Elder, St. Xavier Kick Off Varsity Soccer Tonight


Posted on 8/21/2020 at 3:02 p.m.

GCL South Colleagues Looking For Another Strong Season
Elder and St. Xavier kick off the Greater Catholic League South Division varsity soccer season tonight, playing matches against solid non-conference opponents on their respective home pitches.  Elder will face Anderson at 7:30 p.m. at the Panther Athletic Complex as part of a doubleheader with Girls’ Greater Catholic League member Seton, which faces Anderson in a match set to begin at 5:30.
Elder (12-6-2) is coming off a solid season in which the Panthers finished third behind Moeller and St. Xavier in the GCL South standings, but then reeled off three consecutive postseason victories including wins against Loveland and Centerville before falling to Lakota East, 4-2.  Elder opened last season with a 3-1 win at Anderson.
St. Xavier (12-6-2), which finished second in the GCL South standings last season and made a strong postseason run that ended with a 3-2 loss in overtime to league rival Moeller, hosts Lakota East on its North Bend Road campus at 7:15 p.m.  The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in last year’s season opener at East in Liberty Township.  The Bombers are led by returnees in seniors John Schaper and Jason Stiegerwald, who were both named first team All-GCL South last season. Schaper finished third in the league with 10 goals scored in 2019.
GCL South colleagues La Salle and Moeller, the three-time defending league champion, are set to open their varsity seasons next week.  The Lancers, who finished 3-11-4 last season, opens at Little Miami at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 25.  Moeller, 18-2-2 last season, opens it season at Sycamore at 7 that same night.  The Crusaders advanced to the Division I regional final last year before falling, 2-1, to Lakota East.  Moeller made it to the DI state title match in 2018, falling to Medina, 1-0.
Soccer was given the go-ahead to start its regular season, when Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that he would sign a new Ohio Department of Health order permitting contact sports, also including the fall sports field hockey and football, to move forward with games against other schools while following safety precautions so that the fall sports can be played during the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Included in the order are protocols that must be followed by host schools at all matches, including restrictions on the number of spectators allowed at each match based on seating capacity.