Men's soccer shooting for 2nd SWOC title

Posted on: August 31, 2017
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After winning the Southwest Ohio Conference Championship in 2015, the Little Miami men’s soccer team had to watch conference rival Talawanda take back the league title last season.

But if head coach Kyle Smiddy has anything to say about it, the Panthers will be back at the top of the SWOC standings this year, with several members of that championship team in the driver’s seat.

Smiddy, who is in his sixth year of coaching at Little Miami, will have a strong stable of athletes to help elevate the team, including three-year starters (and seniors) Brody Kiper and Ryan Mills.

“Both of these extraordinary athletes have been starters leading this program for three years now,” he said. He’ll add to that sophomores Andrew Oder, Joseph Chacon and Aiden Butler.

Smiddy, who is assisted by Lonnie Reese, said he expects Edgewood and Talawanda to again be his team’s toughest opponents, but has been strategic with his schedule to prepare for those contests.

“Our toughest non-conference game will be at Milford for Friday Night Lights, a team we picked up as challenge to ourselves to strengthen our game play,” he said.

Members of the Panther’s team have also sharpened their skills in the off season, competing in and winning the summer Wilmington College Quaker Cup for the last two years.

The overall health of the Little Miami program is one of Smiddy’s top priorities.

“LM Soccer has had great numbers for four years straight. We are starting to reap the benefits of that growth now,” he said. “This year's soccer Panthers are a very skilled group of student athletes and we are extremely excited to see what their futures hold.”

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