Clyde Flier Soccer: 2007 Season

Sunday, October 28
All-SBC Team Named-Shafer, Clevinger Tabbed
The All-Sandusky Bay Conference team has been announced. Congratulations to Brian Shafer and John Clevinger who were named second team all conference selections. Alex Binger, Lucus Cooley, Jake Rader, Tommy Stein and Zach Wott each received Honorable Mention status. Congratulations!

Wednesday, August 1
"Under the Lights" Will Be Heard in 2007!
Thanks to an incredible donor, the 2007 Flier Soccer team will play on a newly lighted soccer field. The addition of lights will guarantee that the junior varsity team will get to play complete games when they play at home this season. In past years many games had to be shortened as the sun sets earlier as the season progresses.

Wednesday, August 1
2007 Schedule Added
The 2007 game schedule has been posted for the Varsity and JV teams. The girls team schedule will be added as games are added. Click on "Games" to view the schedule.

Saturday, August 11
Many Positives in Tiffin Scrimmage
Coach Tackett Gives Some Halftime Advice at Tiffin

Tiffin, Ohio - Coach Tackett was pleased with his young team's performance in a Saturday morning scrimmage with Tiffin Columbian at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin.  A first period Tiffin score was the only one of the game, but the Fliers played well and controlled much of the action in the second half.  The Fliers outshot the Tornadoes by a 6-5 margin.  Tackett was able to see action from all 25 players that made the trip.  Tommy Stein played in net in the first half and stopped 3 of the 4 shots he faced.  The goal was scored as the Tornadoes stormed the net and put in the rebound of a first shot that Stein had pushed aside.  Junior, Ethan Riehl took over in net in the second half allowing Stein to move up to the mid-field where he mad made his presence known contributing to the change in momentum which limited Tiffin to just one second half shot.  There were too many good performances to single any out, but the contribution made by some of the first year players was impressive to say the least. 

The Fliers will have two scrimmages next week with a home and away series with Old Fort.  Tuesday the two teams will tangle in Clyde with the Fliers heading over to Old Fort on Friday morning.  Both scrimmages start at 9:00 a.m.

coach Tackett explains a play
Coach Tackett Explains a Play
Friday, August 10
2007 Pre-Season Underway!
Making a Save
Tommy Makes a Save
The 2007 soccer season is here and practices have begun.  Forty-five players are listed on the rosters, a new program record for Clyde High School.  The total includes nineteen girls which has meant that a girls coach, Alaina Humbert has been added.  The first official game of the season is Tuesday, August 21 at Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic.  There will be three scrimmages prior to the first regular season game.  Thanks to Scott Black for submitting the shots from one of the first practices.

Kick Practice
Lined up for a Kick! (photos courtesy of Scott Black)

Teddy Inbounds the Ball
Teddy Shows the Proper Way to Inbound the Ball
Adysan Shows Her Sprinting Skills

players watch how to run a play
Wow, That's an Amazing Ball!

Tommy Save
The Gallery is Amazed by Another Mad Save by Tommy
Senior Girls 07
2007 Senior Girls

Trenton Tries to See the Action from Coach's Perspective

Tuesday, August 14
Fliers Top Old Fort 2-1 in Another Close Scrimmage
Clyde, Ohio - The Clyde Fliers built a 1-0 halftime lead and went on to beat the Old Fort Stockaders 2-1 in scrimmage action this morning.  Ethan Binger got the first Flier goal of the season with Cody Maenle adding an assist.  Then in the second half Bryant Gish added the eventual game-winner assisted by Trenten Hermes and Binger.  The goal gave the Fliers a 2-0 lead.  Old Fort got on the boards with a penalty kick later in the contest.  Tommy Stein played outstanding in goal for the Fliers making a number of great saves going 3/4 of the way.  Ethan Riehl played the final 20 minutes  in goal and made several saves himself.  The two teams will meet again on Friday morning at 9:00 in Old Fort.

