Boys teams face uphill battle

By Chris Miles -

There are no loft seeds among the Madison County high school boys soccer teams as they prepare for the upcoming Central District tournament.

Jonathan Alder is the highest seeded squad among those who call Madison County home. The Pioneers (9-4-2), champions of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference were tabbed the No. 8 seed (out of 27) in the Division II tournament and will open the tourney against No. 27 Marion Franklin Monday, Oct. 17.

The Alder game will be played at London High School, starting at 7 p.m. The winner of the contest will advance to play either No. 6 Bloom-Carroll or No. 26 Linden on Oct. 20. The Pioneers are in the same district bracket as No. 1 seed and No. 1 state-ranked DeSales, but wouldn’t have to face the powerful Stallions until a district title match.

Alder played a spirited match with DeSales earlier this season before falling 2-0.

London (3-13) is the 20th seed in D-II and will open tournament play at No. 17 River Valley Monday at 7 p.m. The winner will have its hands full as it will get to travel to No. 2 Granville for a second-round date with the talented Aces (11-2-2).

Division III

The Roughriders of West Jefferson (6-9), the 14th seed, will host Northside Christian in a first-round tournament match Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. The winner will advance to face No. 1 Worthington Christian which is also ranked No. 4 in the latest state poll. That second-round match would be played Saturday, Oct. 22 at Worthington Christian.

West Jeff has played well as of late, winning three of its last four games.

By Chris Miles

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