Over the past four years, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ girls soccer program has grown into one that can compete with the best of the best.
That fact was proven again in the first edition of the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association’s State Poll, which was released on Monday, as the Lady Pirates collected 36 votes to obtain a seventh-place standing in the OSSCA’s Girls Division III Poll.
Wheelersburg, who currently holds a 4-0 mark to start the 2017 campaign, has outscored its opponents by a outstanding mark of 21-5 in its contests.
The Lady Pirates obliterated Chesapeake by scoring eight goals in just one half of play against the Lady Panthers, and then followed that performance up by defeating the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s defending 16th Region Champions and the odds-on favorite to win the title in 2017, Russell (Ky.), by a 3-2 count — a marquee win considering that the Lady Devils are a top-300 program nationally. The Lady Pirates have since collected wins of 5-1 and 5-2 over Zane Trace and Minford — the latter after coming behind from a 2-1 deficit at halftime — to show its overall strength.
Overall, the Lady Pirates sit behind only Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Cincinnati Madeira, Columbus Grandview Heights, Sidney Lehman Catholic, Doylestown Chippewa, and Archbold in the Division III Poll. Those schools have combined with Wheelersburg to post a 25-2 record so far in regular season play.
The Lady Pirates will play at Northwest on Thursday at 5 p.m. and will end the week by traveling to North Adams on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.
OSSCA GIRLS DIVISION III POLL
1. Summit Country Day School (Cincinnati) 4-0-0 100
2. Madeira (Cincinnati) 4-1-0 79
3. Grandview Heights 4-0-0 76
4. Lehman Catholic (Sidney) 3-1-0 57
5. Chippewa (Doylestown) 2-0-0 54
6. Archbold 4-0-0 41
7. Wheelersburg 4-0-0 36
t-8. Kirtland 1-3-1 28
t-8. Worthington Christian School 2-1-1 28
10. West Liberty-Salem 4-0-0 18
Receiving votes: Elyria Catholic, Columbus Academy (Gahanna), Liberty-Benton (Findlay), Lynchburg-Clay, Smithville
Tieman shoots 68, 70 at Lindsey Wilson
Thanks to a brilliant performance by West graduate Jordan Tieman, the Shawnee State men’s golf program collected a strong effort by finishing in second place at the Lindsey Wilson Invitational, while the SSU women finished ninth overall in the standings.
SSU’s men finished day one five strokes back of leaders Lindsey Wilson, with a 287 for the day. Jordan Tieman (FR/Portsmouth, Ohio) led SSU through day one, hitting three under 68 for the round. Jacob Braskett (SO/South Bloomfield, Ohio) hit even at 71, tied for seventh, and Dagan Abdon’s (JR/Greenup County, Ky.) 73 placed him tied for 14th.
Day two would see Shawnee State rally to take a lead on Lindsey Wilson through 15 holes. The Blue Raiders closed the day with a rally of their own to retake the lead, edging Shawnee State by a single stroke. Jordan Tieman finished second overall, getting a 70 in round two for a two-day four-under-par for the tournament. Dagan Abdon shot an even 71 to keep his score at two-over en route to tying for ninth.
Shawnee State’s women finished in ninth place overall at Lindsey Wilson by shooting a two day 713, which put the Bears ahead of Brescia in the finishing order. Holley Hart (FR/Falmouth, Kentucky) was SSU’s best player for a second week in a row, hitting 83-83 for a two-day 166 and a 22nd place finish.
Shawnee State golf is back in action Sept. 9 and 10 at the Kentucky Christian Invitational.
Bears fall to Mount Vernon Nazarene
The Shawnee State women’s soccer program had its unbeaten streak ended on Tuesday evening as the Bears fell to Mount Vernon Nazarene, 1-0.
The first half ended in a 0-0 deadlock thanks to the abilities of Michaela Garner (JR/Heath, Ohio) who made five key saves to preserve the tie. SSU’s best chance came in the 29th minute, when Destiny Chester (SO/Canal Winchester, Ohio) got a shot on goal. The shot, however, was blocked by MVNU’s Megan Casselberry.
The Cougars obtained the breakthrough goal in the second half, as Alexa Skal finished a cross from Amberly Knox on the volley, beating Garner and giving Mount Vernon Nazarene a 1-0 lead that the Cougars preserved.
The loss ends Shawnee State’s unbeaten run to start the year at three games, dropping the Bears to 2-1-1. Mount Vernon Nazarene improves to 3-1-0.
Shawnee State is back in action on Friday, Sept. 8 when the Bears travel to Wilmore, Ky. to take on Asbury. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.