Rockets defused by Locke in state semifinal loss|
It was a classic case of so close, and yet so far.
State-ranked Bay had run the tournament gauntlet, winning district and regional titles and advancing all the way to the Division II state semifinal game. The next team standing in the Rockets’ way was Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Oh, and some kid named Ben Locke.
Locke, a sophomore, was a one-man wrecking crew for the Royals. His three goals...
Frustrating day ends Demons' regional title hopes|
Throughout the 2012 Division I soccer tournament, the Westlake boys had played sharp, crisp soccer. The Demons were opportunistic on offense and dominating on defense, having not allowed a goal in four games.
All that came to an end Saturday morning in Sandusky.
Westlake allowed a pair of unlikely goals and could not get through Sylvan Southview’s packed-in defense in a 3-1 loss in the Region 2 championship game at Cedar Point Stadium.
The loss ended Westlake’s season and prevented the program’s second-ever appearance in the state semifinals. It was a game that was played...
Medina defeats Demons with long-range OT goal|
Through 80 minutes of tournament soccer, Westlake had battled state-ranked Medina on even terms in a scoreless draw. In fact, one could argue that the young Demons had given the Bees all they could handle in the second half.
But with one big swing of her right leg, Medina’s Nicole Bennett had her team moving on to the Elite 8.
With time running out in the first overtime period, Bennett launched a perfectly-placed 25-yarder on the move. The ball somehow found the back of the net and gave Medina a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Demons in a Division I regional semifinal Thursday night at Rocky River Stadium.
The win moved the ninth-ranked Bees...
Demons bedevil Bees, advance to DI regional final|
Everybody knows that Halloween is a time for ghosts, goblins and trick or treat.
But Halloween 2012 will always be remembered for also having more than it’s fair share of Demons.
Westlake continued it’s winning ways on the tournament trail, drawing first blood in late in the first half and carving out a 3-0 win over Medina in a boys Division I Region 2 semifinal game at Nordonia’s Boliantz Stadium. Wednesday night’s win sends the Demons into the Elite 8 and Saturday’s regional championship game at Sandusky’s Cedar Point Stadium. There, Westlake will face a Sylvania Southview team that edged out Anthony Wayne...
CHAMPIONS! Demons stop Mustangs, win district|
When Nick Wertman scored midway through the first half, the Westlake boys soccer team was one step closer to reaching a preseason goal.
And when the senior forward scored again with 19:02 left in the game, the Demons were able to cross another goal off their list and begin looking forward to the next one.
Wertman’s two goals were all the Southwestern Conference champions needed as the Westlake defense pitched it’s third-straight tournament shutout in a 2-0 win...
CHAMPIONS! Bay tops Fairview for district crown|
OHSAA Tournament games are unique in that, just like playoffs, the winner moves on and the loser goes home.
At times, these games can test the character and depth of teams. Sometimes, things may not go the desired way and a team will have to overcome the challenges to be able to live another day.
On an extremely windy and brisk fall night at Bay Memorial Stadium, the host Rockets did not play their best soccer according to head coach Bob Dougherty, but were able to defeat the Fairview Warriors, 2-0, to win the school’s 22nd district championship...
CHAMPIONS! Demons clip Eagles for district title|
Baseball may be considered the game of inches, but on Saturday afternoon in the Division I girls soccer district final at Avon, the Westlake Demons won a match of inches.
In a contest featuring several missed opportunities and close calls, Westlake cashed in on a goal from junior midfielder Megan Konrad to post a 1-0 win over its Southwestern Conference rival North Olmsted.
The victory improved the Demons to 11-6-1 on the season and secured their spot in Tuesday night’s Rocky River Division I regional semifinal against Medina. The Bees punched their ticket with a 3-2 win over Copley in overtime. North Olmsted, which defeated top seeded Magnificat to get to the district final, closed out its season with a 5-10-4 mark.
“It’s been quite an up and down season for us,” said Westlake coach Scott Jones. “We have...
CHAMPIONS! Elinsky's OT goal gives title to River|
When opportunity knocked for Rocky River, the Pirates’ Abby Elinsky couldn’t get to the door fast enough.
After surviving a late Holy Name surge in the 79th minute, the Pirates battled the speedy Green Wave to a draw through the first overtime period. But with just 1:49 gone off clock in the second OT, the Pirates’ persistence paid off.
