Metro Buckeye Conference rivals Troy Christian and Dayton Christian appeared destined for overtime and maybe even a shootout as their boys Division III regional high school soccer semifinal round down on Wednesday night. And then it happened.
“I was thinking with five minutes left we had the momentum,” Warriors senior Sam Reid said. “Just go at them.”
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Sure enough, Reid popped the game winner with 1:51 left as Dayton Christian posted a clutch 2-1 win. Dayton Christian (18-2-1) will play Cincinnati Madeira (13-5-2) in the D-III regional final at 3 p.m. at Hamilton. The winner advances to the D-III state semifinals.
Reid also collected the first goal for DC, an unassisted blast that broke a scoreless deadlock with just 1:16 left in the first half.
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Playing in constant rain and slick conditions on the field turf at Centerville’s Alumni Stadium, scoring opportunities were few and play was mostly defensive. Eagles goaltender Jackson Kremer had at least two outstanding saves.
Troy Christian’s Tripp Schulte even the game at 1-all with a goal and 26:08 remaining in regulation.
DC managed a couple shots on goal, including Noah Alexander’s blast from about 30 yards. The shot caromed back toward the front of the goal area, where Reid pounded the rebound in.
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That set off DC’s bench and vocal sideline area. Less than two minutes later there was more Warriors celebration.
“It means a lot,” Reid said. “Playing here four years, Troy Christian is always a big rival. They’re a great team every year. It’s slick and wet and anything can happen. I just followed it up and made it happen. That’s a big one.”
It was the seventh straight DC win. The teams tied 1-all in a regular-season game early last month and shared the MBC title, each going 4-0-1. DC’s only losses were in midseason to Alter and Ottawa Hills. The Warriors have outscored their five postseason opponents by a combined 38-4 with Paul Socha in goal.
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Madeira advanced by blanking Cincinnati Seven Hills 2-0 at Lakota East also on Wednesday.
Cin. Summit Country Day 2, Tippecanoe 1: The Red Devils fell to state power SCD in a D-II regional semi at Lakota West.
Tipp (16-3-2) was the final Greater Western Ohio Conference boys team that was in the postseason. The Red Devils won the GWOC American North title (9-0-1).
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Summit Country Day (13-6-0) has won six state championships since 1999, including the last three D-III titles.
• Three area girls teams have advanced to Saturday’s regional finals. Beavercreek (21-0-0) will play Mason (16-1-2) in a D-I regional final at 7 p.m. at Monroe. In D-II, Alter (16-2-2) is matched against Cincinnati Indian Hill (15-2-3) at noon at Lebanon. Lehman Catholic (14-4-1) will play Cincinnati Country Day (17-2-0) in a D-III regional final at noon at Xenia.
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Like the boys, all those girls regional final winners will advance to the state final fours.
• The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Thursday postponed the season-ending boys and girls state cross country championships until Saturday, Nov. 10. The meets were to have been held at National Raceway in Hebron this Saturday, but were postponed because of potential flooding on the 3.1-mile course. The races will remain at Hebron.
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