By Josh Brown
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Playing in its first ever regional title match against the same team that knocked it out in the semifinal round last year, the Troy Christian boys soccer team had plenty of motivation.
Defending state champion Summit Country Day, though, had enough left in the tank itself to hold off the Eagles 2-0 in Saturday’s Division III regional final at Lakota East High School, advancing to the state tournament and ending Troy Christian’s deepest tournament run ever.
Summit — which defeated Troy Christian 8-0 in last year’s regional semifinal — took a 1-0 lead into halftime, then added an insurance goal with roughly nine minutes remaining to put the match out of reach.
Troy Christian finished the season 15-4-2.
COLDWATER — Making its first playoff appearance since 2001, the Bethel football team ran into a state finals regular.
The fifth-seeded Bees took on No. 4 Coldwater, a perennial state championship contender in Division V that moved down to their division this season, Friday night in the opening round of the D-VI, Region 24 playoffs, falling 42-7 on the road.
Coldwater (8-3) scored 42 unanswered points to open the game, taking a 28-0 lead by halftime. Bethel avoided the shutout with 7:12 remaining in the fourth quarter when Travis Durst broke a 61-yard touchdown run.
Durst finished with 84 yards on seven carries to lead the Bees, who only managed 231 yards of offense against the stingy Cavalier defense. Senior quarterback Jacob Evans was 2 for 11 passing for 47 yards, with Durst leading the receivers with one catch for 31 yards.
Bethel finished the season 9-2.
PIQUA — Second-seeded Lehman took care of business to open the Division VII, Region 28 playoffs Friday night in Piqua, defeating No. 7 Perry 46-6.
The Cavaliers — who had just defeated Perry 49-13 late in the regular season — cruised to the win. Elliot Gilardi was 8 for 10 passing for 76 yards and two touchdowns and Owen Smith had 181 rushing yards and a pair of scores on 15 carries.
Lehman (10-1) will take on 7-4 Delphos St. John’s in the regional semifinal round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at a site to be announced Sunday.
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