By John Lachmann
Senior midfielder Zach Kilmer scored a goal in each half as Dixie Heights held off St. Henry, 3-2 in the District 34 final on Wednesday.
The Crusaders took the early lead, but the Colonels scored the next three. Kilmer tied the score at one with eight minutes remaining in the opening half, and sophomore striker Andres Rivera gave Dixie Heights the 2-1 lead after the break.
Kilmer’s second goal extended the Colonels’ lead to two before St. Henry cut the lead back to one on a late penalty kick.
Kilmer was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Rivera and senior goalkeeper Conner Spivey were also named to the all-district team.
HALFTIME: 1-1. GOALS: DH—Kilmer 2, Rivera. SH—Baeten, Detmer. RECORDS: Dixie Heights 12-8-2, St. Henry 6-9-2.
SIMON KENTON 1, WALTON-VERONA 0 – Senior forward Tyler Smith scored the lone goal of the District 32 final.
Smith knocked home a throw-in by senior defender Brent Russell two minutes into the second half.
Junior Hunter Leanhart stopped three shots to earn his seventh shutout of the season.
Pioneers senior midfielder Corey Graham was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Senior midfielder Cory Knaley and Smith also made the all-tournament team.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOALS: SK—Smith. SHUTOUT: Leanhart (3 saves). RECORDS: Simon Kenton 12-9-1, Walton-Verona 12-8.
COVINGTON CATHOLIC 5, HOLY CROSS 1 – The Indians scored five minutes in but the Colonels answered with five straight goals in the District 35 final.
Junior midfielder Patrick Ballow tied it for CovCath one minute after Holy Cross’ goal. Sophomore forward Jacob Litzler gave the Colonels the lead for good 10 minutes later.
Ballow also recorded a marker in the second half.
HALFTIME: 3-1. GOALS: CC—Ballow 2, Litzler, Craig, Kenney. HC—Zurborg. RECORDS: CovCath 11-6-3, Holy Cross 5-15-2.