside Tuesday.
Troy 5, Xenia 0
TROY — The Troy tennis team bounced back from a tough loss to Bellbrook the previous day with a 5-0 victory over Xenia Thursday at Troy High School.
At first singles, Hannah Essick defeated Aly Landis 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Maggie Hennessy defeated Taylor Stovall 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Ashley Bruns defeated Jodi Collier 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten defeated Savannah Puckett and Peyton McLain 6-2, 6-2. At second doubles, Jackie Fulker and Emma Kazmaier defeated Grace McClelland and Kaili Deck 6-0, 6-0.
Troy (5-3) plays at the Schroeder Invitational today.
Butler 5, M-U 0
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs were swept by visiting Butler Thursday, falling 5-0.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold lost to Madison Peyton 6-1, 6-0. At second singles, Abby Hissong lost to Leigh Harden 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Rachel Rock lost to Ashley Hess 6-1, 6-3. At first doubles, Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman lost to Allison Baker and Vynesa Evanson 6-3, 6-3. At second doubles, Lauren Claggett and Mercedes Farmer lost to Alli Bohannon and Maggie Lane 6-1, 6-1.
Milton-Union plays at the Schroeder Invitational Saturday.
* Boys Golf
Bethel 139, Newton 155
BRANDT — The Bethel boys golf team broke not only its school record but also the Cross County Conference record Thursday, defeating rival Newton 139-155.
Tyler Weinert led the Bees (6-1, 5-1) with a 33, followed by Tyler Brookhart and Nick Lightcap both with 34s. Connor Hockett capped the scoring with a 38, Christian White shot 46 and Devon Truman shot 51.
“I told the guys the other night after our loss to Arcanum that we were going to have one of those days, and this was it,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “Our first four guys played as well as they have all season, and all on the same night.”
Newton’s Brock Jamison actually took home medalist honors, shooting a 32. Chet Jamison shot 39, Wade Ferrell shot 41, Drew Theising shot 43, Grant Bayer shot 46 and Milan Bess shot 49.
M-U 189, Northridge 236
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs recovered from a loss at Brookville the previous day, returning home Thursday and routing Northridge 189-236.
Parker Puthoff led the Bulldogs with a 42, Grayson Galentine and Philip Brumbaugh each shot 46 and Nick Brumbaugh, Hayden Davidson and Conner Staley all shot 55.
Covington 180, MV 210
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaneers picked up another Cross County Conference victory Thursday, defeating visiting Mississinawa Valley 180-210 at Echo Hills.
Levi Winn was medalist for the Buccs with a 37, Andrew Slusher shot 42, James Grilliot shot 48, Braden Miller shot 53, Ryan Gengler shot 55 and Hunter Alexander shot 64.
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