Owning just a 1-0 lead at halftime on Madison Terry’s goal, Amelia’s varsity girls soccer team stepped up the pace considerably in the second half to defeat visiting Norwood 4-1 in a non-conference game.
Next year this will be a Southern Buckeye Conference game since the Indians will be joining the Barons in the Southern Buckeye Conference beginning the 2012-13 school year.
Both teams played some serious defense in the opening half. Then the Blue and White took advantage of one of the Norwood players being red carded. Short one player, the Clermont countians went to work on their guests.
“We struggled on offense early. We had started playing ball better later on in the game and then they lost a player to a red card,” said Amy Kemmer, Amelia head coach.
She mentioned senior striker and tri-captain Katie Brown as playing particularly good in this duel, offensively, and added that the win was “a good team effort.”
The game was hard-fought and very tough going most of the time, especially the physicalness in the last 20 minutes when the victors netted their other three goals off the feet of freshman midfielder Marissa Stone, Brown, and junior midfielder Andrea Bresser.
Kemmer credits her charges’ late domination to “changing defense. We made some adjustments and got some real good efforts from Brown, (junior striker Hannah) Lehn, and (junior midfielder and (striker Danielle) Lang. Senior defender and striker Mandi Robinson was singled out for good play on defense by “taking care of a lot of the loose balls.”
Amelia’s leading scorer for the season has been Stone and senior tri-captain and four-year letter earner Kymmy Simon has also been a scoring leader and is the assist leader.
The defensive standouts, according to their coach, have been Robinson who is “strong in the air,” senior tri-captain Christina Michel, senior Courtney Shank, and freshman goalkeeper Brittany Koehnke. Also strengthening the defense was changing Terry, a sophomore, from her center midfielder position to defender.
“It’s been a successful season. I’m really pleased. If we continue to play as good as we’re capable of, we could win the rest of our games. . . This team has scored more goals than any team I have ever had.”