LINCOLNVIEW — Lehman’s boys soccer team opened Western Ohio Soccer League play on a positive note Saturday, rebounding from an opening-game loss to defeat the Lancers 2-0 on the road.
Lehman is 1-1 overall and returns to action Saturday in their home opener at 1 p.m. against Newton.
“Every single player on the team played their best soccer of the year to this point,” said Lehman head coach Tom Wiseman. “Great team effort and incredible focus leading up to this game. Our loss at Greenville was really a wakeup call for everyone. Although this was early in the year, this was about getting our self respect back.”
Scoring in the first half for the Cavs was junior midfielder John-Henry Frantz off an assist from sophomore Jake Emrick. Junior Trey Kerrigan sealed the deal with the second goal after an indirect-kick assist from Connor Thobe.
Explained Wiseman, “I yelled at Connor to hurry the kick. He got a great kick off and Trey snuck in behind the defense. It’s nice that we are spreading the scoring out this year to different players.”
Lehman fired off 19 shots compared to 12 from Lincolnview. Combining on the shutout in goal was senior captain Ian Smith with six saves and sophomore Tim Buechter with four. Smith started at goal as a late-week adjustment due to a knee injury, and Buechter finished the game in relief.
“Ian normally will not be in goal,” said Wiseman. “We needed him in the game, but didn’t want to put him out as a field player much. We have 14 more games and the playoffs, and I can’t afford to lose a senior captain for the rest of the year by pushing it. He’s been our backup the last three years and is really a great keeper, and had some game-saving stops today. Tim is usually one of our goalies, so we were able to get him in late to finish it off. Tim had some awesome saves as well.”
Lady Cavs fall
CELINA — The Lehman girls soccer team dropped to 1-1-1 on the season after losing a tough verdict at Celikna Saturday, 4-3. Celina is now 3-0-0.
Lehman battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half.
Freshman Carly Edwards started the attack and sent a through ball to Kaitrin OLeary, who crossed the ball to Sarah Fuller. She took a touch and buried it in the upper left hand corner.
“That goal gave us a huge lift,” said head coach Jeremy Lorenzo.
Less than two minutes later, midfielder Katie Edwards sent a through ball to Grace Olding, who hit a shot over the keeper’s head to tie the game.
“We really had a lot of momentum going,” Lorenzo said. “I felt like it was the right time to try and put them away. Unfortunately, we got caught in a counter attack and gave up a goal to go back down 3-2. That was a frustrating goal to give up because we really had them on their heels.”
However, the Lady Cavs would not stay down for long as freshman midfielder Grace Monnin played a ball to Molly Safreed, and she hit a rocket into the upper left corner just outside of the 18 to tie the game 3-3.
“We were really pushing a lot of numbers forward after that, going for the win. We didn’t come here to tie,” said Lorenzo.
But again, Celina took advantage of a quick counter attack, and Lehman ended up committing a foul just outside the box. Celina served the ball into the box was able to get the game-winning goal.
“It was a real battle as we anticipated,” Lorenzo said. “We made some critical errors in the back and really paid for it. However, I was proud of my girls for never giving up and fighting to the very last second.
“We knew that these first three games were all going to be battles,” he added. “A lot of people picked Celina to go to state last year and they didn’t lose much to graduation and I know that they will be right there in the mix again. They are a very good team.”
Anna goes to 2-0
DAYTON — Anna upped its record to 2-0 with a 2-0 victory over Dayton Christian in a non-league game Sagturday.
The Lady Rockets scored a goal in each half. The first came at the 22:25 mark of the opening period when Raquel Bollheimer scored from 13 yards out for a 1-o lead.
It stayed that way until the 9:48 mark of the second half when Riley Edwards tallied a goal.
Kristin Grimes had a great day in the net, finishing with 15 saves.
“Kristin played an outstanding game,” said Anna head coach Jim Hague. “One heck of a game. She saved us more than once with some great saves.”
Anna is off until Saturday when National Trail comes to town.
Rangers fall to 0-4
CELINA — The New Knoxville Rangers went on the road against Celina Saturday and lost an 8-0 verdict.
The Rangers fell to 0-4 with the loss.