Leopards Shutout Indians to Claim 1st Sectional Title Since 2012 – Boys Soccer
Louisville 2, Northwest 0
The #7 Seed Louisville Leopards Boys Soccer Team shutout the #2 Seed Northwest Indians 2-0 in the Division II Canton Sectional Finals Saturday Afternoon at Dr. Martin Smilek Stadium in Canal Fulton. With the victory, Louisville improves to 7-9-2 on the season and advances to play at the #3 Seed Orrville Red Riders in the DII Canton District Semifinals on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM.
Junior Riley Adams scored both of the game’s only goals in the opening half to lead the Leopards. Adams got LHS on the board via an assist from Sophomore Kael Mickley. He then extended the Louisville lead to 2-0 off an assist by Sophomore Mason Foley late in the first half.
Sophomore Goalkeeper Joe Reynolds earned his second straight shutout recording 13 saves in the net for the Leopards. LHS has now shutout the opposition in 3 of their last 4 tournament games overall.
The victory avenges Louisville’s 2-1 loss in their Sectional Final at Northwest a year ago as well as a 2-0 loss at Northwest 12 days earlier in the regular season. This is the Leopards first victory over the Indians since they trounced them 15-1 on the road on September 28, 2010. The all-time series is now tied 7-7-2 with Northwest still holding a 5-4 edge over Louisville in games played at NHS.
1st Road Tournament Win Since 2002
This is the fifth Sectional Title won by the Leopards in team history and first since 2012. The previous four Sectional Championships won by Louisville came after earning a bye in the Sectional Semifinals. This is the first LHS team to ever win two tournament games in a single season.
This is the Leopards first tournament victory on the road since a 7-4 win at Field in the DII Kent Sectional Semifinals back on October 14, 2002. Louisville is now 3-12 all-time in tournament games played on the road and 14-19 overall (12-15 in Division II) in the postseason.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to face the #3 Seed Orrville Red Riders in the DII Canton District Semifinals on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM.
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