Clyde Flier Soccer: 2003 Season

Wednesday, September 3
Fliers Win Second in a Row!
Republic, Ohio - The Clyde Fliers made it two in a row on Wednesday afternoon beating the Seneca East Junior High team by a score of 4-1. The win came on the heels of their history making 4-3 win against Seneca East's High School team on Saturday, August 30.

The Fliers are back in action on Thursday, September 4 at Carey. Great job Fliers!

Thursday, September 4
Fliers Fall to Carey
Carey, Ohio - The Flier Soccer club played very well at times, but the more experienced Carey team prevailed by a 4-1 score. Brian Shafer scored the only Clyde goal late in the second half with a sharp shot which hit high in the Carey net.

Zach Wott also had a hand, actually a head, in Carey's fourth goal. Unfortunately it was a shot into the Clyde goal as he headed a Carey shot over the right shoulder of Clyde goalkeeper, Alex Binger.

Binger stopped an unofficial 12 Carey shots in the contest.

The Fliers are next in action on Thursday, September 11 vs. the Fremont Emeralds. The game will be played at Conner Park in Ballville Township.

Monday, September 8
New Web
We now own the domain That should be easy to remember! Add us to your favorites, or better yet make us your home page during the season.

Wednesday, September 10
Seneca East Victory Album Added
Ethan Shows His Footwork.
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Click on the picture of Ethan to see the album of the team's first victory of the season on August 30.

Thanks to Mrs. Melanie Boyd for supplying the shots.

Thursday, September 11
Fliers Top Emeralds U-13 Team
Fremont, Ohio - The Fliers moved to 3-2 on the season by topping the Fremont Emeralds U-13 team by a 7-2 on Thursday, September 11. The younger, but talented Emeralds played quite well, but had difficulty matching up with the bigger and more physical Fliers. The Fliers outshot Fremont by an unofficial 23-7 count.

Zach Wott led the Fliers with two goals on seven shots. Alex Binger scored two goals on two shots in the second half after playing in goal during a shutout first half. Brian Shafer and Cory Wettrich each had a goal and an assist on four and three shots respectively. David Gower tallied the final Clyde goal on one of two shots in the contest.

Caleb Cleveland had an outstanding defensive game and also fired off two shots on goal. Binger, Gower and Derek Dencer shared the goalkeeper duties recording a combined five saves.

The Fliers are back in action on Saturday, September 13 at 9:00 a.m. at Tiffin Calvert.

The Clyde Cheerleaders
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Thursday, September 18
Fliers Now 5-3 With Win at Fremont
Fremont, Ohio - Teamwork was the key word in the Fliers fifth win of the season. The Fliers scored seven times in a 7-3 win over the Fremont Emeralds U-13 team. In the first half Brian Shafer got Clyde off to a great start scoring his first of two goals. Zach Wott scored the final two goals of the half to give the Fliers the 3-0 lead at the break. Derek Dencer and Cory Wettrich each assisted on one of Wott's goals.

Fremont kept things interesting in the second half nearly matching the four Clyde goals with three of their own. After Shafer extended the Flier lead to 4-0 Fremont would pick up two goals closing the gap with 10 minutes left in the contest. Cory Wettrich extended the Clyde lead back to three goals when he scored on a nifty pass from Ethan Binger. After Fremont's third goal, Wott slammed the door shut with the game's final two goals. The first on a pass from Dencer and the second with an assist from Wettrich. Freshman Aaron Marshall also picked up an assist in his first game for the Fliers.

Midfielders Zack Ellenberger and Lucas Cooley also had strong performances in the game helping to set up several scoring chances.

Shot selection was much improved for Clyde who scored on six of 11 shots. Fremont managed nine shots on Flier goalkeepers Alex Binger and David Gower who combined for six saves.

A highlight in the game came at the intermission when the cheerleaders arrived to pump up the crowd. Thanks to Cody Balogh, Aric Rosenberger, Alex Rosenberger, Aaron Warner & Ricky Hammons for providing some school spirit!

