By Ben Stroup firstname.lastname@example.org
May 18, 2014
Ninth-ranked Olentangy upset fourth-ranked Liberty Friday night in Powell — ruining the Patriots’ Senior Night celebration in the process — coming from behind to notch a 7-6 win.
Defense dominated the action most of the night. Liberty found itself clinging to a 4-3 edge at halftime thanks to an organized effort on its half of the field, but Olentangy turned the tables in the second half, allowing just two goals while finding the back of the net four times to account for the final margin.
The Braves were led by Cliff Kigar and Blake Bower, who each finished with two goals and an assist; Andrew Kaylor, who scored a pair of goals; Caelan Laughlin, who had their other goal; and Will Lucus, who chipped in an assist in the win.
Cole Palmby, meanwhile, anchored the defense with eight saves in the Olentangy goal.
The Patriots were powered by Brendan Ryan and Mitchell Hughes, who each scored twice in the setback. Hughes added an assist while Andrew Bull finished with two assists and the duo of Ryan Gratz and Drew Gouhin each scored once.
Sean Murphy finished with 10 saves in the Liberty goal.
•Hayes ran away from Gahanna Friday, rolling to a 17-2 win.
The Pacers were powered by Collin Ward, who finished with a game-best four goals. Other standouts included Judson Huston, Joseph Sanfillipo, Hayden Dunlap and Sean Gliebe, who finished with two goals apiece; and Bryan Neitzelt, Zach Kern, MacGregor Roberts, Clay Sparks and Cole Livermore, who each scored once in the win.
Tyler Groth finished with nine saves in the Hayes goal.
•Orange overmatched Big Walnut Friday evening, cruising to a 14-2 win.
Alex Menzo led the Pioneers with a game-best five goals. Adam Rieger was also solid, finishing with two goals in the win, while Sam Button, Anthony Smith, Carson Miller, Josh Forrester, Aston Onesko, Andrew Peura and Joey Kimball scored to smooth out the team’s scoring summary.
Robert McHale stopped five shots in Orange’s goal.
Sam Funston and Jhordan Lang scored the Golden Eagles’ goals, while Derek Herman had 16 saves in goal.