Tigers fail to score in 1-0 home loss to Eagles Thursday – GAMEDAY for Tiger Football facing the Panthers of Little Miami in playoff action at Little Miami tonight
By Chuck Gibson
LOVELAND, OH (October 9, 2020) – The Loveland boys soccer team allowed Walnut Hills only one goal Thursday night, but couldn’t counter with one of their own falling 1-0 at home against the Eagles.
Senior Charlie Hamann tallied the only goal for Walnut Hills on an assist from fellow senior Henry Roetker and it proved to be enough for the win despite a strong attacking Tiger offense. Loveland produced 9 shots on goal, but couldn’t break Eagle senior keeper Liam Riggins who earned the shutout win with nine saves on the night.
The Tiger loss to an Eastern Cincinnati Conference opponent is only the second conference loss for Loveland (now 5-2-0 in ECC) who stood atop the ECC standings with a 5-1-1 record prior to the match Thursday. Loveland is 9-2-2 overall.
Loveland boys soccer can redeem the loss in conference play this Saturday afternoon as they host Winton Woods on the home pitch at 2:30 p.m. The sectional tourney draw will follow Sunday, October 11.
GAMEDAY: Football: Football playoffs start this Friday.
The Tigers are seeded #18 and kick it off tonight against Little Miami (seeded #15) in a first round game against the Panthers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. In previous action against Little Miami this season the Panthers prevailed by a final score of 55-20 at Tiger Stadium on the Loveland High School campus.
The game was played on Friday, September 18, following a week that found the Panthers in the national spotlight over a controversial suspension of two players who carried flags supporting the police and firefighters onto the field a week earlier. The suspension of the two players was subsequently lifted and they both were eligible to play against Loveland. Both teams honored police and firefighters before the contest with Loveland-Symmes Fire Chief Otto Huber delivering the game ball via helicopter in pre-game festivities which also marked homecoming for Loveland.
Whether the emotions of the week played into it for Little Miami, or not, they scored 21 points in each quarter during the first half to take an insurmountable 42-0 halftime lead. The Tigers scored all 20 points during second half play while allowing only 13 more for the Panthers. The winner of the playoff game tonight will go on to meet the LaSalle Lancers next Friday.
Cross Country: Boys and Girls teams are scheduled for Kings Duals Meet this Saturday, October 10, in a final tune-up for the ECC Championship Saturday, October 17, at Home of the Brave Park in Symmes Township.
Girls Soccer: The Loveland girls soccer team will host a pair of conference games at Tiger Stadium to wrap up their fall schedule next week. Tuesday, October 13, they will match up with Lebanon High School and then Thursday, October 15, will close out regular season play at home against Anderson. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. The girls remain undefeated for the fall and await sectional tourney draw on Sunday, October 11.
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