Rockets rock Royals, one win away from DII crown|
The Bay boys soccer team has finally got the monkey off its back.
The Rockets overcame the ghosts of the past two seasons and defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 3-1, Wednesday night to move on to play in the OHSAA Division II state championship game.
For the third year in a row, the Rockets found themselves at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School playing in the state semifinals. As the visiting team, the Rockets fell to CVCA in 2012, 3-0, and last year Bay lost to Revere High School, 4-3. But this year is different...
Warriors blank Blue Streaks in state semi rematch|
For the second straight season, Magnificat found itself just two matches away from a Division I state soccer championship.
And for the second straight year, the Walsh Jesuit Warriors stood in the way.
On a rainy, windy Tuesday night, the defending state champions scored the deciding goal in the 18th minute and turned up the defense in a 2-0 decision offer the Blue Streaks at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. In 2013, the Warriors turned away Magnificat in a 1-0 semifinal decision.
Walsh Jesuit, now 21-0-1, will now face Dublin Coffman Friday for the state championship at Crew Stadium in Columbus. The Blue Streaks closed out their season at 18-3-1. Tuesday night...
Streaks work overtime to reach DI state semifinals|
There\'s something about playing in the cold and snow at Perkins High School that brings out the best in the Magnificat soccer team.
For the second year in a row, Magnificat traveled to Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium for the OHSAA Division I girls soccer Region 2 finals. And for the second year in a row, the Blue Streaks came out on top, this time with a 2-1 double overtime victory over Perrysburg.
The outcome was not determined until the fourth minute of the second overtime period. That\'s when sophomore Kelsey Matyi found herself with an unobstructed view of the Yellow Jackets\' goal and the ball at her feet. \"Well, my teammate...
Streaks advance with a shootout win over Indians|
Just a few days earlier, Copley had experienced the thrill of victory in a shootout win over tournament rival Medina. The Indians found themselves in a similar situation in their Division I regional semifinal with Magnificat as the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw after 110 minutes of play.
Saturday\'s big moment came when Indians keeper Taylor Snuffer knocked away a Medina PK shot. But when Magnificat keeper Kaleigh Piscioneri made a diving save on Copley\'s first attempt Tuesday night, the momentum shifted in the Blue Streaks\' favor.
Magnificat went on to take a 3-1 lead, then Piscioneri made her second save of the shootout. Junior Catie Corrigan took the next shot and put the match away for the Blue Streaks, 4-1, in a shootout thriller at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium...
CHAMPIONS! White's goal ignites Bay in DII finale|
It was an amazing 24 hours for Bay senior Alec White.
On Friday night, he kicked the game-tying field goal to send the Rockets into overtime with the Rocky River Pirates, a game which the Rockets eventually won in double overtime
On Saturday night, he scored the determining goal to send Bay to the OHSAA Division II regional semifinals as the Rockets defeated the Pirates, 2-0, at Memorial Stadium.
\"River is a great team, and they\'ve given us trouble all year,\" White said. \"They were coming at us really hard in those first 10 minutes...
CHAMPIONS! Reis' OT goal gives Eagles DI crown|
It took a few extra minutes Saturday night, but Avon\'s unbeaten 2014 season continued on.
Down 2-0 at the half, the Eagles rallied with a pair of goals in the second 40 minutes to force the match into overtime. Then in the 100th minute, Vithor Reis took a pass from Christian Giraldo and buried the ball into the back of the net to give Avon a 3-2 win in the Rocky River Division I District Tournament championship match at Joe Firment Stadium.
The state-ranked Eagles, now 17-0-2, will take on the unbeaten Copley Indians Wednesday night at Nordonia in a Division I regional semifinal. Copley,now 18-0-1, defeated Medina, 5-2, to win the Brunswick District championship...
Dreher, Namers strike in OT to knock out Rockets|
For 80-plus minutes of soccer, Bay had held Holy Name\'s Caroline Dreher in check. And in the first seven minutes of overtime, the Rockets were playing up and putting the pressure on offensively.
Then came the counter, and there was Dreher.
