New Richmond, Bethel-Tate, Goshen, Milford, and Clermont Northeastern have shown the best efforts among Clermont County’s varsity girls soccer teams in recent competition.
The Lions, leaders of a tight race in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference, gained a 6-1 verdict over Georgetown’s G-Women in a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
The Red and Black is 8-4-1 overall.
Savannah Glenn paced the Clermont countians against the Brown countians with three goals netted, and Kelsey Hensley, Noelle Schickling, and Cassie Grooms contributed the other goals.
"After the first four or five games we have really improved and gotten much better. We made line-up and positioning changes and our attitude as a team has been so good."
Glenn, a sophomore center striker, is the team's scoring leader with 18 goals, Schickling, a senior center midfielder, has netted five goals. The assist leader has been Kelsey Hensley, a sophomore forward.
Playing tough on the defensive side of the ledger have been Cassie Byrd, a sophomore sweeper, and Cassidy Martin, the freshman goalkeeper.
Pride believes one of the most productive changes made in the line-up was moving Grooms from striker to stopper were she has "been dominating in the back row.
"I have a really good feeling about our chances of winning our division of the league," concluded the Lions' mentor who herself was a Southern Buckeye Conference all-star during her prep career at Bethel-Tate.
The Tigers edged Felicity in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division duel. Shelby Church and Andi Lanigan scored the goals for the Red and Gray and Arica Stutz did the same for the Red and White.
In another non-division game of the Southern Buckeye, Bethel-Tate gored Georgetown's G-Women 3-0. Blake Woodward, Cheyenne Sebastian, and Kelly Minarchek accounted for the BT goals. Brooke Kenneda recorded the shut out in the goal.
Batavia succumbed to the Bethel-Tate attack 4-2 in yet another a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division fray. Hayley Rose tallied twice and and Lanigan and Mackenzie Moorehead once each for the Tigers. Holly Harris scored twice for the Bulldogs.
The Warriors skimmed by Felicity 4-3 in a non-division clash of the Southern Buckeye. Scoring for the Red and Gray was Allie Jeandrevin twice and Kelsi Steele and Jade Morris once each. Scoring for the Red and White was Christine Dreiling twice and Megan Blank.
Williamsburg lost in another non-division contest of the Southern Buckeye. Kim Atwood and Jeandrevin netted both goals for the Warriors in this 2-0 triumph. Alex Burnett made four saves to preserve the shut out.
The Warriors are 8-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the league.
"We've pretty much about beaten up on everybody," said coach Khary Williams. "If we win out the rest of the games we'll tie with New Richmond for the league. The team is definitely improved. They're confident."
Junior outside midfielder Meredith Budde leads Goshen in scoring with seven goals, sophomore forward Kelsi Steele has five goals and five assists, and senior center midfielder Jade Morris "our best player" has netted five goals. Junior sweeper Corinne Whitley has been a stalwart on defense.
The E-Gals clobbered Colerain's Cardinals 5-0 in non-league play.
Making the points for the Clermont countians were C. G. Bryant, Sam Arbutina, Katie Marson, Kelsey Fallon, and Ashlie Bowling. Hillary Woodall made two saves as the goalkeeper.
In the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division, Milford mastered Harrison's Wildcats 5-0. Kelly Yee made two goals, Morgan Wolcott, Tori Calderhead, and Arbutina one each for the victors.
The Rockets beat Blanchester's Wildcats 2-1. Maggie Sullivan and Kylie Sumner scored for CNE in this non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
The Bulldogs whitewashed Williamsburg in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division 5-0. Recording the Bulldogs' goals were Holly Harris, twice, and Eleanor Bently, Becca Fink, and Hannah Eddlemon, once. Brittany Luginbuhl made four saves in front of the Batavia goal.
New Richmond was the Green and White's next victim by a 5-3 count in a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye. Harris netted two more goals and Eddlemon, Jill Crouch, and MacKenzie Fisler added the other points. Glenn, Kelsey Hensley, and Noelle Schickling accounted for the Lions' points.
Batavia and Amelia battled to a 2-2 deadlock in non-league action. Harris and Fisler made the goals for the Bulldogs and Andrea Bresser and Paige Spencer did the same for the Barons.
The Barons shut out Talawanda 1-0 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference non-division duel. Bresser scored for the winners and Chelsea Lang preserved the blanking as the Clermont countians' goalie.
In a non-conference confrontation, Amelia edged Western Brown 2-1 behind the goals of Spencer and Danielle Lang.
Madeira took the measure of Amelia 3-0 as the Blue and White managed just one shot at the Mustangs' goal.
Kings won a Fort Ancient Valley Cardinal encounter 2-0.
Mercy's Bobcats also blanked the Barons 5-0 as the Blue and White made five shots at the Bobcats' goal.
The Trojans walloped Western Hills in a non-league trouncing 9-0. The goals for the Purple and White were made by JJ Pullens twice and Cassie Howell, Karina Atkinson, Sydney Schwalbach, Kelly Banfil, Nicole Phillips, and Alli Kasperczyk one apiece. Erika Maloney was credited with the shut out in the goal.
Fairfield slipped by GE 4-3 in a non-league game. Pullens, Tori Velten, and Atkinson made the goals for the Purple and White.
McNicholas managed to win out 4-1 in a non-league fray. Velten accounted for Glen Este's point.
In the Buckeye Division of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, Loveland got by the Trojans 4-2. Atkinson and Pullens registered the goals for GE.