By John Lachmann
Sophomore midfielder Said Yedali scored the decisive penalty kick as Boone County edged Ryle, 3-2 in PKs in the 33rd District final at Ryle on Thursday.
The Rebels tied the score at two on a goal from sophomore forward Haven Borkowski off a pass from junior midfielder Evan O’Hara with 15 minutes remaining in the second half.
O’Hara had netted the Rebels’ first goal in the first half.
Boone County senior goalkeeper Zach Mimms made two saves in penalty kicks. Both teams made 3-of-5 and both missed in the first round of sudden death PKs.
After both converted in the seventh round, Yedali made his kick and Ryle missed high on its attempt.
Mimms was named the most valuable player of the tournament, and O’Hara and sophomore Brett Mayberry were named to the all-tournament team for the Rebels, who won their first district title since 2000.
HALFTIME: Ryle, 2-1. GOALS: BC—O’Hara, Borkowski. R—Muro, Sciarra. RECORDS: Boone County 15-3-3, Ryle 16-5-1.
NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1, HIGHLANDS 0 – Junior forward Matt Tolle scored the decisive goal in the 36th District final at Tower Park.
Tolle took a through ball from senior forward Cody Guthier and fired a shot from the top corner of the box that snuck inside the far post.
It was just the fourth game back from injury for Guthier, and senior defender Graham Heil also returned for his second game for the Thoroughbreds, who have won both games since Heil was reinserted in the lineup.
Senior Nathan Grosser turned eight shots aside to record his sixth shutout of the season for NewCath.
Tolle was named the tournament’s most valuable player, and Grosser and sophomore Patrick Lewis made the all-tournament team for the Thoroughbreds.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOAL: NCC—Tolle. SHUTOUT: Grosser (8 saves). RECORDS: NewCath 5-9-5, Highlands 10-8-2.
COVINGTON CATHOLIC 3, HOLY CROSS 0 – Senior midfielder Nick Wessels scored a goal and added an assist in District 35 final at Eva G. Farris Field.
Wessels set up sophomore midfielder Parker Kenney with the Colonels’ first goal 19 minutes into the match.
Wessels found the net for the 23rd time this season with three minutes remaining until halftime.
Senior forward Jake List made it 3-0 in the 60th minute for CovCath, which won its 16th straight district title.
Colonels sophomore Zach Stetter recorded his ninth shutout of the season.
HALFTIME: 2-0. GOALS: CC—Kenney, N. Wessels, List. SHUTOUT: Stetter (2 saves). RECORDS: CovCath 14-6-2, Holy Cross 6-13-1.
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