GCL South Teams Perfect 3-For-3 In Soccer District Finals


Posted on 10/27/2019 at 12:24 p.m.

Moeller Gets Past Mason In OT; St. Xavier, Elder Also Move To Regionals

It was quite a Saturday night for the Greater Catholic League South Division soccer teams, as Moeller, St. Xavier and Elder – the top three finishers, respectively, in the league standings this fall posted victories in their district finals and, as a result, earned berths and comprise nearly one-fourth of the teams remaining in the regional semifinals  Wednesday as part of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys’ Soccer Tournament.

Moeller, the  Division I state runner-up last season, won a second consecutive district title for the first time in school history on a goal four minutes into overtime by junior forward Kade Tepe to give the Crusaders a 2-1 win over Mason at Lakota East High School in a marquee matchup of Greater Cincinnati’s top two teams; St. Xavier got a header from junior John Schaper off a free kick by senior Andrew Beirne with 32 seconds remaining in regulation for the only goal of the match to defeat previously unbeaten Dayton Carroll, 1-0, at Bellbrook High School,  in its final; and Elder, the third GCL South team still alive, advanced with an impressive 3-1 victory against Centerville from the Greater Western Ohio Conference in its district final played at Lakota West on a chilly, rainy evening throughout the state.

The wins by Moeller and St. Xavier set up a third match between the league rivals in the regional semis at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lebanon Junior High School.  Moeller won the two regular-season meetings, the most recent a 1-0 win at St. Xavier on October 8 in the final match of the GCL South season that gave the Crusaders their third straight outright league title.  Moeller also defeated St. Xavier,  2-1, in the first match played September 17 at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.

Both teams enter the regional semis on a roll.  Moeller (17-1-2) is riding a school-record, 12-match winning streak largely buoyed by a defense that has allowed only four goals during that stretch, outscoring opponents, 41-4.  The goal by Mason senior Ben Dangle 10 minutes into the second half that tied the match Saturday was the first allowed by Moeller this postseason and only the second in its last 12 state playoff matches – the other in its OT loss to Medina in the 2018 state final.  The goal was the only one allowed this month by senior keeper Cal Collins – who ranks among the state’s all-time shutout leaders with 25.5 in his varsity career.

Moeller also defeated Mason, 2-0, in last year’s state playoffs, and the Crusaders are 4-0-1 against the Greater Miami Conference champions in the last five matches.  Moeller and Mason (15-2-2), the Greater Miami Conference champion which had an 11-match winning streak snapped, played to a 0-0 draw on August 22 at Mason.

St. Xavier (12-5-2) is also playing outstanding soccer, having won three consecutive postseason matches, seven of its last eight and 12 of 15 – the only defeats during that span coming to Moeller (twice) and Mason.  The Bombers, who handed Dayton Carroll (17-1-2) its first loss of the season Saturday, also knocked Carroll out of the postseason a year ago with a 2-1 OT win in the district final, snapping Carroll’s bid for a perfect season after entering the match 19-0.  Carroll entered this district final having won 13 matches in a row, to capture the GCL Co-Ed championship.  Schaper’s game-winning goal was No. 10 this season, moving him into sole possession of third in the league in goals scored; he also ranks third in points scored, with 23.

Elder (12-5-2) gave the GCL South a third regional semifinalist with its third straight postseason victory.  The Panthers advance to meet Lakota East (14-3-3) in the regional semis at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Princeton High School.  Lakota East earned a regional berth with a 2-0 victory against Beavercreek last night at Monroe High School.  An Elder win would guarantee an all-GCL South regional final, facing the Moeller-St. Xavier winner for a berth to the DI Final Four in the match that is set for next Saturday at a site and time to be announced.

The Panthers wasted little time to take control against Centerville (11-8-1), scoring three goals in the first half to take command.  Elder has outscored its three postseason opponents, 10-2.  Seniors Connor Ammon and Cam Jansing, and junior Andrew Mueller each scored goals against Centerville.  Ammon ranks second in the GCL South in goals scored, with 13, and points, with 34 – trailing only Tepe of Moeller, who has 15 and 38, respectively.