Monday’s roundup: Tigers, Ironladies battle to hard-fought draw

It’s good advice to have some Advil ready for every time that Circleville and Jackson meet on the girls soccer pitch.

And Monday was no different, with the two sides battling to a scoreless non-league draw in Roundtown.

The Ironladies clanked a shot off the post just two minutes into the match, which turned out to be their best scoring opportunity of the night.

Circleville’s Makya Cockerham advances the ball down the pitch. Photos by Hailey Fox/Pickaway-Ross CTC

Circleville responded and continued to apply pressure throughout the rest of the match, but none of its five shots were able to get past the Jackson keeper.

“We played well and applied a lot of pressure on their backline and really controlled most of the match, particularly the second half,” Circleville coach Joe Stitt said. “I was very pleased with how we cleaned up some of our mistakes from Saturday. A draw isn’t what we play for, but overall I’m really proud of the effort our girls showed tonight.”

Circleville’s Bella Morningstar possesses the ball on Monday against Jackson. Photos by Hailey Fox/Pickaway-Ross CTC

Kyle McCain was key in the net for the Tigers, posting six saves for her first clean sheet of the season.

Stitt complimented the play of his three seniors and also shined a lot on positive play from Makya Cockerham and Bailey Zheng.

“Our three seniors, Emma Groff, Payton Ford, and Faith Yancey really did a great job setting the tone with relentless energy,” he said. “All three seem to be everywhere all at once. I know she was frustrated she couldn’t score, but Makya Cockerham really played well again tonight.

“And for the second match in a row, freshman Bailey Zheng played excellently in the back. I’m sure she had some nerves again, but she played like an experienced upperclassman and not a freshman tonight.”

Circleville’s Ava Justice dribbles the ball down the pitch. Photos by Hailey Fox/Pickaway Ross CTC

The Tigers (0-0-2) will seek to secure their first win of the season when they travel to Hamilton Township on Wednesday to open Mid-State League match.

Logan Elm 8,
Westfall 1

Five players found the back of net on Monday for visiting Logan Elm in an 8-1 non-league win over host Westfall.

Jenna Allison, Sammi Mayhugh and Siennah Bryant each scored a pair of goals for the Braves, and Lily Jarvis and Maggie Wilson both added a tally.

The Braves (2-0) open Mid-State League play on Wednesday when they host Amanda-Clearcreek.

Boys Soccer
Logan Elm 1,
Westfall 1

Jude Palmer put away a perfectly placed pass from teammate Dawsen Hudson in the second half on Monday that provided the equalizer to allow Logan Elm to tie host Westfall 1-1 in a non-league match.
Westfall scored earlier in the second half to take a 1-0 lead.

Sam Braun finished the night with eight saves for the Braves (0-2-1), who host Hillsboro on Wednesday for another non-league tilt.

Girls Tennis
Logan Elm 4,
Logan 1

Logan Elm swept the doubles courts on Monday on its way to a 4-1 non-league win over host Logan.

The Logan Elm first doubles team of Ally Berger and Kaylee Ross dispatched Nevaeh Hempker and Rachel Bauers on straight sets of 6-2 and 6-2. The Logan Elm second doubles squad of Savannah Conley and Jenna Reeser also won by the same scores of 6-2 and 6-2 over Cora Coffill and Avery Dicken.

Logan Elm’s McKinley Perkins rallied from a first set loss to outlast Ashlyn Schluep 2-6, 6-1 and 6-4 at second singles and LE teammate Aubrey Justice defeated Emma Smith 6-4 and 7-6 at third singles.
Josie Sigler scored the lone point for the Chieftains with a 6-3 and 6-1 win at first singles over Karina Atwood.

The Braves (2-3) continue non-league play on Wednesday when they host Washington Court House.

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