Clermont Northeastern won the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division girls soccer crown for the first time since the Rockets dominated the Clermont County high school girls soccer scene during the days of head coach Eddie Wells and his abundant talent.
“We had a great year,” said Misty Goetz, head coach of the Blue and Gold. She came in to coach the Rockets after the preseason workouts had begun and a coaching change was made.
The Northeastern mentor impressed all with the results she achieved with her team in her first year of coaching at the high school varsity level.
She continued to explain, "I coached with positive reinforcement. I tried to focus on the positive all the time."
Junior goal keeper Ashley Gilkerson recorded 10 shut outs this campaign. She was very capably supported with staunch defenders including senior Lindsey Huxel who set the pace from her sweeper position, senior right fullback Ashley Redrow, and senior left fullback Christina Tolliver.
Offensively, senior left forward Sam Lovell was the leading scorer with 12 goals to her credit, junior right forward Jordan Hanley made nine, and junior center forward Emily White made seven. The trio received great assistance from freshman center halfback Kylie Sumner who powered the offense with five assists.
"It was exciting this year. The junior varsity won the league this year, too," said Goetz. "I'm really excited about next year with all the good players moving up from the JV and a lot of great players back from the varsity. We will need to replace the six seniors we're losing, though.
The six seniors Clermont Northeastern will be losing will be Huxel, Redrow, Tolliver, Lovell, Alyssa Loch, and Lauren Rains.
The final league standings of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division are Clermont Northeastern 10-2-1, Goshen 7-3-3, Bethel-Tate 6-7, New Richmond 6-7, and Williamsburg 2-10-1.