LOGAN, Ohio — They left it all on the field.
The top-seeded Circleville boys soccer team defeated Gallia Academy 3-1 in a District II tournament semifinal match-up on Tuesday night in Hocking County.
The Blue Devils (6-11-1) held their own against the Tigers (15-1-2) in the first half of the contest, but the Blue and White’s struggles in the second half led to Circleville’s victory.
Gallia Academy started out strong in the first half of the match with pressure on the Circleville offense and goalkeeper Sean Wroten with four shots on goal in the opening minutes.
The Tigers shifted momentum back their way and began to take it to the Blue Devils. Gallia Academy goalie Caden Wilt made several saves throughout the first 40 minutes to keep the Tigers at bay. Wilt recorded nine saves in the first half. The game was tied 0-all after one half of play.
Senior Mitchell Castillo kick-started the Circleville offense in the second half with an unassisted goal in the 43rd minute of the game. Jacob Heidish netted a goal of his own in the 49th minute to give the Tigers a 2-0 edge. Castillo recorded another goal in 53rd minute with an assist from Ethan Karr.
Gallia Academy junior Brycen Caudill prevented a shutout with a goal in the 79th minute of the game.
Gallia Academy coach Richard Isberner said he was disappointed with the final result, but admitted Circleville was the better team.
“Circleville’s a pretty good team,” Isberner said. “We had opportunities in the first half and we didn’t finish the game. Circleville made adjustments for the second half and they won the game.”
Circleville led with 23 shots — including 16 shots on goal — while Gallia Academy had nine shots — including seven shots on goal. The Tigers also had a 10-3 edge in corner kicks. Wilt had 13 saves for the Blue and White and Wroten had six saves for the Tigers.
This was the last soccer game for seniors Hunter Bennett, Logan Carpenter, Eric Gillespie, Zacj Johnson, Dekota Meltzer and Josiah Cox in the Blue and White.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106.