Moeller, St. X Post Wins In GCL South Soccer Openers

09/05/2019

Posted on 9/5/2019 at 3:25 p.m.

Crusaders Strong In League Debut; Bombers Hand Elder First Defeat

Moeller, the Ohio Division I state runner-up last season and two-time defending Greater Catholic League South Division champion, opened defense of its league title with an impressive 7-1 victory against La Salle on Tuesday evening at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex on Moeller’s Montgomery Road campus.   In the other GCL South match on the first night of league play, St. Xavier edged Elder, 2-1, at St. Xavier Stadium to hand the Panthers’ their first defense of the season.

Moeller (4-0-2, 1-0-0 GCL South) had five different players score, led by senior midfielder Parker Grinstead’s two goals and two assists.  Grinstead is now  three assists away from breaking the school’s career mark in that category.  He has a total of 29 in his varsity career, trailing only Scott Schaeper (32), who played from 1988-90, and Greg Ruebusch (31), 1992-95.

Against La Salle (1-4-1, 0-1), which has not won in its last five matches, Moeller also got two goals and an assist from junior forward Kade Tepe.  The Crusaders, who were able to get underclassmen some valuable minutes in their opener, also got first career goals from senior Dann Shepherd, sophomore Trevor Morrison and freshman Charlie Niehaus.  JD Marshall, also a freshman, recorded his first varsity assist.

Elder (4-1-0, 0-1) was vying to build on its best start since the 2015 season – when the Panthers opened with four straight victories, a 7-0-1 record in the first eight matches and went on to finish as league co-champions and a 14-2-4 overall record that included a deep postseason run.  But St. Xavier (2-2-2, 1-0-0) was up to the challenge on its home pitch.

The Bombers, who finished second in the GCL South the last two seasons after finishing first in the GCL south from 2011 through 2015, and Elder were locked up in a scoreless match through 74 minutes – with both teams having scoring opportunities.  Elder finally broke through when senior Connor Ammon found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.  

But, with just a minute remaining in regulation, St. Xavier launched a corner kick to senior Shaan Firdaus who managed to score the game-tying goal.  The match appeared headed to overtime when Bombers’ junior John Schaeper beat an Elder defender to the ball and fired what would be the game-winning shot with just three seconds left in regulation.