Kettering Alter girls soccer ready to make history


Kettering Alter Knights
After dropping back-to-back one-goal decisions to Hamilton Badin in the Division II District Final, Kettering Alter has its sights set on reaching the regional for the first time since 2004. The Knights could also be in line for their first state appearance since 2001 (runner-up).

Alter returns 11 seniors and 13 letterwinners, so experience is not a problem.

Few girls soccer programs in Ohio can match the history and
success of Kettering Alter. And the Knights have the numbers to back it up.

With its first win this fall, Alter will reach the
350-victory plateau, placing it among the state’s elite. The Knights also have
six district and four regional titles to their credit. Twice Alter has finished
state runner-up.

That being said, the Knights are searching for their first
trip to the state tournament since 2001 and have been close the last two years.

Despite finishing in the Top 5 in the Division II state poll
the last three seasons, the Knights have been ousted from the district final by
Hamilton Badin in consecutive years. In 2005, Badin beat Alter 2-1 in two
overtimes. Last season the Rams beat the Knights 2-1 in a shootout.

That experience could push Alter past Badin and everyone
else this year.

“We have 11 returning starters and 13 returners total,” head
coach Jason Balogh said. “This will be the third season on varsity for the
seniors, so experience will not be a problem.”

Although the Knights graduated All-American and Alabama
recruit Carly Mygrants, there is plenty of talent available.

Senior goalkeeper Becca Ison is a two-time Girls Greater
Cincinnati League selection, as is senior outside mid Jen Hurtubise. Seniors
Natalie Petrosino (center mid), Courtney Chihil (sweeper) and Lia Savino
(defender) also have GGCL honors to their credit.

The Knights open with traditional state power Bay Village
Bay and then have the usual GGCL gauntlet.

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