Goshen, Batavia, Bethel-Tate, and Milford have been the most successful of Clermont County’s high school varsity girls soccer teams of late.
The Warriors edged out Bethel-Tate 4-3 in a key road game in the Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division. Jordan Buchanan netted two goals for the visitors and Kelsey Gaffney and Staci Hicks contributed the others. Autumn Schellenberger tallied twice for the Tigers and Elizabeth McDavid added the other.
The next victim of the Red and Gray was Western Brown 5-2 in another SBC-A battle on the road. Hicks booted in three points for the winners and Buchanan and Colleen Foote chipped in with one goal each.
The Warriors had to fight hard to emerge with a 1-1 tie against Clermont Northeastern in Owensville. This, too, was an SBC-A showdown. Corinne Whitley scored the point for the Red and Gray and Emily White countered for the Blue and Gold.
The Bulldogs came home from Clinton County with a Southern Buckeye Conference National (SBC-N) Division victory over Blanchester's Wildcats 8-2. Netting the Green and White's points were Courtney Chavies with three, Sarah Smith with two, and Libby Bailey, Kristin Robbe, and Abbie Humbert with one each.
In another SBC-N confrontation, Batavia whitewashed Williamsburg 7-0 in action on the winners' turf. Smith recorded three of the Bulldogs' goals, Robbe, Humbert, Rachel Geile, and Ashton Embry added the other goals. Emily Webb blocked all six of the Wildcats' shots to register the whitewashing.
Batavia traveled to Felicity to garner a 2-0 SBC-N triumph. Smith and Humbert scored the goals for the victorious. Webb stopped all six of the Cardinals' shots at the Green and White's goal.
"They're playing very well as a team. They're playing quickly and are making consecutive good passes," said coach Jamie Corns whose charges lead the SBC-N with a 3-0 record.
The Bulldogs' scoring leader is junior striker Smith with six goals. The leading passers/playmakers are midfielders Embry, a senior, and Robbe, a junior, and junior outside midfielder Jamie Paul-Prindle.
Defensively, the standouts have been Jamie Bare at sweeper, Dial at stopper, and Kristen Kerber at outside fullback, all seniors, and junior goalkeeper Webb.
We're playing tough non-league competition like Amelia (the Bulldogs' lone loss) to get ourselves more ready for the league and tournament," Corns concluded.
The Tigers nipped New Richmond 3-2 in an SBC American (SBC-A) Division contest on the winners' field. Heather Rose, Elizabeth McDavid, and Rachel Rose scored for the victors and Megan Troxell and Willis scored for the vanquished.
Eastern was the next contingent to fall before the Red and Gray by a 2-0 reckoning on the winners' dirt. Schellenberger and Rachel Rose netted the points for the triumphant. Heather Rose throttled all 15 of the Warriors' shots on the Bethel-Tate goal.
Georgetown also succumbed to the Tigers' onslaught 2-0 in a non-division SBC game in the Brown County seat of government. Schellenberger accounted for all of the Red and Gray's scoring. Heather Rose racked up another blanking by negating all 13 of the G-Womens' shots at her.
In a titanic defensive struggle, Clermont Northeastern tied the Tigers 0-0. The Rockets' goalkeeper Meghan Burdsall stopped 17 shots and the Tigers' goalie Heather Rose stopped 13 shots in this SBC-A encounter.
"They're young," said Bethel-Tate head coach Tim Swart. "We have a lot of sophomores and freshmen and a few juniors.. . . Right now they're beginning to understand a little bit more about the game."
Sophomore striker Autumn Schellenberger is the Tigers' scoring leader. The assist leaders are freshman striker Hayli Rose, senior midfielder Liz Newman, and senior right wing and midfielder Elizabeth McDavid. Defensively, the stalwarts have been senior midfielder and fullback Hanna Rinehart, senior left fullback Brittany Brannock, sophomore stopper Kelly Minarcheck, sophomore sweeper Morgan Gill, and senior goalkeeper Heather Rose who, ironically, was the Red and Gray's leading scorer last year when she played as a striker.
Swart expects a strong finish this year. "They're stepping up and playing better. The future looks good. It is definitely bright."
The E-Gals sent Seton home with a 2-0 defeat in non-conference play. Kelsey Fallon and Lyndsey Wuest netted the goals for the victorious Clermont countians. Jamie Good stopped 10 shots by the Saints to preserve the shut out.
The next victim of the Red and White was Amelia in a non-division home game between inner county and Fort Ancient Valley Conference rivals. The Milford goals were made by Adrienne Spuzzillo, Caitlin Morgan, Erica Florimonte, and Wuest. Good stopped four of the Barons' shots on goal.
Lakota West traveled to the aviary where the Firebirds eked out a 1-0 victory over their former Greater Miami Conference rival. The Red and White made seven unsuccessful shots at the visitors' goal.
The Wildcats won a hard-fought SBC-N struggle over visiting Felicity 1-0. Michelle Wilhoit scored the game's lone goal. Darci Little blocked each of the Cardinals' 12 shots at her goal to preserve the shut out.
The Barons beat next-door-neighbor Batavia 6-2 in non-conference play. Sarah Vinson and Megan Spencer tallied two goals each and Emily Schultz and Loren Koehler contributed the others for the Blue and White. Chavies and Olivia Musselman produced the points for the Green and White.
In Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) action, Ross' Rams managed to break even with Amelia 0-0. The Barons' made eight shots at the visitors' goal and in return all four of the Butler countians shots were successfully blocked by Barons' goalkeeper Chelsea Lang.
The Lions whitewashed visiting Western Brown 3-0 in an SBC-A confrontation. Noelle Schickling, Megan Troxell, and Ellie Bosse scored for the Red and Black. Molly Gross was successful in blocking all six of the Broncos' shots at her goal.
Fayetteville stunned the Lions with a 2-0 non-conference loss at home.
The Rockets have played extremely well opposite some of the best teams in the area and they recorded their third consecutive deadlock, this time versus SBC-A adversary, Western Brown. White and Berning registered the goals for the visiting Blue and Gold.
The Trojans took it on the chin from visiting Turpin in non-division FAVC play. The Purple and White made six shots at the Spartans' goal.