Clyde Flier Soccer: 2004 Season

Monday, November 1
Soccer Banquet a Success
The second annual Flier soccer banquet was held on November 1 with a full crowd. After a potluck dinner, Coach Tackett gave out numerous team awards.

The "fun" awards were:

Speaking in Tongues Awards - Zach Wott and Aaron Marshall
Human Pinball Award - Megan Wasserman
Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sign (for his flirtation with Frieda Falcon) - Thomas Pasch
Boogie Woogie Dance Award - Alex Binger
Elvis Impersonation Awards - Aaron Warner and Cory Wettrich
Fastest Goal in History Award - Zach Wott
Cell Phone Endearment Award - Zack Ellenberger
Forrest Gump Award - Allison Bessken

The more serious awards were:

Leadership Awards - Brandi Schuster and Zack Ellenberger
Defensive Leader - Alaina Humbert and Alex Binger
Offensive Standout - Brian Shafer
Senior Award - Quinn Zerber

Captains Thomas Pasch and Alaina Humbert presented Coach Tackett with an autographed team picture.

After the awards were handed out, an outstanding slide show summary of the season was viewed. Special thanks to Mrs. Melanie Boyd for preparing the slide show!

To close the evening Coach Tackett presented each player with a matted action shot of the player which the players used to gather team autographs. Thanks again to Mrs. Boyd for printing the pictures and Mrs. Tackett for doing the matting.


Thursday, October 14
Woodmore Tops Fliers on Senior Night
Elmore, Ohio - The Woodmore Wildcats spoiled senior night for the Fliers by upending Clyde 6-2. After the game, lone senior Quinn Zerbe was honored with balloons and an autographed game ball after the game. A special thanks to Carolyn Geiman (Zack Ellenberger's mom) for arranging the special festivities.

It was a rough night for the Fliers, facing a much more experienced team. Woodmore came out on fire in a dominating first half which saw Clyde outshot 16-2. Alex Binger kept the game closer than it appeared by stopping 13 of the shots. Still the Wildcats lead 3-0 at the intermission.

In the early second half Woodmore extended the lead to 4-0 before the Fliers came alive. Zach Wott got Clyde on the scoreboard at the 10:15 mark of the second half with Aaron Marshall picking up an assist. Then just three minutes later Brian Shafer made the game interesting on a pretty play set up by Zach Wott and Cory Wettrich. At 4-2 the Fliers were back in business despite having only four shots on goal.

The Clyde goals forced Woodmore to return their starters to the game before the Fliers could do any more damage and they responded scoring the game's final two goals. Binger finished the game with a season high 18 saves. Several outstanding defensive performances were turned in by Aaron Marshall and Aaron Warner late in the game which blocked point-blank Woodmore scoring chances.

The game marked the end of the Flier's regular season with only a split squad 6 on 6 matchup with Findlay's Heritage Christian School left. That game will be next Tuesday, October 19 in Findlay. All players are encouraged to attend to cheer on their fellow teammates.

Thursday, October 7
Fliers Come from Behind to Top Lakers
Marblehead, Ohio - The Fliers played one their best games of the season in scoring three unanswered goals to top the Danbury HS Lakers 3-1 on Thursday afternoon. Danbury took the early 1-0 lead but Cory Wettrich knotted the score soon after to regain the momentum for Clyde. Aaron Warner picked up an assist on Wettrich's goal.

In the first half the Fliers outshot the Lakers 6-2 and applied a lot of pressure late in the half.

After the break Danbury was the more agressive team. Alex Binger was up to the challenge in goal stopping shot after shot to keep the Fliers in the game. At the 19:02 mark of the second half Brian Shafer would get the eventual game winning goal on a nice pass from Zach Wott.

Despite many more scoring chances by Danbury the Fliers held the lead and with less than two minutes left in the contest, Wott got an insurance goal after a wild flurry in front of the Laker goal. Wettrich picked up an assist on the final goal.

The Fliers killed off the remaining time to preserve the win. Binger made 10 saves in the half with the Lakers outshooting the Fliers 10-6 in the period.

The win was the first over the Lakers in three attempts dating back to last season. Danbury beat the Fliers 3-2 on September 15 and the progress made by the Fliers since then was evident.

