By Ben Stroup
The Buckeye Valley boys soccer team struck for six first-half goals, then let the younger guys get some important playing time in the second half as it coasted to 6-1 MOAC win over visiting Marion Harding Wednesday in Delaware.
Sam Scharff broke the scoring seal, firing a feed from Caleb Herriott into the back of the net just six minutes into the action. Brennan Perrine made it 2-0 just a minute later and Brendan Miller deposited a pass from Scharff past the Harding keeper for his first-career goal in the 26th minute.
Scharff scored again, this time assisted by Mitch Rotondo in the 32nd minute, and Rotondo got in on the act with back-to-back goals just two minutes apart late in the half.
Noel Diaz scored the Presidents’ lone tally a minute into the second period, but that’s all they would get the rest of the way.
BV finished with a 10-5 edge in shots on goal, with Caleb King and Brady Perrine combining for four saves in the Baron net.
Hayes nabbed an impressive non-league win Tuesday, dropping visiting Grove City 3-1.
Ryan Krusen and Brody Kannally scored two of the team’s goals while Brandon Becker picked up an assist in the win.
Pacers keeper Ian Agler finished with four saves in goal.
The Patriots showed why they’re one of the top teams in the state Wednesday, dominating a solid Pioneer team 5-0.
Liberty’s singles winners included Alexia Meyer, Alexis Steer and Sidney Reineke. Meyer beat Orange’s Sruti Chigurupati 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Steer sailed to a 6-2, 6-0 win at second singles and Reineke beat Isabella Prislusky 6-1, 6-1 at third singles.
Anna Delaney and Lizzie Radkiewicz beat Kat Dahs and Mary Damko 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles while Avivah Wang and Cecelia Ko handled Livie Mauger and Jesse George 6-2, 6-0 at second doubles to complete the sweep.
Big Walnut 5, Franklin Heights 0
Big Walnut was sharp Wednesday in Sunbury, sweeping away visiting Franklin Heights 5-0.
BW winners included Macie Kercsmar at first singles (6-0, 6-0), Abby Friend at second singles (6-4, 2-6, 1-0), Sara Althauser at third singles (6-0, 6-0) and the duo of Brittany Mills and Anna Faust at first doubles (6-2, 6-1).
The Golden Eagles won at second doubles by default.
Thomas Worthington 3, Hayes 2
The Pacers won both doubles matches, but dropped all three on the singles courts as their four game winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 non-league setback at the hands of the visiting Cardinals Wednesday in Delaware.
Hayes winners included Kara Wegmiller and Kelsey Kondell, who teamed up for a 6-3, 6-3 win at first doubles; and Paris Knipp and Emily Miklas, who won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.
Liberty’s “3 Abbys” — junior Abby Summers and sophomores Abby Jones and Abby Townsend — made their presence felt Tuesday, each finding the back of the net in a 5-1 OCC-Central Division win over host Marysville.
Senior captain Hailey Pickelheimer and junior Sarina Dirrig smoothed out the Patriot (3-2-0, 3-0-0 OCC) scoring summary. Pickelheimer, Jordan Fike, Emma Koshan, Olivia Sensky and Emma Waters were credited with assists while goalie Emma Campbell registered five saves in the win.
Olentangy 1, Westerville Central 0
Ireland Fallon scored the game’s lone goal and the defense took care of the rest as the Braves notched a solid 1-0 non-league win over the visiting Warhawks Tuesday in Lewis Center.
Emerson Woerner assisted on the game-winning goal while keeper Kelsey Hill finished with two saves.
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