Moeller-St. Xavier Play To Draw In Key League Match

Posted on 9/15/2021 at 10:15 p.m.

Sisky Scores A Pair Of Gales To Help La Salle Defeat Elder, 5-1

It almost seems fitting that Tuesday’s marquee soccer match between Greater Catholic League South Division contenders Moeller and St. Xavier was scoreless until the final 10 minutes, then featured goals from each team, another goal that was disallowed and, ultimately, saw the first of two regular-season meetings between two of the area’s top programs end in a 1-1 draw at RDI Stadium on the St. Xavier High School campus in Finneytown.

St. Xavier (3-1-4, 1-0-1 GCL South), the defending GCL South champion looking to extend its league unbeaten streak to eight matches against rival and winner of three of the last four league crowns in Moeller, finally broke through to take a 1-0 lead when senior Tanner Creech notched his sixth goal of the season off an assist from junior Reece Heisel.  Creech is second in the GCL South in scoring with 15 points and is tied for the lead with six goals.

About three minutes later, Moeller (3-1-2, 1-0-1) tied the match on a goal from junior JD Marshall, which was assisted from senior Logan Peters.  Moeller scored what appeared to be a game-winning goal with around two minutes remaining, but the goal was ultimately disallowed because of interference.  As a result, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

It was the third straight tie for St. Xavier, ranked No. 3 in the latest Southwest Ohio Coaches Association Division I poll.  The Bombers are right behind No. 2 Moeller in the poll released last Friday.  The two teams will meet a second time on Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. at Xavier University.

In Tuesday’s other GCL South match, senior Chase Sisky scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead a potent La Salle offense in a 5-1 win against Elder at Lancer Stadium on the La Salle High School campus.  Sisky was a first team all-league selection last fall.  Teammate and fellow senior Aaron Burke also scored a goal for La Salle (5-3-1, 1-1-0), giving him six to date.  Burke, who also has four assists, leads the league in scoring with 16 points.

Elder (2-4-0, 0-2-0) looks to get back on track when it hosts Colerain in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Panther Athletic Complex.  The Panthers remain home Saturday to face their second Greater Miami Conference opponent in three days, hosting Sycamore at 7 Saturday night.

St. Xavier’s next match is 5 p.m. Saturday, when the Bombers host Olentangy Liberty.  Moeller also is off until Saturday afternoon, when the Crusaders travel to Northeast Ohio to face defending DI state and national champion Cleveland St. Ignatius, which hasn’t lost a match since the 2019 season.  The Wildcats are the two-time defending national champions and are approaching the longest winning streak in Ohio prep soccer history.

La Salle, which has won three straight matches and five of its last six, is off until next Tuesday when it travels to face Moeller.  Kickoff is 5:30 p.m., with the match being played at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex on Moeller’s Montgomery Road campus.

Moeller-St. X Match Highlights GCL South Soccer Week

Posted on 9/13/2021 at 7:49 p.m.

Bombers Look To Extend League Winning Streak Against  Rival
St. Xavier, the defending Greater Catholic League South Division champion that currently boasts a seven-match conference unbeaten streak, puts it on the line when the Bombers host Moeller at 7 p.m. Tuesday at RDI Stadium on the St. Xavier campus.  Besides being a key early-season match in the GCL South, it is also the first of two regular-season meetings between two of the top-ranked teams in Greater Cincinnati.

Moeller was No. 2 in the latest Southwest Ohio Coaches Association DI poll that was released last Friday, followed by St. Xavier at No. 3.  Mason. Which is 4-0-2 this season, held down the top spot in the week five rankings.  Moeller is No. 8 in the DI state poll released today by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association, while St. Xavier is tied at No. 14 with Westerville Central. Mason is the highest ranked local team at No. 3.
Moeller and St. Xavier, which advanced to the Division I state semifinals last year before falling to New Albany, 1-0, in overtime, have combined to win the last four league titles.  St. Xavier won last season with a 5-0-1 record, the lone draw against Moeller, 0-0 in the final regular-season match on October 13, while Moeller won the GCL South crowns in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively, with league marks of 5-0-1, 4-0-2 and 5-1-0.  Moeller advanced to the DI state title game in 2018 before falling to Medina, 1-0.  La Salle was the last team besides Moeller and St. Xavier to win the GCL South, finishing atop the standings in 2016.
St. Xavier dominated the league from 2008 to 2015m, winning the title outright six times and sharing it with Elder in 2015.  Moeller was the only other school to win it outright during that stretch, capturing the 2010 title.  In short, it should come as no surprise that tonight’s match could have a significant impact on the league race this season.
Moeller (3-1-1, 1-0-0 GCL South)  is coming off its lone setback of the season – a 1-0 loss at St. Charles in Columbus last Saturday.  The Crusaders opened the season with a 1-1 draw at No. x Mason, then put together three straight wins against Covington Catholic, 2-0; Lakota West , 3-1; and Elder, 3-0, in its GCL South opener last Tuesday.  
St. Xavier (3-1-3, 1-0-0) also has played a rugged early-season schedule.  The Bombers’ lone defeat is to Cleveland St. Ignatius, 6-1, the defending D I state champion and top-ranked team in the state.  St. Xavier has defeated Lakota East, 2-1; Toledo St. John’s Jesuit, 2-0; and then La Salle, 4-0, in the league opener last Tuesday.  The Bombers have draws against Anderson, and then Walnut Hills and Lakota  West in its last two matches.
There will be plenty of talent on the pitch, too, led by seniors Tanner Creech and Patrick Ahrens of St. Xavier, and senior Brock Kiper of Moeller – the top three points leaders in the GCL South. Creech leads the league in goals, five, and points, 13, while Ahrens is second with 11 points behind three goals and a league-best five assists.  Kiper has nine points, including a second-best four goals and an assist.

