One of the most powerful boys soccer programs in the state of Ohio may not be defending its back-to-back state titles with nearly the roster it expects thanks to a raft of suspensions connected with team-wide hazing allegations.
As reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer and Southern Ohio CBS affiliate WKRC and ABC affiliate WCPO, two-time defending boys soccer champion Summit Country Day, from Cincinnati, has been forced to compete minus eight of its veteran players following an early season incident that apparently took place during the team’s road trip to Philadelphia, where the squad took on William Penn Charter.
Summit Country Day has remained tight lipped about the suspensions, but the loss of a number of expected starters has already had a profound impact, with the Silver Knights dropping a highly anticipated face off against fellow Ohio power Seven Hills, 1-0, following the suspensions.
Just as there have been no forthcoming details about the nature of the incident that led to the players’ bans, there has been no instruction about how long they will be missing for. WKRC reported that at least one source indicated three players were expelled, though no confirmation of such a decision has been forthcoming.
In the meantime the Silver Knights will move forward, albeit with a much diminished expectation about what their season is likely to hold.
“The Summit Country Day School requires every student to sign a statement indicating they are committed to upholding a clearly defined code of conduct,” Summit head of school Rich Wilson released in a statement. “As we move forward with our soccer season, we respectfully request that others respect the privacy of these students.”