The varsity boys soccer teams of Batavia and Milford have been mowing over their opposition in their respective conferences. New Richmond and Bethel-Tate have also been turning in very respectable performances.
The Bulldogs bombarded New Richmond 8-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division tilt. Matt Walker netted four goals for the winners and Will Walker, Luke Bradburn, Tommy Knauer, and Ian Malott added the others. Nolan O’Brien recorded the shutout as goalkeeper.
The Green and White earned a 4-1 win over Bethel-Tate in another non-division game of the Southern Buckeye. Matt Walker scored three times and Will Walker once. Tyler Daria tallied for the Tigers.
In a non-conference fray, Madeira managed to tie Batavia 2-2. Matt Walker made both goals against the Mustangs.
The Eagles hammered Harrison's Wildcats 6-0 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division contest. Accounting for Milford's points were Jeff Michael with two, and Max Ryan, Andy George, Sam Rogers, and Ryan McHenry netted the others.
The Red and White whipped St. Henry's Redskins of Mercer County, Ohio, 7-1, in non-league action.
Milford massacred Glen Este 10-0 in an inner-county confrontation between members of the Buckeye Division of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
In a non-division game of the Fort Ancient Valley, the Eagles topped Turpin's Spartans 2-0 behind the goals registered by Jeff Michael. Bobby Thaxton was credited with the shutout as the victor's goalkeeper.
Winton Woods was also whitewashed 2-0 in a Fort Ancient Valley Buckeye battle. Scott Koch and Heberer scored for the Eagles and Thaxton again held the Warriors scoreless in the goal.
Non-league action saw Milford drop a 3-1 game to Lakota West. Joey Hammond scored for the Red and White.
Milford is 7-3-1 overall and in first place with its 4-0-0 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.
Milford head coach Brian Croston is pleased with the play of his squad, but he wants them to remain focused and finish the season strong as the Eagles prepare for tournament competition.
"We've had some disappointing losses against some top teams, but nevertheless we wanted to be a top team and we wanted to play the top teams. We are confident we can keep doing well.
"I think we can finish strong. We should definitely be able to, but we need to work on our defensive mistakes. . .
"We should be able to advance in the tournament."
Defenders Joey Hammond, Max Ryan, Andy George, seniors, and Sam Rogers, a sophomore, have been the backbone of a very stingy defense.
The standouts on offense have been senior forward Jeff Michael with 16 goals and seven assists, senior forward Connor Clark with six goals and seven assists, senior midfielder Scott Koch with four goals and one assist, senior midfielder Stuard Dowd with three goals, and senior midfielder Ryan McHenry with one goal and four assists. Croston pointed out senior midfielder Scott Koch has "produced well," too.
The Red and White have outscored their adversaries 38 goals to eight.
The Lions blanked Western Brown's Broncos 4-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division game. Tyler Loyd, Sam Anderson, Randy Durbin, and Sam Leffler scored for the Red and Black. Casey Ware stopped 11 Western shots at the NR goal.
Georgetown's G-Men were also no match for New Richmond in a 6-0 non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. Leffler scored twice and Loyd, Cody Piper, Sean Corwin, and Zach Gregory made the others. Ware added another 11 saves to his impressive total.
The Tigers tackled Felicity 7-0 in a Southern Buckeye non-division duel. Logan Stephens scored three goals, Billy Sipos two, and Jacob Fisher and Alex King one apiece for the Red and Gray. Kevin Poe preserved the shut out by making six saves in the goal.
The Trojans whomped Winton Woods' Warriors 3-1 in a contest of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.
Winton Woods reversed the role and defeated GE 2-1. Tyler Curtice netted the point for the Purple and White.
In non-league play, Mariemont blanked Glen Este 3-0 with the Trojans making four shots at the Warriors' goal.
"This is a good group of boys and they are a hard-working group of boys," said Keith Craig, the head coach at Glen Este. "The team is pretty much inexperienced, but they are getting better and showing improvement."
The Barons whipped Western Brown 5-0 in a non-conference clash. Racking up the points for the Clermont countians were Bryan Doughman with two and Garrett Sprague, Cody Sprague, and Matthew Bradley who registered the others.
Kings' Knights nullified the Barons 5-0 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division game. The Blue and White made four shots at the foe's goal.
Wilmington's Hurricanes beat the Barons 4-0 in the Fort Ancient Valley Cardinal.
Cody Sprague scored for Amelia in a 3-1 non-division set back to Norwood's Indians in the Fort Ancient Valley.
Walnut Hills' Eagles defeated Amelia 6-0 as the Blue and White made four shots at the opposition's goal in this Fort Ancient Valley Cardinal tilt.
The Rockets were clobbered by Cincinnati Country Day's Indians 10-0 in a non-league tilt. The Blue and Gold made two shots at the opponents' goal.
The Cardinals, under coach Bill Haverland, are working hard to make themselves increasingly competitive in conference and non-conference contests.
Haverland believes that this squad, now being more experienced, can be more competitive. He lost only one senior from last year's team.
"I expect us to play much better as the season goes along," said the head honcho of the Red and White. He added that one of the major factors in his charges' favor is "they are a fast team."
Haverland pointed out his most dependable players thus far this campaign have been senior fullback Andrew Smith, senior forward and halfback Dylan Smith, junior forward and halfback and coach's son Austin Haverland, sophomore forward Clayton Wehrum, and freshman halfback and forward Aaron Housh.