GCL South Weekend Varsity Soccer Roundup


Posted on 10/6/2020 at 11:38 p.m.

League Teams Drop Four Tough Matches In Two Days
It was a tough weekend for the Greater Catholic League South Division varsity soccer teams, as all four dropped matches today and yesterday by a combined total of six goals. Elder, La Salle and Moeller dropped three matches Saturday by four goals, while St. Xavier was tested Sunday afternoon by Cleveland St. Ignatius – the state’s No. 1-ranked team in the latest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll.  The Wildcats are also No. 1 I the United Soccer Coaches boys’ national poll.
The Bombers played St. Ignatius (10-0-0) tough, too, in a 2-0 loss on its North Bend Road campus. One day earlier, the St. Xavier football team put up record offensive numbers in a 62-37 win against the perennial Northeast Ohio power at St. Xavier Stadium as the two schools played a football-soccer doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.
Senior defender Devar Anderson scored the first goal with 7:28 remaining in the opening half. It was his third goal in two games for the Wildcats.  Senior forward Marko Rimac scored on an assist from senior defender Noah Zebrak with 17 minutes remaining to put the Wildcats up 2-0.

St. Xavier (9-2-1),  No. 3 in the OSSCA Division I poll, has only three blemishes on its record this season – a 2-1 loss to Mason and a 1-1 draw with Dublin Coffman being the others before Sunday. The Bombers, who travel to La Salle for a 7:15 p.m. match today, have already clinched the GCL South championship with two league matches remaining.  The Bombers have outscored their opposition, 35-8, in 12 matches this season.  St. Ignatius was the first team to shut out St. Xavier, which has recorded six shutouts.
The last couple week have been a difficult stretch for three-time defending league champion Moeller, which has contended with heavy graduation losses from last season, injuries and now the loss of two elite players in juniors Brock Kiper, the team’s leading scorer with nine of its 14 goals, and Dom Breidenbach, who has recorded four assists.  Both must sit out the rest of the season because of the Ohio High School Athletic Association transfer rules. 
The Crusaders, who are 37-4-5 the last two seasons, are 0-3-2 in their last five matches – the latest a 2-1 setback Saturday afternoon to Lakota East at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex on Moeller’s Montgomery Road campus.
This was a rematch of last year’s regional final, which East won by the same score to advance to the DI state semifinals for the first time in school history.  The two teams played to a 2-2 draw during the 2019 regular season as well.  This time, East scored first on the first goal of the season senior forward Matt Price with 13:48 remaining in the first half.  The Thunderhawks added to the lead on an outstanding goal from  junior defender Braden Anderson with 21:20 remaining in the second half.
The Crusaders scored their lone goal on a pass from senior forward Ravey Mosley to junior forward Christian Ohmer, who notched his third goal of the season, with 5:11 remaining in the game.  The assists was the first for Mosley. 
Moeller (2-4-3) is back in action today, hosting Elder at 5 p.m. in the second meeting between league rivals this season.  The two teams played to a 1-1 draw on September 15 at the Panthers Athletic Complex in Price Hill.
La Salle (3-6-3), which was 2-0-1 in its last three matches, fell at Kings, 4-2, early Saturday afternoon at Lancer Stadium.  The Lancers got both of their goals from junior Aaron Burke, who now has four goals, two assists and 10 points on the season.  La Salle has three matches this week, hosting St. Xavier and Deer Park today and Thursday, respectively, at 7:15 p.m. before hitting the road to take on Princeton at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Elder (0-8-3) suffered its fourth one-goal loss of the season Saturday, traveling to Tower Park in Fort Thomas, Ky. Where it fell to Highlands, 3-2.  The Panthers, still searching for their first victory after a strong 12-6 season a year ago led by a strong senior class, has a pair of matches this week – at Moeller today and then against Little Miami at 7 p.m. Saturday at the PAC.