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Northridge Roundup

Boys soccer squad eliminated in opening round

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The season came to an end for the Northridge High School boys soccer team on Oct. 17.

The 14th-seeded Vikings lost at home to 13th-seeded Gahanna Christian 2-1 in the first round of the Division III district tournament. The contest was played at Northridge because Gahanna Christian declined having a home tournament game.

Robi Patrick scored for the Vikings off an assist from Connor Johnson. Alex Shedloski had 14 saves.

"Every one of our players did a great job," said coach Leonard Moffatt, whose team finished 9-4. "They played the best that they could and they have nothing to hang their heads about."

Gahanna Christian scored the winner with 6 minutes, 10 seconds remaining.

"Their defense was fast and our attack was a little slow," Moffatt said.

"Our forwards needed to push in the second half. We did what we could, but our effort wasn't enough."

Golfers share final MBC title

Northridge won its first MBC boys golf championship this season by tying Johnstown-Monroe for the title.

The Vikings won the MBC preseason tournament Aug. 16 at Table Rock and Johnstown won the MBC postseason tournament Sept. 17 at Apple Valley as both teams finished 13-2 in the league.

Northridge won the MBC preseason event with a 357 to finish ahead of Johnstown (360), Centerburg (391), Utica (393), Danville (399) and Loudonville (485).

In the MBC postseason tournament, the Vikings shot 335 to finish behind Johnstown (331) and ahead of Utica (362), Centerburg (368), Danville (385) and Loudonville (396).

"I thought it was a great year. We started strong and ended with good consistency," said coach Tony Bilderback, who completed his second season. "Overall, we had a great season and it gives us something to build on. Everyone is going to be getting better and better."

Northridge was led by sophomore Matt Simmons, who was first-team all-league and a district qualifier.

On Oct. 3, Simmons shot 84 in the Division II district tournament at Granville Golf Course, failing to advance to state, which was held Oct. 12 and 13 at the Ohio State Scarlet Course.

The top two individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state. Bexley's Grant Murphy and Watterson's Jon Ransone both shot 75 to advance.

Simmons shot 83 at sectional Sept. 25 at The Players Club at Foxfire to advance to district.

The Vikings finished sixth of 11 teams at sectional with a 367, edging Heath on a scorecard playoff. Junior Ethan Doon shot 98 to beat out Heath's fifth player, Brian McOsker (107).

District-qualifying teams were Watterson (358), Hartley (324) and London (358).

Rounding out the Northridge scoring were senior Tyler Choate (94), junior Austin Bilderback (94) and senior Jacob Eckhardt (96).

Eckhardt and Simmons were first-team all-league. Doon, Choate and Bilderback were honorable mention in the MBC, which will disband after this school year.

Next fall, Northridge will compete in the Licking County League.

Also expected back are junior Jesse Kanavel, sophomores Tyler Freese and Nick McConnell and freshmen Vinny Del Tedesco, Hugh Prentice and Zach Weaver.

Football team to face Johnnies

The football team was 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the MBC before playing Loudonville on Oct. 19.

Northridge plays Friday, Oct. 26, at home against Johnstown. The Johnnies won 70-0 last season and have won six consecutive games in the series.

The Vikings last defeated Johnstown 14-6 in 2005, which also was the final victory of a five-game streak.

Johnstown was 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the MBC before playing East Knox on Oct. 19.

The Johnnies had a 14-game MBC winning streak snapped in a 42-35 loss to Danville on Oct. 12.

The Vikings lost to Centerburg 29-0 on Oct. 12 and were shut out for the third consecutive week after snapping a 23-game MBC losing streak with a 33-26 win over Utica on Sept. 21.

Northridge had only 132 total yards against Centerburg, including 84 rushing. It had 12 penalties for 140 yards.

Chase Hess had 65 yards rushing on 17 carries, Kyle Lambright had two receptions for 27 yards and Bryant Garee was 4-for-18 passing for 48 yards with an interception.

Eric Dills had 13 tackles, three solo.

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