Pirates in regional final after 6-3 win over Blazers|
After 40 minutes of play, Rocky River found itself in a 1-1 battle with defending state soccer runner-up Hathaway Brown.
That fight would not go the distance.
At that point, it was still anybody’s game. But two goals from Abby Elinsky in the first 13:12 of the second half ignited a five-goal, second-half haymaker that gave the Pirates a 6-3 win over the Blazers in a Division II Region 5 semifinal...
New goals await Pirates as regional play begins|
Ever since a 1-0 loss to Westlake in last year’s Division I district title game, Rocky River had one goal in mind as it prepared for the 2011 soccer season:
Win the district championship.
The Pirates reached that goal last Saturday night in a solid 3-1 win over rival Holy Name. It gave them the first girls soccer district championship in school history and put them in the field of 16 teams remaining in Division II.
Needless to say, new goals have been set...
Avon blanks Demons, earns first DI district crown|
There was a time not too long ago when things weren’t going very well for the Avon girls soccer team.
“The wheels were coming off,” said Eagles head coach Tony DiMacchia. “It was midway through the season, and we were dealing with a lot of adversity and a lot of injuries. We weren’t playing well, and we weren’t finishing well.”
All that seemed like ancient history as DiMacchia addressed the media at sun-drenched Reed Field. His Eagles had just finished beating top-seeded Westlake...
Leitch comes up big as River tops Bay in shootout|
After 110 minutes of intense tournament play, some of it played in monsoon-like conditions, it all came down to this.
With both teams battered, bruised and exhausted, Bay and Rocky River prepared for the one-on-one match ups that would decide the winner. At stake: a berth in the Division II district finals Saturday night.
Not to mention big-time bragging rights.
For all intents and purposes, the game was decided on the first of the eight shots taken....
Creech's last-second goal in OT lifts Bay past River|
With :36.6 seconds left in regulation, Bay thought it had the game-winning goal against longtime rival Rocky River. An offsides call, however, negated a Chris Eaton header and sent the game into overtime.
The Rockets made sure the next time, even though there was little time to spare...
Bees leave Westlake with 1-0 win and SWC crown|
Saturday’s Southwestern Conference championship game was a tough enough assignment for the Westlake girls soccer team.
Brecksville came to Reed Field with an overall record of 10-1-2 and an undefeated SWC mark of 6-0. The Bees were voted the top seed in the upcoming Division I Kent district tournament and had received votes in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll.
Throw in dealing with a stiff wind from the west in the second half, and the task became even tougher for the Demons...
Heart, defense give Pirates the edge in title game|
Last year, the outright West Shore Conference championship eluded Rocky River as the Pirates were forced to share the title with Avon. Three seasons ago, they were part of a three-way tie.
But on a crisp, fall night in Bay Village, there was no longer a need to share.
The Pirates were undisputed WSC champs. Unbeaten. Untied.
CHAMPIONS! River edges Bay to win WSC crown|
The battle between Bay and Rocky River for the West Shore Conference girls soccer championship was not for the faint of heart. The action was non-stop, and the intensity was palpable.
In fact, without the sport’s 80-minute time restraint, the two teams might still be going hard at each other today on the Memorial Stadium pitch.
But with the score tied at 2-2 and just 5:28 remaining, Rocky River took advantage of a golden opportunity. That’s when...
Last minute goal ends Pirates' unbeaten streak|
In sports, mere inches can make all the difference in the final outcome of a game.
Nobody knows that today as well as the Rocky River girls soccer team.
After having what seemed to be the go-ahead goal waved off in the 48th minute, the Pirates saw their undefeated season go by the wayside with 54 seconds...
Class dismissed: Demons return to field, win big|
The Westlake boys soccer team is “starting to get there,” according to its head coach, Mike Besu.
That doesn’t bode well for the Demons’ future opponents, as visiting Midpark found out Wednesday night.
Westlake got on the board early and kept the onslaught going in the second half in a convincing 9-0 win over the Meteors at Reed Field...
Soccer: No. 6 Pirates take care of Avon Lake, 5-1|
After a weekend full of Homecoming activities and college visits, Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins said he had some concerns heading into Monday night’s game at Avon Lake.
