By Josh Brown
TROY — For the Troy girls soccer team, games against Wayne in recent years have been as close as they get.
Well, Monday night, it actually got closer, as the Trojans and Warriors battled to a 1-1 draw in Troy’s season opener at Troy Memorial Stadium.
The past three seasons in a row and four out of the past five, the Troy-Wayne girls game has been decided by only one goal. The Trojans lost 2-1 last season during an 8-8-2 season. The previous year, Troy won 1-0, and Wayne won 1-0 in 2013. A 3-0 Trojan win in 2012 broke up the run, while Wayne won 1-0 in 2011. And in 2010, the game also ended in a 1-1 tie.
“Us against Wayne, it’s two pretty comparable teams, we both draw from similar talent pools of players and kind of play a similar style,” Troy coach Michael Rasey said. “It’s been very back and forth over the years.”
Katie Minesinger scored the lone goal for Troy (0-0-1) on the night on an assist from Kenzie Evans to give the Trojans the first-half lead. The Warriors were able to tie the game in the second half, sneaking one in.
Troy goalkeeper Arianna Garcia made eight saves to preserve the draw.
“For the most part, we controlled play,” Rasey said. “We were just unable to convert on some of the offensive chances we had. And on the other hand, though we played a pretty strong defensive game, Wayne had a couple of chances — and Arianna made some good saves to hold them to one. But from an overall standpoint, we controlled play.”
Troy travels to Fairborn Saturday.
Tipp 5, KR 0
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe began its first season in the Greater Western Ohio Conference with a familiar opponent, facing old Central Buckeye Conference rival Kenton Ridge Monday — and routing the Cougars 5-0.
Lexi Polanski had two goals and an assist, Lauren Lester scored two goals and Alexa Spiller had a goal for the Red Devils (1-0). Lauren Weimer added two assists in the game.
Tippecanoe hosts Xenia Wednesday.
ME 2, Graham 2
CASSTOWN — Miami East’s girls soccer team hosted Graham in its season opener Monday, battling the Falcons to a 2-2 tie.
Graham scored first both times, but the Vikings evened things up each time. After the Falcons took a 1-0 lead with 22 minutes left in the first half, Hailey Weaver knocked a 45-yard blast in on an assist from Cerstin Gross with only three second on the clock, tying the score 1-1 at the break. After Graham retook the lead, Danielle Mannier drilled in a penalty kick to tie the score midway through the second half, and that’s where things stayed.
“Both goals we gave up were from mental errors,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said. “I guess it’s good to get those out of the way early in the season. We learn from it, fix it and move on.”
Miami East (1-0-1) travels to Northwestern Wednesday before playing a game Saturday at Columbus Crew Stadium against West Liberty-Salem — a game which tickets are still available for.
Newton 2, XC 0
XENIA — After being rained out Saturday, Newton’s girls soccer team opened the season Monday on the road at Xenia Christian by defeating the Ambassadors 2-0.
Aliya Stine scored the Indians’ (1-0) first goal, assisted by Rachel Kirk, then Morgan Robbins added an insurance goal with an assist from Bailey Chaney.
Newton hosts Anna Thursday.
Troy 3, Alter 2
KETTERING — The Troy tennis team improved to 2-1 on the season with a narrow 3-2 victory over Alter Monday.
At second singles, Maggie Hennessy defeated Rachel Hawley 7-5, 6-2. At third singles, Ashley Bruns defeated Mary Steir 6-3, 6-1. And at first doubles, Katie Sherrick and Hailey Taylor were tied 6-6 with Maria Pilati and Sara Yacoub before an injury forced the Knights to default.
At first singles, Hannah Essick lost to Amanda Showalther 6-3, 6-1. And at second doubles, Jackie Fulker and Emma Kazmaier lost to Veronica Harker and Ashley Vosler 6-2, 7-5.
“Very evenly-matched teams, and the win could have gone either way,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “An injury to one of Alter’s first doubles players proved to be the difference. Hannah played one of the area’s top players, while Maggie and Ashley came through with key singles wins.”
Troy traveled to Fairborn Tuesday.
Tipp 3, Northmont 2
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe swept the doubles spots and got one win at singles Monday against Northmont, beating the Thunderbolts 3-2 to remain undefeated at 4-0 on the year.
At first doubles, Ladia Coning and Alyssa Stewart defeated Whitney White and Serenity Anderson 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Claire Wint and Anna Kueterman defeated Ayana McCain and Ashton Slusher 6-2, 6-3. And at third singles, Jordan Jones defeated Athaiah Peters 6-1, 6-1.
At first singles, Kennedy Reeder lost to Marissa Anderson 6-4, 6-0. At second singles, Sophia McDowell lost to Lauren Kelsey 6-4, 6-3.
Tippecanoe hosts Fairborn Thursday.
Greenville 3, M-U 2
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union took on a tough Greenville team Monday, falling 3-2.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold defeated Natalie Millagan 6-4, 6-1. At second singles, Abby Hissong defeated Anna Mangas 6-4, 6-4.