Thursday, August 23
Fliers Fall to Rams in Season Opener

Clyde, Ohio - The Clyde Fliers trailed just 2-0 at the intermission, but the Rams of Upper Sandusky scored six second half goals to cruise to a 8-1 win.  Tommy Stein kept Clyde in the game until late by making save after incredible save.  He ended with 16 saves on 24 shots on goal.  Meanwhile, the Fliers had trouble generating offense picking up just six shots on the Rams keeper.

Teddy Mason got the first regular season goal in the second half on a nice pass from James Rogers.  That would make the score 5-1 at the time.  The Rams would pick up the game's final three goals.  Defensively Lucas Cooley recorded 12 steals with Dustin Gregory adding seven.  Jacob Norman, Rogers and Mason each picked up six steals.

Tuesday, August 28
Fliers Fall to Edison in Close One

Clyde, Ohio - The Edison Chargers scored midway through the second period to steal a 1-0 victory at Flier Soccer Field on Tuesday afternoon.  The goal game on a header deflected from a Charger direct kick.  Tommy Stein stopped 5 of the 6 shots he faced.  He moved out of goal in the last eight minutes to move up to forward.  Ethan Riehl came in to goal and stopped the two shots he faced.  The Fliers had a few good scoring opportunities in the final minutes, but were unable to get the equalizer. 

Lucas Cooley led the defensive effort for the Fliers with 12 steals.  James Rogers and Jacob Norman followed with nine steals each.  Kyle Davis and Dylan LeMaitre added five steals each.  Ethan Binger lead the offense with four of Clyde's eight shots on goal.

 In JV action against Seneca East's high school soccer club, Ethan Riehl's second half goal was the Flier's only score in a 15-1 setback.  Paige Smith assisted on Riehl's goal. Riehl played in goal in the first half with Megan Kindred taking over in the second half. 

 The Fliers play at Port Clinton on Thursday. 

Thursday, August 30
Redskins Run Up Score on Fliers

Port Clinton, Ohio - In what would hardly be described as a great display of sportsmanship, the Port Clinton Redskins cruised out to a 6-0 halftime lead and continued to run up the score on the inexperienced Fliers to take a 14-2 win. Dustin Leasock got the Flier's first goal somewhere around 10 minutes into the second half (there was no clock at Port Clinton, so it's hard to know exactly when anything happened). Teddy Mason picked up an assist on the goal. Later in the period Tommy Stein scored on a penalty kick. He put the bullet directly over the Redskin goalie who had committed to his left side.

Kyle Davis led the defensive effort with 5 steals.  Dylan LeMaitre added 3 steals.  Lucas Cooley played well making many key clears in front of the Flier goal.

Coach Tackett reminded the team of the 11-0 spanking that PC had put on the team in 2005, the first varsity season. Later that season, when Port Clinton came to Clyde for game 2 of the series, they had to score in the last minute to take a 2-1 victory.

In JV action, the Fliers dropped a 8-0 decision. Ethan Riehl and Megan Kindred shared keeper duties.  Riehl allowed 2 goals on 12 shots with Kindred picking up 7 saves.

Monday, September 3
2007 Albums Added
To view albums of pictures from the 2007 season, click on "Albums" in the menu and scroll to the bottom of the page and then click on the game you wish to view.

Tuesday, September 4
Tigers Maul Fliers

Clyde, Ohio - The Fliers continue to struggle against the elite teams in the Sandusky Bay Conference falling 10-0 to the Huron Tigers on Tuesday afternoon.  Clyde managed very few scoring chances but continued to battle to the end of the game.  Benjamin Defays saw his first action of the season in goal for the Fliers and recorded 17 saves on 27 Tiger shots.  This allowed Tommy Stein to play out and while this move did not seem to provide an advantage in this game, the flexibility of having Tommy's athleticism outside of the cage will most likely prove to be beneficial as the season progresses.

