Lincolnview junior Austin Leeth battles with a Botkins defender to gain possession of the ball during WOSL play at Lincolnview on Thursday. The Lancers lost by a 4-0 score. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
Lincolnview junior Austin Leeth battles with a Botkins defender to gain possession of the ball during WOSL play at Lincolnview on Thursday. The Lancers lost by a 4-0 score. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
By Nick Johnson
DHI Media Correspondent
sports@timesbulletin.com
MIDDLE POINT —A pair of Western Ohio Soccer league squads got together for a conference match at Lincolnview High School, with the Lancers dropping a 4-0 final to visiting Botkins on Tuesday night.
Kaleb Hanby was the star for Botkins, recording a hat trick in the win.
Botkins (4-1) was awarded a free kick from 25 yards out in the eighth minute, but Hanby’s shot went high. Minutes later, Hanby put the Trojans on the board when he beat the Lancer keeper with a low shot to the near post to give Botkins a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
In the 18th minute, Lincolnview (0-5) had a chance to even the game up when Cole Schmersal pulled up from just beyond the penalty box, but his blast missed the net wide left.


The Trojans increased their lead in the 27th minute, when Hanby played the ball to the middle of the pitch, then passed it to his right to Zane Egbert. Egbert then beat the Lincolnview netminder to the top right post bring the score to 2-0.
Botkins found pay dirt again with three minutes to play before intermission, as Hanby connected with a blast from 20 yards out for his second goal of the night.
“There were some let downs (jn the first half). We just struggled with our possession - kind of what we have been struggling with all year. We work really hard to get the ball to quickly turn the ball back over. Then we are down 3-0,” said Lancers coach Britt Munson. “The first half is our Achilles’ heel for some reason (this year).”
Coming out of halftime, Lincolnview was awarded a free kick just outside of the penalty box. Austin Leeth stepped up to the ball and took a shot at goal, but the Botkins’ wall was able to block the shot and the ball bounced harmlessly away.
Lincolnview’s best chance came in the 57th minute, when Leeth was awarded a penalty kick. Leeth went to the left of Christian Hoskins, the Trojan goalkeeper, but Hoskins dove in that direction and knocked the shot away, preserving the Botkins shutout.
Leeth had another opportunity to score in the 62th minute but again Leeth shot was denied by Hoskins.
Hanby collect the third goal need for his hat trick when in the 74th minute he fired a shot from the far right toward the Lincolnview goal. Hanby’s shot glanced off a Lancers defender and found the back of the net for the Trojans to give them a 4-0 win.
“You try so much for possession, then instead of playing the ball up through our midfield we are just trying to play it right over the top to our forwards. We just need a little bit more determination, and I can’t teach them that attitude, they have to have that themselves,” added Munson. “When they get that attitude and determination, they work harder and harder. We need to do that the whole game, not just a half.”