If it wasn’t for the increasing temperatures, the London High School girls soccer team may not have broken a sweat when it played at Columbus Briggs Thursday evening.
The Red Raiders (2-0) cruised to an easy 11-0 victory, picking up its second victory in as many games.
The team was scheduled to play at Central Crossing Monday, and will return home for a key Mid-State League Ohio Division tilt with Bexley at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.
West Jefferson 6,
Logan Elm 1
The Lady Roughriders (2-0) picked up a non-league win Saturday, knocking off the visiting Braves.
Hope Lewis led the offensive charge for West Jeff, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. Claire Sterling, Grace Dingess and Hunter Stull all scored for the home team. Zoie Fisher picked up an assist and Ashtyn Webb was solid in goal turning away 10 shots in picking up the win.
Hilliard Darby 5,
Jonathan Alder 2
The Lady Pioneers (2-1) hung tough against visiting Hilliard Darby Saturday, but came out on the losing end of a 5-2 match.
The two goals scored by Alder went to Alivia Milesky and Lily Hess.
The team was scheduled to host Pleasant Monday and will be in action Wednesday at home against Buckeye Valley, starting at 7 p.m.
The London boys soccer team played host Groveport tight for most of the game, but couldn’t come away with the team’s first victory of the season Saturday.
The lone Red Raiders (0-3) goal was scored by Bryce Swartz with an assist from Grant Brooks.
“Though this game didn’t yield the result we wanted, we felt that we had made some good improvements from the Academy game (5-0 loss), and we can see that we are getting better,” coach Dan Karl said. “We are starting to create more offensive chances. This will help take the pressure off of our defense.”
The London defense is firming up, with a couple of players stepping to the forefront to lead the way.
“Noah Hunter has become our defensive star at center back and helps lead a very organized defense that does well,” the coach said. “When we learn to keep the ball more offensively it will help limit chances by the other team. Our Sophomore keeper Troy McFarland is really coming along, making good saves and becoming a leader on the field.
The Raiders (0-3-0) have a tough stretch coming up with matches with Bexley, Bloom-Carroll and Grandview on the horizon. The team will play at Bexley Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m.
“We look forward to getting better throughout the season,” Karl said. “Of course we do have some very difficult games coming up against Bexley, Grandview, Worthington Christian and Bishop Hartley. We will always have the mindset that we believe we can win and will work as hard as we can to make that a reality.”
Logan Elm 9,
West Jefferson 3
The Roughriders (1-3) came out on the wrong end of a home match played Saturday.
The loss came just two days after the team’s first victory of the season, an 8-0 shutout of Northside Christian.
West Jeff will return to action at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with a home date with Whitehall.
Jonathan Alder 7,
River Valley 1
The Pioneers (3-0-0, 2-0-0) made it three wins in as many games with a 7-1 triumph Wednesday, Aug. 26. The squad was scheduled to play host to Pleasant Monday and will travel to Buckeye Valley at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618, or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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