Will they get another chance?
The West Jefferson girls soccer team has had a couple of its better seasons in program history the last couple years, but one thing the Lady Roughriders have been unable to do is defeat the Grandview Bobcats.
Both schools play in the Mid-State League Ohio Division and meet on an annual basis. The Bobcats enter this postseason as the Division II Central District’s No. 1 seed. West Jeff (5-7-1) on the other enters the tournament as the No. 7 seed, and while coach Jason Phillips had other options when it came his chance to choose where his team would play in the tournament, he chose the bracket where the winner gets the top seed in the second round.
West Jeff will will host No. 9 Fisher Catholic Monday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. The winner will then travel to meet Grandview Wednesday, Oct. 21.
“The draw went the way I thought it would go,” Phillips said. “I think I’m the only one that wants to play Grandview. I just think we match up well with them. I’m not sure why it is, but we just play them tougher than just about anybody else.”
Last year Grandview won the regular season tilt 3-0. The Bobcats then won a second round tournament game over the Roughriders 2-0 scoring a late goal to seal the win. This regular season Grandview won a tight 2-1 decision.
“We’ve gotten closer and closer each time we’ve played them,” Phillips said. “We have to play well and win the game with Fisher Catholic first, but I really like how we match up with (Grandview).”
The Lady Pioneers of Jonathan Alder are the No. 3 seed in D-II and will play host to No. 16 Columbus International Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.
Alder (12-3) cruised through the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference posting a perfect 10-0 mark and easily winning the league crown. The Pioneers will enter the district tournament beaming with confidence.
If coach Matt Evans’ bunch wins its first game, it will get either No. 6 Bexley or No. 14 London in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Alder.
The Red Raiders (5-8) and Lions will meet for the second time this season Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Bexley. The regular-season tilt played Sept. 2 was won by the Lions 6-0.
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