Bolts’ second half goals sink Xenia


By Ron Nunnari - Rnunnari@aimmmediamidwest.com



<strong>Xenia’s Maddix O’Bryant tries to disrupt a pass from Kyle Knerr (15) to forward Brandon Morton (20).</strong>

Xenia’s Maddix O’Bryant tries to disrupt a pass from Kyle Knerr (15) to forward Brandon Morton (20).


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Maddix O’Bryant tries to move the down the sideline as Sam Henne moves in to defend.


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Brycen Heim tries to settle the ball in front of Northmont defender Justin Menker.


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Isaac Jopson tries to move the ball inside the 20 as he fends off Northmont’s Kyle Knerr.


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CLAYTON — Cameron Atkinson gave Xenia an early 1-0 lead Monday over Northmont in the opening round of sectional tournament play with 33:45 remaining in the first half.

Atkinson got past defender Kevin Zile and goal keeper Nick Newman who came out to try to defend the hot. Atkinson maneuvered the ball to the right of Zile and Newman and angled a shot back to the left and into the right center of the net to give the Buccaneers the early lead.

Northmont made some adjustments at halftime and came out with a more organized attack in the second half. Xenia managed to keep the Thunderbolts at bay until 16:36 remained.

Kyle Knerr got the ball near the left sideline with heavy traffic in front of the Xenia goal. Knerr got past a defender and had a clear alley to his right and rifled a kick toward the right post and into the net past the diving goalkeeper to tie the game 1-1.

With 9:26 left Brandon Morton pounded a goal in from the right side from 20 yards out to give Northmont a 2-1 lead that would stand.

“It was a solid second half for us. The first half I don’t know what was going on. We were just real lethargic and just couldn’t put anything together,” said Northmont Coach Bob Brown. “The second half we came out and I guess paid the seniors the honor they deserve and played for a half.”

Xenia mounted a few scoring chances late but Northmont’s defense was rock solid and rebuffed the Buccaneers attempts to tie the game.

“They just played with a little bit more intensity than we did in the second half,” said Xenia Coach Keenan Michael. “The first goal they got was a great shot. The second goal was just kind of our mistakes. I was happy with how well we played in the first half but in the second half we just didn’t match that and that was the difference.”

Xenia ends its season at 5-10-2 overall.

Northmont, also 5-10-2, advances to play Butler (13-2-1) on Thursday, a team the Thunderbolts lost hard fought 2-1 match to on Sept. 20.

“I respect the heck out of Butler Coach Steve Doring,” Brown added. “They will be crazy organized and prepared. Every time we play them it’s a good, close hard fought game. It will be fun. If somebody can get out there to watch, it will be a lot of fun.”

Xenia’s Maddix O’Bryant tries to disrupt a pass from Kyle Knerr (15) to forward Brandon Morton (20).
https://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2018/10/web1_Knerr_Morton.jpgXenia’s Maddix O’Bryant tries to disrupt a pass from Kyle Knerr (15) to forward Brandon Morton (20). Ron Nunnari | AIM Media Midwest

Maddix O’Bryant tries to move the down the sideline as Sam Henne moves in to defend.
https://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2018/10/web1_MaddixO-Bryant.jpgMaddix O’Bryant tries to move the down the sideline as Sam Henne moves in to defend. Ron Nunnari | AIM Media Midwest

Brycen Heim tries to settle the ball in front of Northmont defender Justin Menker.
https://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2018/10/web1_BrycenHeim.jpgBrycen Heim tries to settle the ball in front of Northmont defender Justin Menker. Ron Nunnari | AIM Media Midwest

Isaac Jopson tries to move the ball inside the 20 as he fends off Northmont’s Kyle Knerr.
https://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2018/10/web1_IsaacJopson.jpgIsaac Jopson tries to move the ball inside the 20 as he fends off Northmont’s Kyle Knerr. Ron Nunnari | AIM Media Midwest

By Ron Nunnari

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