EATON — Eaton’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will conclude the regular season this week with two SWBL matchups. Both squads were scheduled to play Franklin on Tuesday, Oct. 10, before finishing the regular season on Thursday.
Eaton’s girls’ soccer team picked up a second straight win on Monday, Oct. 2, defeating Greenville, 5-0. The Lady Eagles dominated the game to pick up back-to-back wins and their fourth of the season.
“The game was mostly played on Greenville’s defensive half,” coach Michael Bacher said.
Eaton scored in the early going with Izzabelle Trader taking the ball on the right side and putting a shot on goal – the shot was off the mark, but senior Taylor Brooks was there for the put back.
Emily Dungan found Anna Black splitting the defense for the team’s second goal. Black returned the favor later in the game, feeding Dungan for a score and a 3-0 halftime lead.
Seven minutes into the second half, Bacher added, “Emily posted up, turned and found Anna again for her second (goal).”
Finally, Bacher added, “Taylor Roth placed a ball on a platter for Izzy (Trader) who finished making the final tally of 5-0.”
Keeper Ashlyn Black recorded her fourth shutout of the season, and didn’t have to make any saves.
“We played well, I would have liked us to be a little more creative with our play, it was thru ball and cross all game long and our crosses were off. Overall, pleased with the win,” Bacher said.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Valley View on Thursday and faced an emotional Lady Spartans team on Senior Night. Valley View, according to Bacher, would “use the emotion” to score three minutes in and go on to a 3-1 win.
“Our defense was flat, they finished on a thru ball,” Bacher said regarding the early score. “Twenty minutes later, they got a corner, ball bounced around, then they finished.”
Bacher added, his team “didn’t back away”, putting together several scoring opportunities in the first half. Eaton did score to pull within one, with Tyler Pittman finding Dungan on a corner kick.
Valley View found the net one more time in the final 20 minutes to take a 3-1 win.
After rolling off a stretch of five wins in six games, the Eaton boys’ soccer team dropped a pair of matches last week.
The Eagles faced an outstanding squad from Talawanda on Monday, Oct. 2. The Braves came into the match 9-2-1 overall, on top of the standings in the Southwest Ohio Conference. Talawanda played up to its record against the Eagles, taking a 4-1 win.
Eaton’s lone goal was scored in the first half by James Howard, with an assist from Chris Hudgel.
On the following Thursday, the Eagles hosted Valley View in SWBL Southwestern Division rematch from earlier this season. The game ended with a familiar score, but different result, as Valley View claimed a 1-0 win. Eaton claimed a 1-0 win back in September in the two teams’ earlier meeting.
The Valley View game also represented the team’s seniors final regular season home game. The Eagles will play two on the road in the final week of the regular season. They were scheduled to travel to Franklin on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and then to Bellbrook on Thursday.