Turns out there was no need to worry. His state-ranked Pirates quickly put those concerns to rest.
River, the No. 6 Division II team in Ohio, dominated the first half of play and finished with a strong second half as well...
Demon defense helps turn away Magnificat, 3-0|
As it turned out, the tone was set in the early moments of Westlake’s battle with arch rival Magnificat.
Late in the first minute of Saturday’s girls soccer matchup, Blue Streak forward Shannon Fulton ripped a shot that was headed for the upper part of the goal. Westlake keeper Alexis Carpenter, however, made a leaping save, deflecting the ball off the crossbar.
That was one of the few scoring opportunities Magnificat would have the entire game...
Soccer: Bay's offense fizzles in tie with Midview|
Scoring goals has been a challenge so far this season for the Bay boys soccer team.
That problem reappeared Wednesday night in Grafton Township. The Rockets misfired on numerous scoring opportunities in a 1-1 tie with Midview in a West Shore Conference game.
“We did somethings very well, but you still have to finish,” said Bay head coach Bob Dougherty...
Pirates remain unbeaten with 3-1 win over Avon|
One big part of any championship season, in any sport, is finding a way to win games involving your biggest rivals.
Another part of that equation is taking advantage of opportunity when it knocks on the door.
Wednesday night, opportunity knocked and the Rocky River girls soccer team answered. The Pirates took the lead late in the first half and added an insurance goal in the second 40 minutes...
Soccer: Bay girls fall to Mustangs in final seconds|
Valiant effort. Tough loss.
The Bay girls soccer team took on nationally-ranked Strongsville Monday night and were in the midst of a 0-0 tie with just seconds left. The Mustangs, with 19 ticks left on the clock, scored on a corner kick goal to come away with the hard-fought 1-0 win.
The Rockets, now 3-2-1, were tough defensively the whole night...
Konrad, Demons dominate Braves in 8-0 SWC win|
The three-goal performance of Megan Konrad would have been good enough Wednesday night.
Westlake’s sophomore forward, however, had plenty of help.
The Demons dominated play from start to finish in a convincing 8-0 win over Berea in a Southwestern Conference girls soccer matchup at Reed Field.
After missing on their first few shots of the game, the Demons began their onslaught...
Soccer: Eaton's goal sparks first win for Rockets|
When Chris Eaton’s 35-yard free kick sailed into the back of the net, it probably felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off the collective shoulders of the Bay boys soccer team.
In the 338th minute of the season, the Rockets’ scoring drought came to an end.
After a tough 1-0 loss to Cardinal Mooney Saturday night, Bay took out their frustrations on visiting Vermilion Wednesday night...
Streaks pull away in second half to top Rockets|
With Bay struggling so far this season on offense and Magnificat coming off two tough losses in a row, something had to give Thursday night at Rocky River Stadium.
After a 0-0 tie in the first half and 67 total minutes of scoreless play, opportunity knocked for the Blue Streaks. Junior midfielder Alexandra Norton answered the call, and Magnificat’s brief losing streak was history.
Soccer: Demons get revenge; Leitch gets record|
Some lineup changes and a good dose of revenge proved to be a combination that did the trick for the Westlake girls Wednesday night.
Senior forward Lauren Wichman scored a pair of goals in the first half and the Demon defense was staunch as Westlake went to Avon Lake and dominated the Shoregals, 5-0, in high school soccer action.
Eagles hold on for big 2-1 win over Brecksville|
The North Olmsted boys soccer team was put to the test Wednesday night.
Trailing the Eagles 2-1 at the half, visiting Brecksville turned on the heat offensively in an attempt to swing the game in their favor. The young North Olmsted squad, however, proved up to the challenge and held on for the 2-1 win over the defending Southwestern Conference champions.
North Olmsted, now 2-2 on the season, scored first early on. The Eagles, who had just missed a point blank shot off a corner kick in the sixth minute, came back about a minute later...
Rockets sneak past Jaguars, 1-0, for second win|
With the final minute of the first half ticking away, Bay’s Eva Rezek took the ball to her left and fired a crossing shot a few feet off the end line and into the crease.
Teammate Anna Irvine was there, ready for the tap in.
