The West Clermont/Little Miami boys soccer game on August 28 had a little bit of everything.
From numerous yellow cards to an ejection, people at West Clermont High School got to see a lot of things, but most importantly, they got to see a West Clermont win.
The Wolves roared out of the gate in the second half, scoring three goals to knock of Little Miami 3-1 and pick up their second win of the year. Head coach Amy Dyer said the team had faced the Panthers once already, and the result did not go their way.
“We played them in the preseason at the Little Miami Tournament, and we lost to them,” Dyer said. “We knew it was going to be a competitive game going out. I think the boys were just trying to get a feel for it in the first half, figure out our bearings and how we wanted to go about it. In the second half, they came out strong. I think they finally figured some things out, and they came out a lot stronger and ready to attack that second half.”
The Wolves finally broke through in the 10th minute of the half. A free kick was headed to Nolan Schirmer, who flicked it into the top of the net for the team’s first goal.
They didn’t wait long for a second one. James Svintsitsky broke free from the defense, and beat the keeper to make it 2-0. Svintsitsky said he felt confident taking the shot.
“I saw the keeper was coming out, and I had the defender beat,” Svintsitsky said. “I flicked it over the defender, faked the goalie with my head and headed it to the other side. From there, I just felt confident and took the shot.”
Svintsitsky received a yellow card after the goal for his celebration, in which he jump-kicked the corner flag.
He added another goal a short time later, after the Wolves had drawn a penalty just outside the 10-yard box. Svintsitsky put a perfect free-kick just out of the keeper’s reach in the upper-right corner of the net to make it 3-0.
“I just saw an opening for the shot,” Svintsitsky said. “I felt comfortable and I took it.”
Dyer said free kicks are one of Svintsitsky’s strengths.
“That was really good,” Dyer said. “He’s really good at placing free-kicks, we were really impressed with that.”
Defensively, the Wolves allowed a late goal, but for the most part the team’s back line was solid. Dyer said the squad had been putting in the work to improve on defense.
“Our defense is something we’ve definitely been working on,” Dyer said. “They played a lot better tonight. I thought they had a good showing, much better than they have in previous games.”
Keeper Bradyn Riffle made 11 saves, moving him into first place in the city with 46. Dyer praised him for his play, comparing the result from this game to the one over the summer.
“He had an exceptional game tonight, he did really well,” Dyer said. “When we played them in the preseason we lost 4-0, so this was a good comeback.”
West Clermont hits the road for the first time this season in their next match, which is also the team’s Eastern Cincinnati Conference opener. The team travels to Walnut Hills for a tilt on Thursday, August 30. After a non-league trip to Georgetown on September 4, the team returns home to take on Milford on Thursday, September 6.