Elder (2-3-0, 0-1-0) travels to La Salle (4-3-1, 0-1-0) in the other GCL South match Tuesday.  Kickoff is 7:15 p.m. at Lancer Stadium on La Salle’s campus.  The Lancers are looking to make it three consecutive victories after shutout wins at Dayton Carroll and against Seven Hills last week.  Elder is coming off a 3-0 win at Covington Catholic on Saturday.

Powerful Lakewood St. Edward Beats Elder In Finale

Posted on 9/12/2021 at 1:48 p.m.

Senior Quarterback Ramos Runs Accounts For Five TDs In Eagles’ Road Victory

Senior quarterback back Christian Ramos rushed nine times for 120 yards, including a pair of touchdowns in both the first and third quarters, while also passing for 149 yards and a score to help Northeast Ohio power Lakewood St. Edward remain unbeaten with a strong performance Saturday afternoon in a 48-14 victory against Elder at The Pit in Price Hill.  The loss was Elder’s first in three home games this season, and wrapped up week four of games for the Greater Catholic League South Division.

The GCL South was a perfect 3-0 in road games Friday night, and the league is now 13-3 against non-league opponents to date.  Defending Division I state champion St. Xavier (4-0) and Moeller (4-0), off to its best start since opening the 2014 season 5-0, kick off the league schedule when they meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.  The Bombers have won 12 straight games overall and five of the last six in the series.

Elder (2-2) fell behind St. Edward, expected to be a serious challenger for the DI state crown, 14-0 after the first quarter, trailed 28-7 at halftime, and then 41-7 after the Eagles scored the first two TDs of the second half.  Ramos, who had scoring runs of 40, 6, 20 and 6 yards, respectively, also completed 8-of-14 passes for 149 yards.  St. Edward racked up 274 yards on the ground while averaging 6.7 yards per carry.  Elder was limited to 52 yards on 18 attempts on the ground.

Senior quarterback Ben Hambleton completed 25-of-36 passes for 256 yards and one TD for the Panthers – who will face Louisville St. Xavier (2-1) on the road at 7 p.m. Friday.  Senior Drew Ramsey had a game-high 13 receptions for 100 yards, while senior Andrew Harp hauled in five passes for 81 yards and a TD.  Junior Luke Flowers led Elder in rushing with six attempts for 33 yards.

Elder’s two losses this season have come to the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the latest MaxPreps Ohio High School Football Rankings.  St. Edward is No. 2 in the latest poll, released September 7, with Pickerington Central (3-1) at No. 3.  The Panthers lost at Pickerington Central, 28-10, in week two. St. Xavier, which has now won 12 consecutive games, holds down the No. 1 spot, with La Salle at No. 7.

La Salle (3-1), which knocked off Louisville Trinity, 48-27, on the road Friday night, returns to Lancer Stadium to hose Louisville DuPont Manual (4-0) at 7:30 Friday night.  The Lancers’ lone setback this season is to defending national champion IMG Academy from Bradenton, Fla.

GCL South Posts 3-0 Road Record On Busy Friday Night

Posted on 9/11/2021 at 11:07 a.m.

Elder Prepares To Host NE Ohio Power St. Edward Today At The Pit

It was another strong Friday night for the Greater Catholic League South Division, as St. Xavier extended its double-digit winning streak dating back to last season, Moeller remained unbeaten with a solid road victory to take plenty of momentum into a marquee league opener next Friday, and La Salle traveled to Kentucky to take down the state’s winningest high school football program by three touchdowns.

Elder will attempt to make it a perfect week four for the league this afternoon.  But it won’t be easy, as perennial Northeast Ohio power Lakewood St. Edward brings its talent-laden and unbeaten team to Price Hill.  Kickoff is 4 p.m. at The Pit on Elder’s campus, as the Panthers look to increase their record to 3-0 at home.

