Congratulations to Troy Christian men's soccer team on earning a #1 State ranking in the OSSCA poll!

By Matt Goeller - For Greene County News

XENIA — Patience may well turn out to be the buzzword for the 2020 edition of the Legacy Christian Academy 2020 girls soccer season.
After the long wait and wonder whether or not the season would be played at all, the Knights saw the first two games on the season schedule cancelled due to COVID-19. Finally, the opener came Saturday at Athletes in Action Sports Complex against the Southeastern Trojans and it ended in dramatic fashion.
After peppering the Trojans goal with 15 shots — eight of them on frame in the first 78 minutes — the Knights finally found the net with just 90 seconds to play for a 1-0 win.
The goal came as senior tri-captain Katie Leach stepped in front of the Southeastern goalkeeper’s kick. She then made a perfect diagonal pass to classmate and fellow captain Alyssa Free.
“The ball came right to me and I saw Alyssa,” Leach said. “I split the defense and she went around the last defender and had an open shot.”
Free said that’s exactly what she wanted Leach to do.
“I was right at the 18 (yard line), and saw Katie get the ball,” she said. “I called for it and was hoping Katie would split the defenders. She must have read my mind. When I got it, I just shot it with my left foot and it went in.”
That type of communication will be paramount for Legacy this season.

“We have a very young group of girls,” said first-year head coach Sharron Leach, who waited some 20 years of her own to take over the head coaching job at the high school level. “But we have three seniors who do a great job of directing the group and keeping the ball moving.”
The Knights have six freshman, five sophomores and three juniors on the roster. Abby Harmon is the third senior and tri-captain.
“There are some things we need to work on, of course,” Sharron Leach said. “The girls are trying to execute what we want to do. Offensively, we are trying to take the ball wide, keep it out of the middle. On defense, we want to condense the back and not be spread out.”
“It feels wonderful,” the coach added of the victory. “To have our first game and our first win of the season is just perfect.”
LCA will travel to Yellow Springs today for a 5 p.m. Metro Buckeye Conference game, before returning to AIA to host Fayetteville on Thursday. 


Bourbonnais, IL - Legacy Christian Academy Senior Liz Miller has signed to play golf at Olivet Nazarene University beginning in the fall of 2021. The ceremony was hosted by Sugar Valley Golf Club in Bellbrook, Ohio. Sugar Valley, a Geoffrey Cornish designed course that underwent a re-design and renovation by internationally-known golf course architects Jack Kidwell and Mike Hurdzan, serves as Miller’s home course.
Miller has been a known fixture in the Southern Ohio PGA Players Tour and Golfweek National Junior Tour since 2016, as well as many local tournaments and events. She ended the 2019 touring season with four top 10 finishes and, competing in OHSAA sanctioned tournaments and invitationals, tallied five additional top 10 finishes on her junior year resume. She was the Individual Medalist in OHSAA Sectional Tournament in 2017 and 2019, and won Tournament Medalist for 2018, becoming the school’s first golfer advancing to the State District Tournament in three consecutive seasons. Legacy Knights Athletic Director, Bev Moser, said of Miller, “We are so proud of Liz and all her high school accomplishments. It was fun to watch all her hard work and dedication pay off on the course and be there to cheer her on! We are looking forward to following her colligate career.”
Under the leadership of Mr. Bill Johnson, Director of Golf and women’s Head Coach, the ONU Women’s Team has won six conference titles and made five appearances in the national championships during his nine-year tenure. “On behalf of Olivet Nazarene University and the Olivet Nazarene University Golf Program, I want to welcome Liz and her family to our University family! It’s difficult to put into words the gratitude we all feel for her choosing Olivet. I first met Liz when she was in eighth grade, as she was falling in love with golf. I have watched Liz’s game develop over the years since. Liz is a Golfer - a term I take seriously. A Golfer is someone who loves the game, appreciates the tradition of the game, and embraces the game with their heart. Moreover, Liz has the capacity to be a great leader, a leader who leads by example, hard work and dedication on the golf course and in the classroom. We are all excited to watch her legacy develop and to witness the mark she will leave on her four years at Olivet.”
Olivet Nazarene University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and part of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

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