By Dave Malaska
Simon Kenton got a pair of goals from senior Cory Knaley, including the game winner with six minutes left in the Pioneers’ 3-2 win over Dixie Heights on Saturday.
The Pioneers built a two-goal lead by intermission, but the Colonels stormed back to tie it. Sophomore Andres Rivera dented the net three minutes into the second half, then senior Zach Kilmer tied the score for Dixie Heights with just over 19 minutes left.
Knaley, who scored the Pioneers' first goal of the day, added his 16th goal of the season to break the tie. Sophomore Hrusto Selimovic scored Simon Kenton's other goal.
The Pioneers await the winner of the Grant County/Walton-Verona game in the title game for the 32nd District. The Colonels open the postseason on Monday, playing Villa Madonna for the right to advance to the 34th District championship.
HALFTIME: Simon Kenton, 2-0. GOALS: SK—Knaley 2, Selimovic. DH—Rivera, Kilmer. RECORDS: Simon Kenton 11-9-1, Dixie Heights 10-8-2.
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Senior right-hander Rachel Carroll tossed a one-hitter as Campbell County blanked Lloyd.
Sophomore Nathan Eberhard battled to a first-singles win as Conner shut out Campbell County, in an NKAC semifinal.
Junior center fielder Blaise Ostertag doubled in two in the bottom of the fourth to lift Conner to a win over Scott.
Freshman center fielder Hailey Nicholas singled up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift Cooper to a win over Campbell County.
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Sophomore Erin Mogus remained perfect through five matches with her win at third singles as Cooper shut out Covington Latin.