SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic battled back to force overtime, but Jackson Center scored to hang on and earn a 3-2 victory in double overtime on Saturday in a Division IV sectional final at Lehman.
The No. 11 seed Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second half, but Lehman’s Joshua George scored a late goal, then Matthew McDonald converted a penalty kick with 1:30 left to tie it 2-2 and send it to overtime. Neither team scored in the first overtime, but Jackson Center scored in the second overtime to end it.
It was the second win of the season for the Tigers over Lehman. Jackson Center won a Western Ohio Soccer League matchup 5-1 on Sept. 26 in Sidney.
It was the fifth consecutive win for the Tigers (11-5-2), which advance to face WOSL rival Botkins in a D-IV district semifinal on Tuesday at Piqua’s Wertz Stadium. The squads tied 3-3 in a regular-season matchup on Aug. 29 in Jackson Center.
The No. 8 seed Cavaliers finish 10-7-1 overall.
“Coach Cameron (Jock) and I want to thank the players for a wonderful season,” Lehman assistant coach Jake Emrick said. “It was a pleasure to coach this team every day and we wish the best for the seniors and thank them for the wonderful years of soccer played here at Lehman.”
No Jackson Center statistics were reported.
Springboro 4, Sidney 1
The Yellow Jackets’ season came to an end with a loss in a Div. I sectional final on Saturday night in Springboro.
The No. 3 seed Panthers controlled the ball for most of the game. Sidney senior goalkeeper Trey Werntz had 23 saves. Carson Taylor scored the squad’s goal.
“We played good against a really great Springboro team,” Sidney coach Jamie Fridley said. “We scored within the first couple of minutes, then Michael Koester got injured and we kind of lost our momentum.”
The No. 9 seed Yellow Jackets finish 9-6-3 overall.
“The last couple of seasons we were right at .500 and this group finished above .500 which was (our) goal,” Fridley said. “I would like to thank the seniors for a great season and they will be sadly missed. We wish them luck in the future.”
Botkins 12, Fairlawn 0
The Trojans had no problems in a Div. III sectional final on Saturday night in Botkins. They scored four goals in the first half and added eight in the second half.
Zack Ware led Botkins with four goals while Zane Paul scored three and Nathan Guckes, Brendon Thompson, Xavier Monnin, Conner Smock and Dean Butcher each scored one. Nathan Schneider and Smock each had two assists while Guckes, Ware, Monnin, John Smock, Dalton Lane and Justin Shuga each had one.
The No. 1 seed Trojans (15-0-2) advance to face Jackson Center in a district semifinal on Tuesday at Piqua’s Wertz Stadium. The squads tied 3-3 in a regular-season matchup on Aug. 29 in Jackson Center.
Fairlawn, which was the No. 27 seed, finishes 0-13.
Anna 3, Greenon 0
The Rockets won a Division III sectional final 25-16, 25-21, 25-13 on Saturday at Brookville High School.
Macy Wiktorowski led Anna (14-10) with 11 kills while Lauren Barhorst had eight and Madison Roe had seven. Mary Landis led the squad with 32 assists. Liz Michael had 23 digs while Wiktorowski had 13 and Emily Bertke and Landis each had 11. Roe and Barhorst each had four block assists.
Anna, the No. 4 seed, advances to face Versailles in a district semifinal on Wednesday in Brookville. The Tigers won a regular-season matchup 3-1 on Aug. 20 in Versailles.
Versailles 3, Middletown Madison 0
The Tigers earned a 25-15, 25-9, 25-12 victory in a Div. III sectional final on Saturday in Brookville.
No. 4 Versailles (11-12) advances to face Anna in a district semifinal on Wednesday in Brookville. The Tigers won a regular-season matchup 3-1 on Aug. 20 in Versailles.
No statistics were reported.
Jackson Center 3, Yellow Springs 0
The Tigers didn’t have many problems with Metro Buckeye Conference champion Yellow Springs in a 25-11, 25-17, 25-16 victory in a Div. IV sectional final on Saturday at Covington High School.
Sarah Clark had 16 kills and four aces for Jackson Center while Deja Wells had eight kills, Elizabeth Hickey had seven and Katie Clark and Shia Akers each had five. Kennedy Jackson had 17 assists and Ashley Mullenhour had 11.
Wells had three blocks. Ava Winner led the team with 14 digs while Mullenhour had 11 and Regan Davidson had nine.
