SPARTA — Both the boys and girls soccer teams from Galion were on the field Wednesday evening against Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference rivals, the Highland Fighting Scots. The two teams met back in August with the boys dropping the match to the Scots, 5-1. The girls also loss their match to Highland, 6-1.
The Tigers took to the pitch hoping for different results the second time around.
But Highland once again better the Tigers, 6-0 in the girls game and 2-1 when the boys team played
Coach Eric Palmer and the girls squad couldn’t find the back of the net against the Scots. But the Tigers did keep the Highland goalkeeper busy on Wednesday. Katie McDonald, Bri Wallis, Faith Eutsey, Natalie Rodriguez and Destiny Yoder all made attempts at the net but came up empty handed.
Allison DeNero had seven saves for Galion.
“The girls played with a lot of heart and have grown so much in the game (of soccer). I’m proud of how far they have come this season,” Palmer said.
Sectional tournament pairings for the two teams will be announced this weekend. The girls have one more regular-season match, Oct. 12 vs. Northwestern in West Salem.
The boys match was closer. In fact, the winning goal by Highland was scored with just five seconds remaining in the match.
Matt Sparks, Ben Alstadt, Skyler Bishop, Simon Avila and Kodin West all had shots on goal, 11 overall. The lone goal for the Tigers was scored by Isaac Meister on a cross-shot into the box that found it’s way into the net.
Stephen Thompson was once again at goalkeeper for head coach John Stewart’s squad. He had 11 saves.
“The Tigers played well. They had the Scots on their back foot for long stretches of the game. The prior meeting was 5-1, with Highland controlling much of the possession in first game. The boys have improved,” Stewart said
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