By Josh Brown
and Rob Kiser
MIAMISBURG — Two years ago, Troy Christian’s boys soccer team claimed its first ever sectional championship, followed immediately by its first district title.
Last year, the Eagles reached the regional final for the first time.
Can they take the next step this season? The Eagles are on their way to finding out, as second-seeded Troy Christian shut out No. 11 Miami Valley 5-0 in Monday’s Division III sectional final at Dayton Christian High School to win its third straight sectional crown.
The Eagles, who defeated Miami Valley 4-0 on Oct. 4 during the regular season en route to sharing the Metro Buckeye Conference title, had little trouble against the Rams (9-9), improving to 14-1-1 with the win.
Tristan Miller led the way with a pair of goals, while Jalen Hudgins added a goal and two assists. Connor Peters and Jacob Wynne both had a goal and an assist — with Peters’ assist tying Troy Christian’s single-season record, giving him 19 on the year — and Grant Conklin added an assist. Goaltender Jackson Kremer made five saves to record his 11th shutout of the year.
Troy Christian — which finished the season ranked No. 6 in the final D-III state poll — will take aim at its third straight district title Thursday night, traveling to Wyoming High School to take on Cincinnati Country Day, the No. 2 seed out of the Cincinnati sectional bracket and the No. 7 team in the final state poll.
Miami East 2,
GREENVILLE — The Miami East boys soccer team was on a mission Monday night — and the Vikings were not about to let Greeneview stand in the way in the Division III sectional title game at Greenville.
The ninth-seeded Vikings scored two first-half goals and the defense and goalie Collen Gudorf made it stand up for 2-0 victory over the No. 7 Rams.
East now advances to the district championship game for the first time in school history and the 18-4 Vikings will play top-seeded Dayton Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday at Beavercreek.
“We made school history tonight,” senior forward Conner Wilson said.
And it is exactly where the Vikings expected to be when the season started.
“For sure,” senior Wesley Sutherly said. “We knew the talent we had coming back and the young players we had coming into the program.”
And it was Sutherly who broke the ice. He followed a deflection of a cross from in front of the goal, drilling a shot from 20 yards that caught the top of the crossbar before dropping down into the goal with 26:10.5 remaining in the first half.
“That was a play we have run all year,” Miami East coach Nakilee Weni said. “That was big to get the first goal.”
Sutherly’s eyes lit up when the ball came his way.
“That shot was just low enough,” Sutherly said with a laugh. “I knew it (would be in the net) as soon as I hit. It was a cross that got deflected. That was huge. They had the momentum, and it changed the whole game.”
Wilson added an insurance goal with 18:06.7 remaining in the half.
He took a cross from Logan McEldowney and found the back of the net.
“Logan (McEldowney) crossed it to me,” Wilson said. “I was able to get my toe on it, and fortunately it went in.”
Weni knows whenever they can get the ball to Wilson, odds are the result will be a good one.
“Logan (McEldowney) does a lot of things for us,” Weni said about McEldowney, who had the game-winning goal in overtime against Botkins to get East to the sectional final. “Conner (Wilson) is a guy we use off ball. He is (dangerous). That was big to be up two goals.”
While East did not score again, Greeneview never made a serious threat at the East goal as Gudorf and the defense was up to the challenge.
Miami East finished with 13 shots, including nine on target. Greeneview got off 11 shots and Gudorf had seven saves.
“Our first goal was to win the CCC (Miami East beat all five other teams from the Cross County Conference on its schedule, but the league did not have enough boys team to officially offer a conference championship),” Weni said. “This is our first time in the district championship game. Our actual goal is to get to state.”
“All the records and wins and all that it is all good,” Wilson said.
And the Vikings aren’t done yet.
BELLBROOK — The past two seasons, Tippecanoe has reached the regional final, only to lose to rival Alter.
After Monday, both teams remain on a collision course.
The second-seeded Red Devils (15-2-2) jumped out in front of No. 6 Chaminade Julienne and held on from there, winning the Division II sectional championship with a 4-2 victory over the Eagles Monday at Bellbrook High School.
Evan Stonerock headed in a pair of goals to lead Tippecanoe, with Jake Rowland and Aaron Davis each adding a goal as the Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead. After CJ cut the lead to 2-1, Rowland gave Tippecanoe some breathing room and Stonerock scored his second to put the game away.
Tippecanoe will face Monroe in the district final Thursday at Trotwood High School.
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter. Rob Kiser can be reached at (937) 451-3334.