BRANDT — The Bethel boys soccer team opened the 2020 season with a bang.
Sam Sortman scored the game-winning goal with 9:37 remaining, giving the Bees a thrilling 2-1 non-league victory over Eaton Saturday at home.
Cole Brannan scored on an assist from Jace Houck to give the Bees (1-0)the lead, but Eaton tied the score on a penalty kick. But Jaiden Hogge sent a pass through the goal mouth and hit Sortman on the back side for the finish in the final 10 minutes to put Bethel back on top, and the Bees held on from there.
“I am very proud of my guys tonight,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “Without any scrimmages to find out where we are at, we battled and fought tonight. That was great. Obviously, there are things we must improve upon, but I loved the will to win they showed tonight.”
Bethel travels to Springfield Catholic Central Tuesday.
Troy Christian 1,
Ottawa Hills 0
TROY — Troy Christian’s Chaz Schemmel scored the game’s only goal at the 7:16 mark of the first half, and the Eagles opened the season Friday with a 1-0 victory over Ottawa Hills.
Troy Christian (1-0) hosts Emmanuel Christian Thursday.
Miami East 2
CASSTOWN — The Miami East boys soccer team opened the season with what is becoming a quality rivalry matchup against visiting Botkins Saturday, with the Vikings eventually falling 3-2.
Logan McEldowney and Trey Kreitzer each scored a goal for Miami East (0-1), while Jayden Waddy and Trenton Manson each had an assist.
• Girls Soccer
BRANDT — New Bethel girls soccer coach Josh Garlough scored a victory in his first match with the team Saturday as the Bees (1-0) claimed a 1-0 victory over Eaton to open the season.
Madi McKenzie scored on an assist from Cait Hallum with 22:54 remaining in the second half for the match’s only goal.
Other scores: Lehman (1-0) 6, Wapakoneta 0. West Liberty-Salem 3, Troy Christian (0-1) 2.
Miami East 0
VERSAILLE — The Miami East volleyball team opened the season where it ended last season — taking on rival Versailles Saturday.
And while it wasn’t a regional tournament stage, the match still had that feel on the floor, but in the end the Vikings fell in three close sets, 25-22, 25-20, 26-24.
Megan Gilliland had 12 kills, 14 digs, two aces and one assist, Sierra Kinnison had eight kills, 12 digs and one assist, Megan McDowell had four kills and one dig, Ava Jacomet had three kills, 12 digs, one ace and one assist, Ava Prince had 25 assists, nine digs, two kills and an ace, Kayly Fetters had two kills, a dig and a block, Emma Bowman had five digs and an ace and Lauren Wright had five digs and an assist.
The Vikings (0-1) host Graham Thursday.
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaneers faced Russia in a tough season opener Saturday at home, falling in three, 25-13, 25-19, 25-14.
Nigella Reck had seven kills and 10 digs, Emmaline Kiser had five kills, Ellery Reck had 17 assists and 11 digs and Carlie Besecker had eight digs and two blocks for the Buccs (0-1).
“Russia has always been a tough opener for us, but I think we competed better today than we have in the past.” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “We have proven to be an aggressive serving and hitting team during our preseason, however today we were not able to find the seams and adjust to their solid block.”
The Buccs host Brookville Tuesday.
Other scores: Bradford (1-0) 3, Houston 1. Riverside 3, Bethel (0-1) 0. Urbana 3, Lehman (0-1) 2.
• Boys Golf
GREENVILLE — The Troy boys golf team (3-3) struggled at Turtle Creek Friday in a 174-183 loss to Greenville.
Ryan Dowling led the Trojans with a 44, Tag Bender and Owen Evilsizor shot 46, Kellen Glover shot 47, Bryce Massingill shot 48 and Henry Johnston shot 50.
Troy travels to Xenia Tuesday.
VAN WERT — The Lehman tennis team finished fourth at the Van Wert Invitational Saturday with 19 points, led by a pair of third-place finishes.
Annie Stiver finished third at second singles and Mary Lins finished third at third singles, while Liann Trahey at first singles, the first doubles team of Taylor Reineke and Macie Verdier and the second doubles team of Madi Gleason and Lilly Williams all finished fourth.