2017 FALL PREVIEW: Blanchester girls soccer


TEAM RECORD, LEAGUE FINISH IN 2016

9-2-7 overall, 5-0-5 and co-champions of the SBAAC National Division

HEAD COACH

Kurt Ballinger, 8 years coaching overall

COACH’S RECORD

36-37-13 in 5 years as BHS girls varsity coach

COACHES IN PROGRAM

Brad Ballinger – Assistant Coach

NUMBER OF STARTERS RETURNING

4

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTER WINNERS

10

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Emily Hinkle – 6 goals, 4 assists, 1st Team All-SBAAC; Regan Ostermeier – 9 shutouts, 1st Team All-SBAAC; Sierra Drake – 7 goals, 1 assist, 2nd Team All-SBAAC; Taylor McQuitty – 7 goals;

Tatum Kirby, Olivia Gundler, Sally Schafer, Savanna Shank

KEY NEWCOMERS

Lana Roy,

Becca Kratzer

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Emma Gundler – 4 goals, 5 assists, 1st Team All-SBAAC; Mckenzie Hamm – 2 goals, 1 assist, 1st Team All-SBAAC; Merri Lindsey – 3 goals, 3 assists, 1st Team All-SBAAC; Chloe Caplinger – 2 goals, 7 assists, 2nd Team All-SBAAC; Mckenzie Miller – 2nd Team All-SBAAC;

Savana Greene – 2nd Team All-SBAAC

PREDICTED DIVISION FINISH

Last season we tied for league, so I am expecting to challenge for the title again this year.

LEAGUE TITLES

2016, 2010, 2002

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM, SEASON

We graduated 10 seniors and 7 starters from last season, and although it is hard to replace that much production, I am pleased with how our players have responded and stepped up to the challenge. I like the growth our defense has made throughout the preseason and we have returned attacking talent that will allow us to push the attack more this season.

SCHEDULE

August

Aug 22 @Georgetown 5 pm; Aug 24 @Felicity 5 pm; Aug 29 @Clermont Northeastern 5 pm; Aug 31 @Batavia 5 pm

September

Sept 5 @Bethel-Tate 5 pm; Sept 7 vs Clinton-Massie 5 pm @BHS; Sept 12 vs Williamsburg 5 pm @BHS; Sept 14 vs Georgetown 5 pm @BHS; Sept 18 vs Fairfield 7 pm @BHS; Sept 21 vs Felicity-Franklin 7 pm @BHS; Sept 26 vs Clermont Northeastern 7 pm @BHS (Youth Soccer Night); Sept 28 @Goshen 7 pm

October

Oct 3 vs Bethel-Tate 7 pm @BHS; Oct 5 @Fayetteville-Perry 430 pm; Oct 10 vs Hillsboro 7 pm @BHS; Oct 12 @Williamsburg 7 pm

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The Blanchester High School girls soccer team, from left to right, front row, Tatum Kirby, Alyssa Griffith, Savannah Shank, Sally Schafer, Lana Roy; second row, head coach Kurt Ballinger, Kelsey Naylor, Morgan McQuitty, Becca Kratzer, assistant coach Brad Ballinger; third row, Lili Morlan, Emily Hinkle, Taylor McQuitty, Ashlee Baker; back row, Brianna Haun, Brianna Wilson, Regan Ostermeier, Olivia Gundler, Sierra Drake.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/08/web1_GSOC_blanteam-2-.jpgThe Blanchester High School girls soccer team, from left to right, front row, Tatum Kirby, Alyssa Griffith, Savannah Shank, Sally Schafer, Lana Roy; second row, head coach Kurt Ballinger, Kelsey Naylor, Morgan McQuitty, Becca Kratzer, assistant coach Brad Ballinger; third row, Lili Morlan, Emily Hinkle, Taylor McQuitty, Ashlee Baker; back row, Brianna Haun, Brianna Wilson, Regan Ostermeier, Olivia Gundler, Sierra Drake. Mark Huber | News Journal

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