Milford girls win first Division I District crown

November 16th, 2006    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Milford’s varsity girls soccer team brought glory to the reputation of the quality of athletic talent in Milford and Clermont County.

Milford advanced further than any Clermont County team in the respective varsity girls or boys soccer tournaments.

The E-Gals achieved a record of 16-4-1 overall and 6-2-1 (third place) in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC). Included among the numerous victories was Milford’s first-ever girls soccer district championship.

“One of our goals was to get back to the district championship game. With the number of girls we had back I felt we could do it,” said head coach Pat Winkler.

Members of the Division I district soccer champion Milford Eagles. Left to right, row one, Lindsay Eberly, Emily Paquette, Jamie Good, Lauren Goodwin, and Erica Florimonte; row two, Lauren Bartsch, Ashley Maynard, Gina Spizzirri, Megan Smith, Caitlin Morgan, Ashley Green, and Kelly Browning; and row three, head coach Pat Winkler, Jessica Pykosz, Katie Klein, Alex Bruck, Lindsey Wuest, Katie Porter, Adrienne Spuzzillo, and assistant coach Liz Bose. Not pictured Alyssa Rich.
In the tournament "we knew we had to play well because we knew we wouldn't have an easy match."

In the tournament Milford defeated Mount Healthy 9-0, Turpin 2-1, Mason 4-1, and Lakota West 2-1. The loss came against GMC champion Sycamore 2-0, a team the E-Gals had tied 1-1 earlier during the regular season.

"We felt we earned our way to be in the championship. We had the experience and the talent. Getting this far was no fluke," said Winkler.

The Milford offense was paced by many talented players including sophomore forward Alyssa Rich who was fourth overall in GMC offensive statistics with 13 goals scored and having made three assists, junior forward Caitlin Morgan (fifth in GMC) with ten goals and eight assists, senior right midfielder Ashley Green (seventh in GMC) with nine goals and nine assists, senior midfielder Ashley Maynard (10th in GMC) with nine goals and seven assists, junior forward Lyndsey Wuest (18th in GMC) with seven goals, senior forward Lauren Bartsch (20th in GMC) with four goals and five assists, and senior midfielder Kelly Browning (24th in GMC) with two goals and eight assists.

The defensive side of the turf was spearheaded by junior goalkeeper Jamie Good who recorded five shutouts, the third best total achieved in the GMC among its goalies.

Other outstanding defensive performers were senior central defender Megan Smith, senior central defender Katie Porter, and sophomore right and central defender Jessica Pykosz.

The E-Gals' roster was composed of nine seniors, six juniors, and four sophomores.

Despite the loss of this talented senior class, Winkler believes the program will continue to display its steady improvement.

"The future is in really good shape," he said. "The nine seniors added so much to the program's success to make us so much more competitive. They have brought Milford back to its great soccer tradition.

"We have good athleticism and experience coming back. There'll be some adjustments to be made, but it won't be a rebuilding year."

The other class 0f 2007 leaders on the district championship squad were forward Alex Bruck, defender Katherine Klein, and midfielder Gina Spizzirri.
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