By Josh Brown
and Rob Kiser
BRANDT — Even after defeating defending Cross County Conference champion Franklin Monroe last week, the Bethel boys soccer team knew its work was not done.
Thursday night, Daniel Ross put work in.
Ross had a hat trick against rival Miami East, answering with two straight goals after the Vikings had taken the lead and adding a late insurance goal to seal a 4-2 Bethel victory Thursday night — a victory that clinched at least a share of the CCC title for the Bees (9-4-1, 5-0 CCC).
“It was what you would expect out of a Miami East-Bethel soccer game,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “End-to-end action. Intensity from both squads. A hard-fought battle until the whistle blows.”
The Vikings (10-3-1, 3-2-1 CCC) struck first, with leading scorer Dalton Taynor scoring an unassisted goal to give the lead to East. But then Ross tied the score with an assist from Tyler Brueckman, then he scored again with an assist from Korry Hamlin to put the Bees up 2-1.
“Miami East was playing shorthanded due to injuries, but they battled all night and kept us at bay in the first half,” Hamlin said. “We moved the ball well early and had some dangerous looks but just could not find the net. Then Daniel Ross came alive and took over.
“His first goal came late in the first half to tie the score and helped settle some nerves. And in the second half, the game’s tempo really picked up, and it was end to end.”
Brueckman added a goal on an assist from Joe Miller to put the Bees up by two, but Kyler Bradley cut that lead back to one on a feed from Taynor. Ross put the game away, though, scoring on a Jordan Donthnier assist to make it 4-2.
“It was a great win for the boys tonight,” Hamlin said. “It’s homecoming week, and there have been a lot of fun activities going on all week. We tried to keep the boys focused all week, and they got the job done tonight.”
Bethel can clinch the CCC title outright with a win at Twin Valley South Thursday, but before that the Bees host Kenton Ridge Monday. Miami East travels to Springfield Shawnee Saturday.
TV South 0
PLEASANT HILL — Newton senior Nick Honeycutt broke the Indians’ all-time career goals record Thursday night, reaching 72 for his career after a five-goal night and leading Newton to a 7-0 victory over Twin Valley South.
Honeycutt broke an 11-year-old record set by Nick Olaya.
Jack Yoder added two goals for the Indians, and Nelson Clymer had the shutout in goal.
Newton travels to Miami East Oct. 13.
TROY — Troy (12-0-2) matched its win total from each of the past two years Thursday night, shutting out Springfield 3-0 at Troy Memorial Stadium.
Grant Holland, the second-leading goal scorer in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division, scored a pair of goals to bring his total to 19 on the season. Ben Schreiber added a goal, Henry Shaneyfelt had two assists and Connor Hubbell had an assist.
Troy won 12 games in both 2015 and 2014, winning 13 games in 2013. The Trojans have a chance to match that number Saturday at Tecumseh before finishing the regular season Tuesday at home against rival Piqua.
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs (5-6-3, 4-2-3 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) turned in one of their most impressive defensive efforts of the season Thursday night, battling division leader Waynesville to a 0-0 draw.
Milton-Union hosts Preble Shawnee Oct. 13.
Other scores: Dayton Christian (11-2-1, 4-0 MBC) 4, Troy Christian (12-1-1, 3-1-1 MBC) 2. Temple Christian 2, Lehman 0.
* Girls Soccer
Miami East 2,
CASSTOWN — Miami East’s girls soccer team needed a win Thursday night to keep its Cross County Conference championship hopes alive — and that’s exactly what the Vikings got, defeating rival Bethel 2-0 to improve to 5-4-4, 4-0-1 in the CCC.
A handball in the box with 22 minutes left in the first half gave the Vikings a penalty kick, and Danielle Mannier cashed it in to give East a 1-0 lead — which is where things stood at the break.
Viking goalkeeper Katie Bodenmiller — who had four saves in the game — made a huge save with eight minutes to go in the game to keep the score tied, and with 2:06 to go Mannier beat a pair of defenders and sent in a cross, which Hailey Weaver finished to give East an insurance goal.
Miami East travels to Springfield Shawnee Saturday, while Bethel travels to Anna Tuesday.
TC North 0
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Indians remained undefeated in Cross County Conference play Thursday night, holding off Tri-County North 2-0 at home.
Brittney Koble scored the Indians’ first goal, assisted by Kaylee Kesler, then McKenna Demido scored an insurance goal on a feed from Aliya Stine.
Newton travels to Dayton Christian Monday.
Other scores: Waynesville (11-1-2, 8-0 SWBL Buckeye) 5, Milton-Union (11-3-1, 6-3 SWBL Buckeye) 0. Lehman (11-1-1) 1, Anna (11-2-2) 0.
WAYNESVILLE — The Milton-Union volleyball team (12-4, 8-2 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) shared the division title with Waynesville last season, but the Spartans (18-2, 10-0 SWBL Buckeye) swept the season series this year, winning 25-23, 25-16, 25-16 Thursday night.
“Truthfully, I couldn’t ask any more of the girls,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “They played with intensity and focus, and that is all I ever ask.”
Morgan Magel had five kills and Bri Stone added four.
Milton-Union plays in the London Invitational Saturday.
* Boys Golf
BEAVERCREEK — It was a tough finish to the season for local golfers at the Division III district tournament at Beavercreek Golf Club Thursday.
Bethel’s Tyler Weinert led local golfers, shooting a 78 and finishing eighth individually, while Covington’s Andrew Slusher was tied for ninth with 79.
In the team standings, Newton and Lehman both shot 380, but the Indians took 10th based on Lehman not having a fifth score.
Chet Jamison led Newton with an 82. Other Indian scores were: Grant Bayer 94, Milan Bess 102, Garrett Peters 102 and Drew Thiesing 112.
Lehman scores were: Cole Gilardi 85, Ryan Schmidt 92, Tyler Lachey 94 and Seth Dooley 109.
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.