Lady Aviators drop opener to CJ


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com



Butler’s Avery Williams (12) Bella Bratton (6), and Brooke Sherer (5) protect the goal during a scrimmage versus Wayne last week.

Butler’s Avery Williams (12) Bella Bratton (6), and Brooke Sherer (5) protect the goal during a scrimmage versus Wayne last week.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Butler’s Maddie Mitchell (4) advances the ball during a girls soccer scrimmage versus Wayne.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

The Butler girls soccer team is front row, left to right, Molly Luken, Anastasia Kirshner, Skylar Rose, Brooke Scherer, Bailey Walko, Maddie Mitchell, Isabella Bratton, Khia Miller, Kearsten Miller; back row, left to right, Avery Williams, Haley Trittschuh, Reese Gingrich, Carly Cline, Evan Neely, Claire Miller, Ella Neely, Josie Stiver, Mya Stammen, Jillian Burgmeier, and team manager Abby Marvin.


Photo courtesy Easterling Studio

DAYTON — The Butler Lady Aviator soccer team battled but fell to a strong CJ team on Friday night 3-0 in their season opener. The game was played as part of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Friday Night Futbol which is played each year the week before the first week of the football season in order to give soccer the limelight.

The loss was a disappointment for the Aviators after coming off an 8-3 win over Wayne in their final pre-season scrimmage.

“Overall, I was very pleased with our performance tonight,” said head coach Burt Mattice. “Although we didn’t grab the ‘W’, the girls are getting a better understanding of the shape and system that we are trying to implement.

“The girls have really focused this summer on fitness and being game-ready. We have done a lot of conditioning work and driven ourselves to be a better team and to work together better.”

Seniors Maddie Mitchell, Brooke Sherer, Skylar Rose, and Bailey Walko along with juniors Josie Stiver, Anastasia Kirchner, Mya Stammen, Kearsten Miller, Khia Miller, Claire Miller, and Carly Cline form a solid group of upperclassmen that bring experience and talent to the table.

“We have a great core group of girls back,” said Mattice. “Our four seniors really drive the direction of the program along with a solid junior class that has stepped in as role players.”

The Aviators were riddled with injuries a year ago, including multiple season-ending knee injuries that were difficult to overcome. Butler hopes to rebound after a 5-11-1 record a season ago.

“The girls have all recovered from their injuries and worked hard all summer,” Mattice said. “We think better conditioning will help prevent some of those things.”

Butler’s Avery Williams (12) Bella Bratton (6), and Brooke Sherer (5) protect the goal during a scrimmage versus Wayne last week.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_GSoccer1-1.jpgButler’s Avery Williams (12) Bella Bratton (6), and Brooke Sherer (5) protect the goal during a scrimmage versus Wayne last week. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Butler’s Maddie Mitchell (4) advances the ball during a girls soccer scrimmage versus Wayne.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_GSoccer2-1.jpgButler’s Maddie Mitchell (4) advances the ball during a girls soccer scrimmage versus Wayne. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

The Butler girls soccer team is front row, left to right, Molly Luken, Anastasia Kirshner, Skylar Rose, Brooke Scherer, Bailey Walko, Maddie Mitchell, Isabella Bratton, Khia Miller, Kearsten Miller; back row, left to right, Avery Williams, Haley Trittschuh, Reese Gingrich, Carly Cline, Evan Neely, Claire Miller, Ella Neely, Josie Stiver, Mya Stammen, Jillian Burgmeier, and team manager Abby Marvin.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/08/web1_CB2_0332_Girls-Var-Soccer-1.jpgThe Butler girls soccer team is front row, left to right, Molly Luken, Anastasia Kirshner, Skylar Rose, Brooke Scherer, Bailey Walko, Maddie Mitchell, Isabella Bratton, Khia Miller, Kearsten Miller; back row, left to right, Avery Williams, Haley Trittschuh, Reese Gingrich, Carly Cline, Evan Neely, Claire Miller, Ella Neely, Josie Stiver, Mya Stammen, Jillian Burgmeier, and team manager Abby Marvin. Photo courtesy Easterling Studio

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com