That’s when Elinsky’s header off a Jill Krebs corner kick found the back of the net, sending Rocky River back to the regional tournament with a 3-2 win Thursday night before a large crowd at Rocky River Stadium.
The Pirates not ony avenged a 2-1 regular season loss to Holy Name, but more importantly earned their second-straight Division II District Championship...
Rockets top Pirates, soar back into district finals|
Midway through the second minute, Bay senior Chris Eaton lined up the ball for a free kick just outside the box and to the left of the Rocky River goal.
Pirates head coach Kevin Zerbey had seen similar scenarios unfold several times throughout the season. The fact that this was a district semifinal game made what happened next a little tougher to take.
Eaton sent the ball into the box, and it found it’s way to fellow senior Matt Toth just to the right of center. Toth, unmarked, zipped the ball past River keeper Dominic Liva for a 1-0 Rocket lead with just 1:30 gone off the Memorial Stadium...
Green Wave washes away Rockets' district hopes|
In the first four minutes of the game, Bay came out and put the pressure on visiting Holy Name as part of the still-arriving crowd filed into Memorial Stadium.
By the time those fans had taken their seats, the tide had already begun to turn in favor of the visiting Green Wave.
No. 3 Holy Name scored early in the fifth minute and tacked on two more goals in the first half to stun the No. 2 Rockets, 3-0, in a Division II district semifinal game Monday night. The loss abruptly...
Second half comeback gets Pirates past Firelands|
When Firelands sophomore Joshua Mallett scored to give his Falcons a 2-1 first-half lead, it seemed another chapter was being written in Rocky River’s season of frustrating losses.
But in the second half, the Pirates’ tale of woe took a big turn for the better.
River scored three unanswered goals in the second half and won it’s fourth straight sectional championship in a 4-3 win over the Falcons Saturday in Division II tournament soccer action at Rocky River Stadium.
The win upper the Pirates’ record to 8-8-1 and sent them into Wednesday night’s district semifinal game at Bay. The top-seeded Rockets advanced Saturday as well, taking out Benedictine, 8-0, in a sectional final at Memorial Stadium.
“At halftime, I told them this was their season,” said Pirates head coach Kevin Zerbey, whose team...
Blue Streaks start tourney trail with win over Falls|
Getting off to a good start in tournament play is a big step for any high school team, regardless of seeding, field conditions or opponent.
Magnificat, the top seed in the Rocky River Division I district field, delt with all of that Thursday night. The Blue Streaks fought off an early challenge from visiting Olmsted Falls and rolled to a 7-1 win in a sectional final at cold and windy Rocky River Stadium.
“I thought tonight the first half was a well-contested game,” said Magnificat head coach John Fenix, whose team outshot the Bulldogs 23-4 on the night.
“They came after us and had a great solo-effort goal. We obviously have the...
Westlake passes first tournament test, tops Eagles|
Last season in the Division I district title game, Avon came to Read Field and stunned a veteran Westlake squad with a 1-0 win over the Demons.
Wednesday night, two of the Demons’ more youthful players made sure history didn’t repeat itself.
Freshman Maya Bauer scored a first-half goal and sophomore Missy Murthy scored in the 58th minute to push Westlake past the visiting Eagles, 2-1, in a Rocky River Division I sectional title game.
The win moved the Southwestern Conference co-champions to 9-6-1 and into next week’s...
Early goals return the Dover Cup back to Rockets|
The Dover Cup, and all the bragging rights that go along with it, once again belongs to the Bay Rockets and the West Shore Conference.
Behind a pair of first half goals from seniors Matt Toth and Ben Tepper, as well as some great work on the defensive side of the ball, Bay was able to take back the Dover Cup from Westlake in the battle of conference champions, 2-1.
The Rockets, who currently wear the WSC crown, improved to 9-4-3 on the season, while the Demons, champions of the Southwestern Conference, fell to 11-3-2. Both teams head into tournament play next week with high expectations.
“We set up the last two games as the conference championship (a 2-0 win over Rocky River) and a must win tonight to win back the cup. That’s what you want going into the playoffs,” said Bay head coach Bobby Dougherty. “Westlake held the cup, and to get it back we had to beat them. We couldn’t tie, or else...
Bennett goal allows Pirates to sneak past Streaks|
Twice in the first half, Rocky River forward Grace Bennett had a breakaway opportunity in the Magnificat backfield. And both times, Blue Streak defender Alyssa Baumbick moved in to successfully stop the threat.
A similar scenario occurred in the 47th minute, but this time with a much different result.