With the win, the Fliers improve to 4-5-1 on the season with just two games to be played. The next game is October 14 at Woodmore. Game time is 5:00 p.m.

Monday, October 4
Fliers and Tigers Settle for Tie
Junior, Alaina Humbert Anchors the Defense
Republic, Ohio - The Clyde Fliers took the early lead, but a defensive breakdown in the second half cost them the victory against the Seneca East Junior High School Tigers.

Zach Wott took the opening possession directly to the goal to give Clyde the lead less than 20 seconds into the contest. Ethan Binger passed the ball to Wott for his team-leading fifth assist of the season. It appeared that the Fliers would cruise from that point on, but that was far from the truth. Clyde pummelled the Tiger goalie with 16 more shots on goal and would never hit the back of the net again in the contest.

Seneca East would muster very little offense in the game, finishing with just two shots on goal, but made the most of those with the eventual game-tying goal on their only shot of the second half.

The Fliers threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Tigers adding another 14 shots off the mark but the soccer gods were smiling on the young Seneca East team. A final shot by Flier, Brian Shafer hit the crossbar and fell straight down to the goalkeeper for the final exclamation point on a frustrating outing.

Coach Tackett reminded the dejected team, that teams will have days when no matter how many scoring attempts they get, nothing will go in the net.

Thomas Pasch, David Gower and Alaina Humbert had particulary strong defensive games thwarting the few scoring chances the Tigers had. Shafer and Lauren Cooley also had a least one key stop on defense. Notable offensive performances were made by Brandi Schuster and Lucas Cooley.

The Fliers are back in action with a rematch with the Danbury Lakers on Thursday night at Marblehead. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 7
Picture Day on Thursday
Don't forget picture day on Thursday, August 12. Please be at the High School at 3:00 p.m. sharp. Meet at the spirit rock in the parking lot. Uniforms will be distributed at that time. You will have time to go into the school to change and then report back to the rock to wait for the 4:10 p.m. scheduled time for the pictures. Make sure you have royal blue or white socks to wear with your uniform!

Don't forget practice begins again on Monday, August 16 at 8:30 a.m. Please bring your $12 for athletic insurance (checks made payable to Clyde High School), your physical forms and all other paperwork that Coach Tackett distributed.

Coach Tackett will also collect fundraiser receipts at the next practice. SELL THOSE CARDS EVERYONE!

Wednesday, September 8
Schedule Updated
The 2004 Flier Soccer Season schedule has been updated. Please check with Coach Tackett if you have any questions about the schedule. Click on "Games" to see our game schedule.

Wednesday, September 8
Let's See the Falcons!
Last year the Flier soccer team attended a Bowling Green State University soccer game on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon. Let's do this again and hope for better weather. The game we will attend will be Sunday, October 10. We will leave Clyde between 12:45-1:00. The game begins at 2:30. After the game, we will eat dinner. The team should arrive back at the school by 6 p.m. Everyone had a blast last year, and several of our players even served as ball boys for the BGSU team. Three or four parent volunteers as drivers would be appreciated.

Tuesday, August 31
Fliers Fall to .500 After Loss to Woodmore
Elmore, Ohio - The CHS Soccer team dropped a 5-1 decision to the Woodmore Wildcats on August 31. The Fliers could not muster much offense and faced 26 shots by the hosts.

Cory Wettrich scored the lone Flier goal in the second half on a fine setup by John Clevinger. Alex Binger allowed all five goals on the 20 shots he faced in the first half. David Gower stopped all six shots he faced in the second half.

Coach Tackett told the team to keep their heads up as they played a much better second half of soccer against an older and more experienced Wildcat team.

After a day off on Wednesday, the team will resume with practice on Thursday after school. There are no scheduled games next week, but the Fliers play four games the week of September 12.

Monday, August 30
Warner Goal Gives Fliers Season Opening Win
Aaron Warner Gets the Game Winner
Tiffin, Ohio - The Flier Soccer team started the season off with a fine 1-0 shutout of the Tiffin Columbian JV team on August 30, under the lights at Columbian Stadium. The game's lone goal came early in the second half when Allison Bessken set up fellow sophomore Aaron Warner for the hard shot from the right side of the goal.

