PIQUA — Piqua’s defense held Sidney’s potent offense in check for a half.
But the Indians couldn’t mount any offense of their own — and eventually, Sidney broke through, scoring three second-half goals to put away a 4-0 victory Wednesday at Wertz Stadium.
The Indians (0-2) mounted some offense in the game’s first 10 minutes, with Raylynn Ward hitting a 25-yard shot just wide of the net. But after that scoring chance, Sidney (2-0) took control and kept the ball in Piqua’s defensive end practically the rest of the night, and eventually Khia McMillen was able to break through with a goal with 14:28 remaining in the first half, making the score 1-0.
“After the first half, I told them I was very proud of them. They took every single thing that we did in practice yesterday, and they implemented it and were executing, and it was great,” Piqua coach Kelsey Smith said.
That’s where the score stayed, though, thanks to Piqua goalie Karley Johns. Under fire most of the night, she finished with 21 saves — while the Indians managed just three shots in the game, two of them on goal.
“I just told her, I don’t care what the scoreboard says, you played an amazing game,” Smith said of Johns. “Unbelievable. She played amazing.”
In the end, though, the defense just ran out of gas.
Lainie Fair headed in a Kimora Johnson corner kick with 29:09 remaining in the game to make the score 2-0 Sidney, then McMillen ripped in a 30-yarder with 23:39 to go for some added insurance. Less than a minute later, Kyleigh Spade scored on a breakaway with 22:44 on the clock, and Sidney killed the clock from there.
“Second half, I think we got a little tired from the ball being in our defensive half most of the game. Our defense started to break down a little bit — but I told them that wasn’t the defense’s fault. We need to be able to possess the ball better in the attacking half,” Smith said. “We have the capability to do that. We just need to be able to possess it on our offensive half.”
Piqua travels to Tippecanoe Monday.
West Carrollton 1
TROY — In two games, Troy has piled up 28 goals.
The Trojans routed West Carrollton in their home opener Wednesday night, winning 15-1 at Troy Memorial Stadium.
Julianna Williams had four goals and an assist and Leah Harnish had three goals and an assist — the second straight hat trick for both players — and they were joined by Chamber Browning, who also had three goals and an assist.
Maddie Brewer added two goals and two assists, Sumedha Wundvalli had a goal and an assist, Catie O’Neill and Eva Raskay each had a goal, Maddison Manson and Aubrey Murphy each had three assists and Ali Davis had one assist.
Troy hosts Xenia Monday.
Other scores: Miami East 4, Northwestern 2.
• Boys Soccer
Miami East 3,
CASSTOWN — The Miami East boys soccer team picked up its first win of the year Wednesday, topping Northwestern at home 3-1.
Logan McEldowney had a goal and an assist for the Vikings (1-1), Caleb Stone and Luke Haymaker each had a goal and Jayden Waddy and Trenton Maxson each had an assist.
• Boys Golf
PIQUA — Piqua’s boys golf team scored its first win of the season Wednesday at Echo Hills, knocking off Butler 185-187.
Evan Hensler was medalist for the Indians (1-3) with a 39, Richard Price shot 43, Decker Jackson shot 47, Sabastian Karabinis shot 56 and Drew Hinkle shot 70.
TC North 221
PIQUA — No Indian shot higher than a 45 Wednesday at Piqua Country Club as Newton coasted to a 172-221 victory over Tri-County North.
The Indians counted four 43s to win, shot by Ross Ferrell, Chandler Peters, Hudson Montgomery and Aaron Colvin.
• Girls Golf
Miami East 193,
ST. PARIS — Miami East’s girls golf team scored a Cross County Conference win at home Wednesday, defeating Bethel 193-223 at Lakeland Golf Course.
Gretchen Stevens was medalist for the Vikings with a 43, Erin Baker shot 45, Olivia Patton shot 51 and Addy Godwin shot 54.
McKenna Gray shared medalist honors and led the Bees with a 43, Skylar Johnson shot 57 Kaylee Brookhart shot 59 and Grace Bennett shot 64.
West Carrollton 0
TROY — The Troy tennis team (4-1) swept a makeup match against West Carrollton Wednesday, 5-0.
Danielle Robbins won at first singles, Katie Bertke won at second singles, Casey Rogers won at third singles, the first doubles team of Kylie Ayers and Maggie Wannemacher won and the Trojans won a forfeit at second double.