GCL South Soccer Teams Prepare For District Finals


Posted on 10/26/2019 at 3:31 p.m.

Today’s Rainfall, Wet Conditions Won’t Dampen Spirits For These Three Teams

Three Greater Catholic League South Division soccer teams are preparing to take the pitch tonight in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys’ Soccer Tournament, with Moeller, St. Xavier and Elder vying to battle potential heavy rainfall and potentially less-than-desirable playing conditions in their respective district semifinal matches – highlighted by a marquee matchup between No. 1 Moeller and No. 2 Mason at 7 p.m. at Lakota East High School.  The two teams enter the match with a combined 31-2-4 record that includes having won a combined 22 matches in a row, each team riding an 11-game unbeaten streak.  Moeller (16-1-2) and Mason (14-1-2) met earlier this season and played to a 0-0 draw on August 22 at Mason, the second match of the regular season.

St. Xavier (11-5-2) will attempt to move into the district final , but to do so the Bombers will have to take down undefeated and GCL Co-Ed Division champion Dayton Carroll (17-0-2) in a district semifinal at 7 tonight at Bellbrook High School.  Carroll has won its last eight matches by a combined 41-0 score, including three consecutive 9-0 wins in the state playoffs – the latest a victory against Springfield last Tuesday.

And Elder (11-5-2), which has won three straight postseason matches, will meet Centerville (11-7-0) in the third district semifinal at 7 p.m. at Lakota West High School.  The Panthers started the season by winning their first four matches and seven of eight before hitting a bump late in the season, with three losses and two ties in the final five matches.  But Elder has come alive in the postseason, including a 1-0 victory against Eastern Cincinnati Conference champion Loveland in its last match.

Winners of each match advance to the regionals semifinals next Wednesday at designated neutral sites.  Medina won last year’s DI state title, defeating Moeller, 1-0, in overtime in the championship match.  It was the only goal allowed the entire postseason by the Crusaders.