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Chiefs unable to hold off Monarchs

Marysville’s boys soccer team grabbed control early against host Bellefontaine and held on for a 4-2 win Thursday at Dodd Stadium in the Chieftains’ season opener.

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Bellefontaine’s Ethan Tullis goes up to kick the ball as he fends off a Marysville defender during the first half of their game Thursday at Bellefontaine. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Monarchs, who compete in Division I, led 3-1 at halftime and tested the Chiefs from the start.

“This is always a tough game for us, because of Marysville’s skill level,” said BHS head coach Steve Henry. “We love it, though. It exposes a lot of our weaknesses right off the bat, so we can start to fix them.

“I was proud of how we battled back after going down 3-1, but that late goal was the dagger. We’ll get better as the year goes on, but right now, we need to regroup quickly because we have West Liberty (Saturday) and they are always tough.”

Marysville held a 2-0 lead until Josh Neighoff scored with 9:40 left in the first half off an assist from Lance Alinson. The Monarchs responded with another goal with 5:45 left and entered the break with a 3-1 advantage.

Neighoff scored a second goal midway through the second half to help his team trail 3-2. Marysville locked up the win with a final goal with 2:45 left in the game and a 4-2 score.

In junior varsity action, the Monarchs blanked the Chieftains 4-0.

Bellefontaine hosts West Liberty-Salem on Saturday in a local non-league contest.

Calvary Christian gets first prep win

Calvary Christian earned its first win competing as a high school team after defeating host Emmanuel Christian 8-1 on Thursday.

Alex McGillis and Ben Tanner each scored two goals to lead the Spartans, while Dan Salmonowicz, Nathan Spyker and Ian McGillis each scored one goal.

Calvary Christian travels to face West Liberty-Salem’s junior varsity team Sept. 6.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lakers end winless streak

Indian Lake’s girls soccer team won its first game in more than two years after handling visiting Ada 5-0 on Thursday in a non-league contest.

“This was a team effort,” said Indian Lake head coach Skip Oliver. “The girls just did a great job working together and gave it everything they had. They dedicated the game to senior Liz Ignarski who hurt her knee in a pregame warmup. Liz is one of our biggest leaders on this team and is loved by all of us.”

The Lakers had 47 shots on goal and held the Bulldogs to just six.

Hannah Dye powered Indian Lake with two goals, while Emali Sroufe, Kylie Jenkins and Jessica Green all had one goal.

Providing assists were Green and Alayna Hanson.

Indian Lake travels to Coldwater on Saturday for a non-league matchup.

Ben Logan blanks Triad

Benjamin Logan’s girls soccer team raced past visiting Triad for a 10-0 win Thursday in a local non-league matchup.

“We have worked hard in practice on creating and using space by dropping and switching the ball and running walls and overlaps,” said Ben Logan girls head coach David Evans. “The girls did a very nice job of taking what they learned in practice and carrying it into the game. We created a lot of open shots and did a decent job of finishing them.”

The Raiders’ offense had all the momentum as 10  players scored. That group included Mary Evans, Kenzie Heater, Kaci Oswalt, Abbi Frazier, Sara Rice, Lauren Oglesbee, Taylor Coy, Ashleigh Heater, Hannah Boysel and Kylie Stout.  

Evans and Shelby Kramer each had two assists, while Coy and Desiree Clark each had one assist.

Defensively, Dana Van Buskirk and Coy split time in goal to share the shutout.  

Ben Logan hosts Stebbins on Wednesday in a CBC contest.

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