2016 PREVIEW: Blanchester High School girls soccer


Compiled by Mark Huber



The Blanchester High School girls soccer team, from left to right, front row, Mckenzie Hamm, Chloe Caplinger, Emma Gundler, Mckenzie Miller; middle row, Sally Schafer, Kelsey Naylor, Sydney Scott, Brianna Haun, Brynne Cain, Merri Lindsey, Cassidy Todd, Savanna Shank; back row, coach Kurt Ballinger, Brianna Wilson, Sierra Drake, Olivia Gundler, Regan Ostermeier, Bekah Sams, Taylor McQuitty, Emily Hinkle, coach Brad Ballinger.


Mark Huber | News Journal

TEAM RECORD IN 2015

11-4-1 regular season, 2nd SBAAC National Division, lost opening tournament match to Norwood

COACH

Kurt Ballinger, 5th year as girls coach, 7th year coaching soccer overall at BHS

COACH’S RECORD

27-32-5 regular season record

OTHER COACHES IN PROGRAM

Brad Ballinger, assistant coach; Bella Cook, assistant coach; Mike Cook, assistant coach

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTERWINNERS

16

NUMBER OF RETURNING STARTERS

9

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Emma Gundler, 1st Team SBAAC National Division, Captain; Emily Hinkle, 1st Team SBAAC National Division, 4 goals, 11 assists in 2015; Bekah Sams, 1st Team SBAAC National Division, 16 goals, 3 assists in 2015; Mckenzie Hamm, 2nd Team SBAAC National Division, Captain; Sierra Drake, 2nd Team SBAAC National Division, 5 goals, 1 assist in 2015; Taylor McQuitty, 2nd Team SBAAC National Division, 5 goals, 2 assists in 2015; Chloe Caplinger, 5 goals in 2015, Captain; Mckenzie Miller, 1 assist in 2015, Captain

KEY NEWCOMERS

Brianna Haun, freshmen midfielder

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Audrey Jordan, SBAAC National Division Player of the Year, 8 goals and 17 assists (school record) in 2015; Tristan Culberson, 4 goals

RIGHT NOW I LIKE

The amount of experience and depth on the team. We return 9 full-time starters from 2015 and have 10 seniors on the roster, all who have logged significant varsity playing time throughout their careers.

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE

Finishing in the final third (of the field).

LEAGUE FAVORITE

CNE. Any team that is undefeated in league play for two years must be considered the favorite.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM

This group of seniors led by captains Gundler, Hamm, Caplinger and Miller are great students and athletes and it has been a privilege to witness their improvement throughout their career.

ROSTER (Jersey Number, Player, Class, Position)

6-Brianna Haun, Fr, MF; 4-Kelsey Naylor, Fr, D; 21-Adi Allen, So, D; 16-Olivia Gundler, So, MF; 8-Emily Hinkle, So, MF; 25/22-Regan Ostermeier, So, GK; 20-Sally Schaffer, So, D; 14-Savanna Shank, So, D; 5-Brianna Wilson, So, F; 11-Sierra Drake, Jr, F; 9-Taylor McQuitty, Jr, F; 19-Brynne Cain, Sr, D; 13-Chloe Caplinger, Sr, MF/GK; 12-Savanna Green, Sr, D; 10-Emma Gundler, Sr, D/MF; 18-Mckenzie Hamm, Sr, D; 7-Merri Lindsey, Sr, MF; 3-Mckenzie Miller, Sr, D; 15-Bekah Sams, Sr, F; 2-Sydney Scott, Sr, F; 17-Cassidy Todd, Sr MF

SCHEDULE

Aug 23 @Felicity-Franklin 6 pm; Aug 25 Clermont NE 7 pm @BHS; Aug 30 @Williamsburg 7 pm

Sept 1 Bethel-Tate 7 pm @BHS; Sept 6 Georgetown 5 pm @BHS; Sept 8 New Richmond 5 pm @BHS; Sept 15 @Batavia 7 pm; Sept 20 Norwood 630 pm @BHS; Sept 22 Felicity-Franklin 5 pm @BHS; Sept 27 @Clermont NE 5 pm; Sept 29 Williamsburg 5 pm @BHS

Oct 4 @Bethel-Tate 5 pm; Oct 6 @Georgetown 5 pm; Oct 8 Fayetteville 1 pm @BHS; Oct 11 Leesburg Fairfield 5 pm @BHS; Oct 13 Goshen 5 pm @BHS

The Blanchester High School girls soccer team, from left to right, front row, Mckenzie Hamm, Chloe Caplinger, Emma Gundler, Mckenzie Miller; middle row, Sally Schafer, Kelsey Naylor, Sydney Scott, Brianna Haun, Brynne Cain, Merri Lindsey, Cassidy Todd, Savanna Shank; back row, coach Kurt Ballinger, Brianna Wilson, Sierra Drake, Olivia Gundler, Regan Ostermeier, Bekah Sams, Taylor McQuitty, Emily Hinkle, coach Brad Ballinger.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_GSCR_blanteam.jpgThe Blanchester High School girls soccer team, from left to right, front row, Mckenzie Hamm, Chloe Caplinger, Emma Gundler, Mckenzie Miller; middle row, Sally Schafer, Kelsey Naylor, Sydney Scott, Brianna Haun, Brynne Cain, Merri Lindsey, Cassidy Todd, Savanna Shank; back row, coach Kurt Ballinger, Brianna Wilson, Sierra Drake, Olivia Gundler, Regan Ostermeier, Bekah Sams, Taylor McQuitty, Emily Hinkle, coach Brad Ballinger. Mark Huber | News Journal

Compiled by Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports

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