By Bryant Billing
and Josh Brown
BOTKINS — Botkins stormed back to force overtime in a Division III sectional semifinal on Thursday, but the Miami East boys soccer team scored a goal less than a minute into overtime to post a thrilling 3-2 victory on the road.
The No. 6 seed Trojans, which won the Western Ohio Soccer League title for the fourth year in a row this season, finished 13-2-1 overall. They beat No. 9 Miami East 2-1 in their season opener back on Aug. 18 in Casstown. With the win, the Vikings improved to 13-4.
Botkins scored with 4:13 left in regulation on a kick from Cody Meyer. Meyer sent a pass to Zane Paul, who tried to head it into the goal. Paul missed making contact with the ball, but it fell to the ground and slowly rolled by Miami East’s goalie to tie it 2-2.
The Trojans couldn’t keep the momentum in overtime, as Miami East’s Logan McEldowney scored on a hard kick from the left side that went into back right side of the net with 14:13 left.
Neither team scored early, but the last 15 minutes of the first half were full of action.
Jakob Brunke scored a goal with 14:02 left to put the Vikings up 1-0, but Meyer made a penalty kick less than three minutes later to tie it. Wesley Sutherly scored a goal on an assist from Conner Wilson with 4:37 left to put Miami East up 2-1 heading into halftime. The Trojans unofficially outshot the Vikings 8-7 in the first half.
Botkins had a few close misses in the second half, including one that hit the top crossbar.
The Vikings advance to play the winner of No. 7 Greeneview vs. No. 10 Bethel — a game played Friday night — in a sectional final on Monday in Greenville.
Troy Christian 5,
Legacy Christian 0
TROY — Troy Christian was already familiar with its postseason opponent, conference rival Legacy Christian.
And just like during the regular season, the second-seeded Eagles routed the No. 12 Knights, winning 5-0 Thursday at home in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament.
Jalen Hudgins and Connor Peters both had a goal and an assist to lead the Eagles. Grant Conklin, Tristan Miller and Preston Lair each scored a goal, Nate Kephart had two assists and Ty Davis had one assist. Jackson Kremer made three saves to record the shutout, his 10th of the season.
Troy Christian, which improved to 13-1-1 with the win and defeated Legacy Christian 7-1 back on Aug. 30, advances to Monday’s sectional final against another conference foe, No. 11 Miami Valley, in a game that will be played at Dayton Christian.
WAYNESVILLE — The season came to an end for the 13th-seeded Newton Indians Thursday night in a 5-0 loss to No. 4 Waynesville in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament on the road.
Newton finished the season 9-7-2.
West Liberty-Salem 1,
WEST LIBERTY — No. 18 Lehman gave No. 3 West Liberty-Salem all it could handle Thursday in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament, but the Tigers were able to hold off the Cavaliers for a 1-0 victory.
TIPP CITY — Second-seeded Tippecanoe put away its second straight shutout to begin the Division II sectional tournament Thursday night, routing No. 14 Dunbar 8-0 in a second-round matchup at home.
Owen Trimble was the lone Red Devil with multiple goals, scoring twice, while Michael Pfister, Ben Sauls, Hunter McGraw, Eli Hadden, Evan Stonerock and Ben Halsey each scored one goal.
Tippecanoe (14-2-2) advanced to the sectional final, where it will face No. 6 Chaminade Julienne Monday at Bellbrook.
CENTERVILLE — No. 2 Centerville cruised into next week’s Division I sectional final with a second-round victory Thursday night, defeating No. 19 Piqua 8-0.
Piqua finished the season 3-12-1.
Fort Loramie 3,
COVINGTON — The season came to an end for the Bradford volleyball team Wednesday night as the No. 22 Railroaders were swept by No. 6 Fort Loramie, 25-5, 25-11, 25-14 in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament at Covington High School.
Bradford finished the season 6-17.
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