The two West Clermont squads in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) boys soccer races are not faring as well as they’d like.
Glen Este is 3-10-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the FAVC Buckeye Division.
“We’re not as good as I’d like us to be, but we’re young. We have three sophomore starters,” said Rich Mulvaney, head coach of the Trojans. “We’ve lacked a little leadership with having only five seniors on the team. We’re getting better though, but we’re still trying to figure out a direction for the team.”
Sophomore striker/midfielder Jake Jones has been GE’s scoring leader with 10 goals, junior midfielder/striker Walter Garcia has netted six goals and paces the Purple and White with four assists.
Senior stopper Brennen Bender, senior sweeper Kyle Riffle, and senior fullback Trung Nguyen have been the defensive stalwarts.
“We play a very competitive schedule against a lot of good teams, but we’re working toward a winning program. We’ve been playing our best ball at the end of the season,” said Mulvaney. His charges have lost “five or six games by one goal.”
Expected to be returning next year will be the eight juniors and the 16 sophomores in the program this year.
The remaining twelfth grader leaders on the roster include Andrew Aragon, Kyle Riffle, and Shawn Glins.
“I see no reason why we won’t continue to get better,” the Trojans’ mentor concluded.
Amelia is 2-11 overall and 0-4 in the FAVC Cardinal Division.
“We’ve had a lot of close losses,” said the Barons’ head coach Alex Staten.
The Blue and White’s offense has been spearheaded by junior midfielder/striker Chris Banner who has seven goals and five assists to his credit and senior striker/center midfielder Nathan Fite.
The players around whom the defense is anchored are senior center fullback Eric Schweinhart, senior sweeper Kyle Linnemann, and senior outside fullback Tyler Griffin.
Freshman outside halfback Garret Sprague, junior center midfielder Tyler Sprague, and sophomore center midfielder Tyler Smith are a threesome whom their coach singled out for their fine all-around play.
“The team has eight seniors, but a lot of them had no varsity experience coming into this season,” said Staten. The other twelfth graders on the team included Charley Macey, Andrew Roller, and Zack Kasten.
“We have good youth in the program coming back next year (three juniors, five sophmores, and one freshman). This year was a growing year and a learning year for them to gain more experience.”
Milford 8 Hamilton 0
Eagle goals: Ryan Wuest 4, Nathan Hudson, Michael Hayes, Payton Chitwood, and Andrew Bayerl.
This contest was played on the night of the celebration and observance of the 30th season of Milford High School boys varsity soccer.
Milford 4 Mason 1
Eagle goals: Bayerl, Wuest, Matthew Telting, and Chris Curry.
Milford 2 Sycamore 1
Eagle goals: Telting 2.
Lakota East 2 Milford 1
Milford 2 Princeton 1
Eagle goals: Wuest and Matthew Olson.
New Richmond 0 Hillsboro 0
The Lions out shot the Indians eight to five, but failed to score. Drew Logan perfectly defended the goal for the Red and Black.
Mariemont 2 New Richmond 0
The Red and Black attempted six shots at the victorious Warriors’ goal.
New Richmond 3 Bethel-Tate 2
Lion goals: Bryant Yousuf 2 and Greg Mott.
Tiger goals: Justin Marshall and Wade Foley.
New Richmond 6 Western Brown 0
Lion goals: Jake Ottlinger 2, Matt Kilgore 2, Mott, and Bill Loyd. Logan made four saves in the goal for the Red and Black.
Batavia 7 Blanchester 0
Bulldog goals: Jared Burkhart 2, Jacob Bradburn, Josh Holbrook, Mark Hartman, and Alex Johnson. Goalkeeper Graham Foreman recorded the whitewashing of the Wildcats.
Batavia 6 Clark Montessori 2
Bulldog goals: Burkhart 2, Jordan Larrison 2, Holbrook, and Jacob Bradburn.
Batavia 2 Georgetown 0
Bulldog goals: Kyle Parker and Larrison. Goalkeeper Foreman stopped the four G-Men scoring attempts.
Batavia 6 Deer Park 0
Bulldog goals: Burkhart, Larrison, Tim Roy, Jeff Weaver, and Chase Miller. Goalkeeper Foreman registered yet another shut out.
Batavia 1 Bethel-Tate 1
Bulldog goal: Burkhart.
Tiger goal: Foley.
Bethel-Tate 2 Goshen 0
Tiger goals: Foley and Cory Kamphaus. Goalkeeper Danny Poe blocked six Warrior attempts to net a goal to maintain the blanking.
Bethel-Tate 1 Western Brown 1
Tiger goal: Marshall.
Glen Este 2 Harrison 2
Trojan goals: Jake Jones and Walter Garcia.
Mount Healthy 5 Glen Este 2
Trojan goals: Garcia and Andrew Martin.
Anderson 6 Glen Este 0
Walnut Hills 6 Amelia 3
Baron goals: Chris Banner 2 and Eric Schweinhart.
Anderson 6 Amelia 0
Kings 1 Amelia 0
The Barons took four shots at the Knights.
Turpin 3 Amelia 0
Western Brown 5 Goshen 0
The Warriors took two shots at the Broncos.