Troy Christian, Tipp win 3rd straight district titles: Thursday sports roundup

By Josh Brown

WYOMING — During the regular season, the Troy Christian boys soccer team didn’t have the benefit of overtime to decide the matchup against conference rival Dayton Christian.

Thursday, the Eagles got some practice in case it comes down to that.

Troy Christian — the second seed out of the Dayton sectional — battled Cincinnati Country Day to a 1-1 draw after regulation and two overtime periods in Thursday’s Division II district final at Wyoming High School. And in the end, the Eagles won the shootout 6-5 to officially claim a 2-1 victory and advance to next week’s regional tournament.

Tristan Miller scored the Eagles’ goal during regulation on an assist from Grant Conklin, and 1-1 was the way the game remained after 30 minutes of overtime, as well. In the shootout, both teams went 5 for 5 in the first round, meaning the first team to score and prevent the other team from scoring in a round would be the winner.

Tripp Schulte converted for the Eagles, and goalie Jackson Kremer — who made 11 saves during the match to keep the score tied — made one final stop to give his team the win.

Troy Christian improved to 15-1-1 with the win and will be making its third straight regional appearance, taking on rival Dayton Christian in the regional semifinal Wednesday at Centerville High School. The two teams battled to a 1-1 draw back on Oct. 2. In the final D-III state poll this season, Dayton Christian as ranked No. 3 and Troy Christian No. 6.

Dayton Christian 4,

Miami East 2

BEAVERCREEK — The season came to an end for the Miami East Vikings Thursday night, as the ninth-seeded Vikings lost to top-seeded Dayton Christian 4-2 in the Division III district final at Beavercreek High School.

Miami East finished the season with an 18-5 record, reaching the district final for the first time in the boys soccer program’s history.

D-II District

Tippecanoe 1,

Monroe 0

TROTWOOD — The past two seasons, Tippecanoe has reached the regional final, only to find Alter standing in the way.

This season, the Red Devils will have to face a new obstacle just to get there again.

Tippecanoe fought off Monroe Thursday night at Trotwood High School in the Division II district final, winning 1-0 to claim its third straight district title — and earn a shot at a three-time defending state champion.

The Red Devils scored the lone goal of the match on a corner kick, with Jake Rowland heading in a ball sent in by Michael Pfister. Goalies Adam Trimbach and Jake Weimer combined to preserve the win and post the shutout.

Tippecanoe improved to 16-2-2 with the win and advanced to Wednesday’s regional semifinal round at Lakota West, where it will face Summit Country Day. The Silver Knights, who moved up to D-II this season, have won the D-III state championship the past three seasons.

* Football

Lehman 21,

Riverside 7

SIDNEY — The Lehman football team won its third straight to close out the regular season Thursday night, defeating Riverside 21-7 to claim the Northwest Central Conference championship outright.

Logan Bunker got the Cavaliers less than two minutes into the game on a 2-yard touchdown run, but Riverside evened things up in the second quarter. Before halftime, though, Elliott Gilardi hit Tyler Sollman with a 10-yard touchdown pass to give Lehman a 14-7 lead at the break, and Gilardi put the game away with a 51-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

Lehman finished the regular season 7-3 and 6-1 in the NWCC, while Riverside was the conference runner-up with a 5-2 record, 6-4 overall. Now the Cavaliers, who unofficially sat in fourth place in the Division VII, Region 28 playoff standings heading into Friday’s play and had already clinched a playoff spot entering Week 10, wait to find out who their Week 11 opponent will be.

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