Moeller-St. Xavier Match To Decide League Championship

10/07/2019

Posted on 10/7/2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Crusaders Vying To Clinch Third Straight GCL South Title At St. Xavier Tuesday

The soccer championship in the Greater Catholic League South Division will be decided on the final night of league play Tuesday, when two-time defending champion Moeller faces St. Xavier, which won outright or shared five straight league titles from 2011 to 2015, at 7 that night at St. Xavier Stadium.  Both teams enter the match with identical records in league play, with both riding winning streaks and looking to continue to gain momentum in anticipation of the postseason.

Moeller (10-1-2, 4-1-0 GCL South), which advanced to the Division I state final last season, has won five consecutive matches since suffering its first loss to a Cincinnati-area team in more than two years (a 2-1 loss to Elder on September 10).  Moeller, which defeated Elder, 2-0, in the second meeting, is ranked No. 3 in last week’s DI state rankings of the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association, behind only defending state champion Medina and Cleveland St. Ignatius.

St. Xavier (8-4-2, 4-1-0) also has been playing outstanding soccer – having won three matches in a row, including a 9-1 victory against La Salle last Tuesday to remain tied with Moeller.  The Bombers have won eight of their last 10, the lone setbacks during that streak coming to Moeller, 2-1, in the first meeting and then to Mason, 2-0, one of the area’s top teams on September 20.

Elder (9-4-1, 2-3-0) will oppose La Salle (1-9-4, 0-5-0) in the other GCL South match Tuesday.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at La Salle’s Lancer Stadium.  The Panthers are led by senior Connor Ammon, who leads the league in goals (with 10 in 15 matches) and points scored (26).  Classmate Carson Owens is fourth in points scored, with 18, while a pair of La Salle teammates – sophomore Charlie Pearson and junior Sam McAllister – are tied for fifth, with 17 points each.

Seniors Kade Tepe and Parker Grinstead have been among GCL South leaders all season for Moeller.  Tepe, in 11 games, is second in goals (9) and points (22), while Grinstead is third in points (20) and leads the league in assists (8).  Grinstead became the Crusaders all-time leader in that category earlier this season when he notched career assist No. 33.  St. Xavier has relied on a balanced scoring attack, led by Isaiah Neal and Lawrence White (14 points apiece), Hunter Begher (13) and John Schaeoer (12) pacing the Bombers.