St. Xavier Advances To DI Soccer Regional Final


Posted on 11/6/2020 at 2:49 p.m.

Seniors O’Toole, White Move Bombers One Step From State Semis
Senior forward Lawrence White scored the lone goal of the match with 22 minutes gone in the second half, and senior keeper Briggs O’Toole and the St. Xavier defense made it stand up to lift the Bombers to a 1-0 victory against Sycamore in the Region 4 semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys’ Soccer State Tournament on Wednesday night at Ballaban Field at St. Xavier Stadium.
The win moves coach Brian Schaeper’s team into the regional final against Centerville at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Xavier.  Centerville (17-1-2) advanced with a 2-1 victory against previously undefeated Mason in the other semifinal that same night at Centerville.  St. Xavier owns a four-match winning streak against the Elks,  posting victories in a regular-season meetings each of the last four seasons.  Centerville last beat St. Xavier, 2-0, in October 2015.
The two teams did not play this season.
St. Xavier (15-2-2), which owns a seven-match unbeaten streak with the lone blemish being a 0-0 draw against Moeller in the Bombers’ final Greater Catholic League South Division match, has outscored opponents, 22-5, during that stretch – including a 14-2 advantage in four postseason matches – posting two shutouts.  The Bombers’ lone losses this season are to Mason, 2-1, and to Cleveland St. Ignatius, the state’s No. 1-ranked team, 2-0.  St. Ignatius plays Massillon Jackson in the Region 1 final on Saturday.
Against Sycamore (13-4-1), which brought a five-match winning streak into its second meeting against St. Xavier this season, the Bombers were hoping for a repeat of their 5-1 win against the Aviators during an earlier regular-season match.  But in the regional semifinals, Sycamore held down a St. Xavier offense that had only been shut out twice this season – against St. Ignatius and Moeller.  That is until senior midfielder Jason Steigerwald found White with a pass for the game’s lone goal, White’s sixth of the season.  O’Toole, who now has 8.5 shutouts this season, came up with a key late save to preserve the Bombers’ victory.
The Bombers won big-school state soccer title in 1983.