CHILLICOTHE — The Miami Trace Panthers soccer team got the Sectional tournament started on the right foot with a convincing 5-2 win at Unioto over the Shermans Monday night.
Miami Trace, now 7-9-1 on the season, will travel to Circleville for a Sectional final match Saturday at 4 p.m. Circleville is the No. 1 seed and had a record of 12-0-2 at the time of the drawing.
Ethan Conn got the scoring started for Miami Trace Monday with a goal at the 33:11 mark of the first half. The assist went to Edik Liff.
Miami Trace increased its lead to 2-0 when Blake Pittser scored at the 13:43 mark. The assist went to Todd Peterson.
Unioto cut the Panthers’ lead in half when Tyler Beleon scored on a free kick with 11:28 to play in the half.
The scored remained 2-1 at halftime.
In the second half, Conn scored for Miami Trace at the 32:55 mark. No assist was given.
With 27:16 to play in the game, Pittser scored an unassisted goal to raise the Panthers’ lead to 4-1.
Almost four minutes later, Tre Ivey scored for the Shermans to make it a 4-2 game.
The Panthers continued to play good defense and kept the Shermans from scoring the remainder of the contest.
With 25 seconds to play, Hunter Moore scored for the Panthers for the final tally of 5-2.
Tim Kinzler was in goal for the Panthers and collected eight saves.
Miami Trace out-shot Unioto, 31-10.
“It was a dominate performance,” Miami Trace head coach Josh Thoroman said. “The first time we played Unioto, we beat them, 4-3.
“Monday it was an action-packed game,” Thoroman said. “The last time we played Unioto, we were 2-5. We had to go 80 minutes to beat them.
“Tonight, we took the lead and kind of controlled the game, from start to finish,” Thoroman said.
Miami Trace opened the season with a game at Circleville on Aug. 22. The Tigers won that meeting, 5-0.
“We feel like Circleville is the best team we’ve played this season,” Thoroman said. “They have 12 seniors and they are just, altogether, a solid and well-rounded team.”
Blake Pittser was named First Team, All-SCOL and Tim Kinzler was named Second Team, All-SCOL for 2015.
SCOL top players announced
In addition to Blake Pittser, 14 other players were named First Team, All-SCOL in soccer for 2015:
Seth Hanusik, Washington; Zach Hammonds, Clinton-Massie; Kobe Curtis and D.J. Brown, Hillsboro; Cody Hardesty and Tommy Henry, McClain; Sam Spirk, Kaden Laufer, Charly Shumacher and Seth Gundlach, Wilmington; Christian Brown, William Krieger, Tyler Stanton and Jason Johansen, Chillicothe.
In addition to Tim Kinzler, five other players were named Second Team, All-SCOL for 2015:
Trenton Brown, Washington; Hudson Ward, Chillicothe; Peyton Bell, Hillsboro and Brandon Goddard and Vinny Marcelino, McClain.
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