Men's soccer looking to defend their SWOC title

Posted on: August 16, 2016

In many ways, the word “repeat” has a negative connotation: Why would you want to do the same thing over and over?

But Little Miami men’s soccer team would beg to differ. They would like to repeat last season’s Southwest Ohio Conference championship again and again.

Head coach Kyle Smiddy said that, while the team obviously wants to defend its title this year, they would be focusing on other things, too.

“The easy answer would be to repeat as SWOC champs and go deeper in the state tourney,” Smiddy said. “Most importantly, our team goals revolve around 'progress' -- getting better at the small things day in and day out, week to week, season to season. Continued progress overall is our main focus.”

Smiddy has stepped into the head coaching spot after 2015 head coach Rob Chapman stepped down. And even though Smiddy's team may feel the loss of several seniors -- including Connor Wichmann, named the 2015 SWOC Athlete of the Year -- the Panthers aren’t exactly starting from square one.

Leading the team will be a solid group of experienced seniors, including team leaders Jake Grubb, John Valentine, Josh Maile and Jesse Grubb.

“A few players to watch this season are sophomores Zack Day and Aiden McReynolds have been added to Varsity attacking squad,” he said. “These players for sure will spice things up. Also, freshmen Aiden Butler and Joseph Chacon will certainly be making waves on JV.”

Defending the title will be work, Smiddy said, because the Panthers’ SWOC rivals often offer the toughest match-ups.

“Edgewood and Talawanda played us very strong last year and should do so again this year,” Smiddy said.


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