By John Lachmann
Senior striker Alberto Aguirre netted the lone goal of Ryle’s 1-0 win over Highlands with 17 minutes left in the first half on Thursday.
Aguirre took a pass in the corner, corralled it, beat a defender and scored on the short side into the near upper corner.
Junior Jagger Reno and freshman Will Bedel combined for eight saves in the Raiders’ shutout.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOAL: R—Aguirre. SHUTOUT: Reno and Bedel (8 saves). RECORDS: Ryle 12-5-2, Highlands 13-6-1.
DIXIE HEIGHTS 1, CONNER 0 – Senior defender Jeremy Sweet broke the tie with six minutes left in the match.
Senior midfielder Zach Kilmer sent a pass to the middle of the field, and Sweet buried it on the first touch.
Junior goalkeeper Ben Riggs turned nine shots aside to record his first shutout of the year.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOAL: DH—Sweet. RECORDS: Dixie Heights 10-7-2, Conner 7-11-1.
COOPER 2, PENDLETON COUNTY 1 – Junior striker Zane Ross scored both of the Cougars’ goals in the second half, including the winner in the closing minutes, after the Wildcats took a one-goal lead into halftime.
Ross, who now has 30 goals on the season, tied it in the opening minutes of the second half off a through ball from junior striker Chris O’Brien.
Sophomore midfielder Dominic Carty fed Ross a similar pass with three minutes remaining for the winning goal.
HALFTIME: Pendleton County, 1-0. GOALS: C—Ross 2. PC—Mi. Dewald. RECORDS: Cooper 8-12-1, Pendleton County 6-13-1.
CAMPBELL COUNTY 4, GRANT COUNTY 0 – Senior center midfielder Zach Schneider opened the scoring, and the Camels reeled off three straight markers after halftime.
Junior stopper Drew Kline helped Campbell County hold the Braves to three shots on goal. Junior James Wilbers stopped all of them, earning his fourth shutout of the season.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: CC—Schneider, Augspurger, Henderson, Dumaine. SHUTOUT: Wilbers (3 saves). RECORDS: Campbell County 11-8, Grant County 10-7-1.
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Junior right-hander Hayden Molitor tossed his first shutout of the season and scored the game’s lone run in Lloyd’s win over Holy Cross.
Sophomore right-hander Abby Jones threw a three-inning perfect game as Notre Dame shut out Holmes.
Seniors Casey Garnett and Jacob Eberhard won the deciding match at first doubles as Conner edged Ryle.
Junior left-hander Jalen Neace threw his first career no-hitter as Holmes blanked Newport.
Newport Central Catholic scored twice in the top of the fifth inning and held on to edge Dixie Heights.
Freshman Anthony Bosch rallied from a break down to win the second set in a tiebreaker as Covington Catholic shut out Conner in the NKAC…
Sophomore Haley Moloney and junior Jillian Russell pulled out a win at first doubles as Campbell County edged Dixie Heights.
After giving up five runs in the top of the seventh inning, Conner scored four in the bottom half in a walk-off win.
Junior right-hander Haylee Smith threw her second no-hitter of the season with Notre Dame and she hit a grand slam as the Pandas blanked Holy Cross.
Covington Catholic swept Ryle in an NKAC semifinal on Monday.