Bennett managed to get a step ahead and went on to score the only goal of the game to give the Pirates a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Blue Streaks in a battle of state-ranked and top-seeded tournament teams.
The Saturday night win, most of which was played in windy and rainy conditions, moved River to 14-2-0 on the season. The Pirates, ranked fourth...
CHAMPIONS! Rockets blank Pirates, reclaim WSC|
The age old adage in sports is that defense wins championships.
On Wednesday night, the Bay girls soccer team showed why that axiom still stands in 2012.
The Rockets, after a two-year absence, reclaimed the West Shore Conference championship trophy by blanking defending champion Rocky River on it’s home turf, 2-0. The second-ranked team in Ohio Division II finished the league season at 7-0, while the fourth-ranked Pirates closed out at 6-1. Combined with the boys team’s 2-0 win over...
CHAMPIONS! Early goals give Westlake SWC title|
Needing a win to lock up the Southwestern Conference championship, Westlake looked to set the tone early against Midpark.
Less than four minutes into the Saturday afternoon contest, the Demons began to do just that. And by the time the 10th minute ticked off the scoreboard clock, Nick Wertman and crew were well on their way to crossing one goal off their list.
Wertman scored four goals in that six-minute stretch, and the Demons went on to bring home a convincing 8-1 win over the Meteors. The win...
Curri's hat trick allows Rangers to rally past River|
With 8:05 left in the first half, Rocky River’s Spencer Klodnick ripped a rebounded ball off a corner kick into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead over Lakewood.
While the Pirates rode that momentum well into the second half, one could sense a shift as the second 40 minutes ticked away at Lakewood Stadium.
The Rangers, behind a three-goal explosion from Mirsad Curri, managed to rally for a 3-2 West Shore Conference win Wednesday night. The victory moved Lakewood to 8-4-1 on the season and ensured the Rangers of finishing with a winning record in their first year of WSC play at 4-2 with one league game remaining.
Rocky River, on the other hand, fell to 5-7-1 on the season in losing it’s seventh game in the last eight. The Pirates also saw their WSC mark even out at 3-3, with their final league encounter coming Oct. 10 at Bay...
Wertman, Demons take control with win over Bees|
With undefeated Brecksville coming to town for one of just two Southwestern Conference games left on the schedule, the task for the Westlake boys soccer team was laid out in simple black and white:
Win, and take the lead in the SWC standings. Lose, and depend on a lot of help from Amherst and Avon Lake.
The Demons, behind a pair of first-half goals from senior Nick Wertman, managed to take the winning route Tuesday night at Read Field. They handed the Bees their first loss of the season, 3-1, to take control of the conference race and move to 5-0-1 in the SWC.
Brecksville, now 11-1-1 overall, dropped to 4-1 in the conference with games remaining against the Comets and Shoremen. Westlake can win the SWC outright Saturday when it faces Midpark...
Meisenburg's goal propels Rockets past Westlake|
In the midst of a scoreless game at Westlake’s Read Field, Bay defender Sam Meisenburg lined up a free kick from just inside 40 yards out. With both the Rockets and Demons taking their positions, the Bay junior made her approach.
Meisenburg, who already had two goals on the season, had just one thing in mind as the ball left her foot:
Meisenburg’s kick soared through the air, over the Demon defense and past a fully extended Alexis Carpenter for the first...
Early goal allows Magnificat to sneak past Eagles|
There seems to be something about a Magnificat soccer uniform that brings out the best in the North Olmsted squad.
Last year, the Eagles ended the Blue Streaks’ season in the Division I tournament with a 1-0 win in double overtime. Saturday afternoon at North Olmsted Stadium, the Eagles gave the visitors all they could handle, with Magnificat getting out of town with a narrow 1-0 win.
The Blue Streaks, who were coming off their first loss of the season...
State-ranked Rockets relax, maintain first in WSC|
After missing out on a number of scoring opportunities in the first half, Bay head coach Bob Dougherty had a bit of advice for his state-ranked Rockets:
Relax. Kick back. Watch the band.
It worked. After a rousing halftime performance by the Bay High Marching Band, the Rockets returned to the pitch and scored four goals in the second half to take out North Ridgeville, 4-0, in a West Shore Conference game at Memorial Stadium Wednesday night.
“We’ve weathered storms like this before where we’ve watched trying to figure out the puzzle,” Dougherty said. “The discussion we had at halftime was about how our guys...