Although the score was close, the Fliers outplayed the Tornadoes for much of the game. Clyde outshot Tiffin 13-4 in the contest. Alex Binger picked up the shutout in goal for the Fliers, but was not seriously tested.

Brian Shafer led the offensive attack with four shots on goal. Cory Wettrich, David Gower, Zach Wott and Brandi Schuster also had shots on goal. Paige Humbert, Lucas Cooley and Ethan Binger each had scoring chances as well.

The defense led by Alaina Humbert and Thomas Pasch was excellent in preserving the shutout.

Coach Tackett was pleased with the opener and the Flier's ability to control the ball in the Columbian end of the field.

The Fliers are back in action on Tuesday at Woodmore HS in Elmore. Game time is 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21
Photo Album Added
Click on the picture of our airborne Flier to see some action shots of the 2004 season.

Brian's a True "Flier"

Thursday, September 23
Fliers Top Old Fort JH Team
8th Grader Megan Wasserman Saw Plenty of Action vs. Old Fort
Old Fort, Ohio - The Clyde Fliers pulled out a tight 1-0 shutout of the Old Fort Junior High team on Thursday night. The Stockaders played a defensive game which limited Clyde to just 9 shots on goal and even fewer serious scoring threats.

With the defensive strategy, Old Fort was able to put just one shot on the Flier goal. Still they made it interesting by putting together a late rush in the final few minutes which could have tied the game.

Brian Shafer scored the game winning goal for Clyde on a setup by Aaron Warner about 24 minutes into the game.

Since the game was played against a junior high school age team, Coach Tackett used the opportunity to give the younger and less experienced players a lot of playing time. Old Fort has had a youth soccer program for many years and does not compete with football for it's athletes. One parent from Old Fort said that many of the members of their team have played together since Kindergarten.

Thursday, September 16
Rockets Squeak by Fliers
Oak Harbor, Ohio - For the second consecutive night, the Clyde Flier Soccer team scored first but lost a one goal game, this time by a 2-1 score to the Oak Harbor JV team. The Fliers took the early lead when John Clevinger scored his first goal of the season. Aaron Warner and Bryan Shafer assisted on the goal.

Oak Harbor tied the game late in the first half. The Rockets took the lead for good in a second half shortened by darkness.

Coach Tackett was once again pleased with his team's performance and progress. Last year's team lost to the Oak Harbor JV's by a 5-0 score so we are closing the gap on the more established programs.

The game marked the first this season against a Sandusky Bay Conference school. Saturday's game against Edison will be the second SBC school game. Game time is 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 15
Lakers Come From Behind for Win Over Fliers
Lakeside, Ohio - The young Fliers held a 1-0 lead at the half, but the Danbury Lakers scored the last two goals of the game for a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Clyde.

The Fliers took advantage of the shorter field at Lakeside and scored on a pretty set-up that began with a Zach Wott throw-in to Brian Shafer who hit Aaron Warner with a pass in front of the Laker goal. Warner hit the back of the net with his shot giving the Fliers the 1 -0 lead. Some outstanding goaltending by Alex Binger kept Danbury off the scoreboard in the first half. Binger made 9 saves in the half including a 1 on 0 breakaway save and a nice point blank shot in the final minute of the period.

Each team scored on their first shot of the second period with Danbury knotting the score just three minutes into the half. The Fliers did not roll over, however, and just a little over three minutes later Cory Wettrich gave Clyde it's second lead of the game taking a Aaron Marshall throw in down the right side of the field taking a hard angle shot which beat the Laker goalie.

The Fliers looked as if they were headed for their second victory of the young season, but the late surge by Danbury gave the Lakers the win.

Shots on goal were nearly equal as well with the Lakers holding a slim 14-12 advantage. The Fliers had another 12 shots that missed the mark compared to just 8 misfires for Danbury.

The Fliers are back in action on Thursday night at Oak Harbor HS with a 6:30 game against the Rockets.

Monday, September 20
Fliers Drop 2-1 Decision to Columbian
Tiffin, Ohio - The Clyde Fliers dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes under the lights of Columbian Stadium on Monday night.

Neither team had many scoring chances in a game with a lot of play in the middle of the field, but Tiffin scored late in the first half to take the halftime lead.

The Fliers would tie up the score early in the second half on a nice shot by Brian Shafer after a long pass up field by Cory Wettrich.

