Meyers makes most out of PKs
EAST LIVERPOOL — East Liverpool’s boys soccer team closed the regular season with a second-half rally that dumped county rival Salem 2-1 on a wet Thursday night at Patterson Field.
The Quakers took the lead on a Hunter Griffith goal and assist by Jacob MacLachlan almost a minute into the game.
“I was scared that they were going to start taking it to us because we started out slow and sluggish,” East Liverpool coach Chase Hilliard said. “Our kids picked their heads up and got the result we wanted.”
East Liverpool converted two penalty kicks in the second half to gain the advantage. Both came from junior Jacob Myers with the go-ahead coming with about 10 minutes left.
“He and Ayden Payne have really come up big on offense for us and have also did well at center back when we’ve needed to,” Hilliard said. “They’ve done everything asked of them.”
The Potters (5-5-4) won for the first time since Sept. 29 and finished 4-1-2 at Patterson Field.
East Liverpool will have to wait for its Div. II sectional final opponent. The winner of Monday’s Union Local at Beaver Local sectional opener will face the Potters next Saturday. Beaver Local, the fourth seed in the district, should be heavily favored against the 20th seeded Jets. If the Beavers win, the Potters will travel to Beaver Local for a 2 p.m. sectional final on Oct. 24. If Union Local scores the upset, the Potters will host the Jets at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24.
Beaver Local ended East Liverpool’s season in the district semifinal last season. The Potters and Beavers played four times each in 2018 and 2019.
Hilliard said he put the Potters in the bracket where there was a possible matchup with the Beavers, but it had nothing to do with wanting to play them again or settle a score.
“We just wanted to avoid New Philadelphia and River View,” Hilliard said.
Salem’s boys end the regular season 7-8-1, having gone 4-4-0 on the road.
Salem hosts Ravenna in a Div. II sectional opener on Tuesday.
Oak Glen 8, Linsly 0
NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — Oak Glen’s girls soccer team rolled past Linsly 8-0 thanks in part to four goals from Reese Enochs.
The Golden Bears are 15-2-1 and will begin the journey to get back to the Class AA/A state championship game when tournament play begins. Oak Glen will host a sectional game on Thursday.
Enochs added two assists. Brooklyn Lovealnd and Tori Alexander had two goals and an assist each. Kami Ward had two assists. Brooklyn Watts had an assist.
Enochs has 45 goals and 17 assists this season. Watts leads the team with 31 assists.
Alexus Greenlief had four saves in goal.