Compiled by Mark Huber
RECORD IN 2014
3-12-2 overall, 3-6-1 and 5th in SBC National
Kurt Ballinger, 4th year as head coach
HEAD COACH’S RECORD
OTHER COACHES IN PROGRAM
Mike Cook, varsity assistant; Monica Wilson-Allen, junior varsity coach
NUMBER OF STARTERS RETURNING
NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTER WINNERS
KEY PLAYERS RETURNING
Senior Audrey Jordan – All-district in 2014, 1st team All-SBC 2013, 2nd team All-SBC 2012; junior Emma Gundler – team defensive MVP in 2014; senior Tristan Culberson – 5 goals in 2014; senior Jasmine Maloney – returning defender; junior Mckenzie Hamm – 1 goal in 2014
Freshmen midfielders Emily Hinkle and Olivia Gundler, and freshmen goalie Regan Ostermeier
KEY PLAYERS LOST
2015 graduates Julia Howard – 8 goals in 2014; Kayla Nause – 2 goals in 2014; Bella Cook – 1 goal in 2014; Brooke Gibbons – defender
RIGHT NOW I LIKE …
Our ability to pass effectively and maintain possession. I also have been impressed with the growth of our returning letterwinners who have been putting in hard work for several years.
RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE …
Our killer instinct in front of goal and turning chances into goals.
TEAM TO BEAT IN SBC
CNE is the team to beat as they ran through league play undefeated last year and look solid again this year.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM, SEASON
Blanchester kicks off its season Saturday playing in Columbus Crew’s MAPFRE stadium. We have 11 juniors on varsity this season who have all made major strides coming into the 2015 season, giving us a solid foundation to challenge for a league title.
2-Sydney Scott, Jr, MF; 3-McKenzie Miller, Jr, DEF; 4-Jasmine Maloney, Sr., DEF; 6-Shauna Fiebing, Sr., FWD; 7-Merri Lindsey, Jr., DEF; 8-Audrey Jordan, Sr., MF; 9-Taylor McQuitty, Soph, FWD; 10-Emma Gundler, Jr., DEF; 11-Sierra Drake, Soph., FWD; 12-Savana Greene, Jr., DEF; 13-Chloé Caplinger, Jr., GK; 15-Rebekah Sams, Jr., FWD; 16-Olivia Gundler, Fr., MF; 18-Mckenzie Hamm, Jr., MF; 19-Regan Ostermeier, Fr., GK; 20-Tristan Culberson, Sr., FWD; 21-Courtney Lillich, Jr., DEF; 23-Brynne Cain, Jr., DEF; 24/1-Emily Hinkle, Fr., MF
Aug 22 vs Batavia @Crew Stadium; Aug 25 @Felicity 4:30 pm; Aug 27 @Clermont NE 5 pm; Sept 1 vs Williamsburg 5 pm; Sept 3 @Bethel-Tate 5 pm; Sept 8 @Georgetown 5 pm; Sept 10 @New Richmond 5 pm; Sept 12 @Goshen 10 am; Sept 15 @Fayetteville 430 pm; Sept 21 @Leesburg 630 pm; Sept 22 @Norwood 7 pm; Sept 24 vs Felicity 7 pm; Sept 28 vs Clermont NE 7 pm; Oct 1 @Williamsburg 5 pm; Oct 6 vs Bethel-Tate 7 pm; Oct 8 vs Georgetown 7 pm
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