By John Bombatch
and Josh Brown
FAIRBORN — Troy came into Tuesday night’s game undefeated — and played like it.
Fairborn, meanwhile, played like a young team still trying to find its rhythm, in the Trojans’ 7-0 win at Fairborn High School.
Troy (4-0, 2-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North) kept Fairborn (0-4, 0-2 GWOC American South) on its heels for most of the first half to build a 3-0 lead. It seemed that every time a Skyhawks player had the ball at midfield, there was a Troy defender there to stop their momentum, and then steal the ball.
According to Troy coach Richard Phillips, that was the plan.
“We won the ball in critical areas, and that’s the main thing we wanted. If you win the ball in critical areas, then you have an opportunity to do good things with it,” he said.
Troy’s Connor Hubbell launched a corner kick from the left side to junior midfielder Bailey Webb who kicked a worm burner into the Fairborn goal just over eight minutes into the match for a 1-0 Trojans lead. And at the 23-minute mark, Fairborn tried to capitalize on a Troy foul barely yards away from the Troy goal, but a Troy steal led to Hubbell scoring seconds later from the right side.
With 13 minutes left in the half, Hubbell once again made a midfield steal. This time, he pushed the ball up the field to Webb, who made a nice crossing pass to Nathan Kleptz who quickly drilled a shot into the right side of the Skyhawk goal, for a 3-0 lead.
Hubbell scored again barely three minutes into the second half, giving Troy a 4-0 cushion.
Phillips said Hubbell serves as the team’s rudder. When he plays well, the whole Trojans team seems to pick up that intensity right along with him.
“That’s the engine of this team,” Phillips said. “He’s the one who I’m trying to get to guide the ship. He did a nice job for us this evening.”
Elijah Williams added Troy’s fifth score, eight minutes later in the second half. With under four minutes to go, Troy’s Christian May got to a loose ball before the Fairborn goaltender, and kicked a shot over the goalie and into the Fairborn goal from the right side to make it 6-0 in the Trojans’ favor. And just before the final buzzer, Webb scored again to get a hat trick.
“We got the result that we wanted, but we still have to work the younger players into our system,” Phillips said.
Troy has yet to give up a goal this season. They’ve outscored Stebbins, Northmont, Lebanon and now Fairborn by a combined 15-0.
The Trojans next play a 7 p.m. contest Sept. 5 on the road against another GWOC American South opponent, Trotwood.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union stayed undefeated early in the season at 3-0 Tuesday night, holding off visiting Lehman (2-2) for a 3-0 victory.
Keltonn Dillhoff scored two goals for the Bulldogs and Josh Daum added one.
Other scores: Troy Christian (2-1-1, 1-0 MBC) 6, Miami Valley 1. Piqua (2-1-1, 2-0 GWOC American North) 8, West Carrollton 0. Miami East-Catholic Central ppd.
VANDALIA — After Saturday’s loss at Miami East, the Troy volleyball team wanted to send a message.
The Trojans (3-1, 3-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) swept division rival Butler in three quick games Tuesday night, routing the Aviators 25-9, 25-3, 25-18 on the road to remain in first place in the North.
“We wanted to send a message after Saturday’s game,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “We had a great gameplan and came out strong. We knew who their weak passers were and did a good job of exploiting them, and we only had six hitting errors as a team.
“We served real aggressive on the night and had 12 aces as a team, which is great for us. In that second, I thought Dana (Wynkoop) was going to serve us out, as she went on a nice service run. If we hadn’t had a hitting error, she may have.”
Camryn Moeller had 13 kills, two blocks and eight digs, Brianna Slusher had 12 kills and four digs, Lauren Schmitz had seven kills, six aces, four blocks and three digs and Dana Wynkoop had four aces, 37 assists and four digs to lead the Trojans. Alexa Holland added 12 digs, Ella Furlong had six digs, Payton Riley had eight kills, Kate Orban had three kills and three blocks, Carly Pfeiffer had two kills and a block and Kearston Riley had five digs.
Troy travels to Tippecanoe Thursday night to see who holds the early season edge in the division — both teams are tied with 3-0 records in the North.
BRANDT — After beginning the season with three tough matchups, Covington didn’t find the going any easier as it opened Cross County Conference play at Bethel, with the Buccaneers and Bees battling for five sets. In the end, though, the Buccs (1-3, 1-0 CCC) pulled out a hard-fought 26-24, 25-16, 18-25, 21-25, 17-15 victory.
“I was very happy to see (us) bounce back after a lackluster performance against Anna Monday,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “We showed a great deal of composure in the first and fifth sets. That’s something we’ve lacked in our previous outings.”
Legend Patty led Covington with 17 kills, 17 digs and two blocks, Breanna Kimmel added seven kills, three blocks and seven digs, Lillian Hamilton had two kills and two blocks, Makenna Gostomsky had five kills, Lindsey Kimmel had seven aces, 25 assists and 10 digs, Maci White had five aces and five digs and Olivia Mohler had two blocks.
