by Leslie Papa
First up on the schedule for the Loveland Mens Varsity Soccer team was a home match on August 17 against the Bombers of St. Xavier. As a result of a penalty kick, center mid Greg Bohn accounted for the only score in the match as the Tigers ended the game tied 1-1. The Tigers’ defense was solid throughout the game allowing only one for the preseason number one Bombers. The Tigers were led defensively by Tyler Mikula and Joey Papa.
The team continued the new season on August 20 with a 1-1 tie with Indian Hill High School. Loveland’s goal was scored in the first half by striker Parker Preston. The outstanding play of goalie Matt Noland saved the game in the second half with several exciting saves for the Tigers. Center defensive mids Ethan Conte and Collin Melink played a fantastic game stopping the Braves and saving the Tigers as the battle to score took place on the field.