by: Julia Rivera
The Hamilton High School boy’s soccer team battled through cold, wet, and rainy conditions last night to earn a major decision over the visiting Milford High School Eagles in the second round of the Sectional Tournament.
Senior Alvin Mantey scored first within the opening two minutes. The Milford offensive continued to put pressure on the Hamilton defense, and was able to score with 27:16 remaining in the first half. After about 20 minutes of play it began to pour, making the playing conditions rough. The Big Blue was able to keep the Eagles at bay for the rest of the half.
When play resumed, the rain had died down but not stopped. Hamilton kept the pressure, however, Milford was able to take the lead. Goalkeeper Logan Denholm blocked a shot but it deflected back to the Milford player who then sunk it in the top right corner. With 19:14 remaining in the game, Hamilton was down 2-1.
Less than 10 minutes later, junior Trace Sword took the ball up the field and fired off a shot that was blocked my the Milford goalkeeper. The ball bounced back to the feet of Mantey who was able to finish off the attempt and tie the score at 2. Both sides at multiple opportunities to score but were unable to capitalize on the ball movement. The game winning goal came when senior Lupe Olivia took a corner kick and a Milford player headed the ball into his own goal. The Big Blue defense stayed strong for the remainder of the half to close out the win.
Hamilton will now advance to play in the Sectional Final on Monday, October 24th at Lakota East HS at 7:00 pm vs. #1 ranked Mason.
To view action photos of the game last night thanks to Varsity Views Cincinnati, click here.