The No. 4 seed Tigers (14-10) advance to face Franklin-Monroe in a district semifinal on Tuesday in Covington.
Franklin-Monroe 3, Riverside 1
The Pirates’ season came to an end with a 25-20, 25-12, 23-25, 25-23 loss in a D-IV sectional final on Saturday in Covington.
Jenna Woods had 12 kills for Riverside while Lauryn Sanford had 10 and seven solo blocks. Allison Knight had 17 digs.
The Pirates, which were the No. 11 seed, finish 14-8 overall.
Lehman Catholic 3, Springfield Catholic Central 0
Lehman had no problem in a D-IV sectional final on Saturday in Covington and beat the Irish 25-13, 25-11, 25-11 to advance to a district semifinal on Tuesday against Fairlawn.
The No. 2 seeded Cavaliers (20-4) set the tone early with big blocking and hitting from Olivia Lucia, Reese Geise, Lauren McFarland, Abby Schutt and Abbi Haller along with powerful serving by Lucia and McFarland and a solid defense.
“I thought we came out and hit and blocked the ball well and served aggressively,” Lehman coach Carolyn Dammeyer said. “I thought our serve receive and passing were good. We did a good job getting the ball to the setter. And I thought our defense was pretty good tonight.”
The third set was the only challenge for the Cavaliers.
Following an ace by Schutt, Lehman had a 13-8 lead. But Catholic Central ran off three straight points to get within 13-11 — forcing the only Lehman timeout of the match.
“I thought our serve receive and defense wasn’t as good in the third set,” Dammeyer said. “We knew Catholic Central was a scrappy team. During the timeout, I just pointed out some things to the girls.”
McFarland responded with a kill for sideout to make it 14-12 and then served three straight points to make it 17-12. Haller had a service point and McFarland added a kill to make it 20-14.
Lucia served an ace to make it 21-14, McFarland and Geise had kills down the stretch and Abby Schutt finished off the match with a kill on Carlisle’s serve.
“I thought we responded well,” Dammeyer said. “I thought everyone played pretty well.”
Lucia and McFarland each finished with eight kills while Schutt had five. Lucia had a team-high five aces and Schutt led the squad with four blocks. McFarland had 15 digs and Megan Carlisle had 11. Carlisle led the squad with 22 assists.
The Cavaliers beat Fairlawn 2-0 in a matchup in the Lehman Invitational on Aug. 31.
Fairlawn 3, Covington 1
The Jets earned a 25-18, 17-25, 25-13, 25-17 victory in a D-IV sectional final on Saturday in Covington.
Jesse Abke and Lonna Heath each had 10 kills and three aces for Fairlawn (12-12). Vaegus Gallimore had eight kills and Taylor Lessing had 34 assists. Lessing had a team-high 16 digs while Gallimore had 15.
The No. 9 Jets advance to a district semifinal against Lehman Catholic on Tuesday in Covington. The Cavaliers won 2-0 in a matchup in the Lehman Invitational on Aug. 31.
Fort Loramie 3, Dayton Jefferson 0
The Redskins won a Div. IV sectional final 25-6, 25-3, 25-4 on Saturday at Troy High School’s Trojan Activities Center.
No statistics were reported.
No. 1 seed Fort Loramie (22-2) advances to face Troy Christian in a district semifinal on Tuesday in Troy.
Russia 3, Bradford 0
The Raiders earned a 25-10, 25-8, 25-7 victory in a D-IV sectional final on Saturday in Troy.
Kate Sherman had 10 kills and two aces for No. 3 Russia while Ashley Scottt had nine kills and one ace. Cece Borchers had five kills and Jessica York had four kills. Ava Daniel led the squad with eight aces while Miah Monnin had six and a team-high 20 assists. Kendal Monnin led the team with 10 digs.
Miah Monnin broke the program’s record for assists in a season in the victory. After Saturday’s win, she has 759 for the year, which tops a record set last year by alumni Jenna Cordonnier.
The Raiders (14-10) advance to face Southeastern in a district semifinal on Tuesday in Troy.
Southeastern 3, Botkins 0
The Trojans’ season came to an end in a 25-15, 25-9, 25-21 loss to Southeastern in a D-IV sectional final on Saturday in Troy.
Botkins, which was the No. 17 seed, finishes 5-18 overall.
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