GCL South Varsity Soccer Weekend Roundup

10/13/2020

Posted on 10/13/2020 3:27 p.m.

League Teams Post 3-0-1 Record In Saturday Non-Conference Matches
 
It was a successful Saturday for the Greater Catholic League South Division on the pitch, as the four league varsity soccer teams posted a 3-0-1 record against non-conference opponents. Leading the way was GCL South champion St. Xavier, which notched a 5-1 victory against Sycamore, while Moeller and Elder also recorded victories outside of the league.  La Salle was the lone team that did not win, but the Lancers managed a draw on the road.
 
Here is a look at Saturday’s league matches:
 
St. Xavier – The Bombers continued their strong play, getting a hat trick from senior forward / midfielder  Prince Okonny and single goals from junior forward Tanner Creech and senior midfielder Brent Lands to win against the Greater Miami Conference Aviators in a match played at Sycamore Stadium, which is located at Sycamore Junior High School.  St. Xavier (11-2-1) has played well all season, with the Bombers’ only blemishes to Cleveland St. Ignatius, the state’s No. 1-ranked team, 2-0; GMC leader and perennial regional contender Mason, 2-1; and another annual state contender Dublin Coffman, 1-1.  
 
The Bombers have a balanced team that has resulted in a combination of offensive pressure and a stingy defense, evidenced by the fact that coach Brian Schaeper’s team has outscored the opposition, 43-11, this season.  St. Xavier, a perfect 5-0 in the GCL South, will attempt to close its league schedule unbeaten when it hosts Moeller at 7 p.m. Tuesday on its North Bend Road campus.  St. Xavier beat Moeller, 3-0, in the first meeting between the two schools on September 22 at Moeller.  Okonny scored two goals and Lands added a third in the match.  The two are tied for third in the GCL South in points scored, with 18 apiece. 
 
Moeller – After a six-match winless streak the previous three weeks, the Crusaders posted their second victory in three days with a 4-0 victory against Toledo St. Francis DeSales Saturday at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex on the school’s Montgomery Road campus.  Moeller (4-5-3) beat Bishop Fenwick, a GGCL Co-Ed member, 3-1, on Thursday night.
 
Against DeSales, Moeller scored three goals in the first 12 minutes to take command early.  Junior forward Logan Peters notched his first two goals of the season, scoring with 35:21 and 30:18 remaining in the first half, respectively.  Junior midfielder Trevor Morrison would add a third goal less than a minute later at 29:41 left when he scored a goal from about 25 yards out, his fourth goal of the season. Junior forward Christian Ohmer was credited with assists on all three goals. The Crusaders added a final goal by  freshman midfielder Bradley Popell who scored with 14:32 remaining in the game.

La Salle – The Lancers stepped out of league play to travel to Princeton’s Viking Stadium, build an early 2-0 lead only to see the Vikings rally back and have the match end in a 2-2 draw.  La Salle (3-7-4) grabbed a 1-0 lead when senior midfielder Matt Gagnon scored his fifth goal of the season.

The Lancers made it 2-0 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half when senior forward/midfielder Chase Willis scored his 10th of the season to surpass Moeller’s Brock Kiper and grab the lead in goals scored in the GCL South. Senior forward Max Waters was credited with  the assist on Willis’ goal. Princeton narrowed the gap to 2-1 before halftime and later knotted the match at 2 with 12 minutes remaining, which is where it would end.
 
Elder – It took the Panthers into October to notch their first win of the season, falling in a number of close matches early as they adjusted to heavy graduation losses, but Elder has now won two straight after defeating Little Miami, 2-0, Saturday evening at the Panthers Athletic Complex in Price Hill.
 
Senior midfielder Jacob Russell and senior forward Steve Beinkemper each scored a goal for Elder (2-8-3), which notched its first league win of the season earlier in the week, 2-1, against three-time defending champion Moeller on the road. One week earlier, the Panthers narrowly missed defeating Highlands in Fort Thomas, KY, falling, 3-2.  Elder closes its GCL South season when it hosts La Salle at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the PAC.