Liberty-Benton’s Alexis Rickenbacher (12) dribbles into the box and looks to shoot after getting past Ada’s Luci Wall, left, and Hailey Robirds, middle, during Wednesday’s match at L-B. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

Liberty-Benton’s state-ranked girls soccer team clinched the outright North Central Ohio Soccer Association title with a 9-1 win over Ada on Wednesday.

The Eagles, ranked No. 7 in the latest Division III state coaches poll, improved to 14-1-1 overall and 5-0 in the NCOSA to secure back-to-back unblemished marks in league play.

Seven L-B players scored by halftime: Maya Rickle, Chloe Kin, Alexis Rickenbacher, Aby Kettels, Brooke Deeter, Maddie Parmelee and Abbey Hatch.

Jayde Bailey and Lexi Nagy added goals in the second half for the Eagles.

Kettels, Nagy, Rickenbacher, Parmelee, Hatch, Rickle and Anouk Stelmach each had an assist for L-B.

Timber Blankenship scored unassisted for Ada (3-12-1, 0-5) in the second half. McKenzie Long made 12 saves.



FREMONT — Findlay High’s girls soccer team did its part on Wednesday.

Now all the Trojans can do is wait.

Sophomore forward Paige Pinion scored two goals and assisted on three, spearheading an offensive barrage that carried Findlay to an 11-0 romp over Fremont Ross in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference match in Fremont.

It was the final regular season match for Findlay, 7-7-2 overall. It also boosted the Trojans to 5-1-1 in the TRAC with the league championship still very much up for grabs.

Toledo St. Ursula is 5-1 in the TRAC heading into a Saturday match with Toledo Notre Dame. Notre Dame, 4-1-1 in the TRAC, beat Toledo Central Catholic (2-3-2 TRAC) on Wednesday.

Oregon Clay is also in the mix. The Eagles are 4-1-1 in league play heading into today’s match with Toledo Whitmer (0-4-2 TRAC).

Pinion got two of her three assists back to back when Sophia Yu scored at the 7:49 mark of the first half and Jordan Tracy put in another goal 18 seconds later. Findlay also converted two penalty kicks and outshot Ross 24-1.

Taylor Nichols scored two goals and Ellie Copeland and Simone Arredondo had a goal and an assist each. Kaelyn Couch and Olivia Churchill had Findlay’s other goals, with Yu, Lexi Coward and Emma Heidlebaugh getting assists.

Findlay goalie Lauryn Gearig needed to make just one save to get the shutout. Defensively, Colette Seager had six intercepts, Haleigh Heckaman five and Jennie Longo four. Coward had two intercepts and two steals.

Sarah Watson (13) and Kendra Smith (1) combined for 14 saves for Fremont Ross (2-7-2, 1-4-2 TRAC).



MOUNT BLANCHARD — Riverdale’s Callie Sudlow scored a pair of goals as the Falcons’ girls soccer team got by Van Buren 3-0 for a North Central Ohio Soccer Association win Wednesday.

Hanna Breidenbach assisted Haley Frey on Riverdale’s first goal just 4:16 in and also assisted Sudlow’s first goal 31 minutes later.

Sudlow scored again in the second half, assisted by Liviya Benjamin, to put the game away for the Falcons (8-6-1, 4-1 NCOSA).

Jewelya Hutchison made six saves for the Black Knights (8-7-1, 3-2).




BLUFFTON — Ashland Crestview’s Carley Campo scored five minutes in, which was enough for the Cougars to edge Bluffton 1-0 for a nonleague girls soccer victory Wednesday.

The Pirates, who held a 10-8 edge in shots on goal, fell to 8-6-1 overall.

Boys soccer



ADA — Liberty-Benton goalkeeper Andrew Thomas recorded eight saves and his teammates provided him plenty of offense in a 3-0 boys soccer win over Ada in North Central Ohio Soccer Association play Wednesday.

Nick Schloemp put the Eagles (7-8-1, 3-2 NCOSA) on the board first with 7:50 left in the first half, assisted by Brandon Gaerke.

L-B’s Gabe Hardy-Fowler and Austin Kern each scored unassisted goals in the second half.

The Bulldogs fell to 8-7-1, 2-3 in league play.