London boys improve, wins still missing

By Chris Miles -

The London boys soccer team is steadily improving, but unfortunately for coach Dan Karl’s team the progress can’t be measured in victories.

The Red Raiders (0-6, 0-3 in Mid-State League Ohio Division) dropped their second match of the week Wednesday, falling 5-0 to visiting Grandview. The loss came just two days after a 2-0 loss at Bloom-Carroll Monday.

“With a very slow start, we looked a little out of it,” Karl said about the game with Bloom-Carroll. “With that, we gave up two early goals in the first half. After missing a few chances ourselves, we went into the half down 2-0. In the second half, we resolved to come out strong. We created a few good chances, but failed to reach the back of the net.”

The coach was encouraged by the way his team continued to fight in the second half, and even happier it failed to yield any more goals. He pointed to the improved play of sophomore goal keeper Troy McFarland and defenders Noah Alexander and Noah Hunter.

The solid play continued in the first half of the game with Grandview Wednesday. The Raiders surrendered just one goal in the first 40 minutes and trailed 1-0 at the half. The good vibe continued for the first 10 minutes of the second half before Grandview finally broke things open.

“The first 10 minutes we worked hard to create chances and senior defender Shade Glover defended very well, despite his broken hand,” Karl said. “Finally Grandview broke us down with a very good cross and finish. From there we pushed on for a goal to get us back into the game.”

The Bobcats were able to counter the London attack and add on some second-half goals.

“We do not feel the score line really shows how competitive the game really was,” the coach said. “And though we played very well for a period of time, we cannot keep breaking down defensively and we know we must finish our chances. We are hopeful an easier second half of the year schedule will help us produce some wins. We knew that the first half of our season was loaded with several very good opponents.”

The coach pointed to midfielder Henrri Velasco and Noah Hunter as players who stood out this week.

Girls soccer

Jonathan Alder 11,

Marion Harding 0

The Lady Pioneers (5-1, 4-0) barely broke a sweat in picking up a MOAC victory at Marion Harding Wednesday.

The team will be back in action Saturday when it hosts Hilliard Bradley at 7 p.m.

Jonathan Alder 7,

Marion Harding 0

The Pioneers (5-0-1, 4-0-1) stayed unbeaten as they crushed visiting Marion Harding 7-0 Wednesday.

Through six games this season, the team has allowed just one goal. A tally in a 7-1 defeat of River Valley weeks ago.

Girls golf

Jonathan Alder 226,

Galion 228

The Lady Pioneers continued their solid play this fall, picking up a tight victory over Galion at the Galion Country Club Wednesday.

Alder senior Charlotte Palmer was event medalist with a round of 47.

The Pioneers improved to 7-2 in MOAC play.

Northeastern 192,

Madison-Plains 210,

Mechanicsburg 248

The Golden Eagles split a tri-match played at Locust Hills Golf Course Wednesday.

The event was won by Northeastern (192), with Plains (210) coming in the middle, ahead of Mechanicsburg (248).

Christan Bowshier lead Madison-Plains High School with a round of 42. She was followed by Morgan Hunter (54), Regan Rubel (55), and Blair Bryant (59).


London 3,

Madison-Plains 1

The Red Raiders took the initial match-up with the visiting Golden Eagles in a match played Tuesday.

London won the first two sets (25-10, 25-20) fairly easily, but Plains fought back to take the third (27-25). The Red Raiders however refused to be denied in the fourth and final set crushing to a 25-15 victory.

Boys golf

Worthington Christian 172,

Madison-Plains 179

The Golden Eagles traveled to Mentel Golf Course Tuesday and came home with a tough defeat.

Plains has been playing well as of late, but just couldn’t keep up with the Warriors.

By Chris Miles

Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.

Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.