BELLEFONTAINE — Sidney entered its boys soccer game at Bellefontaine Saturday having gone four consecutive halves without a goal.
So the game was just what the doctor ordered as the Jackets rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Chieftains in non-league action.
Despite the scoring drought, Sidney still entered the game undefeated and remained that way at 2-0-2 going into a Tuesday night game at home against Springfield.
“This past week in training we had good film sessions and really focused on creating dangerous scoring opportunities,” said coach Daniel Wicks. “I challenged the guys before the game to create solid scoring opportunities, and they responded brilliantly. We really needed a strong result like this against a team of similar ability to our previous two opponents. If we can continue scoring goals consistently, this will be a very successful season. I am hopeful that we don’t look back from this result and continue to improve as a team.”
Sidney had 17 shots on target, 10 more than Bellefontaine.
Ben McClain scored three goals for the Jackets, Austin Epperly two, and Chase Lorenzo and Dakota Wenrich one each.
Luke Rees had two assists, and Lorenzo, Wenrich, Quentin McKenzie and Bradley Burden had one each.
In goal, Ben Snavley had five saves and Ian Humphrey two.
LHS boys blanked
The Lehman boys soccer team had trouble with execution and handling the speed of the Newton Indians in a non-conference loss on Saturday, 5-0, in their home opener.
The Cavs drop to 1-2 overall and play at Lima Catholic on Thursday. Newton stayed undefeated at 4-0-1.
“That’s a fast team,” Lehman coach Tom Wiseman said. “I even told Brent Hodges (Newton’s coach) after the game that his defense was the fastest we’ve seen all year including scrimmages.”
The Cavs had defensive breakdowns early on, but sophomore keeper Tim Buechter kept the home team in it with some brilliant saves. The pressure got too much, however, and at halftime Lehman was down 2-0.
Another defensive mistake cost the Cavs as they went down 3-0 with 7:00 left.
Jets win 4-2
Fairlawn defeated Allen East 4-2 in boys soccer action Tuesday.
Nick Brautigam had two goals and James Skeens and DJ Graves one each. Lance Jones had two assists and Ethan Schnipke had five saves.
SIDNEY — The Lehman girls soccer team posted a 4-0 victory over Newton Saturday.
“Newton is a team that we did not want to take lightly,” Lehman coach Jeremy Lorenzo said. “We had two battles with them last year, and although they have taken a couple of losses already, we knew that they would come in and play us hard.”
With 12:28 left in the first half, Sarah Fuller played a through ball to Kaitrin O’Leary who ended up 1 on-1 with the goal keeper and buried into the net. Then just eight minutes later, again Fuller found O’Leary for another goal.
At the 28:00 mark of the second half, Fuller was fouled in the box and scored on a penalty kick. Then with 12:18 left in the game, Grace Olding played a ball to Fuller, who scored her second goal of the match.
Lehman outshot Newton 16-3.
Anna now 3-0
ANNA — Anna went to 3-0 on the season with a 5-0 blanking of National Trail in non-league action Saturday.
The Lady Rockets scored less than four minutes into the game on a goal at 36:37 by Sarah Kettler, who was there when the ball bounced off a Trail defender.
Then with 14:30 left in the half, Kelsey McKinney scored off an assist from Raqual Bollheimer to make it 2-0 at the half.
Alexis Phillips scored less than three minutes into the second half off an assist from McKinney, then Bollheimer and Phillips added the other second-half goals to round out the scoring.
Anna outshot Trail 19-3.
• In action Tuesday night, Anna suffered its first loss, falling 1-0 to Coldwater in Western Ohio Soccer League action.
Anna lost despite 17 shots on target to just six for Coldwater. Anna goalie Kristin Grimes had three saves.