New Richmond remains unbeaten in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division boys soccer race after a convincing 8-0 triumph over Goshen at Jim Brown Stadium, Goshen.
The battle was just into its fourth minute when sophomore midfielder Colton Farmer kicked the ball into the net from more than 20 yards away.
The Goshen defense stiffened and played tougher for almost 10 minutes when suddenly the Warrior goal keeper tripped and fell and New Richmond junior striker Kevin Reid kicked the ball in from inches away directly in front of the goal.
The visitors continued to dominate the first half. The hosts made their first shot on the enemy goal with 16:36 left in the first half.
The first goal made by New Richmond in the second half wound up being a controversial call by an official. The player who was credited with scoring the goal was senior midfielder Kaylin Kauth.
Goshen mustered up some shots at the Lion goalkeepers senior Sam Leffler who made four saves and senior Nathan Dixon who made three.
New Richmond poured in more goals by Reed, senior striker Tucker Hawkins, Farmer, sophomore defender Michael Huber, and Dixon.
“I was very impressed with our play in the second half. They played that half with a different mind set and a different attitude. They played flat in the first half,” said Doug Flamm head coach of the Lions who are 1-1-1. “I was particularly impressed with the diving head goal made by sophomore defender Michael Huber.”
The assists were made by Klein with two, and one apiece from Kauth, Hawkins, Huber, and Grogan.
“This is a good group of kids who work hard as a team,” Flamm said. “I’m looking forward to a good season. The Goshen players and coaches were a class act who represented their school well.”
Goshen head soccer coach Brett Buechner said, “Not much good went into this game.”
Buechner, a former Milford High School soccer standout, is going through a rebuilding season. He has only two seniors and three juniors on his 20-player squad.
“We’re going to be working on a ton of stuff this year, but we are going to keep getting better through the entire year as we continue to gain experience.”
He did single out the play of one of his Warriors, sophomore defender Travis Scheadler, who his coach describes as “the anchor of our defense.”
The Red and Gray is 1-1 in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye with a 1-0 win over Clermont Northeastern’s Rockets. Sophomore striker Ian Martell put the ball through and past the opposition for the Warriors. His squad’s other defeat was at the feet of Little Miami’s Panthers in a non-league contest.