Big second half powers Blue Streaks past Blazers|
Magnificat head coach John Fenix was less than happy with his team’s first-half performance against visiting Hathaway Brown. But by the end of the contest, he managed to break out into a smile or two.
The state-ranked Blue Streaks, executing the corner kick to near perfection during an eight-minute span in the second half, broke open a close game and rolled to a 6-0 win over the Blazers at chilly Rocky River Stadium Monday night.
With the win, Magnificat boosted it’s record to 8-0-1 on the season, the only blemish...
Brown's goal keeps Rockets on pace in the WSC|
Bay’s Alex Brown knew that her team needed to “get their mojo back,” so she took matters into her own hands.
Scoring at the 35:23 mark of the second half on a perfect pass from teammate Eva Rezek, Brown not only got the Rockets’ mojo back, but helped Bay to a 1-0 win over visiting Avon in West Shore Conference play Wednesday night.
With the win, the Rockets improved to 4-0 in the conference and 8-1-1 on the season. The Eagles, who suffered a 1-0 loss to WSC co-leader Rocky River in their last outing, slipped to 1-2-1 in the league and...
Thompson's goal allows Demons to salvage 1-1 tie|
With just over 73 minutes played, North Olmsted was clinging to a 1-0 lead over arch-rival Westlake.
But the Demons, looking to hold on to first place in the Southwestern Conference, had just enough sense of urgency to make one last run.
With 6:50 left in the game, Dakota Swisher sent the ball to Adam Thompson on the left side. From just inside 25 yards, he launched a shot that found the inside of the far post. That allowed visiting Westlake to salvage a 1-1 tie and remain in the SWC race with two games remaining. North Olmsted, which got a goal...
Duggan's goal helps keep Blue Streaks unbeaten|
After a scoreless first half, it seemed like either Magnificat or visiting Springboro would need some sort of picture-perfect play to coax the ball into the back of the net.
On a picture-perfect weather day in Rocky River, such a goal was delivered off the foot of Blue Streak sophomore Sydney Duggan.
Duggan’s shot from the far left side sailed over Springboro keeper Emily Moreland’s outstretched arms and into the net for the only goal of the game, giving Magnificat the hard-fought 1-0 win. It also allowed the Blue Streaks to remain undefeated on the sason at 6-0.
“What a great goal,” said Magnificat...
Rocket seniors shine, earn 3-1 win over Midview|
With Bay holding a 2-0 lead over Midview and the end of the first half approaching, nobody in the crowd probably realized just how big a play they witnessed with six seconds left on the clock.
It may have been the play that prevented history from repeating itself.
After a foul in the box, the Middies were awarded a penalty kick. A goal from Midview junior Sylvester Messiah would cut the home team’s lead to one and result in a big momentum shift. But Rocket senior Matt Toth, one of 11 seniors...
Demons break through in second half, top Pirates|
With both teams coming off a loss on Saturday, the Rocky River and Westlake boys soccer teams had plenty to play for as the two teams renewed their old Southwestern Conference rivalry Monday night.
With both teams coming into the game tied for first place in their respective conferences, some big-time bragging rights were on the line.
And with 55-plus minutes of scoreless soccer in the books, something had to give.
With the Pirates playing tough defensively, Westlake tried a more direct approach offensively, and it paid off. In the 56th minute...
Avon's Eagles get the better of North Olmsted, 2-0|
This one was for the birds…literally!
The Eagles of Avon, behind first-half goals from senior Fredrik Troupe and sophomore Daniel Minotti, knocked off the visiting Eagles from North Olmsted in non-conference play, 2-0, Monday night.
It was the first time the two teams have met on the soccer field, according to Avon head coach Chris Dore. He also said beating one of the area’s tradition-rich programs could turn into...
Blue Streaks strike early, prevail 2-0 over Demons|
In a battle of unbeatens, Magnificat drew first blood in Thursday night’s matchup with Westlake at Rocky River Stadium.
With both teams playing lock-down defense, it was the only goal the Blue Streaks would need.
Junior Natalie Coury took advantage of Anne Ubbing’s hustle play in the seventh minute to score to only goal of the night against the Demons’ staunch defense. The Blue Streaks added a penalty kick goal late in the second half to come away with a 2-0 decision and remain undefeated.
Magnificat, now 4-0, made it two big wins in as many nights. The Streaks earned a hard-fought 3-1 win at North Royalton Wednesday night before facing their longtime Westshore neighborhood rivals...
