Moeller Opens Soccer Sectional With 1-0 Victory


Posted on 10/20/2020 at 10:56 a.m.

La Salle Falls In OT To Milford; St. Xavier, Elder To Play Thursday
Freshman Bradley Poppell scored the lone goal of the match, helping Moeller open sectional play in the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Boys Soccer State Tournament with a 1-0 victory against Princeton early Monday evening at Princeton’s Viking Stadium.  The win gives the Crusaders a 13-2 record in the postseason the last three-plus seasons, including a Division I state final appearance in 2018 and a regional final appearance last fall.
Milford extended its winning streak to five matches and, in the process, avenged a regular-season, 2-1 loss to Greater Catholic League member La Salle – earning a 3-2 win in overtime last night at Milford’s Eagles Stadium.  That will be the site of the second-round match between Milford (13-3-1), a member of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, and Moeller (6-7-4) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Willis Johnson and Matt Gagnon, both seniors, scored goals for La Salle (4-9-4), which ended its season with a win, a draw and three on-goal losses in its last five matches.
St. Xavier (11-2-2), the regular-season GCL South champion and No. 2 seed in the Southwest District behind only Mason, will open its sectional by hosting Harrison at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ballaban Field at St. Xavier Stadium.  Harrison advanced with a 2-0 win against Hamilton in Monday’s opening round at Harrison.
The Bombers have been one of the area’s most consistent teams all season, with its only losses to Cleveland St. Ignatius, 2-0, the state’s No. 1-ranked DI team; and undefeated  Mason, 2-1, the top seed in the sectional/district tournament.  St. Ignatius and Mason are ranked 1-2 in the latest Ohio Scholastics Soccer Coaches Association DI state rankings, with St. Xavier in at No. 6.
Elder (3-8-3), which finished second in the GCL South, also opens the postseason Thursday by facing Lakota East, which was a 6-0 winner against Northwest on its home pitch in Monday’s opener.  East (7-5-5) advanced to the DI state final last season, and the Thunderhawks have posted wins or played to draws in eight of its last 10 matches.  Elder has won its last three matches, including wins against Moeller and La Salle in its last two league matches to earn sole possession of second place.