CASSTOWN — Many believed it was a battle for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament.
That remains to be seen, but Miami East may have just become the favorite for the top spot after defeating the Lehman Lady Cavs 1-0 in a battle at East Monday night in high scool girls soccer.
East’s Emily Holicki scored a long-shot goal with 13:50 remaining in the game, and that was the only score of the night as the Lady Vikings dropped Lehman to 4-1 on the year and upped their own mark to 9-4.
“A lot of the coaches I talked to said they had us as a 3-4-5 seed, depending on how we did tonight,” said Miami East coach Amalie Carson said. “I think this may give some coaches problems (with the seeding).”
Lehman coach Jeremy Lorenzo agreed.
“I think Miami East is going to be seeded higher than they think,” he said. “Obviously, we are not going to get the number one seed now. That really doesn’t matter. We just need to go out and win games.”
Lehman played the game without four-year starter and leading scorter Sarah Fuller, who is injured. But he didn’t want to use that as an excuse.
“She is our leading scorer, she is a captain — but she is banged up right now,” Lorenzo said. “Miami East was banged up earlier in the season and had a few hiccups. They are healthy now. We have some young girls who can step up and they did.”
The game remained scoreless until Holicki took a pass from Savannah Nehring with 13:50 to go in the game and drilled a shot from 30 yards into the upper left corner of the goal. There was no way for Lehman keeper Kelsey Weber to reach the perfectly-placed shot.
“To me, that shot in the upper left, that was not a savable ball,” Lorenzo said. “I thought Kelsey played well tonight. There was no way for her to reach that shot.”
Lehman will need to regroup quickly for a home game with Coldwater Thursday, a big game in Western Ohio Soccer League play. Lehman is 4-0-0 in the WOSL and Coldwater 4-0-1. The game is for the league championship, since no other team has less than two losses.
all four goals
BOTKINS — Botkins senior Natalie Ambos, who recently became the school’s all-time leading goal scorer, had all four goals for her team in a 4-2 victory over Newton Monday night in non-league girls soccer action.
The win put the Lady Trojans at 6-5-3 on the season wile dropping Newton to 4-8-1.
While Ambos had all three goals, Paige Lane assisted on three of them. Sierra Butcher had the other goal.
Goalkeeper Kierstyn Rogers had nine saves.