Here is a look at Friday’s GCL South games:

St. Xavier 41, Penn, Ind. 10 – The Bombers continued their early-season dominance, with senior quarterback Brogan McCaughey tossing three first-half touchdown passes wile rushing for another, and senior Charles Kellom adding two more scores on the ground in the first two quarters as St. Xavier built a 41-3 halftime lead.  As a result, the Bombers outscored its last four opponents, 153-17, over a period of 12 quarters.

St. Xavier’s defense, which entered the game holding opponents to 122 total yards, held Penn to eight first downs and 174 yards, while also allowing just one third-down conversion in 10 attempts. St. Xavier (4-0), the defending Division I state champion that has now won 12 straight games, kicks off defense of its GCL South title when it faces undefeated Moeller at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Moeller 25, Ironton 7 – The Crusaders remained unbeaten and set up a Showdown with St. Xavier in the league opener for both school next week, building an early 14-0 lead and relying on a strong defense to hold Division IV state runner-up Ironton scoreless until the fourth quarter.  The victory gives Moeller is best start since the Crusaders opened the 2014 season at 5-0, including a 31-7 win against St. Xavier in week five.  Moeller wound up 10-4 that year, advancing to the Region 4 final.

Sophomore quarterback Van George, stepping in for senior Noah Geselbracht who was sidelined, made his first varsity start a memorable one – connecting on 17-of-22 passes for 268 yards and three TDs, without an interception.  Senior tight end Josh Kattus caught four passes for a team-best 81 yards, while junior Tennel Bryant had two receptions for 66 yards and a pair of TDs, one a 57-yarder, and senior Brandon White caught four passes for 26 yards and two scores.

La Salle 48, Louisville Trinity 27 – After struggling one week earlier at home against defending national champion IMG Academy from Bradenton, Fla., the Lancers traveled to Louisville to take on the two-time defending Kentucky Class 6A state champs in Trinity, which has won a Bluegrass-state best 26 state titles overall.  And La Salle responded with a huge road win behind 218 yards from scrimmage and three TDs from senior Gi’Bran Payne.

The game was tied 20-20 at halftime, but La Salle erupted for four consecutive scores to take a 28-point lead before Trinity wrapped up the scoring with a fourth-quarter TD.   La Salle racked up nearly 600 yards total offense behind Payne, who rushed s16times for 76 yards and had five receptions for 139 yards, while senior Cam Cope came I for junior starter Mason Mattingly – who was injured in the third quarter – and finished with 223 total yards, including an 81-yard TD run to extend the lead to 14.

Up next for La Salle is Louisville Dupont Manual at 7:30 next Friday.

Moeller, St. Xavier Look To Remain Unbeaten Tonight

Posted on 9/10/2021 at 4:38 p.m.

Elder, La Salle Ready For Challenges From Respective State Powers

Moeller and St. Xavier will both take to the road tonight, looking to extend their respective winning streaks and remain undefeated through four weeks of the Ohio High School Athletic Association football regular season.  La Salle, like St. Xavier, also will cross state lines as the Lancers prepare for a second consecutive week against a perennial power, while Elder gets an extra day to get set for its annual matchup with an unbeaten Northeast Ohio marquee program.

It’s just life in the Greater Catholic League South Division.

Moeller (3-0), off to its best start since 2014 when the Crusaders advanced to the regional final after winning back-to-back Division I state titles I 2012 and 2013, takes it high-powered offense to historic Ironton (3-0) at 7 tonight.  The Crusaders, coming off an impressive 39-22 win against previously undefeated and ranked East Central in St. Leon, Ind. are on the road for the fourth consecutive week.  Moeller is averaging just over 40 points per game.

St. Xavier (3-0), the defending DI state champion, has won 11 straight games.  The Bombers, who have outscored their first three opponents, 112-7, in the last 10 quarters, voyage to Mishawaka, Ind. for a 7 p.m. meeting with Penn.  St. Xavier beat Penn, 37-7, two years ago but the two teams did not play last season.  Senior linebacker Grant Lyons, a Miami University commit, leads a Bombers’ defense that is allowing a mere 122 yards per game.

La Salle (2-1)  is the third GCL South team on the road tonight.  The Lancers, who managed just five first downs and 54 total yards in a 58-7 home loss to defending national champion IMG Academy from Bradenton, Fla. A week ago, head to Louisville to face Trinity, the two-time defending Kentucky Class 6A state champion and winner of more state titles (26) than any other school in Kentucky football history.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Elder (2-1), which knocked off Beacon Hill Home School from Richmond, Va., last week, returns to The Pit at 4 Saturday afternoon to host perennial Ohio juggernaut Lakewood St. Edward (3-0). – which is coming off a 47-7 victory last Saturday against Mentor.  Elder is 2-0 at home this season, allowing just six points in the two wins.  The Panthers’ lone setback is to Pickerington Central, 28-10, in week two in Greater Columbus.