BLANCHESTER – With a record-setting performance by Emily Hinkle, the Blanchester girls soccer team defeated Goshen 3-2 Thursday in non-league play at Barbour Memorial Field.
Hinkle had a goal and an assist, her 30th to sit atop the school’s all-time career assist list. She also has 30 goals in 60 career games.
“Emily has had an incredible career and deserves all the accolades that come her way,” Ballinger said. “To average a goal or assist a game for an entire four-year career from a central midfield position is absurdly good, and it shows that she leaves an imprint on the game every time she steps on the field.”
Blanchester is now 4-6-1 on the season.
All five goals were scored in the first half.
Ballinger said his Ladycats dominated possession early. BHS grabbed a 1-0 lead when Savanna Shank forced a turnover and assisted Hinkle on her goal.
Goshen the scored two straight to take a 2-1 lead. Over the final seven minutes of the first half, though, the Ladycats regained control.
Hinkle assisted Shank to tie the match at 2-2. Two minutes later, freshman Emma Winemiller chipped a ball to Caitlyn Lakes who maneuvered herself into scoring position and beat the Lady Warriors keeper, 3-2.
In the second half, Ballinger said the BHS defense took over. Hinkle, Shank, Lakes and Lana Roy continued to pressure the Goshen defense, the coach said, but were unable to push the lead to two.
With the back line of Lili Morlan, Sally Schafer, Olivia Gundler and Bri Haun playing well in front of BHS keeper Regan Ostermeier, the Ladycats preserved the one-goal lead and registered the non-league win.