Elder, Moeller Win District Soccer Titles


Posted on 11/1/2015 at 5:26 p.m.

Regional Semifinal Matches Set For Wednesday Night

It certainly was a Happy Halloween for the Elder and Moeller soccer teams, as both posted impressive victories to win their respective district championships and earn berths in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Region 4 semifinals to be played Wednesday night.

Elder (14-1-4)recorded its third straight postseason shutout, defeating Centerville, 4-0,  the Southwest District 4 championship Saturday afternoon at Lakota East High School.  The victory earns coach Tony Gray’s team a matchup with No. 1-seed Mason (17-0-2) in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sycamore Stadium, which is located at Sycamore Junior High School.  Mason advanced with a 2-0 win over Springboro Saturday.

Moeller (8-5-7), which beat Eastern Cincinnati Conference champion Turpin on penalty kicks Tuesday, recorded its second victory this season over Lakota West - knocking off the Firebirds, 3-1, in the SW District 3 championships Saturday at Sycamore Stadium.  Coach Randy Hurley’s team advances to meet Beavercreek (15-1-4) in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Monroe.  Beavercreek moved on with a 1-0 overtime win over Sycamore.

The regional semifinal  between Elder and Mason will feature two of the region’s top defenses.  Elder, which has only lost once all season (to GCL South rival St. Xavier, 2-1, on September 22) is raiding a 10-match unbeaten streak with seven wins and three ties since the lone loss.  The Panthers have outscored their three opponents, 9-0, in the postseason.  Mason is still unbeaten, and the Comets have only allowed four goals all season – recording 15 shutouts in their 19 matches.  Mason’s two ties are against Lebanon and Cleveland St. Ignatius early in the season.

In the win over Centerville, senior Joey Sabato scored two of Elder-s goals.  Sabato is the two-time GCL South Player of the Year.  Senior goalkeeper Jacob Helphinstine, named first team All-GCL South, was in goal and was able to keep his scoreless streak alive for the three postseason games.

It won’t be any easier for Moeller, which is in a seven-game unbeaten streak with five wins and two ties.  The Crusaders’ last loss is to Dayton Carroll, 3-1, on October 3.  Moeller – which defeated West by the same score on September 3 - has outscored its four opponents, 12-4, in the playoffs.  Beavercreek, though, has lost only once – 1-0 to Centerville on September 22.  The Elks tied Elder, 0-0, on October 8 at the Panther Athletic Complex.