New coach, new style, new outlook.
The Clermont Northeastern High School girls soccer team has all three. New head coach Kristofer Asmus takes over a Rockets team that went 7-9-1 overall last season, including a 5-4-1 mark in the Southern Buckeye Conference National good for third place.
He’s installing a 3-5-2 scheme to help advance his possession style.
“Most of our play is based on our possessing the ball and making the other team chase us around,” Asmus said. “Most of the girls have never really played this system, so it’s taking a little time to get used to it. It’s a little more organized in the back and with five midfielders, that’s really geared toward us keeping possession.
“We’re really well rounded as a team. We’re attacking and possessing the ball very well. We’re confident if we take care of our issues ourselves, we wont have any problems. This season we look to use our wealth of experience to push for the SBC conference championship.”
CNE will have four senior captains providing experience and leadership: Jackie Sullivan, Sydney Gacek, Kyla Toles and Jenny Erickson. Sullivan was a first team all-SBC pick last season; Gacek and Toles earned second-team honors.
Juniors Lexie Walker and Katlin Reece bring additional experience. Keep an eye on sophomore Kayla Dieckman at center back and freshman Gracie Wright at center midfield to provide a youthful spark.
The Rockets open the season on the road Aug. 18 at Fayetteville-Perry and host Williamsburg Aug. 26 for their home opener. Asmus looks forward to hosting defending SBC champion Batavia Sept. 16.
Goshen High School finished 2-13-2 overall in 2013, posting an 0-8-2 mark in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division.
Senior Haley Halcomb was a bright spot on that team, earning first-team all-SBC honors as a junior. Joining her on head coach Kianie Petit’s roster are a pair of second-team selections in seniors Courtney Turner and Brittney Clark.
The Warriors open the season Aug. 26 at Western Brown and host Amelia in their home opener Sept. 2.
Milford High School was 7-4-7 overall last season, including a 2-2-2 mark in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference that left the Eagles in fifth place.
Senior Erin Beurket returns to head coach Patrick Winkler’s roster after earning first-team all-ECC honors as a junior. Fellow seniors Amanda Dominique and Carynne Hawkins were second-team picks last season.
The Eagles open the season against Lebanon Aug. 18 at home and begin ECC play at home against Loveland Aug. 26.
McNicholas High School was 14-4-2 (6-1 and first place in the Girls Greater Catholic League Coed Central) under first-year head coach Ben Kirkpatrick. And despite graduating eight players from that team, Kirkpatrick looks forward to a strong sophomore season.
Senior Lauren Rice anchors the defense in the goal. Senior Meghan Martella and sophomore Sophie Gorman both earned first-team all-GGCL honors last season and return in the center midfield.
Junior Emma Heise at forward and and classmate Lauren Pearson at center back and center midfield should be key new editions to the varsity lineup.
McNick opens the season Aug. 16 at Loveland and plays at Cincinnati Country Day Aug.18 before hosting Anderson Aug. 21 in ts home opener.