“Bethel is an improved squad from last season, and they kept us off balance with their ability to find the open court with well-placed tips,” Cain said. “We had a number of individuals step up, and everyone contributed.”
Miami East 3,
ANSONIA — Miami East’s service game decimated Ansonia Tuesday night in the Vikings’ Cross County Conference opener, with Miami East piling up 28 aces as a team in a 25-9, 25-18, 25-5 win.
Jonni Parker led the Vikings (4-1, 1-0 CCC) with 16 aces, 11 kills, nine assist, nine digs and four blocks. Kyndall Hellyer added eight kills, three aces and six digs, Kaitlyn Mack had four kills, Sierra Kinnison and Mikayla Schaffner each had three kills, Delaney Bourelle had a kill and a dig, Macie Schaffner had 10 asses, an ace and two digs, Lydia Conley had a block, Sophie Jacomet had four aces, two assists and eight digs, Anna Jacomet had four aces and Gabrielle Hawkins and Ashlyn Monnin each had a dig.
GREENVILLE — Tippecanoe used a balanced attack to defeat Greenville Tuesday on the road, winning 25-14, 25-16, 25-13 to remain tied with Troy atop the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division standings.
Rachel Wildermuth had seven kills, six blocks and two aces, Corinn Siefring had seven kills and 12 digs and Brooke Aselage had seven kills to lead the Red Devils (4-0, 3-0 GWOC American North). Cali Stewart added five blocks, Abby Hughes had 16 digs, Audrey Trick had nine digs and four aces and Isabel Crow had 34 assists.
Tippecanoe hosts Troy Thursday night.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, sweeping Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Northridge 25-4, 25-10, 25-18.
Annika Hutchinson had five aces during a nine-point service run in the first game, with Olivia Brown tallying five kills in the set, as well. Brown finished with a team-high eight kills on the night, Morgan Magel added five kills, Chloe Fogle had 15 assists and Madison Hoffman had eight digs.
Milton-Union (1-2, 1-0 SWBL Buckeye) travels to Preble Shawnee Thursday.
TC North 0
PLEASANT HILL — Newton improved to 3-3 on the season and began Cross County Conference play 1-0 Tuesday by sweeping visiting Tri-County North in three close sets, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18.
Maddie Hildebrand led the Indians with 10 kills and Kacie Tackett had 20 assists in the match.
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe tennis team only dropped one game during Tuesday’s victory over Stebbins, winning 5-0 in Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover play to improve to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the GWOC American North Division.
At first singles, Amelia Zweizig won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Dakota Schroeder won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Sophia McDowell won 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Jordan Jones and Claire Wint won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Tasha Bruner and Annie Livesay won 6-0, 6-1.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union picked up a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division victory Tuesday afternoon, defeating visiting Madison 4-1.
At second singles, Abby Hissong won 6-2, 6-4. At third singles, Hailey Lauterbur won by default. At first doubles, Caitlin Bushelman and Laura Billing won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Meredith Fitch and Emma Lehman won 6-0, 6-1.
The Bulldogs’ only loss was at first singles, where Hannah Fugate fell 6-1, 6-0.
* Girls Soccer
SIDNEY — The Milton-Union’s season-opening winning streak came to an end at three games Tuesday night as the Bulldogs (3-1) fell on the road at perennial power Lehman 4-1.
Morgan Grudich had the Bulldogs’ lone goal on an assist from Kristen Dickison, leaving the score tied 1-1 at halftime. But the Cavaliers (2-1) scored three unanswered second-half goals to put the game away.
Lindsey Magoteaux scored the Cavs’ first-half goal on an assist from Rylie McIver, then Molly Safreed, Samantha Edwards and Ava Behr each scored goals in the second half.
Other scores: Troy Christian 10, Middletown Christian 0.
* Girls Golf
Miami East 187,
ST. PARIS — The Miami East girls golf team improved to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in Cross County Conference play Tuesday with a rain-soaked 187-258 win over Covington.
Paige Lawson shot 43 and Kearsten Kirby shot a career-best 44 to lead the Vikings. Emily Rowley, Maci Krites and Marissa Kearns all shot 50s, Annelise Logan shot 54 and Cadence Gross shot a 71.
* Boys Golf
WEST MILTON — The Newton boys golf team put all of its scored in the 40s Tuesday at Stillwater Ridge Golf Course, defeating Tri-Village 168-205 in Cross County Conference play.
Chet Jamison was medalist with a 40 for the Indians, Ross Ferrell shot 42, Ryan Mollette and Garrett Peters both shot 43, Nate Zielinski shot 46 and Kleyson Wehrley shot 48.
Other scores: Miami East-Arcanum ppd.
Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.