Kenton Boys Soccer - 2017
courtesy Kenton Schools

(9-8-17) Last night the Kenton Wildcats soccer team shut out Defiance 5-0 (Landon Bartlett with 3 goals and Hayden Hicks with 2 goals), the win keeps them undefeated in the early portion of the Western Buckeye League season at 2-0.  Add to that they are 7-0 (overall) and have five shut-outs to their credit. The highlight so far for the Wildcats happened last week when they started 2017 WBL play with a 2-1 win over defending league champion Celina on the road.

Pretty impressive!

History of Kenton Soccer:

Kenton Soccer History

Last season, their nine overall wins was a school record, in 2017 they have already won seven this season. In 1991, they were 4-2-1,  in the only season that they finished above the .500 mark in league play. Kenton has never won a WBL boys soccer title, the Wildcats will continue to look for that opportunity when they travel to Wapakoneta this Tuesday night.

The Wildcats were ranked #7 last week in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association D II ratings, solidifying the quality of the Kenton program . It also will be a challenge for them as opposing teams will step-up their game to beat the Wildcats, which is a good thing for an upcoming program.

Kenton Head Coach Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett - Head Coach
Jamie Bartlett – Head Coach

We currently have a group of young men that have played together since the age of 7. We spent a lot of time at a young age with this group traveling and playing competitive tournaments against top notch club teams as the Kenton Galaxy. We added players to the group yearly and now we have a bunch of young men who have played a lot of soccer together, have great chemistry, and that are extremely dedicated in and out of season! The start this year is attributed to the hard work the guys put in between November and August in the weight room, playing futsol, and playing indoor. They were disappointed with the OT loss to Elida last year in the tournament and wanted to make sure we don’t have that happen again this year. They are goal driven this season and hope to continue our early success.

This past May, the Wildcats lost a member of their team, Layton Rogers, in a tragic train/car accident. The team has made a special effort to include him and his memory into the 2017 season. It shows the team chemistry that this team has built to move the program forward.