Moeller One Win From DI Soccer Final Four; Crusaders Look To Extend Postseason Scoreless Streak

 Photo courtesy Tony Tribble, and ESP Media partner

Photo courtesy Tony Tribble, and ESP Media partner

By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner

 

Moeller High School has won multiple state championships in a variety of sports, including football, baseball, basketball and volleyball to name a few.  The Crusaders are the defending Division I state champs in basketball and volleyball, winning both titles during the 2017-18 academic year.  But today, Moeller will attempt to do something its soccer program has yet to accomplish – earn a trip to the Di Final Four when they oppose Turpin in in the DI regional final at 3 p.m. at Lakota East High School.  The two teams enter the match with a combined 33-2-6 record. 

In the process, Moeller (17-1-3) looks to continue its scoreless streak in the postseason – outscoring the opposition, 20-0, in its five state playoff matches, the last a 4-0 victory over Anderson in the regional semifinals at Lebanon Junior High School on Wednesday.  But it won’t be easy against Turpin (16-1-3), which advanced with a 2-1 victory against Greater Catholic League South Division member St. Xavier in its regional semifinal match on Halloween night at Monroe High School.  The Bombers finished 13-4-3 this season. 

Led by junior goalkeeper Cal Collins and a sound defense, Moeller has recorded a single-season record 13 shutouts this season.  If victorious today, Moeller also will tie the school record for most wins in a season set back in 1994.  Moeller and Turpin’s lone losses this season came in their respective regular-season finales, with the Crusaders falling to Dublin Coffman, 3-2, and Turpin losing to regular-season Eastern Cincinnati Conference champion Loveland, 4-0.  The two are a combined 9-0 in the postseason, outscoring their opponents, 26-1, in those games. 

Three of Turpin’s four state playoff wins have been by one goal, beginning with a 1-0 win against GCL South member Elder.  The Spartans also have defeated Springboro, 1-0, in the district final before posting the one-goal victory against St. Xavier in the regional semis.  Turpin’s other postseason win came against Lakota East, 2-0.  Moeller has won each of its five playoff matches by two or more goals, the closest being a 2-0 triumph against Mason in the district final.  Moeller last played in the regional final in 2015, falling to Mason, 1-0. 

The state semifinals are set for next Wednesday, with the DI state final to be played next Saturday, November 10 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus – home of the Major Soccer League Columbus Crew.