St. Xavier One Win From Perfect League Soccer Season


Posted on 10/9/2020 at 6:30 a.m.

Elder Posts First Victory on Dramatic Late Goal To Defeat Moeller, 2-1
St. Xavier moved to within one game of a perfect season in the Greater Catholic League South Division on, posting a 3-2 victory against La Salle on Tuesday evening at Lancer Stadium.  The Bombers got a pair of goals from junior midfielder Rylan Earl, both assisted by junior midfielder Patrick Ahrens, and a third goal from Tanner Creech in the win.
The Bombers, who had already clinched the league championship outright, will attempt to complete an unbeaten season in the GCL South when they host Moeller, which won the title the last three seasons, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ballaban Field at St. Xavier Stadium.
La Salle (3-7-3, 1-3-1), which got goals from seniors Sam McAlister and Matt Gagnon and was tied 1-1 with St. Xavier at halftime, has two more matches this week, hosting Deer Park at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Lancer Stadium before trekking to Princeton to take on the Vikings at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Before its final league match, St. Xavier (10-2-1, 5-0-0 GCL South) – ranked No. 6 in this week’s Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division I poll – will face Sycamore in a non-conference match at 2 p.m. Saturday.  The match will be played at Sycamore Stadium, which is located at Sycamore Junior High School on Cooper Road in Blue Ash.
In Tuesday’s other GCL South match, Elder responded after allowing the game-tying goal with 1:01 left in regulation to take advantage of a long ball on the ensuing start that resulted in junior forward Tyler Carle sending a header into the net with just 49 seconds remaining to allow the Panthers to notch their first victory of the season.  Elder (1-8-3, 1-3-1) also benefited from strong goalkeeping from senior Kyle Dressman – who, in particular, negated two strong scoring chances from the Crusaders to keep a 1-0 advantage until the final minute.
Elder had taken its lead just before halftime when Moeller (2-5-3, 1-2-2) was called for a handball inside the box, and junior midfielder Leo Bill stepped up and slotted it away, his third goal of the year, to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.  Moeller had a chance to tie it heading in to halftime when Dressman saved a point-blank opportunity from sophomore defender Nolan O’Niell.
The Crusaders had another great chance to pull even on a penalty kick of their own with seven minutes remaining in the game when junior midfielder Trevor Morrison was stopped by Dressman. Moeller had another penalty opportunity by freshman midfielder Bradley Popell – who was able to score his first career goal that ultimately would set up the late drama from Elder’s Carle.
Elder is off until stepping out of the GCL South to host Little Miami at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Panther Athletic Complex in Price Hill.  Moeller travels to Middletown to face GCL Co-Ed member Bishop Fenwick at 7 Thursday night before returning to campus to host Toledo St. Francis DeSales at 5 p.m. Saturday.