Moeller Advances To Regional Soccer Championship

11/06/2015

Posted on 11/6/2015 at 11:20 a.m.

Elder’s Outstanding Season Ends With Loss To No. 1 Mason

Senior forward Hayden Schriml scored with less than five minutes remaining in overtime as Moeller defeated Beavercreek, 2-1, in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Region 4 semifinals Wednesday night at Monroe – moving the Crusaders into the regional final Saturday against top-ranked Mason, which ended a stellar season for Elder with a 5-2 victory in the other semifinal match Wednesday at Sycamore Stadium.

Mason (18-0-2), which got a hat trick against Elder from Xavier University signee and senior forward Bryce Curran, will take on a surging Moeller, winners of five straight postseason matches, in the regional final at noon Saturday at Lakota West High School.  The winner advances to the state semifinals against Region 3 winner – either Dublin Jerome or Hilliard Davidson - next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined.

The state championship is set for November 14 at MAPFRE Stadium, home of the MLS Columbus Crew.

The match between Mason and Elder (14-2-4) pitted the top two teams in The Enquirer’s Division I final area coaches’ poll this season.  Elder, which won a share of the GCL South Division championship with St. Xavier, entered the match having won or tied its last 10 matches, actually led 1-0 and 2-1 before Mason took a 3-2 halftime advantage.  Curran scored both Mason goals in the second half.

Eder became the first team this season to score more than one goal against Mason, which had recorded shutouts in 15 of its 19 matches entering Wednesday’s reginal semifinal.  Senior Joey Sabato, the reigning two-time GCL South Player of the Year, gave Elder the early lead by scoring goal No. 21 this season for coach Tony Gray’s Panthers.  Before Wednesday, Elder’s only other loss this season was to St. Xavier, 2-1.

Moeller (9-5-7), which ended the regular season at 4-5-7 and 1-2-3 in the GCL South, has come alive offensively in the postseason – winning five straight games by outscoring the opposition, 13-4.  During the regular season, Moeller had five matches where it scored one goal or less.  But coach Randy Hurley’s team appears to have saved its best soccer for the playoffs.

Against Beavercreek (15-2-4), Moeller trailed 1-0 entering the second half.  Finally, the Crusaders broke through when sophomore Will Lonneman scored to tie the match at 1.   With no more scoring in regulation, the game went into overtime and appeared perhaps headed to another shootout (Moeller defeated Turpin on penalty kicks last week), but Schriml scored to give Moeller the win and move the Crusaders into the regional final.