LIMA — The Lehman boys soccer team found itself trailing Lima Catholic 2-0 early on, but the Cavs rallied back to post a 4-2 victory in Western Ohio Soccer League action Thursday.
The win puts Lehman at 5-2 in the league and keeps the Cavs in the race. Overall they are 5-6-1 heading into a Tuesday game at Dayton Christian, the No. 3-ranked team in the state.
Jacob Schmiesing scored two goals for the Cavs and Jame Emrick and John Henry Frantz had one apiece.
Recording assists were Schmiesing, Emrick, Frantz, Trey Kerrigan and Conor O’Leary.
Lima Catholic took a 1-0 lead at the 26:19 mark, and made it 2-0 at the 9:44 mark.
But the Cavs got a much-needed goal just before the intermission from Schmiesing.
“That was a huge goal,” said Lehman coach Tom Wiseman. “Kept us in the game and got our spirits up before we went to the locker room.”
The Cavs kept the momentum in the second half, too. Frantz scored les than eight minutes into the second pderiod to knot the score, then five minutes later, Schmiesing scored his second goal to give the Cavs the lead for good.
Then with 13:19 remaining, Emrick sealed the win with his 10th goal of the year.
“This was a big win and a big confidewnce boost,” said Wiseman. “This was simply a case of several of our players turning in their best performance of the year. Once we got used to the speed of the turf, over quickness took over. And in my four years with the program, I can’t remember coming back from a two-goal deficit to win, especially on the road.”
WOSL standings (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie) — Botkins 6-0-1, Lima Catholic 6-2-0, Jackson Center 5-2-0, Lehman 5-2-0, Fairlawn 5-30, Lima Temple 3-2-1, New Knoxville 2-5-0, Allen East 2-6-0, Lincolnview 1-6-0, Spencerville 0-7-0.
Botkins 4, Spencerville 0
SPENCERVILLE — Defending WOSL boys champion Botkins moved closer to a second straight league title Thursday with a 4-0 win over Spencerville on the road.
The win put coach Kevin Lynch’s squad at 6-0-1 in league play, the only unbeaten in the conference. Overall, the Trojans are 7-3-1 and next play a non-league game at Twin Valley Slouth on Tuesday.
Goals were scored by Kaleb Hanby, Tanner Russell, Clayton Harshbarger and Josh Johnson.
Hanby, Joe Shuga and Andrew Monnin all had assists.
Anna 2, St. Marys 1
ANNA — The Anna Lady Rockets remained undefeated on the year after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over St. Marys in non-league girls soccer action Thursday at Anna.
The Lady Rockets are 11-0-2 on the season heading into a game at West Liberty-Salem on Monday.
Ashley Heitkamp and Taylor Noll scored the goals for the Lady Rockets and Mackenzie Cummings had an assist.
Goalie Savanna Hostetler had two saves.
WOSL standings (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie) — Anna 6-0-0, Coldwater 5-2-0, Lehman 4-0-0, Lima Catholic 2-2-0, Allen East 2-3-0, Botkins 1-3-1, Delphos St. John’s 0-5-1, Lincolnview 0-5-0.
Botkins 2, DSJ 2
BOTKINS — Botkins trailed Delphos St. John’s 1-0 at the half, but scored twice in the final period to finish in a 2-2 tie in WOSL girls soccer Thursday.
The Lady Trojans are 1-3-1 in the league and 2-8-1 overall.
Paige Lane and Jenna Free scored the Lady Trojan goals and Grace Homan finished with eight saves.
Lehman game postponed
Leman’s scheduled Western Ohio Soccer League game Thursday at home was postponed because of poor field conditions.
The Lady Cavs return to action Saturday at Summit Country Day.
JC 2, LTC 1
JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center Tigers edged Lima Temple Christian in Western Ohio Soccer League boys action Thursday, 2-1.
The Tigers move to 5-2-0 in the WOSL and 6-5-1 overall heading into a home game against Newton Monday.
Gavin Booser and Bryce Sosby had the goals for the Tigers and Booser had an assist.
Fairlawn 5, Allen East 2
Fairlawn went to 5-3-0 in the WOSL with a 5-2 win over Allen East in boys soccer action at Fairlawn Thursday.
Overall, the Jets are 5-7-0 heading to Bethel Monday for their next game.
DJ Graves had two of the goals for the Jets and Andrew Taylor, Bryce Landry and Nick Brautigam one apiece.
Brautigam had three assists and Taylor one, while goalie Noah Schnipke had nine saves.
NK 2, Lincolnview 1
New Knoxville edged Lincolnview in WOSL boys play Thursday, 2-1.
The Rangers are now 2-5-0 in the league and 2-8-1 overall.
Joseph Baende and Jonah Lageman scored the goals for the Rangers, who are home against Continental Saturday.