At third singles, Rachel Rock lost to Abby Swensen 6-1, 6-4. At first doubles, Caitlyn Bushelman and Hannah Fugate lost 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Mercedes Farmer and Laura Billing lost to Addie Haupt and Amber Hutt 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Milton-Union hosted Northridge Tuesday.
Alter B 4, Lehman 1
SIDNEY — Lehman took on Alter’s ‘B’ team Monday, falling 4-1 to drop to 0-5 on the season.
At first singles, Sarah Gibson won 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 to give the Cavaliers their lone win. At second singles, Alex Read lost 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Melanie Brunner lost 7-5, 6-3. At first doubles, Ann Pennaparra and Angela Brunner lost 6-4, 6-2. At second doubles, Kiera Burns and Alison Briggs lost 6-0, 6-0.
Lehman also took part in an invitational tournament at Schroeder Tennis Center on Saturday, finishing in last place with St. Marys Memorial and Springfield tied for the tournament win with 32 points. Carroll, Celina, Northwestern, Kenton Ridge and Wayne also participated in the tournament.
On Aug. 27, Schroeder Tennis Center will play host to another invitational tournament, with Troy, Tippecanoe and Milton-Union taking part along with Butler, Sidney, Xenia, Brookville and Valley View.
* Boys Golf
Centerville Black 170,
CENTERVILLE — Ryan McClurg had a terrific practice round on Friday.
But Monday, the Troy boys golf team didn’t have its best day, falling 170-175 at Centerville against the Elks’ “Black” team.
“It was not a very good performance,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “Golf is like any other sport — if you don’t come ready to play, you don’t deserve to win. And as the coach, I’ll take the blame for not having the guys ready.”
Holden Scribner shot 41, Austin Rank shot 44, Jack Johnston and Keaton Pfeiffer each shot 45, McClurg shot 46 and Nate Uhlenbrock shot 48.
On Friday at Troy Country Club, though, McClurg hit a hole-in-one during the team’s practice round, driving the ball in with a 9-iron on one bounce on the 158-yard hole No. 6.
“Ryan hit the second hole-in-one for our program. Chris DeMeo had done it at (Miami) Shores a couple weeks ago,” Evilsizor said. “It was during our practice round, so the whole team got to see it. It was the first hole-in-one I’ve ever witnessed, and it was pretty exciting.”
Troy hosted Sidney Tuesday at Miami Shores and travels to Northmont on Aug. 29.
Newton 179, TVS 197
EATON — The Newton Indians picked up a Cross County Conference victory over Twin Valley South Monday at Eaton Country Club, winning 179-197.
Chet Jamison and Drew Thiesing led Newton with 43s, Grant Bayer shot 45, Nate Zielinski shot 47, Milan Bess shot 48 and Nash Lavy shot 51.
Nate Osborn was the lone Blackhawk to shoot better than 50, taking medalist honors with a 37.
Newton travels to Milton-Union Wednesday.
ME 176, Covington 206
ST. PARIS — Miami East hosted Covington in a Cross County Conference matchup Monday at Lakeland Golf Course, with the Vikings posting a 176-206 victory.
Dylan Martinez led the Vikings individually with a 39, while Covington’s Andrew Slusher was match medalist with a 37.
* Boys Soccer
Newton 7, Dixie 0
PLEASANT HILL — Nick Honeycutt had four goals and Jack Yoder added three as the Newton boys soccer team routed Dixie Monday night, 7-0.
Honeycutt had an assist to go with his four goals, and Yoder added an assist to his three scores. Seth Courtney, Noah Williams and Cody Durst each added one assist. Goalkeeper Nelson Clymer made five saves to record his second shutout of the year.
Newton travels to Indian Lake Saturday.
ME 5, Graham 2
ST. PARIS — Miami East’s Dalton Taynor scored a hat trick in Monday’s season opener at Graham as the Miami East boys soccer team defeated the Falcons 5-2.
Taynor scored with an assist from Wesley Sutherly midway through the first half, then he added another on an assist from Jackson Davis that made it 2-1 at halftime. Parker Heim then set Taynor up for one last goal midway through the second half. Davis then headed in a Kaleb Elifritz throw-in to make it 4-0, and Taynor set up a goal by Heim to finish the scoring.
“We started off a little shaky and not able to produce much offensively,” Miami East coach Adam Bell said. “Luckily, a couple balls made it through their five-man back line that we were able to run on. Graham’s keeper made some excellent decisions, which made it difficult for us mentally, and they kept things tight at 2-1 at halftime.
“We were able to strike early, and from there our offense became more poised and things finally started to gel for us in the last 15 minutes. My guys showed me a lot of mental toughness tonight, and I am proud of the way they banded together for the win.”
Miami East hosts Northwestern Wednesday.
* Girls Golf
Piqua 199, Covington 220
PIQUA — Piqua’s Kelsey Bachman shot a season-low 40 Monday at Echo Hills, leading the Indians past Covington 199-220.
For the Buccaneers, Addison Metz led the way with 48, Kelsey McReynolds shot 53, Megan Alexander shot 58, Noelle Gast shot 61 and Emily Thompson shot 70.
Covington traveled to National Trail Tuesday.
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