In JV action the young Fliers took one on the chin dropping a 12-0 setback to the Junior Tigers.  Ethan Riehl stopped 8 of 16 first half shots while Megan Kindred recorded 5 saves on 9 second half shots.

The varsity team will tangle with the Margaretta Polar Bears on Thursday night at Castalia.

Thursday, September 6
Fliers Come From Behind Twice to Tie Polar Bears

Castalia, Ohio - After earning a hard-fought 2-2 tie with the Margaretta Polar Bears, Coach Charles Tackett expressed his pride in his team as they battled from behind not once, but twice. He pointed out how they had trailed 1-0 at the intermission having been outshot 12-5 in that first half, but turned things around outshooting the Bears 9-2 in the second half to win the second period 2-1. That was a very encouraging way to end the game.

Teddy Mason got his second goal of the season to knot the game with about 4:00 left. Ethan Binger had the intial shot that was partially deflected by Margaretta keeper Don Solze. As the ball trickled toward the far corner of the cage, Solze recovered but Mason barely beat him to the ball to get the game equalizer. Binger picked up an assist on the goal. Binger's three shots on goal included a first half penalty kick that was stopped by Solze.

Eight minutes into the second half Tommy Stein tied the game at 1-1 with Dustin Leasock assisting. Clyde Keeper, Benjamin Defays had another great game in net for the Fliers stopping 12 of 14 Bear shots on goal. This included a nice stop on an early Margaretta penalty shot.

Kyle Davis and Lucas Cooley had outstanding defensive games, each racking up 6 steals. Cody Maenle added 3 steals.

Tuesday, September 11
Fliers Continue to Improve in Loss to Sandusky
Benjamin Defays Stops 16 Blue Streak Shots

Sandusky, Ohio - The young Fliers continued to improve in a 3-1 loss at the Sandusky High School soccer field at Venice Heights Elementary School. Coach Charles Tackett told the team after the game, "There are no moral victories but I am so proud of you" for the effort given. The Blue Streaks had beaten Margaretta (the team the Fliers tied just last Thursday) by a 12-0 score on August 21, so the game was an impressive one in many ways.

Ethan Binger gave Clyde the early lead at the 31:04 mark of the first half when he buried a beautiful set up pass from Teddy Mason. The goal gave the Fliers their first lead in a game this season. Two Sandusky goals later in the first half gave the Blue Streaks a 2-1 lead at the break. The Fliers came out playing well in the second half getting a number of good scoring opportunities. Binger and Dustin Leasock each had near game-tying goals. Sandusky scored in the last five minutes to get the insurance goal.

Lucas Cooley continued his outstanding defensive play adding 8 steals to his season total. Tommy Stein added 4 steals from the midfield. Keeper Benjamin Defays had a great game in the cage picking up 16 saves.

The Fliers tackle defending SBC champs, Perkins on Thursday afternoon at Perkins High School.

Coach Charts Out the Second Half Strategy Against Sandusky

Thursday, September 13
Fliers Fall at Perkins

Sandusky, Ohio - The Clyde Fliers made their second trip to Sandusky this week and once again came back on the short end.  This time they lost a 3-0 game to defending SBC champs, Perkins.  Coach Tackett used a two-sweeper formation to give the overmatched Fliers a chance to keep the game close.  The plan worked until a couple bad breaks including a penalty kick goal in the final minutes of the first half gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead at the intermission. 

A second half Perkins goal accidentally put in by a Flier attempting to clear the ball gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead and completed the scoring.    Benjamin Defays made 11 saves in goal for the Fliers.  Lucas Cooley recorded 4 steals with Tommy Stein close behind with 3.

Clyde completes the first round of SBC play by hosting Oak Harbor next Tuesday. 

