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Girls Soccer Set To Kick Off New Season With Trio In First Week

Posted on: August 17, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: The 2017 Milford High School girls soccer team, under the leadership of veteran head coach Pat Winkler, will look to get the season off on a high note when the Eagles open the new campaign with three matches in the opening week of play. The Eagles have several returning top performers from a team that finished second in the competitive Eastern Cincinnati Conference one year ago, while posting a 7-8-2 overall mark. The non-conference schedule starts with a bang with battles against Lebanon and Springboro, both top teams from last season and the renewal of a long-standing series with Sycamore.

 

THE UPCOMING DOCKET: A look at Milford’s schedule for the upcoming week:

  • Friday, Aug. 18 at Lebanon, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2016 Record: 12-5-1, 6-2-0 GWOC (7th Division I area coaches’ preseason poll)
    • Top Returning Player: Senior Madison Lindsay (4 G, 2 A, 10 pts.)
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Lebanon 5, Milford 1
    • Series History: Milford leads 10-4-3
  • Monday, Aug. 21 vs. Sycamore, 7:00 p.m.
    • 2016 Record: 6-8-4, 4-4-1 GMC (RV Division I area coaches’ preseason poll)
    • Top Returning Player: Senior MacKenzie Kandil (8 G, 5 A, 21 pts.)
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Milford 2, Sycamore 1 & Milford 3, Sycamore 1
    • Series History: Sycamore leads 29-20-7
  • Saturday, Aug. 26 at Springboro, 7:15 p.m.
    • 2016 Record: 19-2-3, 6-0-2 GWOC
    • Top Returning Player: Junior Kam Davis (19 G, 10 A, 48 pts.)
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Springboro 5, Milford 0
    • Series History: Springboro leads 1-0-0

 

A LOOK AT THE EAGLES: The Eagles return nine players that tallied at least one point in 2016, including a trio of All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference selections. Senior Bryn Rolfsen established herself as one of the ECC’s top scorers in 2016, tallying 10 goals and 22 points on her way to all-league first team honors. Sophomore Ali Claus also proved herself as a dangerous scoring threat, finishing her first campaign with six goals and four assists for 16 points. Senior Holly Barlage has also a key contributor and a first team All-ECC choice after she scored three goals, while assisting on two others. Other players returning this season that found their way into the scoring column last year include seniors Emma Netzel, Maggie Ohmer and Mollie Vonderhaar, junior Ali Kirk and sophomores Tori Kittrell and Trina Manning. In goal, senior Jessica Morgan saw action in 13 matches last season, tallying 69 saves.

 

POLL WATCH: Milford is one of several teams receiving votes in the initial Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll of 2017. A total of five teams were awarded first-place votes, but no one received more than the 12 earned by first place Loveland of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. The balance of the top-five includes St. Ursula (one vote), Mason (two votes), Oak Hills and Mount Notre Dame (one vote). The remaining first place vote went to No. 7 Lebanon. Turpin representes the ECC in eighth, with the league also seeing Anderson, Walnut Hills, Kings and West Clermont all receiving votes. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.