South Webster 3, Chillicothe Southeastern 0
Challenge heeded. Challenge accepted. Challenge passed.
That was the story for the South Webster Jeeps’ boys soccer program on Wednesday evening as South Webster, once again, took care of business in fine fashion behind the stout play of Sam Holstein and Shiloah Blevins and a defensive backline that put up another clean sheet as South Webster took home a 3-0 victory over No. 9-seeded Chillicothe Southeastern in a Division III Sectional Final.
From the outset, the relentlessness of Blevins and Holstein at the head of the South Webster offensive attack proved to be too much for Chillicothe Southeastern to handle as the Jeeps collected 20 shots to the Panthers’ five. Holstein took a tap from Blevins and converted a shot opportunity by maneuvering a shot past Southeastern’s Dawson Steele to give South Webster a 1-0 advantage in the ninth minute of play, and the South Webster defense did the rest from there as the Jeeps held the point throughout the remainder of the first half.
“Southeastern came in as the ninth seed, but they put up a good fight on defense,” South Webster head coach Corey Claxon said. “In spite of their defensive efforts, Sam was able to connect first with a nice pass from Shiloah. Sam was able to take a touch to prepare for a shot and slip it past the keeper, who was rushing out for the attempted save. Sam has been able to battle through defenders this season, and he did that well tonight. We had a few more opportunities in the first half, but that was it over the initial 40 minutes.”
In the second half, Blevins and Holstein used the energy garnered from their play in the first half to close the affair out in the second 40 minutes, as Holstein’s shot in the 53th tally and Blevins’ touch in the 60th — both of the unassisted variety — put South Webster in complete control of the match.
“Again, it was Sam that made it happen with a few dribbles off a cross and a good paced shot just wide enough that the keeper couldn’t hold onto it,” Claxon said. “That was followed up about seven minutes later with Shiloah’s goal. Shiloah has a way of getting in behind defenders, and that is where he is most dangerous. His goal put us up by three and we quickly got him out of the game to rest for Saturday. We had one more chance to score on a penalty kick as Josiah (Edwards) was taken down in the box, but our shot went wide and we settled for the 3-0 shutout. Our defense worked well tonight as Caleb (Cunningham) and Jacob Ruth covered well for each other. I also thought Braden (Martin) and Ty (Collins) had good control of the midfield as well.”
With the victory, South Webster not only improved to 12-1-4 on the year, but also cashed in a berth to the Division III District Semifinals. The Jeeps will play Valley — a 1-0 victor over Clay in overtime on Wednesday evening — on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Northwest 8, West 1
Behind an offensive flurry from Harald Rundquist and Evan Throckmorton, the second of two No. 1 boys soccer seeds at the Division III realm also rolled to an easy victory as the Northwest Mohawks moved on to district play in Waverly with an 8-1 victory over the West Senators’ boys soccer program in McDermott in a Division III Sectional Final on Wednesday evening.
Within the first 25 seconds of the affair, Northwest was able to take an early lead and never relented as the Mohawks continued its strong offensive attack throughout. A goal by Rundquist on a through ball from Throckmorton started the scoring just 23 seconds in, and was followed just six minutes later when Tyler Webb scored off of a cross from Mason Campbell.
Later in the frame, Rundquist’s strike in the 11th minute and Throckmorton’s tally in the 16th — coming off of a throw-in and a give-and-go, respectively — allowed Northwest to take a 4-0 lead, and Rundquist obtained a hat trick when his 27th minute penalty kick sailed into the net after the junior was taken down in the box as the Mohawks quickly increased the lead to a 5-0 tally. Three goals in less than a minute and a half — a Rundquist blast from 25 yards away, a Throckmorton penalty kick after being taken down in the box, and a give-and-go up the middle from Throckmorton to Tyler Webb, sealed the deal. West scored in the 76th minute on a penalty kick to round out the scoring.
“We came out extremely quick, got on the board within the first minute and continued to play with extreme intensity the first half to put the game out of reach,” Northwest head coach Josh Keeney said. “I thought the guys played really well, especially defensively in the first half with both teams starters in. Defensively, we only gave up one shot the whole first half and that was a long one, so I thought we did extremely well keeping possession and keeping them off of the ball. I really liked the fact that my younger guys came in and played well in the second half, it’s good experience for them. Proud of all of these guys!”
For the contest, Rundquist collected four of the team’s eight goals to move his tally to 35 goals on the year, while Throckmorton added two goals and an assist to move his marks to 26 goals and 32 assists for the 2017 campaign. Webb’s two tallies increased his overall goal mark to 25 for the season.
With the victory, Northwest improved to 17-0 on the season. The Mohawks will play Chesapeake on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Waverly in a Division III District Semifinal affair.
New Boston/SOMC Basketball League to commence
The New Boston/SOMC and Challenger Basketball League will be conducting signups for its annual league, which include boys and girls grades kindergarten through sixth grade for the New Boston/SOMC League and all ages for the Challenger Basketball League, on seven different dates from late October through mid-November.
The league costs $30 to enroll one player, $50 for two players, and $60 for three or more individuals to participate in. Teams from other schools can sign up teams in the league. Those units will need to list a roster with school name, the grade and age for each player on said roster, and any issues for the aforementioned players on the list. Coaches will also have to have their name and phone number on roster. Teams will have to call or email for their league fee cost.
The league, which is in its 14th year of operation, introduced SOMC to the team in 2010. In 2013, the New Boston Challenger League was officially formed as part of the league.
“I am very blessed and happy to have seen so many players come through this league and go on to do great things,” Steven Hamilton, New Boston Village Administrator, said. “The league’s logo has always been ‘It’s all for the kids.’
Signups can be done at the New Boston Community Center, 3980 Rhodes Avenue, New Boston, Ohio 45562 on Friday, Oct. 27th, Monday, Oct. 30th, Friday, Nov. 3rd, Monday, Nov. 6th Friday, Nov. 10th, Monday, Nov. 13th,and Friday, Nov. 17th. The time for all sign up dates is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Hamilton at (740) 352-5906 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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