St. Xavier Soccer Continues Roll With District Title


Posted on 10/30/2020 at 1:50 p.m.

Bombers Now Set Sights On Regional Championship, State Final Four
Four different players scored goals to help St. Xavier come back from an early 1-0 deficit and record a 4-1 victory against Oak Hills in a district final of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys’ Division I Soccer State Tournament on Monday night at Princeton High School’s Viking Stadium.  The win gives the Bombers their fourth straight district championship and sets up a match against Sycamore in the regional semifinals next Wednesday at a site to be determined.
Sycamore (13-3-1) won its district final, outlasting Beavercreek, 2-1, in double overtime last night at Lakota West High School.  The Aviators, who finished second behind Mason in the competitive 10-team Greater Miami Conference during the regular season, have won five straight matches since suffering a 5-1 setback to St. Xavier on its home pitch on October 10.   Bombers’ senior Prince Okonny had a hat trick in the win.
Centerville meets Mason in the other regional semifinal on that same night at a site to be announced by the OHSAA.  Centerville (16-1-2) kept its postseason run alive with a 5-0 victory against Loveland in its district final at Lakota East High School, while Mason (16-0-1) remained undefeated and got past Dayton Carroll, 4-3, in double OT at Bellbrook High School.  Centerville tied Beavercreek atop the Greater Western Ohio Conference standings this fall with 12-0-2 league marks.
St. Xavier (14-2-2), the Greater Catholic League South Division regular-season champion with a 5-0-1 record, has not lost in its last six matches – posting five victories and playing to a 0-0 draw against Moeller in its final league match.  The Bombers have allowed just three goals in their last six matches, posting two shutouts and not allowing the opposition to score more than a single goal behind senior keep Briggs O’Toole.
The Bombers, who have lost in the regional finals each of the last three seasons, each defeat by a lone goal with two of the matches going into overtime, trailed Oak Hills by a goal nearing the end of the first half when junior midfielder Patrick Ahrens found senior defender Nick Allman on a cross to the box, and Allman put it home to tie the score, 1-1, at halftime.
The score remained tied until junior forward Tanner Creech took a pass from senior midfielder Isaiah Neal and scored what would turn out to be the winning goal to give the Bombers a 2-1 advantage with 20 minutes remaining.  Seven minutes later, it was Creech who found senior forward Lawrence White with a pass and White gave St. Xavier a two-goal advantage, 3-1.  The Bombers scored a final goal in the final minute when senior midfielder Brent Lands cut a shot loose from 25 feet and found the left corner of the net, Lands’ ninth goal of the season, to cap St. Xavier’s victory.