NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville boys soccer team played on artificial surface and under unnatural light for the first time all season at Lima Stadium on Monday.
The Rangers looked like naturals in a 6-1 win over Lima Temple Christian in a Division III sectional semifinal.
Photos: New Knoxville vs. Lima Temple Christian sectional soccer
“We feel like it helps us,” New Knoxville head coach Tony Hunt said. “Our guys work the ball well, they pass well and they’re fast. We’d like this field to be a bit wider, but we do like the turf.”
Three Rangers scored two goals apiece and New Knoxville won its 10th game of the season for just the second time in the program’s history.
“We had a ten-win season and only had a 14-game regular season,” Hunt said. “It’s nice. The guys are working hard.”
New Knoxville (10-4-1) got two goals apiece by Andrew Mackie, Isaiah Oeding and Gancalo Branco.
The Rangers advance to the sectional final against Fort Jennings on Saturday at approxiamately 2:30 p.m. at Lima Stadum. Fort Jennings is coached by former New Knoxville head coach Gregg Luthmann.
New Knoxville won the regular season meeting between the two schools, 3-1. “They’re a solid team and we know Coach Luthmann is defense, defense, defense,” Hunt said. “It’s hard to score on Fort Jennings. We feel like if we get a couple, we have a good chance of beating them.”
New Knoxville had 12 shots on goal while Lima Temple Christian had six shots on goal.
New Knoxville goalkeeper Dean Frankenberg made three saves.
LCC 8, SPENCERVILLE 2
The T-Birds coasted to an 8-2 win over Spencerville in the first game at Lima Stadium on Monday. LCC will face Liberty-Benton at 12:30 p.m. at Lima Stadium on Saturday before the New Knoxville-Fort Jennings match. LCC is 10-5-2 on the season. Spencerville bows out at 0-15.
ELIDA 2, WAPAK 1
WAPAKONETA — The St. Marys boys soccer team will meet Elida on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. at Wapakoneta in the Division II sectional after the Bulldogs edged Wapak on Monday night.