The Kenton Wildcats host Celina tonight in Division 2 boys soccer district tournament action.
The Wildcats and the Bulldogs hooked up back in August in the opening match of Western Buckeye League competition, with the Cats posting a 2 to 1 win at Celina.
Of course, a lot has changed over the past two months. Celina, the district’s sixth seed, is 7-8-2 on the season and finished 2-6-1 in the Western Buckeye League. The Bulldogs opened postseason play on Monday by scoring four times in the first seven minutes on their way to a 5 to 2 win over ninth-seeded Napoleon.
A historic Kenton season earned the Cats the district’s second seed and a first-round bye. Kenton went 14-1-1 in the regular season – the best campaign in school history – and also had its best-ever year in the Western Buckeye League as the Cats were the league’s runners-up with a 7-1-1 conference mark.
A balanced attack and a stingy defense have keyed the Wildcats. Twelve players have put one past the keeper this season for Kenton, with Hayden Hicks scoring 23 times, Drew Hoppe tallying 21 goals and Landon Bartlett finishing with 16 markers. Defensively, aided by the strong play of keeper Luke Woodruff, the Cats have allowed just 12 goals while posting nine shutouts.
WKTN will have all the action from tonight’s tournament contest live from Merold Field, with the pregame show starting around 6:45 p.m. The match will kick off at 7 p.m.