Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
It was a busy night last Thursday for the Greater Catholic League South Division soccer teams, as all four schools were in action as part of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Sectional / District Tournaments across Greater Cincinnati. The end result for the league was two up and two down, as top seeds Moeller and St. Xavier, respectively, advanced with victories, while Elder and La Salle had their postseason journeys halted in a pair of close matches to perennial strong soccer programs.
No. 1 Moeller (14-1-3) recorded its second consecutive shutout of the week, defeating Western Hills, 6-0, Thursday at the Gerry Faust Athletic Com[plex on the school’s Montgomery Road campus. Six different players scored for the Crusaders, including tallies by Parker Grinstead and Jake Renneker in the first 3:06, to allow Moeller to advance to meet Colerain in a district semifinal match at 7 p.m. today at Hamilton High School. Grinstead, Renneker, Ben Hegge and Ethan Howell each recorded a goal and an assist for Moeller, which beat Winton Woods, 4-0, in last Monday’s sectional opener. Colerain (8-7-3) beat Walnut Hills, 1-0, Thursday to stay alive in the postseason.
No. 2 St. Xavier (11-3-3) also was victorious, defeating Hamilton, 3-1, at St. Xavier Stadium for its fourth straight victory and the opportunity to face Milford (13-3-2) at 7 p.m. today in another district semifinal at Princeton High School’s Viking Stadium. Milford, a member of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference with a perfect 6-0 record in October, beat Northwest, 5-1, and Withrow, 4-2, last week to advance to today’s match. The Bombers are looking to become the first GCL South team to defeat a member of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference this postseason.
The season came to an end for Elder and La Salle Thursday, as the two GCL South teams lost close matches to perennial Cincinnati soccer powers and ECC members. Elder (6-7-5) lost at Turpin, 1-0. Turpin advances to meet Lakota East at 7 p.m. today at Lakota West in West Chester. Turpin is 13-1-2 this season, the Spartans’ lone loss coming to Loveland, 4-0, in the regular-season finale. La Salle (6-10-2) was defeated by another Forest Hills Local School District team – falling to Anderson, 2-0, on the road. Anderson (11-3-2) advances to meet Little Miami at 7 p.m. today at Sycamore High School.