By Adam Baum, Cincinnati Enquirer
Like its neighborhood, crosstown rival in purple, Oak Hills' boys soccer team is busy at work trying to replace a talented group lost to graduation in the spring.
The Highlanders went 12-6 last season and graduated eight players, but fourth-year coach Scott Brown said he returns 11 guys this season, seven of whom started or saw major time last season.
Returning to the starting lineup are junior goalkeeper Jackson Jalovec, a second-team choice in the Greater Miami Conference last season with six shutouts and a GMC-best 130 saves, junior midfielder Michael Radcliffe, senior midfielder Drew Fitzgibbon, sophomore midfielder Carson Lewis, junior forward Neal Robertson, junior forward Pierce Haucke and senior midfielder Isaac Holmes.
Brown's also been pleased with the rest of his lineup, which includes senior Matthew Grote, who started as a sophomore but didn't play last season, senior Tyler Sanders, junior Kyle Allen, junior Ben Hinton, junior Christian White, junior Zach Moeller, junior Zach Voigt, junior Kevin LaGrange, freshman C.J. Zimmer, sophomore Timothy Boyle, senior John Witt and senior Griffin Spilman. Oak Hills also picked up senior Jun Ni, a foreign exchange student from Japan, to the lineup.
Brown said there's a lot to like about his team.
"The cohesion in the midfield, the ability to use combination play to get out of trouble," said Brown. "The speed of our front line, we're wicked fast."
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