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Riding Hot Start, Boys Soccer Opens ECC Play Thursday at Turpin

Posted on: August 30, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: Riding its best start to a season in over a decade, the Milford High School boys soccer team takes to the road and into the Eastern Cincinnati Conference schedule for the first time on Thursday night when it travels to Turpin for a 7 p.m. kick. The Eagles have soared to a 4-0-0 start, having outscored their opponents by a 14-3 margin. In embarking on its ECC schedule, Milford will be looking to improve on last season’s sixth place finish in the league standings.


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

  • Thursday, Aug. 31 at Turpin, 7:00 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 2-1-1, 0-0-0 ECC (RV Division I area coaches’ preseason poll)
    • Top Scorer: Junior Chris Workman (1 G, 2 A, 4 pts.)
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Turpin 1, Milford 0
    • Series History: Turpin leads 26-15-4


A LOOK BACK: Aug. 18 vs. Little Miami: The Eagles opened the season and a stretch of four straight home matches with a 3-1 victory over Little Miami at Charity J. Lucas Field. Seniors Stephen Hobson and Limo Rustom, along with sophomore Noah Burnett all got in the scoring column for the first time in 2017 with a goal each.


Aug. 22 vs. Ross: Noah Burnett tallied a pair of goals, leading Milford to a 2-0 win over Ross. Burnett got help in the win from a trio of players who picked up an assist in senior Limo Rustom and sophomores Kyle Boehm and Noah Hjelmeng. Between the pipes, junior Zach Mash picked up his first shutout of the year.


Aug. 24 vs. Lakota East: Milford literally used their heads to twice rally from a one goal deficit in tallying a 3-2 non-conference win over Lakota East. The Eagle trio of seniors Stephen Hobson and Blake Holtman and sophomore Noah Burnett all tallied header goals in the big win. Sophomore Kyle Boehm finished with a pair of assists and junior Harrison Eckels added one in the triumph.


Aug. 26 vs. Hamilton: The Eagles avenged a pair of losses, including in the OHSAA Tournament, from last year with a commanding 6-0 win over Hamilton. Senior Limo Rustom led the offensive barrage with his first two-goal game of the year. Other goal scorers for the Eagles included seniors Stephen Hobson and Jacob Remm, junior Harrison Eckels and sophomore Joey Round. In goal, senior Ben Gerding and junior Zach Mash posted a combination shutout, Milford’s second straight clean sheet.


INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders this season:

Goals: Noah Burnett (4), Stephen Hobson & Limo Rustom (3)

Assists: Kyle Boehm (3), Eight tied (1)

Points: Noah Burnett (9), Limo Rustom (7), Stephen Hobson (6)

Saves: Jessica Morgan (29)


POLL WATCH: Milford’s 4-0-0 start has propelled the Eagles into the top-10 of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s weekly Division I area coaches’ poll as they landed eighth. Five teams earned at least one first place vote from the 18 coaches that submitted ballots, headlined by Moeller with eight to earn the No. 1 spot. Anderson from the ECC is second with four first place votes, with the top-five completed by St. Xavier (two votes), Sycamore (three votes) and Mason (one vote). Nearly all of the ECC is represented, with Walnut Hills, Turpin, Withrow, Kings and Loveland all in the others receiving votes section. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at