TROY — Troy boys soccer coach Richard Phillips knew what the most important thing about Tuesday’s season opener was.
That it was happening at all.
“That’s the main thing, is we got to play,” he said. “The boys have been out here since June 1, and that’s why you practice. That’s why you train. You train to play.”
And play the Trojans did, opening up the strange 2020 season in impressive fashion as Jon Hipolito and Gavin Marshall combined to score seven goals in Troy’s 10-0 victory over Miami Valley League Miami Division foe Greenville Tuesday at Troy Memorial Stadium.
After the start of the season was thrown into question by the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, the Trojans — along with many of the state’s other soccer teams — were unable to play any preseason scrimmages, making Tuesday’s opener the first time the team had seen live competition this year.
“They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time,” Phillips said. “We didn’t have any scrimmage matches, so that really didn’t let us get organized the way we like to organize. We had to do that here, tonight. But they responded well to that.”
Four minutes in, Troy took the lead as Aydan Weaver scored on an assist from Sam Kazmaier. Marshall then scored an unassisted goal at the 24-minute mark, but the score remained 2-0 after the first 20 minutes thanks to the play of Greenville goalie Jacob Maher, who was under fire constantly all night.
In the final 20 minutes of the first half, though, the Trojans broke it open.
Mitchell Davis scored goals with assists from Hipolito at the 19- and 16-minute marks to make it 4-0, then Hipolito scored on an assist from Marshall to make it 5-0. Marshall then ended the first half by cashing in an assist from Hipolito to make the score 6-0 at the break.
A pass by Kazmaier spring Marshall on a breakaway to open the second half, with the latter notching a hat trick to make the score 7-0. Marshall then lobbed a long pass to Hipolito, who beat the Green Wave’s keeper one-on-one and tapped in a goal to make the score 8-0. Hipolito then finished off his hat trick with 23:48 to play and added a fourth goal at the 20:30 mark to finish off the scoring on the night.
Hipolito had three assists to go with his four goals, Marshall had three goals and two assists, Davis had two goals, Weaver had one goal and Kazmaier had two assists.
“We still have some changes to make,” Phillips said. “But now that they have this under their belt, I think they’ll realize now, they’ll understand now, what it takes to play together.”
Troy travels to West Carrollton Thursday and Xenia on Sept. 1 before returning home to face Fairborn on Sept. 3.
SPRINGFIELD — The Bethel Bees battled Springfield Catholic Central to a 1-1 draw Tuesday night on the road.
Jace Houck scored the goal for the Bees (1-0-1) on an assist from Casey Keesee.
“This was a very good, tightly-played match,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “We were able to possess the ball in the middle of the field but could not penetrate and create good scoring opportunities, especially in the second half. With the overall young team we have, every game is going to be a learning experience.”
Bethel hosts Springfield Shawnee Thursday.
Other scores: Tippecanoe (1-0) 5, Stebbins 0. Butler 13, Piqua (0-1) 0.
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Dayton Christian 4,
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union’s girls soccer team opened the season with a tough test against visiting Dayton Christian, and the Bulldogs’ second-half rally fell short in a 4-3 loss.
Rachel Jacobs scored two goals to lead the Bulldogs (0-1), Kami Schatz had a goal and Kenzi Everett and Ava Berberich each had an assist.
Milton-Union hosts Madison Thursday.
ANNA — Bethel fell to 1-1 on the season Tuesday, falling to a tough Anna team on the road, 2-1.
Madi McKenzie scored the lone goal for the Bees on an assist from Kace Hensley.
Other scores: Lehman (2-0) 4, Botkins 1. Greeneview 3, Troy Christian (0-2) 0.