The varsity boys soccer team traveled to Springfield High School last night to face a familiar foe, the Springboro Panthers, in the District Semifinals. The two teams had met earlier in the year with the Panthers rallying from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 tie on their home turf.
Last night, the Panthers struck first to take a 1-0 lead with 25 minutes left in the first half as the Elks played very sluggish to start the game. That lead would hold up as the two teams headed to halftime to make adjustments. In the second half, the Elks came out much more focused and energized and the results of that improved effort would show up very quick when Keagan Devoe put a free kick into the back of the net with 33 minutes left in the game. The Elks would end the game playing a man down due to a double yellow card, but were still able to keep the game tied at the end of regulation and force the game into overtime. Early in the extra period, the Panthers also lost a man and this game would now be decided by 10-on-10 soccer. With 1:30 left in the game, the Elks lined up a corner kick. Tanner Greenlee played a perfect ball and Alec Decuir headed it past the Panthers goalie with 1:22 left for the golden goal and a 2-1 Elks victory.
With the win, the team improves to 13-3-3 on the year and punches their ticket to the District Finals on Saturday night at 7:00 PM at Hamilton High School. In that game, they will face the fourth ranked Moeller Crusaders with a spot in the Sweet Sixteen on the line.