The Green Wave senior took a pass on the left side and ripped a line-drive crossing shot toward the right post. The ball made its way to the back of the net, giving Holy Name a stunning come-from behind 3-2 win in a girls Division II district title game Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
\"Our game plan was that we didn\'t want her to beat us,\" said Bay head coach Jack Griffiths, whose team closed out its season at 12-5-2. \"We had her marked the entire game...\"
Demons get by Titans, advance to DI district finals|
During the regular season, the Berea-Midpark boys soccer team came to Read Field and took a 4-1 decision over Westlake. The win was pivotal in helping the Titans claim a second-straight Southwestern Conference championship.
Wednesday night, the Titans returned to the Demons\' home pitch in the semifinal round of the Rocky River Division I District Tournament. This time around, Westlake turned the tables and came away with a narrow 2-1 win to advance to the district championship game.
Westlake, the tournament\'s second seed, will hit the road Saturday night to take on the No. 1 Avon Eagles, who defeated Strongsville 4-0 Wednesday night. Avon remained undefeated on the season, while the Demons moved to 14-4-0. \"We made it interesting...\"
Demons blank Bulldogs, earn rematch with Titans|
The meatgrinder that is the Rocky River Division I boys soccer tournament moves into the district round this week. And as usual, the Westlake Demons find themselves with some tough obstacles to overcome if they want to return to the regional level.
The Demons took their first step Saturday night at Read Field when they got past Southwestern Conference rival Olmsted Falls, 2-0, in a sectional championship match.
The Bulldogs, who had defeated Elyria 5-0 in an opening round match, dropped out of tournament play at 10-5-3. Westlake, on the other hand...
Demons finish strong, defeat Eagles in DI tourney|
There was rain and lightning on an already muddy field at Drive Morris Stadium in North Olmsted Thursday night, and there were some worries about the playability of the field surface.
But after a 30 minute delay, the third-seeded Westlake and second-seeded North Olmsted girls soccer teams took to the pitch. They battled for 80 minutes to claim the OHSAA Division I sectional crown in the Rocky River district, with the Demons pulling out the 4-1 victory with a three-goal second half.
\"With the field being the way that it was, we\'re a possession team, and we build...
Pirates open tournament with win over Hurricanes|
This time last season, the undefeated Rocky River girls soccer team was embarking on journey of a lifetime. The Pirates, coming off a 15-0-1 regular season, went on to win seven straight to claim the Division II state championship.
Fast forwarding to Wednesday night, the Pirates were coming off an 8-4-4 regular season. They had settled for a tie for the final West Shore Conference championship with arch rival Bay, tying both the Rockets and Elyria Catholic in their head-to-head meetings.
They opened the 2014 tournament by hosting Brooklyn at Rocky River Stadium. The first leg of another tournament run went well as the Pirates took a 4-0 halftime lead and...
Rockets fight EC to draw, settle for share of WSC|
The Bay girls soccer team went into Wednesday night\'s game against Elyria Catholic with the final West Shore Conference championship on the line.
With a win, the Rockets would own the title outright. But that was not to be, as the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie at Memorial Stadium. The draw secured Bay a share of the WSC along with Rocky River, which defeated Lakewood 5-1.
Both teams, which played to a 2-2 draw earlier this season, ended their final WSC campaigns with 5-0-2 records.
The Rockets had plenty of chances, with seven shots on goal in the first half alone...
CHAMPIONS! Sharer powers Eagles to WSC crown|
As Wednesday night turned into Thursday morning, nobody would have blamed Midview keeper Kellen McQuire if he saw a No. 20 flashing toward him in his dreams.
He saw plenty of that just hours earlier while he was wide awake.
That No. 20 belonged to Avon\'s Will Sharer. The Eagle senior scored five goals, all in the first half, to lead his team past the Middies, 8-0, in one of the final West Shore Conference boys soccer matches played on Wednesday night.
With the win at Joe Firment Stadium, state-ranked Avon remained undefeated at 14-0-2 and won the final WSC boys crown. It was the program\'s third under head coach Chris Dore, who led the Eagles...
