SIDNEY — The Sidney Yellow Jacket boys soccer team pulled out a 1-0 victory over Chaminade-Julienne on a night where the deck appeared stacked against them.
When it was over, Chaminade had 22 shots to Sidney’s four, and eight shots on target to just one for the Jackets. In addition, Sidney went down to 10 players early in the second half because of a red card.
But leading scorer Ben McClain’s goal, off an assist from Dakota Wenrich, was enough to earn the Jackets their fifth win of the season and keep them unbeaten at 4-0-2 going into a game Tuesday at home against Vandalia in Greater Western Ohio Conference North action.
“We had a very rough first half,” said Sidney first-year coach Daniel Wicks. “We started very slow and were lucky not to be down one or two goals at halftime. I give a ton of credit to Chaminade. They are well-coached and made life difficult for us going forward.
“We faced a tremendous amount of adversity in the second half after the red card,” he continued. “The way the boys responded to the red card was outstanding. We faced attack after attack. I have to give credit to our goalkeeper (Ben Snavley) and the backline especially, but this win is the epitome of a team win. The guys on the field gave everything they had and the guys on the bench provided incredible support. We will take this positivity into our GWOC North opener against Vandalia Tuesday.
McClain posted the shutout and finished with eight saves.
Botkins goes to 2-0
in conference play
BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans upped their record in the Western Ohio Soccer League to 2-0 and are now 3-4 overall after beating Lincolnview in home boys soccer action Thursday.
The Trojans got a pair of goals from Trent Egbert to lead the way. Jake Barnett had a goal, Kaleb Hanby had a goal and an assist, and Joe Shuga and Cody Meyer each added an assist.
Goalie Ethan Butcher had four saves.
The Trojans host St. Marys today.
Late goal lifts
LCC over Cavs
LIMA — Lima Central Catholic scored with just 44 seconds remaining on Thursday to hand Lehman a 2-1 setback in Western Ohio Soccer League play Thursday.
The loss left the Cavs at 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the league heading into a game at Franklin Monroe Saturday.
“This is the second time in four games that I felt we outplayed a team everywhere except on the scoreboard,” said Lehman coach Tom Wiseman. LCC is a solid team and always has been. And they got it done when it mattered.”
Lehman outshot the Thunderbirds 25-10, but the hosts scored first in the first half on a shot just inside the middle of the 18.
Lehman tied it in the second half when sophomore Jake Emrick forced one in after a scramble in front of the goal.
But the T-birds scored with :44 remaining with a one-on-one breakaway after a misplayed goal kick.
“Offensively, we just can’t seem to execute, which has been a struggle the last few years,” Wiseman said. “Defensively, we have fallen victim to some huge mistakes, especially one-on-one. Our players know we’re much better than our record indicates and that we can still contend for the league crown. But we’ll need to make some adjustments.”
WOSL standings — Botkins 2-0-0, Lima Temple 2-0-0, Spencerville 1-0-1, Lehman 1-1-0, Lima Catholic 1-1-0, Fairlawn 0-1-0, Lincolnview 0-2-1, New Knoxville 0-2-0.