Soccer teams open seasons


There probably wasn’t anyone looking more forward to the start of the 2017 girls soccer season than the coaches of the Madison County teams.

Weeks and weeks of preparation can get monotonous, so getting a chance to see a collection of players wearing different color jerseys on the other side of the field for an official game was a welcome sight. Jonathan Alder coach Matt Evans watched his team take out its pent up frustration on over-matched Westland Tuesday, Aug. 22, in a lopsided 11-0 season-opening victory.

“It was nice to finally play games that count for something,” Evans said. “We have had a busy and tiring summer, with lots of games, and after each game, win or lose, we told the girls that the games don’t count yet and keep working hard. Now the games count and everyone was excited to play on our home field and come away with a W.”

Six different Alder players scored in the game including two goals apiece from Hannah Headlee, Sophia Thomas, Emily Piccolantonio, Kenzie Bushong and Maggie Ridder. Emily Opatt also scored. Neither of the two Pioneers (1-0) keepers Nora Squires or Sophie Zawodny faced a shot from the Cougars (0-1).

Benjamin Logan 4,

London 3

The Lady Red Raiders (0-1) opened their season with a tough 4-3 loss at Ben Logan Tuesday night.

The team doesn’t have a whole lot of time to think about it as it will play host to Worthington Christian Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

West Jefferson 7,

Westfall 1

The Lady Roughriders bounced back from a tough loss in their opener to down host Westfall Tuesday evening.

Boys soccer

West Jefferson 8,

Westfall 0

The Roughriders (2-0) won their second straight contest to start the season, this one in easy fashion over visiting Westfall Tuesday.

West Jeff scored three times early in the first half and then really turned it on in the second half, scoring five times.

Amanda-Clearcreek 3,

London 1

The Raiders (0-1) were dealt a 3-1 defeat by the visiting Aces Monday evening.

The squad will be back in action Saturday, Aug. 26 when it travels to Liberty Union, starting at 2 p.m.

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Jonathan Alder’s Emily Piccolantonio, right, makes a play on the ball during the Lady Pioneers 11-0 shutout of visiting Westland Tuesday.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/08/web1_JDG_1827a_-JAHS-No-12-Emily-_-Goal.jpgJonathan Alder’s Emily Piccolantonio, right, makes a play on the ball during the Lady Pioneers 11-0 shutout of visiting Westland Tuesday. Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

By Chris Miles

cmiles@aimmediamidwest.com

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