A St. Joseph Academy player, however, beat Irvine to the punch with 41 seconds remaining. Fortunately for the Rockets, the ball got inadvertently knocked into the back of the net for an own goal, allowing Bay to earn a 1-0 win Monday night at Memorial Stadium.
Soccer: River girls win; Demon girls fall short|
Despite being up 1-0 early in the first half, Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins was hoping something would spark his Pirates on to bigger and better things.
Then it happened.
A goal from visiting Olmsted Falls not only tied the game, it ignited a fire under the Pirates. They answered quickly with a pair of goals and maintained the lead the rest of the way in a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs Monday night.
Hail Mary shot allows Streaks 1-1 tie with Pirates|
In American football, a long pass play is called a bomb. If that bomb comes at the end of the game and even comes close to scoring a touchdown, it’s called a Hail Mary pass.
Thursday night at Rocky River, the soccer version of the Hail Mary pass came via the foot of Magnificat’s Natalie Guido.
The senior midfielder’s long-distance goal off a free kick tied the score at 1-1 early in the second half.
Soccer: Demons blanked by Comets in SWC opener|
It was not the type of night Westlake boys head coach Mike Besu envisioned for his team Wednesday night in Amherst.
“It was ugly,” Besu said.
The Demons made key mistakes on defense and allowed three goals in the first 15 minutes of the game as the host Comets rolled, 3-0, in the Southwestern Conference opener for both squads.
Rockets can't convert in 2-0 loss to St. Edward|
In its season home opener last night, the Bay boys soccer team played some pretty solid defense in a scoreless halftime tie with St. Edward.
The scoring opportunities for the young Rockets were few and far between.
Rocket girls settle for 1-1 tie with Shaker Heights|
Up 1-0 at halftime, the Bay girls soccer team was pretty much having its way with visiting Shaker Heights.
The second half was even more of the same...except for one small detail in the game’s 42nd minute.
The Tigers’ speedy senior forward, Amber Goin moved from the right side to the left side to start the second half.
Demons open with narrow win over Brunswick|
With senior forward Andy Haders scoring two goals in the game’s first 10 minutes, it looked as if Westlake would have a relatively easy time with visiting Brunswick.
The Blue Devils made things interesting in the 48th minute with a goal on a penalty kick, but the Demon defense proved solid the rest of the way in a 2-1 decision Monday night at Reed Field.
Soccer: Mistakes cost Eagles, Demon girls force tie|
It was a rough opening night for the North Olmsted boys soccer team.
The Eagles were outshot 20-5 and made key defensive errors in a 3-0 loss at Twinsburg to open the 2011 season.
“They were the better team, but but we made some mistakes that helped them on all three of their goals,” said Eagles head coach Chris Marsh...
Berg, Pirate girls find a way against Twinsburg|
Some how, some way, the Rocky River girls soccer team was going to find the back of the net and win its season opener against visiting Twinsburg.
Pirates head coach Patrick Hopkins was sure of it. He just wasn’t sure how.
“I knew the more opportunities we created, one would finally get in,” Hopkins said.
Tigers edge Rockets in boys season opener, 1-0|
In a season opener between perennial soccer powers, Chagrin Falls scored a goal in the 24th minute of the second half to earn a 1-0 win over visiting Bay Saturday night.
The Rockets, who had four freshman see their first varsity action, had their chances but couldn’t capitalize, according to head coach Bob Dougherty.
Eagles hold on for big win over West Geauga|
Who could have blamed Erika Kleinholz for having at least a momentary flashback to North Olmsted’s 2010 season opener?
Last year, Kleinholz and her Eagles soccer team traveled to West Geauga and came back with a tough one-goal loss. But Saturday afternoon, North Olmsted fought off injuries, the heat and a determined West G squad to start off the 2011 campaign with a 3-2 win.
Plenty of questions for young Eagles soccer squad|
For the first time in a long time, there could be more questions than answers for the North Olmsted boys soccer team as the Eagles prepare for the 2011 season.
Last year, a veteran Eagles squad went 10-4-4 and lost to Westlake on penalty kicks in the Division I district championship game. But with nine players leaving via graduation, head coach Chris Marsh has a rebuilding project underway for the first time in years.