Tippecanoe, Troy Christian boys advance in soccer


TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s Dominic Mendiola got the scoring started Tuesday night at Tipp City Park in a D-II district semifinal boys soccer game with Brookville.

Then, Landon Haas put a 45-yard direct kick into the back of the net that ignited the Red Devil fans and players as Tipp rolled to a 9-1 win.

The game was stopped by the new mercy rule for the postseason, when AJ Jergens finished a rebound off the post with 30:06 remaining in the game.

Tippecanoe, 17-1-1, will play unbeaten Oakwood in a D-II district championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trotwood-Madison High School in a matchup of top seeds.

Tipp was leading 1-0 after Mendiola’s goal when Brookville was called for a foul near midfield in front of the Red Devils bench.

Haas took the direct kick and sent the ball soaring towards the Brookville goal. It cleared all the players in front of the goal going up to head it and was out of the reach of the Blue Devils goalie as ripped into the cords of the back of the net to give the Red Devils a 2-0 lead and Tipp rode that momentum for the rest of the game.

Haas finished with three goals and four assists, while AJ Jergens and Carson King had two goals each.

Caleb Ransom had one goal and one assist to go with Mendiola’s opening goal and Cameron Smith had two assists.

Michael Jergens had four saves in goal for the Red Devils.

Carroll 1,

Bethel 0

DAYTON — In another D-II district semifinal, Bethel boys soccer team’s impressive tournament run came to a heartbreaking end.

The Bees gave second seed Carroll all they wanted and more before the Pirates escaped with a 1-0 victory.

Bethel finishes the season with a record of 9-9-2.

The only goal came on a shot by the Pirates Shawn Seymour with 19:44 remaining in the game.

“Our defense, led by a phenomenal goal keeping job by Grant Bean kept us in the game to the very end,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “Grant (Bean) made some spectacular saves and his aerial game of coming out to gather crosses or punch them away stymied the Carroll attack.”

Bethel nearly got the equalizer, but a header was cleared off the goal line by a Pirate defender.

The Pirates’s aggressive, physical defense shut down the Bethel offense and the Pirates were able to hold on for the win.


Troy Christian 4,


TROY — The Troy Christian boys soccer team gets a rematch with Seven Hills, but the win over West Liberty-Salem didn’t come easy.

The Eagles, 16-3-1, advanced to play Seven Hills at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Springfield High School in the district championship game.

Troy Christian lost to Seven Hills 2-1 during the regular season.

On Tuesday night, Eagles fans were on their edge of their seats for 60 minutes as the 11th seeded Tigers played top seeded Troy Christian to a scoreless match with 20 minutes remaining.

Three minutes later, the Eagles fans could relax after a three-goal eruption and Troy Christian would add one more goal.

Noah Zeman started the scoring for Troy Christian, rifling a shot into the goal from 20 yards out.

Marek Bollinger would add an insurance goal a minute later, followed by Frank Rupnik adding a third goal shortly after that.

Conner Bollinger would add the final goal to make Troy Christian’s final home game of the season a winning one.

Braden Chambers had two of the assists, while Rupnik and Austen Taylor had one assist each.

Karter Denson had the shutout in goal for Troy Christian.

Dayton Christian 2,

Miami East 1

DAYTON — The Miami East boys soccer team dropped a district semifinal at Dayton Christian Wednesday night.

The Vikings finish with a record of 8-7-2.



Waynesville 3,

Tippecanoe 1

SPRINGFIELD — The Tippecanoe girls soccer team dropped a D-II district championship game at Springfield High School Thursday night.

The two teams were tied 1-1 before Waynesville scored the game’s final two goals.

Tippecanoe finished the season with a record of 15-2-3.


Madeira 3,

Lehman 0

MIAMISBURG —The Lehman Catholic girls soccer team lost 3-0 to Madeira Thursday night.

Lehman trailed 2-0 at halftime and Madeira added one more goal in the second half.

Lehman finishes the season with a record of 12-6-0.

Sports Editor Rob Kiser can be reached at [email protected]

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