Many of Clermont County’s high school varsity boys soccer teams have begun with some success. Milford, Batavia, and Bethel-Tate have yet to taste defeat as of the time of this report. Glen Este and New Richmond have also registered victories.
The Eagles outlasted Lakota East’s Thunderhawks 5-2 in non-conference action. Senior center midfielder Ryan Grothaus scored twice and junior forward Jeff Michael, junior midfielder Connor Clark, and senior forward Ben Jones once for the Red and White.
Milford blanked Fairfield’s Indians 4-0 in non-conference play. Scoring for the Clermont countians were Jones, Michael, Grothaus, and senior Ryan Burgess. Senior goalkeeper Tommy George made five saves to preserve the shut out.
Grothaus, Jones, and Michael share the scoring leadership with five goals apiece senior Nathan Hudson and senior forward Tyler Huerkamp have also played well on offense.
George has registered five shutouts as goalkeeper. Very ably assisting him on "D" are senior sweeper Chris Bender senior defender Peter Michelson, and senior defender Mark Swensen.
"We're playing a very busy schedule against a lot of very good teams. It's going to be tough to remain undefeated," Croxton concluded.
The Bulldogs fractured Felicity 8-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game. Making the Green and White's goals were junior stopper/midfielder Will Walker three and freshman stopper/midfielder Ian Malott, sophomore midfielder Matt Smith, junior midfielder Travis Hart, junior midfielder Nathan Sisodia, junior midfielder/striker Matt Walker one apiece. Junior goalkeeper Nolan O'Brien stopped six of the Red and White's shots on the goal.
"I'm pleased with our progress. We're a young team," said the 'Dogs head honcho Bob Walker. "We have played a couple of rocky games, though, because of our inconsistency."
Will Walker and twin brother Matt Walker have scored 11 and eight goals apiece to lead the Green and White's scoring. Senior midfielder Jacob Nelson has four assists to his credit and Smith has three.
Sophomore sweeper McClain Shepard, sophomore right back Jordan Richardson, and junior left back Tyler Osborne have helped Noal record four shutouts in the goal.
"We're doing well, defensively. We lost our whole defense. . . We need to win the rest of our league games in order to make sure we win the league," Walker concluded.
The Tigers nipped Fayetteville's Rockets 1-0 in a non-conference contest. Sophomore Logan Stephens scored the goal for the Red and Gray. Junior goalkeeper Kevin Poe made eight goals.
"We've been playing very good," said John Swarthout, the Bethel-Tate assistant coach. "They are a good group to work with. They're good bunch of fellas - good athletes and good young men. They all work together.
Stephens, junior forward Billy Sipos, and sophomore center midfielder Jeremy Moss are the Red and Gray's scoring and assistant leaders.
On defense, junior center Jordan Ely and Poe have been the stalwarts.
After many years of close, hard-fought games, a convincing win over defending Southern Buckeye Conference American Division champion New Richmond was a very satisfying win for Bethel-Tate.
"The New Richmond win was so important. It's been a long time. It was very gratifying. . . Our goal is to win the league," Swarthout concluded.
The Trojans edged Amelia 3-2 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference non-division showdown. Scoring for the Purple and White were sophomore striker Brian Nwaobasi, senior Kyle Gordon, and junior midfielder Mitch Link. Scoring for the Blue and White were Zac Gaskins and Garrett Sprague.
Norwood was nullified by Glen Este 3-0. Nwaobasi, Junior midfielder Kyle Woessner, and senior midfielder Jake Jones made the GE goals. Junior Chris Gorman and sophomore Trevor Korfhagen equally shared stopping all eight of the Indians' shots on goal.
Turpin's Spartans stopped Glen Este 4-2. Jones and senior striker Zach Ross scored for the Clermont countians in this Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division fray.
The Lions whitewashed Goshen 5-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division tilt. Scoring for the Red and Black were senior midfielder Nick Groman twice, sophomore Cody Piper, senior striker Justin Wilson, and junior midfielder Sam Darland. Junior Travis Wander and sophomore Keenan Daniels took turns in the goals and blocked all four of the Warriors' scoring attempts.
Norwood caged the Lions 3-1 with Teder making the lone goal for the Red and Black in this non-conference contest.
The Barons were whitewashed by Winton Woods' Warriors 3-0. The Blue and White made two shots on the adversary's goal in the non-division Fort Ancient Valley Conference fray.
The Warriors were overpowerd by Fayetteville's Rockets 5-3 in non-conference action. The Red and Gray's goals were netted by Estep, Fulton, and Wyatt.
In another non-conference tilt, Little Miami whitewashed the Warriors 6-0. The Clermont countians made six shots on the Panthers' goal.