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Bellefontaine kicks past Indian Lake in tournament soccer; Calvary advances in Jr. High tournament

A few area boys soccer teams played sectional tournament games Thursday night.

Bellefontaine defeated rival Indian Lake 4-0 at Dodd Stadium.

The Chiefs raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead.

Josh Neighoff led the attack with two goals.

Carlos Guajardo recorded a goal and Andrew Funderburgh delivered an assist.

Standout Keeper Zach Gingerich earned another shutout.

The Chiefs have recorded ten shutouts this season.

BHS had 7 shots on goal; Indian Lake recorded 6 shots on goal.

Bellefontaine improves to 11-3-3. They will battle rival Tipp City in the sectional title game at Piqua Monday night at 7:00.

Head coach Steve Henry said, "I'm really proud of our guys tonight - especially the seniors. This was their last time playing on this field and they made the most of it. We knew that Coach Shoffstall would have his team ready to play, and with the season they have had, it wasn't going to be easy. Our team defense was solid again, and our passing was more crisp. It just all came together at the right time. Hopefully we can ride this momentum into the sectional final on Monday."

For Indian Lake, Tyler Rode and Elijah Knief each made two saves.

The Lakers finish the season 9-9.

Head coach Jon Shoffstall said, "It's always a tough loss when it is the last game of the season and last game of some careers. Bellefontaine really pressured us and we didn't handle it well. As I look back on the year, we did some great things. Our seniors Tony Carpenter and Zach Collins will be missed. It will be tough to replace the toughness, leadership, and all around great guys that they are. They leave this soccer program with more wins than any other senior class in a career. I'm proud of their accomplishments! For our younger players, we will need to really work hard in the off-season and use the pain of this loss to fuel us for better days in the future. We have nine returning starters and many other players that are hungry for a starting role or want to earn substantial playing time. I'm excited for our younger players and the opportunity that they have for next year, however, our success will depend on their commitment in the off-season."

Other tournament finals:

Kenton Ridge blanked Springfield Shawnee 1-0.

Greenon defeated Graham 2-0.

Tipp City shut out Trotwood-Madison 3-0.

Springfield Catholic routed Northeastern 13-1.

Fairlawn edged Dixie 5-4.

Botkins outlasted Lehman 2-1 in overtime.

Jr. High tournament:

Calvary Christian edged Benjamin Logan Gold 2-1 to advance to the finals.

The Spartans scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick with one minute remaining in the game.

For Benjamin Logan Gold, Tim Gerholdt scored.

Keeper Danny Elson made several key saves.

Calvary Christian will play in the championship Saturday.

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