CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — A tale of two halves.
For the first 40 minutes of Tuesday’s sectional semi-final between Gallia Academy and the host, top seeded Unioto. The second half however featured seven goals, six of which came by the Shermans.
Unioto’s Casey Zupi broke the scoreless tie less than four minutes after the half, off of Eric Tatman’s assist. Around the 47th minute the Shermans got their second goal of the game, this time coming from Tyler Minney on the Nick Cozad assist. Back to back goals by Cozad and Zupi gave UHS the 4-0 lead not even 10 minutes into the second half.
Gallia Academy got in on the action in the 56th minute when Sammy Hemphill got the ball past the Unioto goalkeeper. Late in the match Zupi got his hat trick on an unassisted breakaway. Unioto’s Hudson Park added another late goal and the Shermans took the 6-1 victory.
The Blue Devils had 10 shots on goal in the game but Hemphill was Gallia Academy’s only scorer on the night.
Zupi led the Shermans with three goals and two assists in the triumph, Cozad finished with one goal and two assists, while Park and Minney finished with one goal apiece. Tatman had one assist for UHS.
The 15-1 Shermans host fourth seeded Waverly Saturday in the sectional final at 4 p.m.