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Boys soccer starts 1–1–1
In its first three games the Yellow Springs High School boys varsity soccer team won, tied and lost. After winning the first annual Bulldog soccer tournament this summer, expectations were high for the YSHS team coming into the season. While a 3–2 opening loss on the road at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy wasn’t according to plan, Coach Ben Van Ausdal was nonetheless proud of his team for “playing to the final whistle,” he said.

The next game did go according to plan. At home against a good Greenon side, the Bulldogs tallied nine goals and only gave up two. Senior forward Ian Chick scored five of the goals and assisted in another, putting two “beautiful 18-yard rockets into the corner of the net,” according to Van Ausdal. Also scoring were Aaron Sherwood, Augie Knemeyer, Joe Plumer and Elliot Smithderger.
“We totally dominated this game,” Van Ausdal said. “I don’t think we’ve ever beat Greenon this bad. It was a good accomplishment for my boys.”

The team then came out strong against Franklin at Columbus Crew Stadium to take a 1–0 lead until, with just 45 second left in the game, Franklin scored on a free kick. The contest ended in a tie. Chick scored the Bulldog goal, with an assist by Keanan Onfroy-Curley.

“For me, I loved watching my boys smile on that field,” Van Ausdal said. Later, the team watched the Columbus Crew win its game.

Volleyball wins season opener
Last week, the YSHS varsity volleyball team traveled to Belmont in a non-conference match to kick off the season. They walked away with their first victory beating the Bisons 25–16, 25–12, 25–9.

“The Bulldogs played a very strong match,” said Coach Chris Linkhart. “They jumped out to a great start and never lost the lead.”

Kasey Linkhart led the team with 15 points, four aces and 12 assists. Elizabeth Smith was also strong with 13 points and three aces. Meredith Rowe led in kills, with seven on the night, along with five points. Other Bulldogs contributing to the win were Modjeska Chavez (7 points, 2 aces), Mollye Malone (6 points, 3 aces) and Dede Cheatum (5 points, 2 kills).


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