CHAMPIONS! Titans blank Eagles, get SWC repeat|
The resume of Berea-Midpark\'s boys soccer team just got more attractive.
A team waltzing into the playoffs on a nine-game winning streak, the Titans closed out the regular season with a 4-0 Southwestern Conference win over North Olmsted Tuesday night on Tressel Field at George Finnie Stadium.
The win gave Berea-Midpark the SWC title outright for the second year in a row. It also proved to some of the doubters that the Titans, who finished the regular season 11-4-1 and 5-0-1 in league play, are every bit as good as their record indicates.
In a league known for soccer, Berea-Midpark\'s only tie this season came...
Pohlkamp, Rockets stun state-ranked Blue Streaks|
Monday night at Bay, Magnificat had more than its fair share of frustrating moments on the pitch. The Blue Streaks had a number of scoring opportunities end in shots off the crossbar or the post in their annual meeting with the Rockets.
It was a frustration Bay\'s Nicole Pohlkamp knew all too well.
The Rocket captain, who had yet to score in 2014, snapped out of her personal slump in a big way. She scored a pair of goals, the second coming on a 30-yard free kick, to help Bay stun state-ranked Magnificat, 2-1, in a hard-fought match at Memorial Stadium.
\"Nicole\'s been our offensive powerhouse, but...
Avon outlasts Bay, takes lead in WSC soccer race|
The road to the final West Shore Conference boys soccer championship now officially runs through Avon.
The still-unbeaten Eagles, their offense controlling the ball for most of the second half, got the go-ahead goal from senior midfielder Will Sharer with 21:40 left in the match. The result was a hard-fought 3-1 win over state-ranked Bay Wednesday night at Avon\'s Joe Firment Stadium.
With the win, Avon moved to 10-0-1 on the season and took sole possession of first place in the WSC with a 4-0-1 mark. The Eagles, who received votes in this week\'s Division I OSSCA Poll, have Midview and Vermilion remaining...
Pirates begin big week with shutout win over Avon|
The Rocky River girls soccer team went into Wednesday night\'s West Shore Conference game at Avon with a specific goal in mind:
Win the week.
After a playing a tough preseason schedule and possibly an even tougher first half of the regular season, the defending Division II state champions were looking to turn the corner in Week 5. With three road games in four days, including a pair of matches in Toledo, the Pirates knew that would be no easy task.
But on Wednesday night at Avon\'s Joe Firment Stadium, Rocky River notched its fourth victory of the season in convincing fashion. The Pirates scored a pair of goals in the first 11 minutes and ran away with a 7-0 win over the Eagles to remain tied with Bay...
Demons show heart in a tough win over Mustangs|
Every time Westlake\'s boys soccer team was looking for that little extra to get it going, Strongsville was happy to oblige.
It added up to a 3-2 win Saturday night by the Demons in a very entertaining non-conference tilt at Reed Field that felt more like a late postseason game.
The winner came on a penalty kick off the foot of Omar Salem, but heart was the difference as Westlake, now 4-1 on the season, had an answer when things looked like they were tilting in favor of Strongsville.
A step behind the Mustangs in the first half, Westlake gave up a direct kick from 20 yards out to Anthony Santell to give Strongsville a 1-0 lead just 8:30 into the second half. That set the alarm off as the Demons stepped things up drastically...
Bay cranks up its offense in WSC win at Lakewood|
For the first 12-plus minutes of the match, the undefeated Lakewood girls soccer team had visiting Bay on the ropes. The Rangers\' offense was controlling the ball and putting pressure on the young Rocket defense.
And when junior forward Mallory Shaw was fouled in the box, her ensuing penalty kick had the home team sporting an early 1-0 lead.
But less than eight minutes later, Bay\'s speed up front struck like lightning. The Rockets scored a pair of quick-strike goals in the first half and tacked on another early in the second in a 4-2 West Shore Conference win Wednesday night at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.
It was the first win of the season for Bay...
Bay, River settle for scoreless draw in WSC finale|
The two schools which have dominated boys soccer in the West Shore Conference since its inception have been Bay and Rocky River.
So, it was only fitting that the boys finished their final game playing each other in the WSC with a scoreless tie Wednesday night at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium.