The Flier's next game is Tuesday, September 23 vs. the Old Fort JV squad. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Ricky & Aaron Show Their Flier Pride
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Tuesday, September 16
Fliers Fall in Second Half to Woodmore
Elmore, Ohio - After the Fliers played perhaps their best half of soccer this season, the Wildcats of Woodmore High School pulled away in the second half for an 8-0 win.

After giving up a quick goal early in the first half, the Fliers settled in to play an outstanding half of soccer, out-shooting the older and more experienced Woodmore team 7-3 after that initial goal. The defensive play of a number of Fliers including Caleb Cleveland, Alaina Humbert, Brian Shafer and David Gower was able to move the ball upfield time after time where the offensive players were able to get off many shot attempts.

Going into the second half trailing just 1-0, the Flier's lack of experience, bench numbers and endurance turned the game in Woodmore's favor. Outshooting Clyde by a 13-3 count in the second half, the Wildcats were able to add seven goals. Alex Binger and Gower split goalkeeping duties, each allowing four goals. They also each recorded five saves.

Overall, the young Fliers should be very proud of the way they played against the much more experienced team.

The are back in action on Thursday, September 18 vs. the Emeralds U-13 team at Conner Park in Ballville Township. Game time is 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 13
Fliers Win Again - Improve to 4-2
Tiffin, Ohio - The Fliers improved to 4-2 on the season by defeating the Tiffin Catholic Schools Junior High team by a 1-0 score on September 13.

Clyde outshot the Tiffin team by a 15-3 count but had a difficult time solving the tough Tiffin defense. There were at least another 15 shots that were wide of the goal for the Fliers.

David Gower scored the winning goal for Clyde early in the second half. Zach Wott made six shots on goal with James Rathbun, Cory Wettrich and Brian Shafer also contributing numerous shots.

Alex Binger and Derek Dencer combined for the first Flier shutout stopping all three Tiffin shots. The final save by Dencer was a big one as a Tiffin player had a direct shot that would have tied the score late in the contest.

The Fliers are right back in action on Tuesday, September 16 at Woodmore. Game time is 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 30
2003 Soccer Awards Banquet Announced
In the tradition of all the great sports at Clyde High School, Coach Tackett has announced the first annual Soccer Awards Banquet. This celebration of a great season will be held on Monday, October 13 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Clyde High School Cafeteria. Please return the form to Coach Tackett with the number of attendees and the food items that you will be sharing with the group. See you there!

Tuesday, September 30
Fliers Win Seventh Game
Tiffin, Ohio - The Flier's record now stands at 7-4 following a 4-2 win over the Tiffin Catholic Middle Schools team. As they did in the first matchup between the two teams, Clyde outshot Tiffin by a large margin (15-2), but this time the Fliers were able to find the back of the net four times.

Brian Shafer scored his first of three goals early in the first half. Zach Wott would make the score 2-0 later in the first on a pass from Ethan Binger. Clyde would outshoot Tiffin by a 7-1 mark in the first half with the only shot Tiffin saved by Aleshia Rosen as Flier goalkeeper Alex Binger was caught out of position.

Tiffin made the score 2-1 early into the second half on a penalty shot. Aaron Marshall, who played in goal for the second half, made an outstanding save attempt, but the ball deflected off his fingers and into the goal as he dove to his left.

Shafer's second goal extended the Flier lead back to two. Cory Wettrich picked up an assist on that goal. Shafer's third goal came on a penalty shot late in the second half. Midfielder Zack Ellenberger had one of his best games of the season showing off some keen footwork to keep the ball moving toward the Flier offensive zone.

The Fliers are back in action on Thursday in Findlay. They will take on Heritage Christian School at 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 2
Heritage Christian Shoots Down Fliers
Findlay, Ohio - It was Senior Day, the final home game for the Heritage Christian High School senior players and they went out winners by defeating the younger and less experienced Fliers by a 9-0 score. There were not a lot of Clyde highlights in the game as the Blue & Gold were outshot by a wide 15-4 margin.

