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NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH – The Springfield Lady Tigers soccer team has a unique situation as they are returning a lot of players with a lot of talent and experience. These returners are poised for a big season and with those expectations comes the opportunity for leadership and one of those leaders is Ava Vecchione. Not only is she a leader on the field, she’s also someone who prides herself on letting her play speak for itself. Not only does she excel on the pitch, she takes care of business in the classroom too! Not only is Ava a soccer captain, she also plays basketball and track! All of these traits lead Ava to be one special talent for the Springfield Lady Tigers.

Check out this very special Springfield Lady Tigers soccer player profile with Ava Vecchione on YSNLive!



NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH – The Springfield Lady Tigers soccer team is ready to take the 2023 season by storm and make a deep playoff run this season. The Lady Tigers are poised for that future because of a great senior class that not only has talent to do it but the closeness of the team forms an unbreakable bond that will help when games are close and the pressure is building.  One of those seniors that truly leads in all aspects of the game is Ashley Bellstrom. Ashley has a unique gift to lead by example and help others on the team when they need it most. Bellstrom’s play speaks for itself whether its making a huge play on the defensive side to stop an opponent’s run or creating a play on offense when they need to make their own run!

Tune in to this very special player profile with Springfield Lady Tigers soccer senior star, Ashley Bellstrom!



NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH – Head coach Justin Kosek and the Springfield Lady Tigers soccer team came into the 2023 season with high expectations as they return a good group of players that had a solid 2022 season as they finished 12-6-2. Coach Kosek is leaning on that experience early in the season as they have a very tough schedule in the front half of the year. Currently the Lady Tigers are sitting at 1-1 after opening up with an 11-0 victory over South Range and then falling 5-0 to a very talented Salem Lady Quakers team.

YSN’s own, Steve Leslie was able to sit down with Coach Kosek this week at the Tigers Table to discuss what lead him to coaching at Springfield, what being a Tiger means to him, what the season has been like. so far, what this group of players brings to the table each and every game, what his outlook is moving forward for the Lady Tigers season, and so much more!

This week’s episode of Springfield Lady Tigers soccer coach’s corner with head coach, Justin Kosek, is LIVE!




The Rebels and the Potters welcomed the start of 2023 girls soccer Monday night as East Liverpool played host to the visiting Crestview squad. The party got kicked off right on time with a killer rendition of the national anthem and then they were underway. Mother nature brought enough rain for both teams, which set the stage for. opening night. The Lady Rebels made sure not to show up empty handed, bringing all the goals for the night.

Karagin Miller opened scoring early for Crestview with a goal in the 3 rd minute of play. Potter Nation was unfazed by the early goal and the girls regrouped valiantly, slowing the Rebel attack for quite some time, but the senior leadership and experience of Crestview proved to be too much. Goals by Sydney Wellman, Bailey Wonner and Rylee Shaffer were enough to put Crestview firmly in control through the first half of play. The Potters found themselves with some opportunities during the first half, with a couple runs past the Rebel back line and some balls that bounced around in the box long enough to keep both fan bases on their toes, but key saves by Lexi Huff. and great combined effort by the defense helped keep the sheet clean at the half.

The rain would let up by the start of the 2 nd half but the Rebel attack did not. Seniors Karagin Miller and Rylee Shaffer both found the back of the net from distance. Rylee placing a great ball in the top corner from somewhere near the 18 and Karagin taking advantage of space she found from what seemed like the Newell bridge and driving another home for the Rebels. At one point, Crestview strikers seemed to be racing to a hat trick, with Senior captains Rylee, Karagin, and Bailey – plus sophomore Syd Wellman all sitting at 2 goals. It was Miller who was able to capitalize for a 3rd goal, as she would lead both teams in scoring on the night. Finally, freshman Bri DiCross was determined to get the 2027 class in on the scoring and slipped one past the keeper for her 1st varsity goal. Crestview will take a week off before kicking off MVAC league play against Springfield in their home opener next Wednesday. The Potters will look to regroup and grab their first win against Oak Glen on Thursday.

Scoring: Karagin Miller (3), Bailey Wonner (2), Rylee Shaffer (2), Sydney Wellman (2), Bri DiCross (1)


NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- Springfield is itching to get back on the soccer field this season.  After years of sitting at the top of the MVAC, they were beat out of the top spot last season by Waterloo.  It’s time for the Tigers to get it back.  Fresh off a season that gave him his 100th career victory, Justin Kosek returns to the Springfield sidelines.  He features a roster that Carrie’s a ton of talent and experience.  Springfield is poised to be firmly in the conversation this season, so don’t sleep on the Tigers.

Coach Kosek took the time to chat with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig to help preview the season. They talk about the lessons last season taught, the growth his team needs to have in the preseason, and much more.  Check out Episode 1 of Springfield Girls Soccer Coach’s Corner Episode 1 with Justin Kosek.

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NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH – The tradition of being a Tiger at Springfield carries with it a ton of pride and joy but one such student-athlete embodies that attitude more than most. Lexi Wonner is someone that “bleeds” orange and black in all aspects of her life. Lexi is able to play for Springfield on the soccer and track teams, but also showcase her cheer talents as one of the members of the cheerleading squad at all Springfield games in football and basketball. Not only does Lexi excel in sports at Springfield, she is also a rodeo queen and partakes in many events involving the rodeo.

This past soccer season, Lexi was able to help guide the Tigers to a perfect regular season record and a district semi-finals appearance. She was also able to cheer on the Tigers football team who made a trip to the Division VI state championship game and Wonner is currently cheering on the boys basketball team who is in the middle of their own playoff run as they will welcome Champion to town on Tuesday night.

YSN’s own, Steve Leslie, was able to catch up with Lexi this week via video chat to discuss how COVID effected her soccer, cheer, and past plus future track seasons, how cheerleading has been different for her this season due to COVID guidelines of only allowing for home games to be cheered at, how YSN has been able to help her and her family throughout the year and multiple sports seasons, what we can expect from her and the Lady Tigers in the upcoming track and field season, and a rapid fire question session to learn more about what makes Lexi the student-athlete that she is!

Take some time to find out all of that and much more in this exclusive interview with Springfield Tigers multi-sport senior athlete, Lexi Wonner!




NILES OH- Three Niles standouts signed on to play their sports at the next level on Friday morning.

Emily Burnham has had a great career on the Niles soccer team and has signed on to play for Mount Union next season.

Zack Leonard shines this season as the Dragons quarterback on the gridiron. He is now officially going to be a member of Ohio Wesleyan University football team in the fall.

Chase Sudzina also lit up the football field for the Dragons and has earned his way to the next level. He signed on to play for Tiffin next season.

YSN would like to congratulate all three athletes on an incredible career at Niles and best of luck in their future endeavors.


LOUISVILLE OH- The Leopards Girls Soccer Team picked up a solid 6-2 victory over Carrolton.

Morgan Keelan had a fantastic day getting the hat trick to lead her team. Gabby Smith added a pair of goals as well.

The Leopards return to action on Saturday as they host Perry. Kickoff slated for 3:00.