The girls soccer scene in Clermont County has been very good. The county’s high school varsity teams are experiencing many more victories than defeats with many of the losses coming from inter-county competition. In recent contests, six of the county’s prep distaff varsities have winning records.
The Bulldogs beat Bethel-Tate 2-0 on the Tigers’ turf in Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) non-division action. Sarah Smith scored both goals for the Green and White and goalkeeper Emily Webb stopped all 10 of the Red and Gray’s shots.
Batavia’s next victim was Clermont Northeastern 6-2 before a happy home crowd. This, too, was an SBC non-division confrontation. Smith tallied three goals, and Ashton Embry, Abbie Humbert, and Courtney Chavies, one each, for the victors. Allison Berning and Emily White netted the points for the vanquished.
Western Brown's Broncos were also downed by the Green and White as they returned from Brown County with a 7-2 SBC non-division victory. Chavies and Smith netted two goals apiece and Rachael Geile, Robbe, and Drewry each added one.
The E-Gals edged host Harrison's Wildcats 4-3 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye (FAVC-B) Division battle. Caitlin Morgan recorded two goals and Lyndsey Wuest and Chelsea Grande one each for the winners.
In an inner-county, FAVC-B game, Milford whitewashed Glen Este 3-0. Good stopped all three of the Trojans' attempts to score. Two goals by Morgan and one by Megan Hickok accounted for the triumphant's points.
Walnut Hills' Eagles managed to tie Clermont County's E-Gals in a scoreless fray. The Red and White made four shots at their guests' goal. Jamie Good blocked all six of Walnut's kicks at her.
A trip to Fairfield earned Milford a 1-1 deadlock against the Indians, a former Greater Miami Conference foe.
Versus the team that traded conference membership with Milford, the Red and White doubled up on Mason's Comets 4-2 on the losers' dirt. Hickok, Morgan, Kelsey Fallon, and Jessica Pykosz made the winners' goals.
"You have to be ready every game in the FAVC," said Milford head coach Pat Winkler. "We only play five league games now, in the GMC we played everybody twice so we have to be ready every single night in the FAVC."
Morgan, senior center forward, leads the E-Gals in scoring and assists. In the scoring department she is receiving good support from Wuest, a senior forward. Pykosz, junior center defender, is also an assist leader. Lauren Goodwin, senior outside left back; Emily Paquette, junior outside right back; and Good, senior goalkeeper; have been the stalwarts on defense. Good, the E-Gals' most valuable player last year, has five shut outs to her credit. Sophomore center midfielder Krista Adams has been a pleasant surprise to her coach for her fine play.
"Our motto is to continue to get better and they are responding to it. That, and we're remaining healthy, has been key to how well we're doing," said Winkler.
"I really think the program will continue to improve and be successful."
The Barons tied Kings' Knights 1-1 in FAVC play. Christy Claus accounted for the Amelia goal.
McNicholas' Rockets suffered from the Blue and White's wrath 2-1 in non-conference play between the former arch-rivals. The visiting Barons' goals were netted by Claus and Brittany Klaas.
Amelia walloped former Clermont County League foe Western Brown 9-0. Claus, Ashley Crutcher, Sarah Vinson, and Erin Hancock each put two goals into the net and Alyssia Gonzales contributed the other. Courtney Ross stopped the only Bronco shot at the victors' goal.
In FAVC Cardinal (FAVC-C) Division action, Amelia whitewashed Wilmington 2-0 in Clinton County. Claus registered both goals for the conquerers and Chelsea Lang stopped the very few conquered's shots at the goal.
Amelia has been winning despite having to overcome injuries and illnesses.
"We've had a lot of obstacles to overcome, but we're getting better every day," said head coach Amy Kemmer, last year's FAVC-C coach of the year. "They continue to play hard and never give up. We've lost to some very good teams."
Kemmer describes her offense as having "balanced scoring." Claus, a freshman striker, has nine goals to her credit. Vinson, a junior center midfielder; Spencer, a junior striker; and Klaas, a junior sweeper; have also added to the scoring and are assist leaders.
Supporting Lang, the sophomore goalkeeper, is a talented, but "very young," defense corps that includes Crutcher, a senior outside fullback; Hancock, a freshman outside fullback; Erica Cann, a junior fullback; and Emily Schultz, a sophomore fullback.
The Barons' mentor foresees a bright future for the program "We have a lot of good players coming back and some good players coming up."
The Fighting Tigers doubled up on Blanchesters' Wildcats 4-2 on the loser's field. Scoring for the Red and Gray were Brooke Kenneda, Liz Newman, Elizabeth McDavid, and Kelly Minarchek. This was a Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) non-division contest.
Felicity was blanked by Bethel-Tate 3-0 at home. Kenneda, Newman, and Shelby Church made the winners' goals. Heather Rose thwarted all seven of the Cardinals' scoring attempts in this SBC non-division fray.
Williamsburg was also whitewashed in non-division SBC play. Rose recorded another shut out by stopping all five of the Wildcats' tries to score. Tess Jenike and Autumn Schellenberger made the goals for the victors.
The Red and Gray sent Deer Park packing it back to Hamilton County devastated following a convincing 10-1 drubbing of the Wildcats. Jenike netted three goals, Schellenberger two, and McDavid, Hanna Rinehart, Morgan Gill, Rachel Rose, and Hayli Rose scored the other one-half of the conquerers' points.
The Warriors skimmed by Felicity 2-1 at the aviary in non-division SBC action. Courtney Hess and Brooke Whitley netted the points for the northern Clermont countians and Laura Buckler scored for the southern Clermont countians.
Goshen shutout Georgetown before its home fans 3-0. Whitley, Kim Steele, and Holly Henderson made the goals for Goshen. Alex Burnett made two saves and Stephanie Smith made four to register the shut out of the G-Women in this SBC non-division contest.
The Red and Gray edged the Blue and White of Williamsburg 1-0 at home. Smith stopped all nine of the Wildcats' tries at scoring. Jordan Buchanan netted the game's only goal in a non-division SBC battle.
Summit Country Day put the only damper on Goshen by footing the Warriors a 5-0 non-league blanking. The Red and Gray made two tries at the Silver Knights' goal.
The Rockets knocked off New Richmond 3-1 in the Lions' Den in SBC American Division action. Ashly Redrow, Emily White, and Lauren Rains accounted for the CNE points. Sarah Theiss scored for the Lions.
The Blue and Gold held Felicity scoreless 2-0 on the road. Allison and Lynsey Berning netted the goals for CNE. Megan Burdsall stopped all 12 of the Cardinals' scoring attempts in this SBC non-division encounter.
Back in Owensville, the Blue and Gold defeated Georgetown's G-Women 6-4 in a SBC non-division outing. Rains, Alyssa Loch, Allison Berning, and Lindsey Huxel scored for the winners.
Blanchester's Wildcats blanked CNE 2-0 before a saddened home crowd in a SBC non-division contest.
The Lions twiced Georgetown's G-Women 4-2 at the Lions' Den. Megan Troxell scored twice and Theiss and Paige Diers once each for the Red and Black in this SBC non-division confrontation.
Felicity surprised New Richmond with a 1-1 draw on the river. Carly Grogan scored for the home team and Marisa Stutz countered for the Cardinals in this SBC battle.
Williamsburg stunned New Richmond 2-1 in this SBC non-division thriller. Lauren Lefferson and Michelle Wilhoit made the Wildcats' goals. Noelle Schickling netted the point for the home team.
The Trojans were held scoreless 4-0 by their guests, the Loveland Tigers, in a FAVC-B tilt.