New Richmond girls nudge by Goshen in SBC American Division soccer showdown

Goshen’s Kelsi Steele (2) kicks the soccer ball away from her New Richmond adversary Emily Barcheski (9).

Goshen’s Kelsi Steele (2) kicks the soccer ball away from her New Richmond adversary Emily Barcheski (9).
In a hard-fought Southern Buckeye Conference American Division game, New Richmond defeated Goshen 4-2 in a varsity girls soccer game that at the Warriors’ Jim Brown Stadium.

The game began with the play evenly balanced and with most of the action taking place between the 20 yard lines.

Goshen netted the first goal of the game with 24-minutes and two-seconds remaining in the first half.

It was in less then two minutes at the 22:19 mark that the Lions tied on a goal by senior defender Savannah Glenn.

From this point both the Lions and the Warriors began playing more aggressively.

With 15:16 to go in the first half the visitors scored again this time from the right side of the goal on a kick from senior forward Kelsey Hensley.

The Red and Black was getting more shots at the goal in the remainder of the first half, but the Warriors’ goalkeeper Taylor Wells, a sophomore, was making successful stops. The Lions led 2-1 at halftime .

The Lions increased their lead to 3-1 with eight minutes and 40 seconds played in the second half on a goal from sophomore midfielder Lexy Stamper by kicking from directly in front of the goal.

The Red and Gray began to control the ball more and rallied with another goal of their own with 23:24 still to be played in the game.

New Richmond concluded the night’s scoring with 4:42 left in the battle on another Hensley tally. The Lions’ assists were recorded by Glenn, Stamper, and junior midfielder Bethany Smith.

The Goshen goals were scored by sophomore forward and center Alex Lowrey and freshman forward and midfielder Kayla Miller.

Coach Wells mentioned others on his team that contributed to the cause including Wells, freshman forward and midfielder Halley Halcomb, junior midfielder Emily Hill, freshman forward and midfielder Brittany Clark, sophomore middefender Kari Horn, sophomore defender Kaitlin Horn, freshman defender Kaitlin Horn, and freshman midfielder Lindsey Gun.

“They played really well. They played very aggressive and worked well together,” said Shelby Pride, New Richmond head coach. “We moved Stamper to center striker and Hensley to left wing and they both played very well and it made a big difference in the game for us.”

New Richmond is 1-2 with a non-league loss to Norwood and a Southern Buckeye setback to Western Brown 1-0 on a penalty kick.

Said Pride, “As long as we stay positive and play well together we’ll be alright.”

Goshen head coach Jon Wells said, “Our seniors played their hearts out. New Richmond is a good team. “Our keepers (Wells and Hannah Owens, a sophomore) played a heck of a game. I see us continuing improving.”

The Warrior seniors are defender Trista Freytag, midfielder Jessica Wilcher, forward/center Kelsi Steele, and midfielder Courtney Taylor.

Goshen is 0-3 with conference losses to New Richmond and Clermont Northeastern’s Rockets and non-league versus Little Miami’s Panthers.