Eaton soccer teams suffer first losses of the season

EATON — Eaton’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams both split a pair of games this past week, taking on Franklin and Bellbrook to open SWBL Southwestern Division play. In both cases, the Eagles faced the top and bottom of the current standings with one team undefeated in the early season – the other winless.

The Lady Eagles opened the week on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Franklin. The Lady Wildcats were 0-1 coming into the match, having lost their season opener to Bellbrook. Eaton was looking for their first win of the season, having tied both of their first two matches.

The Lady Eagles shut out Franklin, posting a 2-0 win.

“We would bend a little, but not break,” Eaton girls’ coach Michael Bacher commented. “Freshman Kendal Combs along with Ashlynn Black, Gabby (Petry), and Chelsea Cruze held strong for the first shutout of the season.”

After getting off to a slow start early in the match, Emily Dungan picked up the team’s offense scoring her fourth goal of the season. The score came off a cross from Isabelle Trader.

Trader was involved in both Eaton goals as she scored the second goal, with the assist going to Taylor Brooks.

On Thursday, the Lady Eagles matched up with one of the Southwestern Division’s top teams in the standings — Bellbrook. Bellbrook finished the week with a 4-0 overall record, unbeaten in SWBL play, 3-0.

After playing Bellbrook tough in the first half, down just 2-0, Eaton was not able to keep up the pace in the second half and lost 6-0.

“Tough loss,” Bacher said, “we were going into the wind the first half, so they threw numbers forward — they scored mid-way thru and would add one more before the half, to make it 2-0.”

“I thought we had a team that had their own agenda tonight — it was frustrating because, that being said we were only down 2-0, at the half. We couldn’t recover, no come back tonight.

“Hopefully this can be a good loss and make us hungry and bring out intensity up for the next game. We have to get back to our strikers and midfielders winning and holding the ball to allow us to get numbers forward.”

The Eaton boys’ squad had a similar week, dominating Franklin on Tuesday and dropping their first game of the season on Thursday.

Eaton picked up its third win of the season against Franklin, 6-1. The Eagles dominated the Wildcats, scoring early and often in the match. The “early” score came in first few seconds of the match as Chris Hudgel found the net on a pass from Grant Sullender on the opening kickoff.

Eaton added two more goals in the first half. James Howard scored the team’s second goal, beating the Franklin keeper on a break-away. Howard picked up the assist on the team’s third score, finding Sullender for the goal.

Nate Gard got into the scoring column in the second half, off of a Sullender throw-in. Sullender also picked up an assist in the Eagles next goal on a pass to Tucker Wilt. Hudgel finished off Eaton’s scoring with the assist going to Tyler Earley.

On Thursday, Eaton faced Bellbrook’s boys’ team – also undefeated in SWBL play and 3-1-1 overall. The Eagles played well in the first half as the halftime score was knotted at 1-1. Eaton’s first half goal came on a cross from James Howard to Chris Hudgel.

The match remained tied until the 15-minute mark of the second half when Bellbrook scored the go-ahead goal. Eaton was unable to respond and eventually gave up a second Bellbrook goal, putting the game out of reach.

Eaton is now 1-1 in SWBL division play, 3-1 overall.

Both Eaton teams will take of two of the division’s top teams this coming week – Monroe and Oakwood. Both Monroe teams opened the season 2-0 in SWBL action. Eaton was scheduled to play the Hornets on Tuesday, Sept. 4. On Thursday, the Eagles will face Oakwood – the boys’ squad will be on the road and the girls at home.

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Eaton’s Caleb Caplinger battles with a Bellbrook player for possession of the ball during a soccer match last Thursday, Aug. 31. Eaton suffered its first loss of the season to Bellbrook, 3-1.’s Caleb Caplinger battles with a Bellbrook player for possession of the ball during a soccer match last Thursday, Aug. 31. Eaton suffered its first loss of the season to Bellbrook, 3-1.

By Deron Newman

For The Register-Herald