Milford, Bethel-Tate, Batavia win boys soccer conference championships

November 2nd, 2008    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Most of Clermont County’s varsity boys soccer teams enjoyed good success in the final weeks of regular season competition.

At the conclusion of the regular season schedule Milford was rated the third best Division I team in the entire state.

“I’m very pleased with our conference play,” said Milford head coach Brian Croston. His charges outscored their adversaries 35-4 in Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division action where the Red and White won the division title compiling a perfect 5-0 record.

Throughout the long varsity boys soccer season, Milford has controlled the play of every game leading to their numerous victories and state-ranking.
"The Loveland game built up to the end." The Tigers were co-runner-up in the conference with Anderson.

"It's pretty awesome. We have great offensive potential. We have a ton of very good goal scorers. They are very good at creating and finishing," said Croston.

Senior center midfielder Ryan Grothaus has made 15 goals and assisted on nine, senior center midfielder Ben Jones had 12 and 11, respectively, junior forward Jeff Michael 10 and four, senior forward Nathan Hudson 11 and one, senior forward Tyler Huerkamp four and nine, junior midfielder Connor Clark four and six, and senior midfielder Alex Trago four and four.

The Eagles' head honcho was very proud of the defense, too.

"We had eight shut outs this year," he said. Senior Tommy George was in goal for seven of the games and junior Bobby Thaxton recorded the other. Also performing good defense have been senior sweeper midfielder Danny Haberer and senior marking back Chris Bender.

"We want to get to state. . . We have tremendous support from the student body and the community," Croston concluded.


The regular season came to a close with the Eagles continuing their stellar play. They doubled up on Loveland's Tigers 4-2 in Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division play. Grothaus netted two goals and Hudson and Huerkamp one apiece.

Milford's Eagles tied the Eagles of Walnut Hills 0-0 in non-conference action. Milford made 12 shots at the enemy's goal and George stopped all eight of the opponent's efforts to score.

Jones scored twice and Grothaus once in a 3-1 non-conference verdict over Lakota West's Firebirds.

Indian Hill's Braves dropped a 6-1 non-conference game. Grothaus scored twice and Hudson, Trago, Clark, and Sam Zang once each.

In a non-conference whitewashing the Red and White beat Kings 6-0. Grothaus made two goals and Hudson, Huerkamp, Jones, and Peter Michelson one apiece. George stopped the Knights' only shot at the Eagles' goal.


The Tigers, champions of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division, stabled Western Brown's Broncos 5-2. Brandon Hacker netted two goals for the Red and Gray and Billy Sipos, Spencer Sutter, and Tucker Stephens each added a goal.

In a 5-1 triumph over Goshen, Sutter scored thrice and Tyler Bullock and Tyler Daria once for the winners. Richard Duculon netted the point for the Warriors in this Southern Buckeye Conference American Division battle.

Clark Montessori was the next victim, 4-1. Sipos made three of the goals and Jeremy Moss the other. This was a non-conference contest.

Bethel-Tate nipped defending champion New Richmond 3-2 in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. The Tigers' Sipos and the Lions' Nick Groman scored two points apiece.

In an inner-county, non-conference duel, Bethel-Tate skimmed Glen Este 6-5. The goals made by the winners were Sipos with four and Stephens and Sutter made the others. The Trojans' points were made by Jakes Jones and Matt Grau with two apiece and Zach Ross made the other.


The Bulldogs, champions of the National Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference, kicked Georgetown's G-Men around 9-1. The scorers in Green and White were Joshua Steinmetz who poured in four, Will Walker three, and one each from Luke Bradburn and McClain Shepard.

Blanchester's Wildcats were edged 1-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division thriller. Brandon Mahan scored for the 'Dogs and Nolan O'Brien's four saves preserved the shut out.

Batavia pulled all stops to defeat New Richmond 6-0. The Walker brothers, Matt and Will, equally shared four goals and Matt Smith and Travis Hart added the others. O'Brien stopped the six shots at him in front of the goal.

McNicholas' Rockets managed to tie the Clermont countians in a battle between Greens and Whites 1-1. Timmy Knauer was responsible for the Bulldogs' point.

New Richmond

The Lions conquered Clermont Northeastern 8-1 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division game. Andy Piper made three goals, Justin Wilson two, and Groman, Matt Lancaster, and Tanner Bock one apiece.

Georgetown was edged by the Red and Black 4-3. Groman, Wilson, Sam Darland, and Zak Ritter tallied the points for NR in this non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference.

Western Brown was done in by the Lions 5-3. Both Groman and Wilson scored twice and Piper netted the other in this American Division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference.


The Barons were blanked by Little Miami 2-0 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division. Amelia made seven shots at the Panthers' goal.

Taylor also blanked the Barons 3-0. The Blue and White made six shots at the Yellow Jackets' goal.

Ross extended the Amelian's number of shut out set backs by beating the Barons 3-0. Amelia made two scoring attempts at the Rams' goal.

Glen Este

The Trojans were nipped by Hamilton's Big Blue in a non-conference confrontation 2-1. Ross made the goal for GE.

Winton Woods won a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division battle over the Purple and White 4-2. Joey Majewski and Chris Gorman put the ball in the net for the Trojans.

In a non-division game of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, Kings crunched Glen Este 5-2. Grau and Brian Nwaobasi scored for the Clermont countians.
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