Tuesday, September 18
Fliers Shot Down by Rockets

Clyde, Ohio - The Fliers completed the first round of SBC play by falling 7-0 to the Oak Harbor Rockets.   Benjamin Defays recorded 11 saves on 18 Oak Harbor shots on goal.  Lucas Cooley made 12 steals for the Fliers with Kyle Davis adding 8 and Tommy Stein 4.

Thursday, September 20
Fliers Get Shutout in First Win of the Season
Teddy Mason's First Half Goal is Game Winner

Milan, Ohio - The Fliers avenged an early season loss to the Edison Chargers by shutting them out by a 3-0 score.  Teddy Mason got the game winner early in the game with Ethan Binger picking up an assist.   Dustin Leasock scored a late first period goal to extend the lead to 2-0 at the break.  Binger also assisted on the second goal.  Leasock added a second half goal to complete the scoring. 

Benjamin Defays earned the shutout in net for the Fliers by stopping all 7 shots he faced.  Clyde recorded 16 shots in the contest.  The goose-egg was only the 4th shutout in Clyde Soccer varsity history and the first shutout victory as the previous 3 shutouts were each scoreless ties.  The last shutout was posted on October 12, 2006 in a scoreless tie against 2006 SBC  Champions, Perkins.  Tommy Stein was in net that day and recorded 10 saves.

With the win Clyde improves to 1-7-1 (1-5-1, SBC).  They take on Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic Saturday morning in a make-up game at Rodger Young Park. 

Saturday, September 22
Fliers and Streaks Settle for 1-1 Tie

Fremont, Ohio - For the second straight year, the Crimson Streaks and Fliers have played to a tie.  Following last season's scoreless tie, this year each team found the back of the net once. 

Ethan Binger got the Clyde goal early in the contest when his hard-angle crossing attempt to Tommy Stein deflected off St. Joseph sweeper, Chris Wobser and into the net.  Kyle Davis made the long pass up to Binger to earn an assist.  The 1-0 lead held up until very shortly into the second half when a Streak shot barely trickled across the goal line as Clyde Keeper, Benjamin Defays, made a valiant effort to keep the ball in play.  Defays ended the game with a stellar 12 saves on 13 Fremont shots.

Tommy Stein had an excellent game at midfield and had an golden opportunity to give the Fliers the lead with a second half penalty kick.  Stein's initial shot rebounded off the Streak goalie which Tommy followed up with a second shot.  Again, the St. Joe keeper made the save.  Lucas Cooley and Trenton Hermes each recorded four steals in the contest with Stein and Jacob Norman each adding three.

The Fliers record now stands at 1-7-2 with tough games against Port Clinton and Huron on tap for next week.

Tuesday, September 25
Redskins Pull Away in Second Half

Clyde, Ohio - The 5-1 loss to Port Clinton was a much better result than the 14-2 pasting that the Redskins put on the Fliers the first time they played this season.  After the Redskins scored in the first two minutes of the contest, the Fliers settled in and played a very good first half.  Cody Maenle knotted the score at 1-1 at the 25:29 mark of the half.  The play started when Teddy Mason took a direct kick into the box which Ethan Binger touched over to Maenle who put it in the back of the net.  Mason and Binger each earned an assist.  Port Clinton regained the momentum on a penalty kick later in the first half.  A late first half Redskin goal made the halftime score 3-1 with the visitors holding a slim 6-5 edge in shots on goal. 

The Fliers did not get as many scoring chances in the second half while the Redskins continued their effort putting two more goals up on the scoreboard.  Benjamin Defays recorded 7 saves for the Fliers.  Tommy Stein played an excellent game at midfield recorded team highs with 11 steals and 3 shots on goal.  Lucas Cooley followed close behind with 10 steals.  Kyle Davis added 7 steals.

In JV action the Fliers fell 5-0.  Ethan Riehl recorded 10 saves on 13 shots in the first half with Megan Kindred stopping 6 of 8 second half shots.

The Fliers are at Huron on Thursday night for a rematch with the SBC leaders.

