Moeller, St. Xavier Advance To Soccer District Finals GCL South Top Seeds: One Step Away From Regional Berths

 Photo courtesy LetsGoBigMoe.com

Photo courtesy LetsGoBigMoe.com

By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner

 

Greater Catholic League South Division soccer teams Moeller and St. Xavier, which have a combined 28-4-5 record this season and earned the top two seeds in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest Ohio Section / District Tournament, are now one win away from winning district championships and earning berths in the regional tournament.  No. 1 seed Moeller moved on with a 4-0 victory over Colerain Monday night in a district semifinal match at Hamilton High School, while No. 2 seed St. Xavier got past Milford, 3-1, in another district semifinal at Princeton High School’s Viking Stadium. 

Moeller (15-1-2) will play Mason in the Southwest 3 District Championship at 7 p.m. Thursday Lakota Eat High School in Liberty Township.  Mason (12-5-1), which has won five straight, moved on with a 2-0 win against league rival Oak Hills Monday.  The two teams met way back on August 23 at Moeller, with the Crusaders posting a 2-1 victory in their season opener and the second match of the year for Mason. Moeller is No. 3 in the final Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division I state poll.  Senior Ben Hegge scored two goals, and brother Sam added another goal and an assist in the first half to give Moeller a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime against Colerain. 

Moeller has outscored its three postseason opponents, 14-0. 

St. Xavier (12-3-3) – No. 10 in the OSSCA rankings – advances to oppose Dayton Carroll in the Southwest 2 District Championship at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lebanon Junior High School.  Carroll (19-0-0) kept its perfect season alive and advanced with a 4-1 victory that same evening against Vandalia Butler.  The Bombers, who have won five consecutive matches, won the district and advanced to the regional semifinals last season – falling to Anderson, 2-1, in overtime.  Carroll is a combined 35-2-2 the last two seasons.  St. Xavier got one goal each from Gino Geiser, Michael Wampler and Craig Wellens in the win over Milford.