Big Red girls soccer team stopped in district semifinal
By JOE CATULLO
NEW CONCORD — The Steubenville girls soccer team fell to John Glenn, 2-0, during a Division II East 2 District semifinal match on Tuesday.
Big Red, the seventh seed, concludes with a record of 10-6-2. No. 2 seed John Glenn advances to the district final and will host fourth-seeded St. Clairsville on Saturday. The Red Devils bested fifth-seeded Tri-Valley, 5-4, in overtime Tuesday.
Steubenville had 10 shots on goal, and Elexis Martin made 15 saves.
“We had a lapse in the first half after John Glenn scored the first goal,” Big Red first-year head coach Annie Cutri said. “They scored their second about a minute and a half later. I really felt that we definitely dominated the second half. We just couldn’t find the back of the net. They really came together and found their chemistry as a team. The girls finished the game with heart and left it all on the field. Lexi had a great game.”
EAST 1 DISTRICT
DOVER — In the East 1 bracket, No. 6 seed Indian Creek fell 2-1 in overtime to third-seeded Dover on Tuesday.
Dover advances to take on top-seeded River View (who bested No. 8 seed Zanesville, 1-0, on Tuesday) on Saturday.
ZANESVILLE — Catholic Central, the No. 3 seed in the Division III East District, dropped a heartbreaker to second-seeded West Muskingum, 3-2, on Tuesday.
West Muskingum scored a game-winning goal with 40 seconds remaining and came back from a 2-1 deficit in the second half.
Anthony Venditti scored on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the match to tie the score at 1-1. The Crusaders (8-7-2) took the lead in the second half after Michael Lee connected on another penalty kick within the first nine minutes. West Muskingum scored three minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.
Catholic Central had five shots on goal, and Michael Duff made four saves.
“We knew we were going up against a quality opponent. They only had one loss the entire season,” CCHS head coach Steve Kopcha said. “They have been state ranked throughout the year. I asked the boys to give their best effort, and that’s what they did. It was very competitive right up until the end. I’m very proud of the effort and energy they gave (Tuesday night).”
West Muskingum will travel to challenge top-seeded Hiland (9-0 winner over No. 6 seed Sandy Valley) for the district title on Saturday.
NEW CONCORD — No. 5 seed Indian Creek was swept by fourth-seeded John Glenn, 25-20, 25-21, 25-12, during a Division II East 2 District semifinal match on Tuesday. John Glenn will take on second-seeded Meadowbrook, who swept 10th-seeded Claymont, for a district title on Saturday.