Lady Bolts net six goals at Butler


By Ron Nunnari - Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com



Anna Minier clears the ball past Northmont defender Emma Sluterbeck.


Photo by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

Mya Stammen prepares to make a pass as Madelyn Palmer closes in.


Photo by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

Carly Cline dribbles the ball away from the Butler goal as Maddie White tries to cut her off.


Photo by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

VANDALIA — Northmont’s girls soccer team had little difficulty scoring a 6-0 victory Monday in Vandalia against a Butler team riddled with injuries.

The Lady Aviators have five starters sidelined with knee injuries and at least two more players went down with injuries against Northmont and limped off the field with ice bags wrapped to their ankle and knee after the game.

“Out of our players we have, we only have three starters left from the beginning of the year,” noted Butler Coach John Gray. “The second half tonight was mainly freshmen on the field because I didn’t have anybody to go to. We have two-and-a-half seniors that are healthy and one-and-a-half juniors healthy. That’s it. All the rest are freshmen and sophomores. You can’t compete at a varsity level. Their bodies aren’t ready yet.”

The upside is Butler is laying a foundation for the future by giving so many underclassmen extensive playing time. In addition, the Butler soccer program has 18 freshmen this year – which is why Gray used so many in Monday’s match against Northmont.

“You hate to put them in that spot, but you can’t do anything else,” Gray stated. “We have Greenville on Wednesday and hopefully that will be a little bit easier game, but then we have games against Beavercreek, Troy, Sidney and Tipp and all four are ranked teams. It’s going to be a long rest of the year.”

With the loss Butler fell to 4-6-1 overall while Northmont improved to 5-2-1.

Northmont Coach Ted Mergler acknowledged that the Lady Aviators were unable to put forth their best effort due to their injuries but was proud of his team’s performance.

“I felt like our girls were prepared and they went out there and got the job done,” Mergler said.

Anna Minier clears the ball past Northmont defender Emma Sluterbeck.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/09/web1_AnnaMinier_EmmaSluterbeck.jpgAnna Minier clears the ball past Northmont defender Emma Sluterbeck. Photo by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

Mya Stammen prepares to make a pass as Madelyn Palmer closes in.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/09/web1_MadelynPalmer_MyaStammen.jpgMya Stammen prepares to make a pass as Madelyn Palmer closes in. Photo by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

Carly Cline dribbles the ball away from the Butler goal as Maddie White tries to cut her off.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/09/web1_CarlyCline_MaddieWhite.jpgCarly Cline dribbles the ball away from the Butler goal as Maddie White tries to cut her off. Photo by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

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