Thursday, September 27
SBC Leaders Top Fliers 10-0 Again

Huron, Ohio - For the second time this season, the league-leading Huron Tigers scored 10 goals against the Fliers.  A goal in the last two minutes of the first half gave Huron a 4-0 halftime lead and all the momentum they would need.   The Fliers continued to battle trailing just 6-0 until a final Tiger flurry in the final 8 minutes where they scored 4 goals.

Coach Tackett was pleased with his team's "never-say-die" attitude against the talented Tigers.  Benjamin Defays had a great effort in goal recording 17 saves.  Lucas Cooley recorded 8 steals with Tommy Stein close behind with 7.

In JV action the young Fliers also lost 10-0 and trailed just 2-0 at the break before giving up 8 second half goals.  Ethan Riehl stopped 5 of 7 first half shots in net for Clyde with Megan Kindred picking up 10 saves on 18 shots in the second half.

The Fliers host an important league game with Margaretta next Tuesday in a battle for 5th place in the league standings.

Tuesday, October 2
Fliers Get Second Shutout
Defense Led by Lucas Cooley Stymies Margaretta

Clyde, Ohio - The Fliers shut down Margaretta in every aspect of the game and cruised to a 3-0 win on Tuesday afternoon.  Despite outshooting the Polar Bears 8-1 in the first half the game remained a scoreless tie at the break.  It remained that way until the 27:11 mark of the second half when Ethan Binger knocked in a goal assisted by Cody Maenle and Tommy Stein. 

Teddy Mason gave Clyde a two goal lead with 15:45 left.  Stein assisted on Mason's goal for his second helper of the day.  With 9:53 left Binger got his second of the contest assisted by Dustin Leasock to slam the door shut on the Bears.

Midfield play was instrumental in the game as Trenton Hermes, Stein and Maenle as well as the subs that came in for them continually controlled the play, supplying the ball to the forwards and creating good scoring opportunities.

The defense played an outstanding game limiting Margaretta to just two shots on goal which were easily handled in the net by Benjamin Defays.  Lucas Cooley recorded 12 steals.  Tommy Stein and Jacob Norman each added 5 steals.  Kyle Davis and Bryant Gish also had strong games on defense.

Coach Tackett praised the team after the game for their ball movement and good scoring chances they created.  He added, "You should be proud of how you played today and use this experience to build on for the important games next week".

Wednesday, October 3
Parents Night Under the Lights
The Tuesday night Parent's Night game with Perkins will be played under the lights at the Clyde Flier Soccer Field.  The Junior Varsity game will be played at 5:00 p.m. with the Varsity game starting after the JVs.  The Parent's Night activities will be held between the two games.  A parent, grandparent or guardian for each player should be in attendance for this special oscasion.

Saturday, October 6
Woodmore Hand Fliers 4-0 Loss

Clyde, Ohio - After a scoreless first half of play, the Woodmore Wildcats scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-0 win.  Tommy Stein played in net for the Fliers and stopped 11 of 15 shots on goal.  Lucas Cooley led the defense by recording 8 steals. 

The Fliers are home next Tuesday night, hosting Perkins for Parent's Night.  The Junior Varsity will play at 5:00 with the varsity playing it's inaugural game "under the lights".

Sunday, October 7
Fliers Draw Oak Harbor in Sectional
Toledo, Ohio - The Fliers will face the Oak Harbor Rockets for a third time this season when they meet in the first round of the sectional tournament at Toledo Central Catholic HS on Saturday, October 20.  The game will be played at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 9
Fliers Play Well "Under the Lights"
Fliers First Game Under the Lights

Clyde, Ohio - The first game under the new lights of Flier Soccer Field was a hard fought 2-0 loss at the hands of the defending SBC champions, Perkins Pirates.  The Fliers played very well surrending their first goal with less than 8 minutes left in the first half.  Perkins got an insurance goal in the 11th minute of the second half.

