By Josh Brown
NEW CARLISLE — Miami East scored early in the first half.
Goalkeeper Katie Bodenmiller made it stand up the rest of the way.
The third-year keeper made 12 saves during Saturday’s season opener at Tecumseh, and the Viking girls soccer team made Hailey Weaver’s early goal hold up in a 1-0 victory over the Arrows.
“Bodey was phenomenal this afternoon,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said of Bodenmiller. “If not for her, the result would have been very different.”
Weaver’s goal — the only one in the game — came a mere 12 minutes into the contest on a direct kick.
“We’re playing a new formation this year,” Carson said. “Even if someone is in the same position, we’re running it a bit different, so there was a bit of first-game jitters. But we gutted it out and held on for the win and shutout. We’ll be happy with that and move on to get ready for the next one.”
That next one for the Vikings (1-0) will be Monday night at home against Graham.
Dayton Christian 0
WEST MILTON — Danielle McFarland and Kristen Dickison each had big games Saturday, leading the Milton-Union girls soccer team to a 5-0 victory over Dayton Christian in its season opener at home.
McFarland and Dickison each had two goals and an assist in the game. Taylor Jacobs had the game’s first goal, scoring on an assist from Dickison less than four minutes in to give the Bulldogs (1-0) the lead. Dickison then hooked a corner kick into the goal with 22:18 left in the first half to make it a 2-0 game at the break.
McFarland then scored on an assist from Morgan Nemeth less than 10 minutes into the second half, and she put home a penalty kick with 24:14 to play to make it 4-0. Dickison then got her second goal of the game on an assist from McFarland with 22:11 left, and the Bulldogs coasted from there.
Milton-Union travels to Bethel Tuesday for the second game of a boys-girls doubleheader.
WEST MILTON — After his team fell too far behind against Oakwood in the first set, Milton-Union volleyball coach Bill Ginn had a simple message for his Bulldogs.
“I told the girls on the bench that we needed to finish that first set on a good note,” he said. “That way, even in losing, we could carry that momentum into the second set.”
They took that to heart.
Milton-Union fought back after dropping the first game of Saturday’s season opener against visiting Oakwood, sweeping the next three games and getting stronger and stronger throughout to post a 19-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-12 victory to begin the new year 1-0.
“I thought we were better conditioned than they were,” Ginn said. “We were gaining energy as they lost theirs.”
The Bulldogs fell behind by eight early in the first set, recovering and playing better after that but still dropping it by six. But in the second, they jumped out to a nine-point lead thanks to three aces in one rotation by Bri Stone, and then Abbie Goudy closed out the third set with three aces during her service run to put the Bulldogs up 2-1. From there, Milton-Union had all the momentum and put the match away easily.
Ginn also cited senior setter Lauren Craig in the victory, saying “Lauren does so many things for us. I told my assistant coach that Lauren takes passes that look like coal and makes them into diamonds.”
Milton-Union travels to Piqua Monday.
COLDWATER — After beginning play in the Coldwater Classic with a 2-0 sweep of New Knoxville, the Miami East volleyball team went the distance with a pair of tough opponents, falling to host Coldwater 2-1 and then losing the finale 2-1 to St. Henry to finish fourth in the tournament to open the new season Saturday.
The Vikings will be back in action Aug. 27 at Troy.
Other scores: Tippecanoe 3, Northmont 0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-16). Russia 3, Covington 0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-14). New Bremen 3, Troy Christian 0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-14).
* Boys Soccer
Xenia Christian 0
XENIA — Bethel’s Korry Hamlin had a hat trick Friday night and Tyler Brueckman added a goal and two assists as the Bethel boys soccer team opened the new season with a 4-0 victory at Dayton Christian in a thunderstorm-shortened game.
Hamlin put the Bees (1-0) on top on a Brueckman assist, then Hamlin set up Brueckman for a score. Brueckman returned the favor one more time on the Bees’ third goal, then Hamlin added one last unassisted goal before storms moved in and halted play early in the second half.
“This was a good win to open the season,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “We scored our first goal early in the first half, and I think that helped us relax a little. The defense did a nice job on the large turf field, and goalkeeper Alex van Haaren made a couple of nice saves to record his first shutout. All in all, a good team effort tonight.”
Bethel hosts Milton-Union at 5 p.m. Tuesday to kick off a boys-girls doubleheader.
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