Boys Soccer Defeats West Clermont! Crowned ECC CO CHAMPS!

Posted on: October 16, 2020

Turpin’s Varsity Boys Soccer team became Eastern Cincinnati Conference co-champions on Thursday, thanks to a 5-0 victory over West Clermont in their regular season finale. 

The Spartans wasted no time taking control of the game. Just over a minute in, senior Andrew Prewitt lifted a corner kick into the box, where senior Johannes Schwarz rose high above the defense to head it into the goal and give the Spartans the early lead. The Spartans continued the pressure, and nearly doubled the lead with 24 minutes left in the half. Junior Noah Puttman threaded a perfect pass to Schwarz, whose rifled shot was saved by the Wolves’ keeper to the well-positioned senior Jack Cnota, who pounded the rebound just over. The first half ended 1-0, but the Spartans were clearly primed for more. 

Cnota doubled the Spartan lead with 24 minutes to go in the game, hammering home a header off a Schwarz cross. After that the Spartan goals came fast and furious. With 16 minutes left, junior Nathan Hart made a beautiful touch pass from the top of the box right to Prewitt, who deftly booted it home for a 3-0 lead. Just a minute later, the red-hot Cnota scored his second of the night (and fourth in two games) with a clever backward flick off his head into the goal off a throw-in from senior Danny Mangan. Then just another minute later Schwarz scored his second of the night by slipping one under the Wolves’ goalie. Just like that, it was 5-0 Spartans. The Turpin defense kept a clean sheet, thanks to a timely kick save by junior keeper Max Kovall with seven minutes left. The game ended with a decisive 5-0 win. 

Then came the news over the PA - the ECC game between Lebanon and Loveland had ended in a 1-1 draw, meaning that the Spartans’ win had earned them a share of the ECC title with a 6-1-1 record (not counting their victory over ECC foe Walnut Hills).  Coaches and players alike celebrated on the field, as did the Turpin fans in the stands. Congratulations to the ECC Champion Spartans on a hard-earned title and a great regular season!

Turpin’s win was also its tenth of the season, moving their overall regular season record to 10-3-2. The Spartans open tournament play on Monday, October 19 at home against Little Miami.