Heritage's superiority in footspeed and ball control was evident from the beginning of the game. Many of their goals were the result of breakaways where their outstanding speed was exhibited. Three more were put in the net following a rebound after an intial save was made on their first shot attempt. This was most likely the finest team that the Fliers have faced this season.

There were lessons to be learned by playing the more experienced and mature team and Coach Tackett expressed his pleasure with the team's performance.   He was pleased with the efforts of many of the players and specifically mentioned the outstanding effort of Derek Dencer and the fine shot attempt in the second half by Lucas Cooley. David Gower and Brian Shafer accounted for the other Flier shots on goal.

The final game of the 2003 season will be next Thursday, October 9 at Old Fort.

Some of the Fliers pose after the game. Zack & Derek are missing.
Sunday, September 28
Clyde Soccer Invades Bowling Green
Our Very Own Flier Ballboys
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The Clyde Fliers traveled to Bowling Green on Sunday, September 28 to watch the Falcons take on the Wolverines of the University of Michigan. The Falcons lost 6-1, but other than getting wet and cold in the second half everyone had a great time. Five Fliers became part of the game as they were given the job of ballboys. Not only did they Caleb, Derek, Zack, Brian and Ethan get a close up view of the game, they also got free hot dogs and pops at the intermission. Good job guys!

Wednesday, September 24
Fliers Play Well in Loss to Lakers
Marblehead, Ohio - The Fliers dropped a tough 4-2 defeat to the Danbury High Lakers on Wednesday, September 24. For one of the few times this season, Clyde played better in the second half of the contest. After falling behind 2-0 in a first half which saw them outshot 13-2, the Fliers rebounded against the older and more experienced Lakers to bring the margin to within one on two different occasions in a second half which saw Clyde get six shots on goal compared to eight for Danbury.

A strong wind which benefited Danbury for the first half died down considerably in the second half denying the Fliers of their opportunity for a little assistance from Mother Nature.

Zach Wott got the Fliers on the board early in the second half to make the score 2-1 on a pass from Aaron Marshall. After the Lakers extended their lead back to two, Brian Shafer again cut the lead to one with a goal of his own. A late Danbury goal sealed the victory for the Lakers.

Alex Binger saw a lot of action in goal, stopping 17 of 21 Laker shots. That was a season high number of saves for a Flier goalkeeper. There was a lot of defensive assistance from a number of Fliers, notably Alaina Humbert and Elishia Rosen who broke up many Laker rushes.

The next game for the Soccer Fliers is Tuesday, September 30 vs. the Tiffin Catholic Junior High. Game time is 4:30 p.m. in Tiffin.

Alaina Humbert & Elishia Rosen Stopped Many Laker Scoring Chances

Tuesday, September 23
Three Fliers Earn First Career Goals in Win at Old Fort
Lucas Cooley, Ethan Binger & Aaron Marshall Score First Goals as Fliers
Old Fort, Ohio - The Fliers improved to 6-3 on the season with a 7-0 shutout of the Old Fort Junior High team. Three players scored their first goals as Fliers. All three goals came in the second half with Aaron Marshall starting things off with a goal in just his second game. Lucas Cooley then scored on a pass from Zach Wott and Ethan Binger picked up his first on a pretty centering pass from Caleb Cleveland.

The Fliers started the game with a lot of fire power, scoring 4 first half goals on 7 shots. Derek Dencer scored the first on a pass from Zach Wott following a rebound of a shot from Brian Shafer. Shafer would then score two goals the second of which was assisted by Cory Wettrich. Zach Wott completed the first half scoring on a penalty shot after an Old Fort player knocked his initial shot down using his hand.

Clyde outshot the Stockaders by a 16-3 mark in the contest. Alex Binger, Shafer and Thomas Pasch shared goalkeeping duties with each recording one save. The shutout was the second of the season for the Fliers.