The Tornadoes would reclaim the lead with about 23 minutes left in the contest and the Fliers could not convert on it's final few scoring attempts.

It was a fine effort against a team with 5 seniors playing.

Flier goalie, Alex Binger stopped 6 of 8 Tiffin shots.

Clyde is back in action on Thursday night at Old Fort in a game that was originally scheduled for next Monday night. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 18
Fliers Pull the Plug on Chargers 7-2
Milan, Ohio - The Clyde Fliers offense exploded for 7 goals against the Edison High JV team on Saturday afternoon. The Fliers were hot offensively for the entire afternoon leading 6-0 at the half on 13 shots. The Fliers defense was stellar as well holding the Chargers to just one first half shot on goalie, Alex Binger.

Cory Wettrich came out on fire, scoring the game's first two goals early in the first half. Zach Wott picked up an assist on Wettrich's first goal along with Zack Ellenberger who picked up his first assist on the season.

It was then Brian Shafer's turn to get on the board picking up the next two goals. Zach Wott got an assist on the first goal, with Ethan Binger getting a helper on the second.

Aaron Marshall then got on the scoreboard with the 5th and 6th goals of the game, his first two of the season. Ethan Binger passed the ball to Marshall on each of the goals with Nick Roope getting the second assist on Marshall's second goal. It was Roope's first assist of the season.

Coach Tackett used the opportunity to use his bench in the second half. Edison got on the boards early in the second half on a penalty shot. Alex Binger got a partial deflection on the shot, but it hit off the crossbar and deflected down into the net.

Aaron Warner got the final Flier goal, his fifth of the season, after following a Cory Wettrich shot to the goal. The Charger goalie made the initial save, but Warner was in excellent position to clean up the trash and stuff the ball home.

A late Edison goal was scored with about two minutes left on relief goaltender, Thomas Pasch.

With the win, Clyde improves to 2-4 with a Monday night game vs. Tiffin Columbian on tap. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 13
Seneca East Pulls Away for Win Over Fliers
Republic, Ohio - After a 3-3 halftime tie, the Seneca East Tigers pulled away in the second half for a 6-4 win over the Clyde Fliers.

The Fliers looked pretty good in the first half outshooting the hosts 13-3, but defensive breakdowns created odd-man rushes for the Tigers three easy goals. Clyde played most of the first half in the Seneca East defensive end and after falling behind 2-0, fought back to knot the score at 2-2. Aaron Warner got things going for Clyde on a nice setup by Brian Shafer. Shafer's assist would be his first of three points on the afternoon.

Shafer tied things up on a nice play set up by Zach Wott. Wott passed from the right sideline to Ethan Binger who threaded a nice pass to Shafer in front of the net for the goal. Wott and Binger each earned assists on the goal. After Seneca East again took a lead, Shafer tied the score once more late in the first half.

Momentum shifted back to Seneca East in the second half as the older and more athletic Tigers took control of the game after two early goals gave them a 5-3 lead. The game winning goal for the Tigers was on a penalty shot. Goalkeeper, Alex Binger got a piece of the shot, but the ball still managed to skip in the right side of the net.

Clyde managed to bring the score to within one when John Clevinger and Aaron Warner took the ball in front of the Tiger net and after a scrum, a Tiger defenseman eventually put the ball in his own goal. Warner got credit for the goal as the last Flier to touch the ball.

Seneca East got an insurance goal past David Gower who came in to goal in relief of Alex Binger.

The Fliers are back in action on Wednesday at Danbury. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Friday, January 23
It's a Boy!
We have a new ballboy. Congratulations to Coach Tackett and his wife, Barb. Simon Matthias was born on January 22 at 7:34 a.m. and he weighed in at 8 pounds even.   He is 21" long.   He was a little late so he'll fit right in with the soccer Fliers.   CONGRATULATIONS COACH AND MRS. TACKETT!

Wednesday, July 21
New Season Approaches for Flier Soccer
Practice begins on August 2 for the 2004 fall season. All high school age students will be eligible to play this fall. Middle School students will also be allowed to practice with the Fliers. Practice will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Be sure to get your physical before August 2 so that you may start practicing with the team on the first day. Physical forms are available in the CHS office or the Board of Education Office at 106 S. Main Street.

Let's go Fliers!