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Defense comes up big again for Chiefs in tourney win over BL

BHS boys record ninth shutout of season

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Bellefontaine’s Aaron Wisner, left, and Benjamin Logan’s Robby Eleyet go up for the ball during the second half of their Division II sectional tournament game Tuesday night at Dodd Stadium. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

Bellefontaine’s boys soccer team overwhelmed visiting Benjamin Logan in the second half Tuesday and ran away with a 5-0 win at Dodd Stadium in a Division II sectional tournament opener.

The third-seeded Chieftains are now 10-3-3 on the season and host fifth-seeded Indian Lake on Thursday in a semifinal matchup at 7 p.m.

It was also a big night for senior goalkeeper Zach Gingerich. He helped the Chiefs record their ninth shutout of the season, which is a school record.

The first half got off to a slow start for both teams. Bellefontaine’s Matt Baughman scored off an assist from Josh Neighoff with seven seconds left before the break, giving BHS a 1-0 edge.

“I really feel that the goal at the end of the first half and the energy of our guys off of the bench was the difference in this match,” said BHS boys head coach Steven Henry. “Ben Logan played some really tough defense in the first half and we just couldn’t get those final two passes in our attacking third.

“Jamie (Hughes’) guys always come to play and we knew that we would have to match their intensity, which I thought we did a better job of in the second half. Now we have one day off and then our seniors will play their final home game. It should be a fun game.”

In the second half, the Chiefs went on a 4-0 scoring barrage. Landon Butler scored at the 30:26 mark to put BHS ahead 2-0, Thoryn Jackson scored with 11:08 left to play for a 3-0 lead and Jackson scored again off an assist from Ethan Tullis at the 5:01 mark for a 4-0 lead.

Matt Anderson scored the Chieftains’ final goal with 26 seconds left on a solo shot.

“Well we lost, but we went out on a well-played game,” said Ben Logan boys head coach Jamie Hughes. “We did everything we could to frustrate them in the first half. Up until the last seven seconds everything went right as planned, but we miss-hit one clearance and it went right to (Josh) Neighoff and he made a great pass to set up that goal, which obviously took a lot of pressure off of them.”

Ben Logan finishes the season 2-14-1.

“The second half opened up quite a bit and they were able to put a few more in,” said Hughes. “They are a very good team and their defense and keeper are fantastic. They just don’t make many mistakes and they’ve had a great season.

“We will miss our seniors Robby (Eleyet), Dan (Kuhmer), and Sean (Daugherty), but we will return nine starters and have an exciting group of eighth-graders moving up next year. So we look to be much improved and will have high expectations going into 2013. We still have a lot of work to do in the off-season, but I think we have the guys that are willing to do what it takes to be successful.”

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