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Northwest 8, Ironton St. Joseph 2
In any sport, it’s hard to complete a perfect season. However, the previously mentioned point is what makes Northwest’s stellar regular season in 2017 all the more special.
On Monday evening, Northwest showed off that amazing skill once more as the Mohawks scored eight goals in the first half behind four goals and an assist from Harald Rundquist, along with four assists from Evan Throckmorton — who has an incredible 24 goals and 31 assists for the year — to lead Northwest to another dominating victory, 8-2, over Ironton St. Joseph on Monday evening in Ironton.
From the outset, Northwest’s offense was clicking as its two top scoring hands on the day took just two minutes to get the Mohawks on the scoreboard. Throckmorton’s through ball to Rundquist, which put Northwest up by a 1-0 tally, was then followed by two blasts from Tyler Webb (the first on a give-and-go from Rundquist and the second on a cross from Chase McClay) to quickly put the Mohawks up by a 3-0 margin by the 12th minute.
Then, in a matter of just seven minutes, Rundquist and Throckmorton completely put the affair out of reach. Throckmorton’s passes from out wide, a skip through the middle of the field, and a cross allowed Rundquist to score on all three occasions as Northwest took a 6-0 lead by the 19th minute. Austin Speer’s unassisted blast in the 21st minute, along with a penalty kick goal from Cody Mosley after a handball in the box, rounded out the Northwest scoring as the Mohawks took an 8-0 lead just 25 minutes in and cruised to victory from there.
“I thought we came out and played extremely well with a lot of energy,” Northwest head coach Josh Keeney said. “We passed the ball well and possessed all over the field, plus we finished the opportunities that we had. I’m very pleased with the result. Going to a perfect 16-0 … what more can you ask for? Couldn’t be more proud of these guys!”
With the win, Northwest will turn its attention to West, who is coming off a thrilling 1-0 victory over West Union in a Division III Sectional Semifinal affair. The Mohawks will host the Senators on Wednesday evening in McDermott at 5 p.m.
South Webster 6, Waverly 1
Behind three excellent goals from Sam Holstein and excellent play from Zach Robinson among many others, the South Webster Jeeps continued to roll with another dominating victory as South Webster obtained a 6-1 victory over Waverly on Saturday afternoon in South Webster.
Initially, both teams battled to a 0-0 deadlock as the defensive play from both units proved to be strong throughout the first half of play. However, Holstein’s goal on a Zach Robinson pass — a sensational goal that was hammered home in the 23rd minute — put the Jeeps in front to stay as the first half came to a close.
“In the first half, Sam had the lone goal, but it was quite impressive,” South Webster head coach Corey Claxon said. “Zach Robinson played a ball forward in the air near the top of the 18 yard box, and Sam volleyed the ball out of the air and past the keeper, who didn’t have much time to even react. My reaction to that was basically ‘Wow!’”
While Holstein’s first goal was simply splendid, it was a three-goal stretch between the 45th to 49th minutes of action that put the Jeeps in control for good. Shiloah Blevins’ unassisted tally in the 45th minute, along with another Robinson-to-Holstein connection in the following minute — a similar play to the game-opening goal — that put the Jeeps in front. Holstein then added an unassisted tally in the 49th frame to collect the hat trick. Salem Moore then answered a Braydon Stutz goal for Waverly in the 54th with a well-placed shot of his own in the 76th to round out the game’s scoring.
“The second half was where we pulled away from them with a few quick goals and put the game on ice for the varsity,” Claxon said. “This whole season, we have looked to our two forwards, Sam and Shiloah, to score, and they have done that well. I can’t think of a year where we have had two guys work together better. Shiloah got in behind their defense on the dribble, tapped around the keeper, and finished for the goal. If some thought Sam’s first goal was a once in a lifetime fluke, he proved that wrong in a hurry. Once again, it was Zach who sent the ball in, and Sam finished with another volley. Sam has never been afraid to take shots like these, and it paid off for us twice in this game. A few minutes later, Sam puts one more in to extend the lead to 4-0. At that point, the substitutions began for both teams.”
With the victory, South Webster finished the regular season with an 11-1-4 mark despite losing seven seniors — including college student-athletes Alek Blevins (SSU), Trevor Coriell (Rio Grande), and Shane Zimmerman (SSU) — from last year’s squad. The Jeeps, who, along with Northwest, are the two No. 1 seeds in Division III Southeast District play, will face Chillicothe Southeastern in South Webster in a Division III Sectional Final affair that will commence at 5 p.m.
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