Eaton soccer teams return to winning ways

By Deron Newman - For The Register-Herald

Eaton senior Kate Bulach advances the ball during the Eagles match with Monroe on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

EATON — Both Eaton’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams got back in the win column on Saturday, Sept. 9 after a tough stretch in their schedules. The pair of wins came against non-SWBL opponents as the Eagles took on Talawanda and Greenville.

Eaton’s girls’ soccer team bounced back from back-to-back losses to dominate Talawanda, 4-0, on Saturday, Sept. 9. The Lady Eagles scored a pair of goals in each half, while keeping the Lady Braves out of the net.

“Great bounce back game,” coach Michael Bacher commented.

Emily Dungan initiated the scoring with an unassisted goal midway through first half. Taylor Brooks later scored off a corner kick as the ball bounced around in front of the goal before Brooks was finally able deposit it in the left corner.

Dungan added a second goal after the halftime break. Bacher added, Anna Black found Dungan on a “nice diagonal run” which she turned into a score.

Later in the second half, Dungan found freshman Madison Fugate for the Lady Eagles final tally and a 4-0 final.

The Lady Eagles defense posted its second shutout of the season.

“Ashlyn Black made some amazing saves. I was worried at first, because we were letting them have seams, we were flat and pushed up too far defensively. Problem solved at halftime.”

The win came after Eaton played three of the top four teams in the SWBL’s Southwestern Division – including Monroe and Oakwood last week. After dropping the game to Monroe, 6-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Eaton seemed to be getting back on track against Oakwood on Thursday, according to Bacher.

“Great game to start, I thought our energy level was high to start. No shots were given up midway thru the first half,” he added.

Two Oakwood goals in in a six-minute span in the first half put Eaton at a 2-0 deficit. The Lady Eagles were not able to recover and dropped a 4-1 decision.

The second goal in that span came off of a corner kick, Bacher added.

“Defending corner kicks continues to be our Achilles heel,” he said. “We seemed to ball watch a little in the second half as Oakwood would add two more goals off the weak side.”

Eaton would score a goal off of a throw-in from Anna Black to Emily Dungan who finished near post.

The win over Talawanda puts the Lady Eagles at 2-3-2 overall. They are 1-3 in the SWBL Southwestern Division.

The Eaton boys’ squad defeated Talawanda, 6-1, on Saturday after a hard-fought week of matches in SWBL play. The Eagles lost a tough match on Tuesday against Monroe, 3-0. The Hornets remain unbeaten in SWBL action and top the standings with Bellbrook at 4-0.

The Eagles played Oakwood on Thursday and battled to a 2-2 tie. Eaton fell behind 1-0 in the first half, but picked up a tying goal before before halftime. James Howard got the Eagles on the scoreboard with a deflection goal off of a Grant Sullender throw-in.

Nate Gard took the throw-in and put the ball on goal, with Howard scoring off the goalie deflection.

Both teams scored goals in the second half as well, with the Lumberjacks scoring first to regain the lead. Evan Mitchel knotted the game again with an Eaton goal to tie the score, 2-2. Neither team found the net from that point as the game ended in a tie.

The win over Talawanda pushes the Eagles record to 4-2-1 overall, 1-2-1 in SWBL division play. They were set to return to SWBL divisional play with games against Brookville on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and Valley View on Sept. 19.

Eaton senior Kate Bulach advances the ball during the Eagles match with Monroe on Tuesday, Sept. 5. senior Kate Bulach advances the ball during the Eagles match with Monroe on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

By Deron Newman

For The Register-Herald