Centerville blanks Northmont


By Ron Nunnari - Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com



<strong>Emily Howard tries to fight her way past Centerville’s Erin Brooke.</strong>

Emily Howard tries to fight her way past Centerville’s Erin Brooke.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Jordyn Lubeach defends as Centerville’s Grace Geise hits a header.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Kyleigh Denson moves the ball into scoring position against Centerville defenders Kristin Stein (9) and Maggie Fintel.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

McKenzie Stefanoff defends as Grace Geise tries to move the ball away from the sideline.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Neariah Ross moves the ball up field.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Rachel Callopy shows determination as she moves the ball into scoring position while Brittany Weatherford (20) looks on.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Rozalyn Malott heads towards the Centerville goal trailed by Alyssa Walker.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

XENIA — For the second time this season Northmont’s girls soccer team lost to Centerville by the same score.

The Lady Bolts lost to the Lady Elks 3-0 during the regular season and Monday night in the Division I sectional final lost again 3-0.

With the victory Centerville improves to 11-3-4 while Northmont ends its season at 9-7-3. The Lady Elks advance to the district tournament to play Mason at West Carrollton High School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Neither Northmont nor Centerville gained the upper hand early on, but it was evident from the start that the Lady Elks passing skills were excellent.

Despite Northmont’s tough defense the Lady Elks found the back of the net with 22:43 remaining in the first half on a strong, slicing kick by Elizabeth Anderson. Alyssa Walker scored on a penalty kick at 4:24 of the first half to give Centerville a 2-0 advantage at halftime.

Grace Geise made it 3-0 at 32:42 of the second half. Northmont ramped up its attack but Centerville’s defense was too good and held the Lady Bolts scoreless for the second time this season.

“We came in as the underdogs and our girls seemed to be awfully quiet in the pregame warmup and it had us concerned,” said Northmont Coach Ted Mergler. “We didn’t know if it was focus or if it was just intimidation. I felt like we kind of decided to start playing but it was a little too late. Hannah Cloud created a pretty good scoring opportunity and it kind of woke us up. I think the girls realized they could generate offense against Centerville, but at that point we were down three goals. It is what it is. Centerville is a good program and we are trying to get to that point, but we are not quite there yet.”

Even in defeat Mergler was happy with the effort made by his players.

“I’m proud of my girls. We exceeded expectations I would say as we obviously upset Butler in the previous round, but this just wasn’t our night,” Mergler added.

Emily Howard tries to fight her way past Centerville’s Erin Brooke.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/10/web1_Emily_Howard.jpgEmily Howard tries to fight her way past Centerville’s Erin Brooke. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Jordyn Lubeach defends as Centerville’s Grace Geise hits a header.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/10/web1_Jordyn_Lubeach.jpgJordyn Lubeach defends as Centerville’s Grace Geise hits a header. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Kyleigh Denson moves the ball into scoring position against Centerville defenders Kristin Stein (9) and Maggie Fintel.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/10/web1_Kyleigh_Denson1.jpgKyleigh Denson moves the ball into scoring position against Centerville defenders Kristin Stein (9) and Maggie Fintel. Photo by Ron Nunnari

McKenzie Stefanoff defends as Grace Geise tries to move the ball away from the sideline.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/10/web1_McKenzie_Stefanoff.jpgMcKenzie Stefanoff defends as Grace Geise tries to move the ball away from the sideline. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Neariah Ross moves the ball up field.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/10/web1_Neariah_Ross.jpgNeariah Ross moves the ball up field. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Rachel Callopy shows determination as she moves the ball into scoring position while Brittany Weatherford (20) looks on.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/10/web1_Rachel_Callopy.jpgRachel Callopy shows determination as she moves the ball into scoring position while Brittany Weatherford (20) looks on. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Rozalyn Malott heads towards the Centerville goal trailed by Alyssa Walker.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/10/web1_Rozalyn_Malott.jpgRozalyn Malott heads towards the Centerville goal trailed by Alyssa Walker. Photo by Ron Nunnari

By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

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