The Fliers are back in action on Wednesday, September 24 vs. Danbury High School. Game time is 5:00 p.m. The school is located on SR 163 near Marblehead.

Thursday, September 25
Woodmore Game Album Added
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Click on the picture of Derek to view an album of pictures from the Woodmore game. Thanks to Mrs. Boyd for taking the shots!

Monday, October 13
First Annual Soccer Banquet Held
It's Autograph Time!
Clyde, Ohio - The first ever soccer banquet was held on Monday, October 13 at the Clyde High School cafeteria. Coach Tackett gave all the players certificates for participating on the first Flier soccer team.

He also gave out several special awards. They were as follows:

Field General Award - Zach Wott - for direction of other players on the field.

"I hate you goalpost" Award - Quinn Zerbe - self explanatory

Best Soccer Hair Award - Thomas Pasch - see picture below!

Bulldog Award - Ethan Binger - toughest player on the team (per pound)!

Most Dramatic Goal Award - Cory Wettrich - game winner in season finale with 3 seconds left.

Rocket Man Award - Brian Shafer - for the leg with the most jet propulsion.

Utility Award - David Gower - He's here, he's there, he's everywhere.

Best Save Award - Elishia Rosen and Caleb Cleveland - For coming out of nowhere to save the goalie's rear-end and preventing the imminent goal.

Harry Houdini Award - Alex Binger - for his ability to pull one great escape after another.

The Beauty Award - Alaina Humbert, Paige Humbert and Stacia Rapp - for having to put up with all the "Beasts".

A Power Point slide show was shown with over 200 pictures of the season. The presentation was put together by Mrs. Melanie Boyd. A special thanks to her for all the hard work putting that together!

At the end of the evening Coach Tackett presented the team with soccer balls which the players all autographed for each other.


Fliers Come From Behind to Win Finale
Old Fort, Ohio - The Fliers completed their first season of soccer competition with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Old Fort Junior High team. Cory Wettrich got the game winner with just three seconds left in regulation. With the win, the Fliers capped a successful season with a fine 8-5 record.

Old Fort, who lost for only the second time this season, played a much stronger game than when the two teams met on September 23.

The Fliers outshot the Stockaders by a huge 29-3 margin, but had a difficult time finding the net with only 13 of those shots on goal. The Old Fort goalkeeper kept things interesting making 11 saves. David Gower made the only Flier save stopping the lone Old Fort shot in the second half. Alex Binger started in goal and allowed the lone Old Fort goal on a hard angle shot which sailed over his head to the opposite corner of the goal.

Coach Tackett was pleased with his team's performance but stated that next season's efforts will concentrate on improving the percentage of shots on goal.

The Flier defense had an excellent game led by the fine performance of midfielder Thomas Pasch whose second period bicycle kick brought a big crowd reaction.

Offensively, Clyde was led by Brian Shafer with the team's first goal and a total of ten shot attempts. Cory Wettrich picked up an assist on Shafer's goal. He also had two other shots in addition to his game winner. Other Fliers with shot attempts included Derek Dencer, Aaron Marshall, Zach Wott, Ethan Binger, Alex Binger, Zack Ellenberger and Caleb Cleveland.

Congratulations, Fliers, on a great history-making season!

Do not forget the first annual soccer awards banquet on Monday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS cafeteria.

Thursday, October 23
New Soccer Fields Under Construction
If you drove by the high school today, you saw a tractor working the ground for the construction of the new soccer fields at Clyde High School. Keep in eye on the progress as it developes this fall.

Wednesday, September 3
Game Schedule Posted
An updated schedule of games has been posted on the site. Please click on Games to view it.

I will attempt to keep this up to date as changes are made, but please check with Coach Tackett if any questions arise. His handouts are the official notification of schedule changes.

Thursday, September 4
Team Roster Added
The team roster has now been added. Click on Roster to view it. Check out your picture!! If you would like a player profile added write something up and e-mail it to me or give me a hard copy of it. Check out Alex's profile for an example. Click on his name in the roster page.