A early evening thunderstorm swept through Central Ohio Wednesday evening, but thanks to the scattered nature of the storms, many of the scheduled sporting events were able to be played.
The London boys soccer team continued its brutal stretch to start the season, as the Red Raiders (0-4-0, 0-2-0 MSL Ohio) were tripped up in a road game at Bexley Wednesday.
Still playing shorthanded due to some early-season suspensions, London fought hard but was unable to keep up with a talented Lions squad (2-2).
“Tonight we put in a long shift on the defensive end, however an inability to keep possession of the ball when we won it back put too much pressure on our defense,” London High School coach Dan Karl said. “And even though the defense was very organized at times, we gave Bexley too many chances to score and eventually they did.
“Our team is very young, and improving. But we are just not to the level of Bexley yet. We are working so hard to build up our program, and we are seeing great improvements.”
The Raiders two goals were scored by senior captain Bryce Swartz. He now has five goals on the season.
The coach pointed out that his starting lineup of a pair of seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and a freshman is coming along. He also acknowledged the play of junior midfielder Grant Brooks, junior defender Noah Hunter and sophomore keeper Troy McFarland.
Jonathan Alder 4,
Buckeye Valley 0
The Pioneers (4-0-1, 3-0-1 in MOAC) remained unbeaten with a satisfying road win at Buckeye Valley Wednesday evening.
The team will be back in action Sept. 9 against visiting Marion Harding.
Bishop Ready 4,
West Jefferson 2
A rain-delayed start to the Lady Roughriders (2-1) contest with the host Silver Knights made for sloppy conditions in this non-league contest.
West Jeff got a goal apiece from Hope Lewis and Sydney Gaus, but that wasn’t enough as they fell to a good Ready squad.
Jonathan Alder 5,
Buckeye Valley 2
The Lady Pioneers (4-1, 3-0 in MOAC) picked up another Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win by downing visiting Buckeye Valley Wednesday.
Alivia Milesky scored twice, and Lily Hess, Autumn Devine and Maggie Ridder all scored goals in the victory. Nora Squires was again solid in goal for Alder.
The Lady Red Raiders (2-2, 0-1 in MSL) dropped their Mid-State League opener at home against a strong Bexley Lions squad.
London will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 5, at Benjamin Logan, starting at 11 a.m.
Jonathan Alder 170,
North Union 209
The Pioneers picked up a victory after downing North Union in a match played at Mill Creek Golf Course Wednesday.
Alder fired a 170 and easily outpaced the Wildcats by a whopping 39 shots.
Jon Peters led the way for the Pioneers, earning event medalist honors with a nine-hole score of 40. Other team scores included Zach Starr’s 42 and a pair of 44s from Joey Petrella and Logan Woods.
West Jefferson 199
The Red Raiders picked up a victory Wednesday over Madison County foe West Jefferson Wednesday.
London’s Ethan Drummond was the event medalist after shooting a 41. Jacob Michel (43), Erik Snyder (49) and Joe Johnson (50) all factored into the team score. Other London scores included a 52 by Andy Fullmer and a 53 from Garrett King.
Alder girls 6-2
The Jonathan Alder girls golf team split a match and won another in MOAC competition this week.
The Lady Pioneers split a tri-match played at Mill Creek Aug. 31. The event was by Fairbanks as the Panthers fired a round of 186. Alder came in with a 203 and North Union fired a 219.
The top score for Alder was the 47 which was turned in by Mackenzie Heimlich.
The team followed up that performance with an easy 191-238 triumph over Galion in a match played at Rolling Hills Golf Course Wednesday.
Alder’s match medalist was Charlotte Palmer, who carded a round of 45.
Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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