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Flyers open sectional tournament win 5-1 win

St. Joseph’s T.J. Young approaches the ball and kicks as St. Joseph beat Portsmouth West 5-1. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

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After a regular season-ending 7-1 win last Thursday at Portsmouth West, the St. Joseph Flyers came back home with a 5-1 soccer win over the Senators on Monday in the first round of the Division III sectional tournament.

“We played reasonably well and showed positive hustle from every player on the team,” said Flyers’ coach Dan Blair.

Senior Tanner Riley led the offense with three goals. Senior Payton Blair also scored a goal with sophomore Justin Mahlmesiter — who switched from his usual goalkeeper position — scoring the fifth goal.

Senior Levi Hopkins and freshman Joseph Payton aided the offensive effort with each player registering an assist.

With the win the Flyers (8-5-1) will now play at Portsmouth Clay at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The winner will advance to the district semifinals next Monday.

Admission is $5 as set by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. No passes will be accepted.

Portsmouth Clay blanked winless Chesapeake 13-0.