Boys’ JV Green soccer shuts out Colerain – Web Exclusive

Bobby Gibler | Staff Writer

The JV Green boys’ soccer team defeated the Colerain Cardinals 6-0 on September 21, rebounding from the previous week’s 2-1 loss to Sycamore. The Comets, coached by Adam Shaffer, took a total of 22 goal shots from the midfield and front line.

During the first half, the Comets scored three goals. After an assist from sophomore Noah Zelkind, freshman Jack Clark put the first goal on the scoreboard at 2:45. With the help of a pass from sophomore Chris Roman, sophomore Josh Greenfield scored the second goal at 16:30. After a corner kick from sophomore Nick Neuhaus, sophomore Joe Sparks managed to finish the play to bring the score to 3-0 at the half.

Neuhaus scored the first goal of the second half with an assist from freshman Zach Lust. After a pass from Zelkind, Clark scored another goal, bringing the score to 5-0. Zelkind scored the final goal after an assist from Greenfield.

In addition to a scoring-often offense, the Comets’ defense prevented Colerain from scoring. Freshman goalie Sean Flannery blocked a shot from the Cardinals and picked up the ball during a one-on-one matchup with Colerain’s right wing.

According to Neuhaus, the Comets’ win against Colerain could largely be accredited to physical commitment and training. He said the team spends at least five hours per week practicing and improving for games.

“[Our offenses are always] really strong, and our defenses are tight,” Neuhaus said. “We were expecting the win. Our coach [keeps us busy with improving] fitness and running [abilities].”

Coach Shaffer said a recent tie against St. Xavier High School and loss to Sycamore may have spurred his players to improve their performances.

“We had a great week of training sessions before we played this match,” Shaffer said. “We dominated play from the very beginning, scoring early and setting the tone that we were a better team. We needed a quality performance from our team as a whole, and that’s exactly what the boys did.”