XENIA — For the second time this season Northmont’s girls soccer team lost to Centerville by the same score.
The Lady Bolts lost to the Lady Elks 3-0 during the regular season and Monday night in the Division I sectional final lost again 3-0.
With the victory Centerville improves to 11-3-4 while Northmont ends its season at 9-7-3. The Lady Elks advance to the district tournament to play Mason at West Carrollton High School on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Neither Northmont nor Centerville gained the upper hand early on, but it was evident from the start that the Lady Elks passing skills were excellent.
Despite Northmont’s tough defense the Lady Elks found the back of the net with 22:43 remaining in the first half on a strong, slicing kick by Elizabeth Anderson. Alyssa Walker scored on a penalty kick at 4:24 of the first half to give Centerville a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Grace Geise made it 3-0 at 32:42 of the second half. Northmont ramped up its attack but Centerville’s defense was too good and held the Lady Bolts scoreless for the second time this season.
“We came in as the underdogs and our girls seemed to be awfully quiet in the pregame warmup and it had us concerned,” said Northmont Coach Ted Mergler. “We didn’t know if it was focus or if it was just intimidation. I felt like we kind of decided to start playing but it was a little too late. Hannah Cloud created a pretty good scoring opportunity and it kind of woke us up. I think the girls realized they could generate offense against Centerville, but at that point we were down three goals. It is what it is. Centerville is a good program and we are trying to get to that point, but we are not quite there yet.”
Even in defeat Mergler was happy with the effort made by his players.
“I’m proud of my girls. We exceeded expectations I would say as we obviously upset Butler in the previous round, but this just wasn’t our night,” Mergler added.