Braves start fast in 4-0 win over Pacers


By Ben Stroup - [email protected]



Olentangy’s Luke Hanlon (8) works against Hayes’ Carson Bay (24) during the first half of Thursday’s non-league showdown in Lewis Center.

Olentangy’s Luke Hanlon (8) works against Hayes’ Carson Bay (24) during the first half of Thursday’s non-league showdown in Lewis Center.


Ben Stroup | The Gazette

Ean Encarnacion and Luke Hanlon each scored a pair of goals as the Olentangy boys soccer team blanked visiting Delaware Hayes 4-0 in non-league action Thursday night in Lewis Center.

The Braves broke the scoring seal less than four minutes in, when Encarnacion curled a shot into the far corner off a feed from Brayden Cotterman at the 36:48 mark of the first half.

Cotterman found Hanlon less than 10 minutes later, too. Hanlon collected the through ball, beat a defender and sent a low liner past a diving Brady Kaasa and into the back of the net to make it a 2-0 game with 29:30 left in the opening half.

Encarnacion scored his second of the game midway through the first half, depositing a free kick from just outside the box into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

The Pacers looked as dangerous in the first 15 seconds of the second half as they did the entire first half. Isaiah Clark collected the ball off the opening kick, streaked down the sideline and sliced into the box, but never got a shot away as a host of Olentangy defenders were there to meet him.

Hayes’ Chaz Sakala picked up a steal deep in enemy territory a few minutes later, but his shot sailed high.

It was the Pacers’ last best chance to get back into things before the Braves all but sealed the deal when Hanlon scored off a long set piece to make it 4-0 with just more than 25 minutes to go.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Rosalyn Zeilinski collected 17 kills and three aces to lead Olentangy Berlin to a three-set win over visiting Lancaster Thursday night in Delaware.

The Bears won the first set 25-16 before picking up wins of 25-13 and 25-21 in the second and third, respectively, to seal the deal.

Also: Big Walnut def. Worthington Kilbourne 25-20, 25-19, 25-18.

GIRLS TENNIS

Delaware Hayes capped league play with a convincing 5-0 win over Franklin Heights Thursday afternoon.

The Pacers got singles wins from Tavi JeiselSteffel (6-0, 6-2 at first singles), Reghan Gist (6-0, 6-0 at second singles) and Gina Martin (6-0, 6-0 at third singles).

Doubles winners included Autumn Doughty and Delaney Nelson (6-0, 6-2 at first doubles) and Cadence Ford and Ella Martin (6-0, 6-0 at second doubles).

Also: Olentangy Berlin 5, Thomas Worthington 0; Big Walnut 5, Canal Winchester 0.

GIRLS SOCCER

Alexis Knisely scored with six minutes left to lift visiting Olentangy Orange to a 1-1 draw against Pickerington North on Thursday night.

Pioneer keeper Jadia Kershaw had four saves.

Also: Olentangy Berlin 4, Delaware Hayes 0.

Olentangy’s Luke Hanlon (8) works against Hayes’ Carson Bay (24) during the first half of Thursday’s non-league showdown in Lewis Center.
https://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2022/09/web1_hanlon-1.jpgOlentangy’s Luke Hanlon (8) works against Hayes’ Carson Bay (24) during the first half of Thursday’s non-league showdown in Lewis Center. Ben Stroup | The Gazette

By Ben Stroup

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