Mason Boys Soccer Takes Down Centerville in OT for Fifth Straight District Title
The Mason Boys Soccer Team won a fifth straight Southwest District Championship Thursday night at Bellbrook Stadium. The Comets and Centerville met for the 2nd time this season and played to a scoreless tie after 80 minutes of play. Both teams had a few scoring opportunities in regulation, but were turned away by outstanding defenses and keeper play. At 1:40 left in the first 15-minute overtime, an assist from Max Mitchell helped Mason senior Joe Grimes flick a header over the outreached arms of the Elk goalie and into the back of the goal for the only score of the game.
The sudden victory goal and 1-0 win sent the Comets into a celebration that keeps them undefeated in 2016 (15-0-3). Sophomore Ty Krissin got the shutout on the night. Krissin, starting his first game of the year, was filling in for senior starter Danny Mackzum, unavailable due to an illness. It was the teams 14th shutout of the season. Thirteen of Mason's 15 wins this season have come via the shutout. The Comet defense has surrendered only 4 goals to their opponents.
"Very proud of the determination displayed by all of our players and certainly pleased to be moving on," said head coach Paul Reedy. "Beavercreek will be the best team we have faced all year."
The last time the two teams played was in 2014 when the Beaver's knocked Mason out, 1-0, in the Regional Semi's. This years 2016 District title was the Mason boys soccer program 7th overall.
Mason (ranked #3) will meet Beavercreek in the Regional Semi-Final on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at Monroe HS at 7:00 pm. The Beavers (ranked #5) defeated St. Xavier on Tuesday night 2-0 to advance against the Comets. The winner will play for a state title berth on Saturday, Nov. 5th, against either Springboro or Anderson.
Information provided by Dan Hilen, Mason Sports Information Director