Bennett, Pirates strike early in win over Midview|
After not scoring in last week’s win against Vermilion, the first couple of minutes against Midview Wednesday night must have been a moment of deja vu for Rocky River\'s Grace Bennett.
In the opening minutes, Bennett stole the ball and found herself one-on-one with Midview keeper Taylor Ceh, who made a great diving save. In the sixth minute, the River tri-captain was fouled in the box, but her penalty kick hit the left post.
Not to worry. Bennett broke her mini scoring drought six minutes later and went on to score a hat trick as the Pirates rolled...
Westlake blanks Amherst 3-0, wins fourth straight|
Westlake boys soccer coach Mike Besu may not have gone as far as to say his team won ugly. But knowing what still lies ahead for the Demons, he is quick to take the win and move on.
Behind goals from senior Nick Wertman and juniors Adam Thompson and Dakota Swisher, Westlake remained perfect on the season, posting a 3-0 victory over visiting Amherst. The Demons improved to 2-0 in Southwestern Conference play and 4-0 overall on the season. But head coach Mike Besu knows...
Bay stays on a roll, tops Rangers in WSC opener|
Bay head coach Jack Griffiths felt his defense would be pretty tough in 2012.
If his team’s offense keeps improving...look out.
The Bay girls scored a pair of goals in the first half and the defense continued its shutout streak as the Rockets beat Lakewood, 3-1, Wednesday night at Lakewood Stadium. Bay moved to 3-1-0 on the season, while the Rangers lost their first game and fell to 1-1-1.
Lakewood’s only goal came late in the 63rd minute when freshman Mallory Shaw...
A new era begins for River in 6-2 win over Eagles|
While most teams had already played a game during the season’s opening week, the Rocky River girls team waited.
The Pirates, coming off the program’s best season ever in 2011, finally got out of the starting gate this past Saturday night. They scored four goals in the first half and fought off a determined rally by host North Olmsted in the second half to come away with a 6-2 win to start off the 2012 campaign. “Being the first game of the season, I’m always...
Lakewood scores early, holds on against Comets|
Lakewood boys soccer coach Andrew Toth was a happy man Wednesday night. His players and their fans were pretty pumped up too.
A win over the defending Southwestern Conference champs will have that effect.
The Rangers, coming off their season-opening 4-0 win over Valley Forge, turned in their second-straight shutout performance with a 2-0 win over Amherst at Lakewood Stadium.
“Whenever you beat an Amherst team, you’re awfully excited because they’re such a strong community with great athletes,” Toth said after the game.
“We always look forward to this game...
Penalty kick gets young Streaks past Rockets, 1-0|
If the age-old adage “defense wins championships” still holds weight these days, the girls soccer teams at Bay and Magnificat can look forward to banner seasons.
It was Opening Night at Bay’s Memorial Stadium as the seasoned and experienced hometown Rockets hosted a very young, but talented band of Blue Streaks. When it was all said and done, one goal - that coming on a first half penalty kick - was all the offense either team could muster.
Forward Alyssa Baumbick, one of three freshmen who started the game for Magnificat, drilled a penalty kick into the back of the net early in the 25th minute to give Magnificat a 1-0 win Tuesday night. The offensive opportunities...
"Predictable' Eagles toppled by Tigers in opener|
After going through just its third losing season in program history, the North Olmsted boys soccer team was looking to get the 2012 season off on the right foot.
Monday night’s season home opener, however, fell well short of the end result the Eagles had in mind.
Twinsburg, a perennial power on the east side, made its long trip to the Westshore worthwhile with a convincing 5-0- win over North Olmsted. The Tigers scored three goals in the first half in a 10-minute span to take control early in their season opener. “We were very predictable when we had the ball,” said North Olmsted head coach Chris Marsh...
Goal in final seconds thwarts Rockets in opener|
Last season, the Bay boys soccer team went through a frustrating season where goals proved to be a rare commodity.
Saturday night, the Rockets showed signs of breaking that trend with a first-half goal against Chagrin Falls in their 2012 season opener. But it was the Tigers who made the most of their limited scoring opportunities in the second half.
Chagrin Falls tied the game in the 59th minute, then nailed the game-winner with just 23.5 seconds left to edge past the Rockets, 2-1, at Memorial Stadium.
After Chagrin’s defense and keeper Anthony Rizzo fought off a late surge by the Rockets...