Sidney drops 2nd straight,loses 2-1 to Kettering Alter


Staff report

SIDNEY — Sidney lost its second straight game in boys soccer action Thursday at the high school, 1-0 in non-league action to visiting Kettering Alter.

The loss left the Jackets at 4-2-2 heading into a match today at 1 p.m. at Springfield Catholic.

“We had a very disappointing first half,” said coach Daniel Wicks of Sidney. “We regrouped at halftime and our effort in the second half was outstanding. With some luck I think we could have won the game, but unfortunately our poor first half let us down.

“We have had a very tough run of games the past week,” he added. “We’ve reached the halfway point of our season at 4-2-2, and our goal is to go undefeated over the second half of the season.”

The Jackets were outshot 12-9 and 7-5 in shots on goal.

Ben Snavley had seven saves for the Jackets.

Botkins edges

Lehman 3-2

SIDNEY — In a battle of county rivals, Botkins came away with a 3-2 win over Lehman in action Thursday at Lehman.

The loss leaves Lehman at 1-6 overall and puts Botkins at 4-5. More importantly, Botkins remained perfect in the Western Ohio Soccer League at 3-0. Lehman is 1-2.

Both teams are back in action Tuesday, Lehman hosting Spencerville and Botkins playing at Cory-Rawson.

Botkins goals came from Jake Barnett, Nolan Greve and Kaleb Hanby, who also assisted on the other two goals.

Ethan Butcher had five saves in goal for the Trojans.

Lehman’s goals came from John Henry Frantz off an assist from Connor Thobe, and from Jake Emrick on a penalty kick.

Emrick’s kick gave Lehman a 2-1 lead at the half, but Botkins rallied back in the final 15 minutes with both its second-half goals.

“I never really felt comfortable with that 2-1 lead,” said Lehman coach Tom Wiseman. “Botkins kept coming and we could never retain possession and get another insurance goal.”