By Josh Brown
TROY — Remaining undefeated? A good thing.
Some payback against the team that ended last year’s tournament run? Even better.
But the thing the fourth-seeded Troy boys soccer team is most thankful for is the opportunity to play for the Division I sectional championship after Saturday’s 2-1 semifinal victory over No. 5 Fairmont Saturday at Troy Memorial Stadium in a rescheduled game from Thursday night.
The physical battle remained tied 0-0 at halftime, but senior Henry Shaneyfelt drew a foul in the box early in the second half, and senior Grant Holland converted the penalty kick with 37:51 remaining in the game to give Troy a 1-0 lead.
The Firebirds tied the score at 1-1 with 23:39 to go, but Troy’s Alex Bridge scored the game-winner in the contest’s final five minutes, and the Trojan defense held on from there.
Last season, Fairmont (9-7-1) ended Troy’s postseason with a 4-1 victory at Fairmont.
Troy, which improved to 16-0-2 with the win, will face second-seeded Springboro for the sectional championship Monday at Bellefontaine High School.
ME 3, NW 0
BROOKVILLE — Top-seeded Miami East won another Division III sectional championship Saturday, routing No. 8 Northwestern 25-15, 25-14, 25-11 at Brookville High School.
Jonni Parker led the Vikings with 22 kills, 12 assists, an ace, four digs and three blocks, Kyndall Hellyer had 12 kills, 22 assists, two aces and two digs, Jillian Wesco had four kills, an assist and six digs, Reagan Morrett had three kills and two blocks, Taylor McCuistion had two kills and a dig, Sophie Jacomet had an ace and nine digs, Gabrielle Hawkins had an assist, an ace and four digs, Kaitlyn Mack had two aces, Carly Gump had four aces and two digs and Lydia Conley had a dig.
Miami East will Roger Bacon Oct. 29 at Northmont High School.
Lehman 3, CC 2
ARCANUM — The sixth-seeded Lehman Cavaliers scored a minor upset to win the Division IV sectional championship Saturday at Arcanum High School, outlasting No. 4 Catholic Central in five games to win 22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 15-13.
Lehman will face either Russia or Southeastern in the district final on Oct. 29 at Troy.
Ft. Loramie 3,
ARCANUM — No. 2 Fort Loramie ended Covington’s season in the Division IV sectional title game Saturday, defeating the 10th-seeded Buccaneers 25-20, 25-20, 25-16.
Covington finished the season 12-13.
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TROY — The fourth-seeded Trojans used a big second half to get past No. 10 Butler, scoring four unanswered goals — including two in the game’s final three minutes — to claim a come-from-behind 5-2 victory in the Division I sectional semifinal Saturday night at Troy Memorial Stadium.
Butler’s Brittney Pertrosky put the Aviators on top at the 34:51 mark of the first half. Troy evened things up with 20:48 left in the half when Kenzie Evans scored on a breakaway, but Butler’s Briana Fourman finished off a cross by Maddie Mitchell on a two-on-one break with 8:19 until the break to make it 2-1, and that’s where it stood at halftime.
The Trojans had a number of missed chances, including a a cross right in front of the Butler goal that was popped up too high and over right before halftime. In the middle of the second half, Olivia Westfall got free on a breakaway and carried the ball up the right side and five feet in front of the goal, but Butler’s keeper cut off the angle and deflected the shot out of bounds.
But on the resulting corner kick at the 25:08 mark of the second half, Westfall sent it into the center and Bailey Hess was able to put it away to tie the score at 2-2. And shortly after, Kiyha Adkins brought the ball up on a two-on-one break, hit a shot that bounced off the near post — and right to Sydney Short, who finished to put Troy up 3-2 with 20:21 left to play.
With 9:24 remaining, Troy keeper Arianna Garcia stopped the Aviators’ first shot of the second half, a redirect attempt by Mitchell on a cross.
Another Adkins breakaway gave the Trojans the insurance they needed, as she got the ball past the Butler keeper and Molly Miller finished the play to make it 4-2 with 2:49 to go. And with 1:39 left, Hannah Widener added one more score to make it 5-2.
Troy (10-6-2), which also defeated Butler (8-8-2) 4-1 on Sept. 28, will play either No. 3 Centerville or No. 14 Piqua Tuesday at Bellefontaine High School for the sectional title.
SIDNEY — Top-seeded Lehman cruised into the Division III sectional title game, defeating No. 22 Northeastern 8-0 Saturday.
Grace Monnin had two goals and an assist, Molly Safreed and Liz Pax each had two goals and Hannah Fogt and Kaitrin O’Leary each scored one.
Lehman will face the winner between Miami East and Emmanuel Christian on Tuesday night at Eaton.
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