Milford girls contending in Greater Miami Conference; ‘Burg soccer much improved

Clermont County has been blessed with several very talented varsity girls soccer teams. Milford is in the thick of the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) race. Williamsburg is one of the most improved of the county’s programs.

Milford is 12-3-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the GMC.

“It’s been a good season so far. They’ve been playing pretty good. They’ve beaten some good teams,” said head coach Pat Winkler. “We knew we had a lot of expereince with the number of starters and seniors coming back and they’ve worked hard and they’ve worked together as a team.”

Winkler believes the E-Gals “came together” after two consecutive losses to Seton and Colerain.

“They realize they all play better when they play together,” said Winkler.

The leading scorers have been sophomore forward Alyssa Rich, junior forward Caitlyn Morgan, and senior right midfielder Ashley Green. Morgan and Green have been the assist leaders.

The leaders of the defense have been central defenders Katy Porter, senior captain, and Megan Smith, a senior, and Jessica Pykosz, sophomore right side defender.

Despite the fact that the Red and White has nine seniors on the varsity roster whom their coach says will “take awhile before we find another senior class this talented,” Winkler is confident. “The program is in really good shape for the next two or three years. We’ve got ten juniors and sophomores on the varsity and the JV has a winning record and is doing well.

“Right now we’re getting ready to make a good run at the tournament.”

Williamsburg has turned its season around in the second half. The Wildcats are 4-6-2 overall and 2-6-2 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division. They are unbeaten in their last four games.

Second-year head coach Kurt Benjamin said, “We started off pretty slow. We played different starting line-ups until we found the right line-up.”

Benjamin is particularly proud of the Blue and White’s defense. Junior center midfielder Lauren Lefferson gets the assignment of “marking the other team’s leading scorer.” Junior sweeper Becky Taggert, senior stopper Megan Ream, senior right fullback Lindsey Bickett, and freshman goalkeeper Darcy Little, who has recorded four shut outs, are the leaders on D.

The offensive leaders have been junior striker Miranda Cluxton, junior left wing Kayla Scott, who leads the Wildcats in scoring and assists, and senior captain and center midfielder Sarah Bourne.

Losing just three seniors and expecting the return of six juniors and seven freshmen, the ‘Burg mentor said, ” Next year should be a big year. We have a great junior class and the freshmen will have had another year of experience.”

Batavia 9 Blanchester 1

Bulldog goals: Megan Smith 3, Sara Stewart, Ashton Embry, Kristen Robbe, Kelly Fink, Kirby Bailey, and Stephanie Owens.

Batavia 5 Georgetown 0

Bulldog goals: M. Smith 2, Sarah Smith 2, and Bailey. Emily Webb, in the goal, thwarted all four G-Women efforts to score.

Batavia 10 Williamsburg 0

Bulldog goals: Brette Shepard 2, S. Smith 2, S. Owens 2, Kristen Kerber, Robbe, Bailey, and Courtney Chavies. Webb’s two saves preserved the ‘Burg blanking.

Milford 1 Lakota East 0

E-Gal goal: Ashley Green. Goalkeeper Jamie Good stopped six Thunderhawks shots to preserve the shutout.

Milford 11 Hamilton 1

E-Gal goals: Caitlin Morgan 2, Alyssa Rich 2, Gina Spizzirri, Ashley Maynard, Lyndsey Wuest, Lauren Bartsch, Green, Erica Florimonte, and Katelyn Porter.

Milford 3 Loveland 1

E-Gal goals: Kelly Browning, Rich, and Morgan.

Milford 3 Princeton 1

E-Gal goals: Maynard, Spizzirri, and Morgan.

Amelia 3 Winton Woods 1

Baron goals: Heather Coorey, Loren Koehler, and Cara Henning.

Amelia 5 Mt. Healthy 1

Baron goals: Sarah Vinson 2, Ashley Cruthcher, Coorey, and Katherine Westendorf.

Amelia 0 Turpin 0

The Barons made 10 unsuccessful attempts at the Spartans’ goal. Amelia goalkeeper Chelsea Lang successfully halted 12 attempts by the hapless Turpin offense.

Anderson 2 Amelia 0

The Barons took three shots at the Redskins.

Williamsburg 0 Western Brown 0

Goalkeeper Darcy Little registered the blanking of the Broncos for Williamsburg.

Williamsburg 2 Georgetown 1

Wildcat goals: Kayla Scott and Sarah Bourne.

Williamsburg 1 North Adams 0

Wildcat goal: Melanie Carter. Goalkeeper Little accounted for the whitewashing by blocking three Green Devil shots.

Goshen 3 Bethel-Tate 0

Warrior goals: Holly Henderson 2 and Staci Hicks. Melissa Black blocked all six of the Tigers’ efforts to score on her in the goal.

Goshen 5 Western Brown 1

Warrior goals: Hicks 3, Kristin Lehnert, and Jordan Buchanan.

Goshen 2 Clermont Northeastern 1

Warrior goals: Jennifer Clark and Henderson.

Rocket goal: Linsey Huxel.

Norwood 4 Goshen 2

Warrior goals: Staci Hicks and Danielle Stewart.

Clermont Northeastern 2 Western Brown 0

Rocket goals: Jordan Johnson and Lauren Rains. Brittany Tedrick blocked all three Bronco scoring attempts to register the shutout.

Bethel-Tate 0 New Richmond 0

Nicole Boston, Tiger goalkeeper, stopped 15 Lion shots and Molly Gross, Lion goalkeeper, halted nine Tiger goal attempts.

Bethel-Tate 1 Western Brown 0

The Red and Gray avenged themselves for an earlier season drubbing at the feet of the Broncos in Mount Orab.

Tiger goal: Maya Swartz.

New Richmond 4 Western Brown 0

Lion goals: Erin Lusk 2, Meghan Mancini, and Kayla Lavely. Gross recorded five saves for the Red and Black to achieve the shut out.

Taylor 3 New Richmond 0

The Red and Black made 11 unsuccessful attempts to score.

Glen Este 1 Winton Woods 1

Trojan goal: Dana Hutchinson.

Harrison 3 Glen Este 1

Trojan goal: Maddie Kirker.

Kings 1 Glen Este 0

The Purple and White made four shots at the Knights.