The Flier's defense played quite well throughout both halves.  Lucas Cooley recorded 10 steals with Cody Maenle, Tommy Stein and Trenton Hermes each getting 6 steals.  They were followed closely by Jacob Norman and Kyle Davis with 5 steals each.  Benjamin Defays stopped 11 of 13 Pirate shots on goal.

Joe Wilson is Thanked by the Flier Coaching Staff

Thursday, October 11
Rockets Shoot Down Fliers

Oak Harbor, Ohio - The Fliers gave up a quick goal just over two minutes into the game on a cold, windy night in Oak Harbor. They then played a decent half despite playing into a strong wind and giving up two late first half goals to fall behind 3-0 at the break.  With the wind at their backs in the second half the Fliers were able to keep the three goal deficit until the 32nd minute when the Rockets found the back of the net one last time. 

The Fliers put 8 shots on Oak Harbor Keeper, Cody Grotz, but were unable to slip one past.  The game was, however, an improvement over the 7-0 loss the Rockets put on the Fliers in September.

Lucas Cooley, once again, led the defense with 7 steals.  Bryant Gish and Dustin Gregory each added 4.  Benjamin Defays recorded 10 saves in goal for Clyde.

Coach Tackett commented once again on his team's "never-say-die" attitude.  "They just keep working hard till the end of the game", he said.

The two teams will meet one last time on October 20 in the OHSAA sectional at Toledo Central Catholic.

Tuesday, October 16
Fliers Tame Tigers in Scrimmage

Republic, Ohio - The Fliers had a final tune-up for Saturday's sectional play by tangling with the Seneca East Tigers.  The Fliers prevailed by a 4-2 score.  Although the game doesn't count in the official season stats, it was the team's fourth win of the season.

Teddy Mason recorded a hat trick getting Clyde's first two goals and then adding a second half goal.  Dustin Leasock scored the Flier's third goal.  Ethan Binger assisted on two of Mason's goals.  Jacob Norman, Dylan LeMaitre and Cody Mainle each added one assist as did Mason who assisted on Leasock's goal.  Lucas Cooley recorded 6 steals.

Benjamin Defays and Tommy Stein split duties in the net for the Fliers and each stopped 3 of 4 Seneca East shots on goal.

Saturday, October 20
Rockets Knock Fliers Out of Tournament

Toledo, Ohio - The Oak Harbor Rockets continued their mastery of the Fliers shutting them out for the third time this season and second consecutive 4-0 score.  The Fliers bow out of sectional tournament play with the loss.  To put a positive spin on the game, it was the closest game the Fliers have had in their three years in tournament play having lost 7-0 and 7-1 in 2005 and 2006 respectively. 

Lucas Cooley recorded 9 steals in the game with Cody Maenle and Tommy Stein getting 3 each.  Benjamin Defays made 7 saves in net.

Special thanks to the seniors who contributed so much to the season. 


Monday, October 29
2007 Awards Announced

Congratulations to everyone who picked up letters and awards at the annual soccer banquet on October 29. 

Cody Maenle and Trenton Hermes were given the Coach's Hustle Awards.  Lucas Cooley was named Best Defensive Player with Ethan Binger picking up Best Offensive Player honors.  Tommy Stein, Lauren Cooley and Megan Kindred were given Academic Awards.

All-League players were also recognized.  Lucas Cooley made the Sandusky Bay Conference Second Team with Ethan Binger, Benjamin Defays, Kyle Davis, Teddy Mason and Tommy Stein earning Honorable Mention status.  Shelby Taylor was recognized by Coach Tackett for the dedication she showed despite missing nearly all of the season due to an injury.

Coach Tackett and Coach Acocks were given gifts by the players.  Mrs. Boyd then played the slide show of pictures commemorating the season.  Special thanks to her for putting this together again this season!  She then presented each player with a packet of individual player action photos.