Allen East 2, Bath 1
When Allen East gave up a penalty kick goal with 33 minutes and 40 seconds left in someone’s season, the Mustangs had the Bath Wildcats just where they wanted them – leading 1-0 in Division III sectional soccer action at Bath’s home pitch.
Allen East’s head coach Chance Stoodt said, “We’ve talk a lot recently about getting the next goal. Early in the season we showed a little bit of a soft mentality. Where if we gave up a goal, we’d kind of put our heads down. So the past two weeks we’ve been intentional about talking about the next goal. We want our minds on the next goal.”
So after Bath senior striker Keaton Liles put the Wildcats into the lead with the penalty kick, Allen East had answers.
On the kickoff following the penalty kick, East had a great opportunity for the equalizer, but failed to convert. That action got the Mustang crowd into the match and seemed to light a fire under Stoodt’s charges.
East had another quality chance at the 27:20 mark of the second half on a breakaway after a Bath defensive miscue, but the Wildcats’ freshman goalie, Landyn Vreeland, stopped East’s Brady Shea to protect the lead.
But East wasn’t to be denied.
Junior forward Braylen Kennedy found sophomore Shea for the equalizer at the 24:41 mark.
Bath head man David Briggs was complimentary to both squads.
“The ball bounces funny sometimes. On their first goal we made a little bit of a mistake when they countered on us. They (East) played their tails off. They are a lot better team than when we played them earlier in the season,” he said.
Briggs added. “In the first 10 minutes (of the match) we had four shots and five corners, but they switched up some things and made us a little uncomfortable and we played a little too much kickball. After the halftime speech we came out and did what we wanted to do, moved the ball around and had some success again. The nice thing for us is we are super young. This is something for the younger kids to learn how it feels to play in a tournament game.”
As the teams battled through the second half, it was almost poetic justice for Allen East’s Kennedy. He took a direct kick from about 30 yards and got it up and over the wall and Bath’s Vreeland tried to push it over the crossbar, but only got his fingertips on the ball and the Mustangs had a 2-1 lead that they made stand up through the final 16:41 of the match.
The game-winner for Kennedy also moved him into a tie for the school record for the most goals in a season at 14.
Stoodt had high praise for his junior striker.
“Braylen is the type of kid who does the quiet things. A couple of weeks ago he didn’t have the greatest individual performance and a couple of hours after the match he was on the field taking shots and a lot of them were from that distance. He works hard when no one is looking and those are the moments when that pays off,” Stoodt said.
The win moves Allen East forward in sectional play on Saturday when they meet a Kalida squad that bested the Mustangs 3-1 earlier in the year. The win also avenged an early season loss to Bath and improved the Mustangs’ record to 5-11.
Bath finishes the year at 4-13.
Division III sectionals
Ada 5, Woodmore 0
ADA — Ada’s Carter Conley recorded the hat trick and an assist and Drew Long and Brenden Jameson added a score. Ethan Murphy and Isaac Williams each had an assist. Bulldog keeper Colton Long had seven saves.
Lincolnview 1, Ft. Jennings 0
MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview’s Reece Berryman scored the lone goal and Jackson Evans provided the assist.
Division I sectionals
Perrysburg 3, Wapakoneta 1
PERRYSBURG — Wapakoneta’s Nikane Ambos scored the lone goal.
Notre Dame 7, Lima Senior 0
TOLEDO — Lima Senior’s. Alli Fronzaglia had 20 saves.
Division III sectionals
Coldwater 3, Carey 0
COLDWATER — Codlwater won 25-9, 25-14 and 25-16. Coldwater’s Annelise Harlamert had 28 assists and 7 aces and Madison WEndel had 10 kills. Morgan Blasingame had 3 blocks and Riley Rismller had 9 kills.
Franklin 3, Bluffton 2
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University men’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Franklin College on Wednesday Bluffton fell to 7-6 overall and 3-4 in the Heartland Conference, while Franklin improved to 5-8-1 and 3-3-1 in the HCAC.
Jacob Kiger (Groveport/St. Charles Prep) slid it off to fellow senior Dalton Taynor (Troy/Miami East) and Bluffton’s leading scorer did the rest, putting the home team up 1-0 with his 11th goal of the season less than nine minutes into the contest! Elijah Grieser (Wauseon/Pettisville) filled up the back of the net in minute 33 as Bluffton went up 2-0 over the visiting Grizzlies.