Yellow Springs Boys Soccer Wins District Championship


Congratulations to Yellow Springs Boy's Soccer for winning the District Championship and advancing to the Regionals.

It was not the best of ways to begin the Division III boys
soccer regional semis for Yellow Springs on Wednesday night at Lebanon’s
Atrium Stadium — an own goal less than a minute into the game to spark
Roger Bacon — the third-ranked team in the state — to a 4-1 win over the

“That hurt us real bad,” Yellow Springs coach Ben VanAusdal
said after his squad finished 15-5-1. “It was a freakish thing, but
against a team like this it is hard to crawl back into it.”

It didn’t get easier for Yellow Springs as another
mis-clearance of a ball in the box led to a second Roger Bacon goal for a
2-0 deficit with 35:33 remaining in the first half.

“The thing is, our kids didn’t give up,” VanAusdal said. “Some
teams would have folded things up after that, but I think we kept trying
to crawl back into it.”

Roger Bacon out-shot Yellow Springs 4-0 in the first half and 9-1 for the game.

Yellow Springs, however, did convert its lone shot on goal when
Augie Knemeyer converted a penalty kick with 36:42 remaining after Joe
Plumer was dragged down in the box after beating the Roger Bacon

“When we got to 2-1, I thought we could slowly crawl back up,
but they are too strong,” VanAusdal said. “I knew from the start that
the match-up, individually, was really tough with their kids.”

The regional appearance did mark a breakthrough for Yellow
Springs. The Bulldogs had lost in the district finals nine of the past
10 years before finally breaking through with a 1-0 win over the state’s
fifth-ranked team (Dayton Christian).

Knocking off two top-five teams in a week proved too tough.

“I am really proud of these guys,” VanAusdal said. “They got
over the district hump and got here. They (Roger Bacon) were just too
strong to crawl back into it against, but I am proud of how my boys
battled the whole game.”