Goals late in the first half and early in the second propelled Findlay High School’s boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Sylvania Southview in the home and season opener Thursday at Elmer Graham Stadium.
Justin Allsop struck first for the Trojans with 10:22 left in the first half with a goal off a free kick. A little more than three minutes into the second half, Alex Majors converted a penalty kick for the final margin.
Findlay outshot Southview 14-13. Findlay goalkeeper Aaron Elchert had seven saves to record the shutout.
Colin Parker paced the Trojans with seven intercepts and four steals. Majors and Levi VanDerMolen each had four intercepts and six steals.
The Trojans travel Saturday to Celina for a noon match after the two teams were postponed by lightning earlier in the week.
Also Thursday, Findlay’s junior varsity team improved to 2-0 with a 4-1 win over Southview.
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GOALS: (Fin) Justin Allsop, Alex Majors. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Findlay 14, Sylvania Southview 13. SAVES: (Fin) Aaron Elchert 7. (SS) Evan Breeden 6.
RECORDS: Findlay 1-0, Sylvania Southview 0-1.
Ashland scored a pair of goals in a two minute span of the second half to pull away from Liberty-Benton for a 4-1 nonconference boys soccer win over the Eagles.
Dakota Estep-Browning got the Arrows (2-0) on the board with an unassisted goal in the first half.
Quinn Watson and John Mendenhall added back-to-back tallied at 35:35 and 33:14 of the second half to push Ashland’s lead to 3-0.
Griffin Rath scored on a Chase Wilcox assist with 5:06 left in the game for Liberty-Benton (0-1-1) before the Arrows tacked on one final goal just 15 seconds later.
GOALS: (Ash) Dakota Estep-Browning, Quinn Watson, Josh Mendenhall, Michael Meiznol. (L-B) Griffin Rath. ASSISTS: (Ash) Matt Miller 2. (L-B) Chase Wilcox. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Ashland 8, Liberty-Benton 5. SAVES: (Ash) Gabe Krall 4. (L-B) Connor Oldaker 4.
RECORDS: Ashland 2-0, Liberty-Benton 0-0-1.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Ashland, 7-0.
ELIDA — Bluffton and Ottoville played to a 1-1 tie in the semifinals of the Elida Fall Classic.
Ottoville advanced to Saturday’s 7 p.m. championship match by scoring a 4-3 win in a penalty kick shootout.
Joel Beining scored for the Big Green (2-0-1) while Eli Bourassa netted a goal for Bluffton (0-0-2) on an assist from Adam Basinger.
GOALS: (Otto) Joel Beining. (Blu) Eli Bourassa. ASSISTS: (Blu) Adam Basinger. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Bluffton 6, Ottoville 5. SAVES: (otto) Colin Bendele 5. (Blu) Joe Shriner 3.
RECORDS: Bluffton 0-0-2, Ottoville 2-0-1.
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VAN BUREN — Van Buren’s girls soccer team continued its strong start to the fall season by defeating Kalida 3-1 Thursday in a nonconference game.
Nichole Miller, Gabbi McCracken and Lisa Simmon scored for the Black Knights (3-0), but the star of the game was goalie Marly McCartney recorded 16 saves.
Kalida (0-1) outshot Van Buren 18-7. Brittany Kahle scored for the Wildcats.
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VAN WERT — Brandi Kaskel scored two goals and had two assists to lead Fort Jennings’ girls soccer team to its first win of the season, a 6-3 victory over Lincolnview in nonconference action.
Erin Eickholt also scored two goals and had an assist for the Musketeers (1-1), while Jordan Horstman and Alyssa Louth each added a score. Fort Jennings outshot Lincolnview 20-6.
Hannah McCleery netted two goals and Julia Thatcher had one for Lincolnview (0-1-1).
GOALS: (FJ) Erin Eickholt & Brandi Kaskel 2, Jordan Horstman & Alyssa Louth 1. (Lin) Hannah McCleery 2, Julia Thatcher 1. ASSISTS: (FJ) Kaskel 2, Eickholt 1. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Fort Jennings 20, Lincolnview 6. SAVES: Fort Jennings 2, Lincolnview 15.
RECORDS: Fort Jennings 1-1, Lincolnview 0-1-1.
BLUFFTON — Bluffton jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but it was all Ottawa-Glandorf after that as the Titans whipped the Pirates 8-1 in girls soccer action at Steinmetz Field.
Megan Siefker and Marna Hempfling each scored twice for O-G (2-0), and Kylie Schimmoeller added a goal and two assists. Leanna Zynda scored and had an assist as well for the Titans, which scored four goals in each half.
Sarah Theisen scored Bluffton’s only goal, and Jadyn Barhorst had 12 saves. O-G outshot Bluffton 21-3.
GOALS: (O-G) Megan Siefker & Marna Hempfling 2, Kylie Schimmoeller, Alex Verhoff, Leanna Zynda & Elissa Ellerbrock 1. (Blu) Sarah Theisen 1. ASSISTS: Schimmoeller 2, Zynda & Kylie Gerdeman 1. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Ottawa-Glandorf 21, Bluffton 3. SAVES: (O-G) Cassie Schroeder 2; (Blu) Jadyn Barhorst 12.
RECORDS: Ottawa-Glandorf 2-0.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Ottawa-Glandorf 5-0.
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RAWSON — Cory-Rawson’s girls soccer got its season started in fine fashion Thursday as the Hornets blanked Convoy Crestview 8-0 in a nonleague game.
Becca Schultz (two assists) and Caroline Schultz each scored three times for the Hornets, who outshot Crestview 18-0.
Chloe Blackburn and Brooklyn Shoemaker added goals for Cory-Rawson.
Hannah Bixler recorded the shutout for Cory-Rawson. Crestview dropped to 0-2.
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ST. MARYS — Liberty-Benton fell to 0-1-1 on the season as St. Mary’s Memorial defeated the Eagles 3-0 Thursday in a nonleague game.
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OTTOVILLE — Delphos Jefferson improved to 2-0 on the season with a 4-0 nonconference win over Ottoville.
Ottoville fell to 1-2 with the loss.