For the first 20 minutes of the game, and almost the entire second half, the Rockets controlled the ball and kept the Pirates on their heels in the defensive zone. Bay was able to get off 17 shots on goal, to Rocky River\'s six.
\"We knew that Rocky River was going to come at us and press really hard,\" said Bay head coach Bobby Dougherty.
\"What we tried to do was just exhaust them by controlling the ball, swing it around and...
Bees, Blue Streaks battle their way to a 1-1 draw|
Magnificat girls soccer coach Gretchen Micklitsch admitted to being outplayed a bit Wednesday night. Medina coach Doug Coreno wondered what more needed to be done for the Bees to come out on top.
What happened prior to the postgame interviews was a 1-1 outcome that had every bit the flavor and atmosphere of a late postseason game.
In a rematch of last season\'s Bay Division I Regional Semifinal, won by the Blue Streaks 2-0, the sequel was every bit as good as the original as the Bees, now 3-0-1, gave Magnificat all it could handle and more.
But that\'s what you would expect when Magnificat, the second-ranked team...
River makes early goal stand in win over Demons|
Rocky River head coach Kevin Zerbey could finally exhale.
After the Pirates scored just over 10 minutes into their home boys soccer contest against Westlake on Monday night, the rest of the time was spent battling on the defensive end and holding on for dear life.
Zerbey\'s club withstood a late Westlake push to walk away with a 1-0 win over the visiting Demons in nonconference action. The Pirates improved to 2-0-1 on the season while Westlake was tagged with its first loss.
\"We beat them last year and it was kind of the same game,\"Zerbey said. \"There was a lot of back and forth, but it was 0-0 and we scored with a few minutes left.
\"You work and work and work, and the goal kind of came out of nowhere. It\'s nice to get up early for a change....
Eagles get their revenge with a win over Mustangs|
Successful teams are often taught to have short-term memories. There are exceptions to the rule, however, and Avon used an out clause Saturday in its 3-2 road win over Strongsville at the Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex.
Playing the team that knocked them out in overtime of last season\'s Rocky River Division I Sectional final, the Eagles looked to 2013 for motivation. Seven starters were back from last year\'s squad that gave up a goal just before halftime, then lost in overtime to the Mustangs.
Fast forward to Saturday, and Avon was fueled by motivation in the road win over Strongsville.
\'We wanted this one a lot,\" Eagles midfielder Will Sharer said. \"It\'s definitely one we circled on our calendar. We wanted to get back at them for ending our season.\" And get back Avon did, but it took everything...
Bees break through in second half to top Demons|
Medina\'s girls soccer team peppered Westlake with shots all Saturday afternoon, thinking eventually it would salt away enough at the Demons\' defense to finally break through.
While it took the better part of the contest, the strategy paid off. The two-time defending district champion Bees walked away with a 1-0 win on the road at Westlake\'s Reed Field.
Before that, Westlake\'s Erin Langermeier, Rebecca Essig, Danielle Pelligrino, Missy Murthy and keeper Lauren Kriaris were giving nationally-ranked Medina all it could handle on defense. But the Bees, now 3-0, kept chipping away...
Blue Streaks open their season by blanking Avon|
Magnificat couldn\'t have started out its soccer season any better.
The Blue Streaks dominated in every facet of the game Wednesday night as they blanked host Avon, 4-0, in their season debut.
\"That was one of the things we talked about before the season started was dominating,\" said Magnificat head coach Gretchen Micklitsch.
\"The way you dominate a soccer game is by possessing the ball and so that was kind of what we talked about. We need to go out every game and dominate by possessing the ball...
Houk's two goals help Bees get past Rocky River|
What a difference a year makes.
Last season, the Rocky River girls soccer team returned all of its starting lineup but one girl. The Pirates rode that team chemistry and momentum all the way to the OHSAA Division II state championship.
This year, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights girls soccer program sees itself in similar light. The Bees only graduated one girl from last year\'s varsity soccer team which came one goal from another Southwestern Conference championship, eventually taking second to Westlake.
After finishing their season opener with a tie...