West Jeff wins, sets new school record
By Chris Miles
Tensions were high Wednesday as a number of Madison County teams tried to avoid having their seasons come to an end as postseason tournaments continued.
West Jefferson 2,
Liberty Union 1
Things were tight for the eighth-seeded West Jefferson boys soccer team as it hosted fellow Mid-State League foe Liberty Union Wednesday, but the Roughriders found a way to get things done and walk away with a 2-1 victory.
“I knew it would be tough,” West Jefferson coach Jay Hunter said. “It’s hard to beat a league foe twice in the same season.”
The Roughriders (12-3-2) set a new school record for the number of victories in a season.
The squad will advance to the second round of the tournament where it will host either Gahanna Christian or Northridge Saturday at noon.
“Getting a tournament win kind of puts an explanation point on our season,” Hunter said. “You don’t want to go 11-3-2 and lose your first tournament game.
“It feels pretty good to get past the first round and and set a new school record for the number of wins.”
Twin brothers Austin and Cole Bare scored the two West Jefferson goals. Austin got the game’s first tally less than three minutes into the game and Cole broke a 1-1 tie with his goal with roughly 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
“We came up with some big plays there late to hold onto the lead,” the coach said.
East Knox 1
The Madison-Plains boys soccer team lives to play another day.
The Golden Eagles (5-9-2) played inspired soccer as they knocked off visiting East Knox 3-1 in a Division III district tournament game played Wednesday.
With the win Coach Chris Kingery’s bunch advances to play at No. 2 seed Columbus Academy Saturday at 7 p.m.
East Knox 3,
West Jefferson 2
The season came to an abrupt end for the West Jefferson volleyball team as they fell at home 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 to visiting East Knox in first round Division III tournament action.
Jonathan Alder 3,
The Jonathan Alder girls went on the road and returned home with a satisfying D-II district tournament victory over host Granville 26-24, 25-17, 25-14.
“In the first game we fell behind early but came back to get the win,” coach Shannon Eckman said. “In games two and three we grabbed the lead early and were able to hold onto it.”
The Pioneers advance to face No. 3 seed Big Walnut Saturday (2:30 p.m.) at Big Walnut.
The Eagles are one of the best D-II programs in the area and that reputation carries a lot of weight.
“I haven’t seen them this year,” Eckman said. “But based on reputation they’re going to be defensively sound and run a strong offense.
“We’re going to have to work on getting blocks and be much stronger offensively.”
Jonathan Alder 9,
It was a night where everyone on the Jonathan Alder girls soccer team got a chance to play.
The No. 7 seed had little trouble in dispatching visiting Beechcroft 9-0 Wednesday.
“We got a lot of the non-starters a lot of playing time tonight,” Alder coach Dan Brady said. “I love this time of year because all of the girls do such a good job of supporting one another knowing that if you lose you’re done.”
The reality of lose and go home will surely hit the Pioneers (10-4-3) prior to their next contest, a showdown with No. 2 seed DeSales Saturday at DeSales at 7 p.m.
The two schools met earlier this season with DeSales posting a 6-2 victory.
Brady expects his team to have a much better showing this time around.
“We played them at the end of August and we controlled that game for the first 30 minutes,” he said. “I expect us to play much better than we did at the beginning of the season.
“We had some errors and some mistakes that allowed that one to get away. Our girls really believe that they can beat DeSales. I really love that confidence.”
The Stallions are the defending Division II state champions, but Brady said his team is playing well right now.
“Nobody wants to play us at this time of the year,” Brady said. “We’re playing really well right now. Our goal right now is to win a district title.”
Big Walnut 6,
The London girls soccer team put up a valiant fight but in the end it was unable to keep up with host Big Walnut, as it fell 6-0.
The Red Raiders (6-11) didn’t score, but were led by keeper Makayla Juergens who had a career night in goal turning away 21 shots.
“It could’ve been a lot worse had she not played so well,” coach Mike Chamberlain said.