Mustangs fall to Warriors in DI regional title match|
There weren\'t many shots on goal between both Strongsville and Walsh Jesuit Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors only managed one but they certainly made it count.
Freshman Marin Auth blasted a 35-yarder past the Strongsville defenders and goalie Sarah Baskey for the game\'s only goal during Walsh\'s 1-0 win over the Mustangs in the Division I girls soccer regional final at Rocky River High School.
Along with the Warriors, Strongsville struggled to mount much of a charge for the majority...
Top-seeded Wildcats boot Bears in district semis|
As former Arizona Cardinals head football coach Dennis Green once emphatically exclaimed during a postgame press conference following a loss to the Chicago Bears, \"They are who we thought they were.\"
The now-infamous saying could also apply to Wednesday night\'s boys soccer district semifinal match between St. Ignatius and North Royalton.
The top-seeded and bigger St. Ignatius squad proved to be just what North Royalton thought it would be during the Wildcats\' 4-0 victory at a rain-soaked Wasmer Field. As a result, St. Ignatius advanced to Saturday\'s district title game with St. Edward, a 2-0 winner over Brecksville Wednesday night.
North Royalton head boys soccer coach Alex Nagy knew what he and his players were up against. The Bears battled tough in the second half, but it wasn\'t enough...
Weisbarth goal in OT powers Mustangs past Avon|
After a hard-fought battle for 80 minutes, and nearly the entire first overtime, it was a flick of the foot that sent the Strongsville Mustangs to a Division I sectional championship, and the No. 1 seed Avon Eagles home for the season.
In the 14th minute of the first overtime, Strongsville senior Josh Weisbarth redirected a ball into the back of the Avon net for the 1-0 victory, ending as evenly-matched game as you could ever see.
\"I saw my teammate Dean Hayes going for the ball. I\'ve player with him for more than 10 years now, and I just knew he\'d play me the ball,\" Weisbarth said.
\"I couldn\'t have asked for a better chance to score.\"
With the game being so evenly-matched...
Demons fight off Falls' challenge for sectional title|
The field conditions may have been less than ideal, but that mattered little to Southwestern Conference rivals Olmsted Falls and Westlake.
After all, an OHSAA Division I sectional championship was on the line.
The Bulldogs and Demons battled each other tooth and nail for 80 minutes at soggy Read Field, with all the slipping and sliding failing to dampen the intense play between the two sides. When the final whistle sounded, it was Westlake advancing to next week\'s district soccer tournament with a hard-fought 2-0 win.
Westlake, now 7-5-3, advanced to next Wednesday\'s district semifinal...
Lakewood stuns Berea-Midpark in double overtime|
It shouldn\'t have gone this way.
Berea-Midpark and Lakewood battled Wednesday evening in a Division I boys soccer sectional match. The team with the better record? The Titans. The squad with the clear advantage in the shots-on-goal category? The Titans.
But it was the Rangers of Lakewood who skated by with a 3-2 double overtime win in first round playoff action at Big Creek Elementary School.
Entering the match with just a pair of wins to Berea-Midpark\'s nine, Lakewood exhibited the determination and resolve needed to overcome several emotional swings during the match. Lakewood head coach Andrew Toth felt all the growing pains during a trying regular season finally were worth it.
\"We\'ve had a real tough season and they\'ve been resilient all year,\" said Toth, whose club advances...
Robertson goal gives SWC championship to Titans|
Berea-Midpark senior forward Marlon Robertson said he had not scored on a header all season.
Well, he picked a perfect time for his first one.
Just over five minutes into the Titans\' boys soccer matchup with visiting Olmsted Falls, Robertson executed a textbook header to give his team a 1-0 lead and the eventual game-winning goal. It was all the Titans needed as they went on to clinch the Southwestern Conference championship Wednesday afternoon at Big Creek Elementary School.
\"It\'s a feeling I\'ve never had before,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Steve Blatnica...
Mustangs fall short as Cardinals remain unbeaten|
The upset was there for the taking.
The Strongsville Mustangs gave the undefeated Mentor boys soccer team a run for its money Tuesday night, but the Cardinals showed why they are tough to take down. Despite not playing its best match, Mentor still was able to find a way to escape with a 3-2 victory over the Mustangs in the final week of the regular season.
\"I\'m a little disappointed in us going in front twice, giving it back each time and it wasn\'t our best performance,\" said Mentor head coach Chris Payne, whose team improved to 11-0-4. \"But I\'ll give them props. They played a nice game.
\"I expected a game from them. Their record is not an indication of how well they can play...
Eagles topple Titans in a hard-fought SWC contest|
Chippy doesn\'t even begin to describe the play between Berea-Midpark and North Olmsted Wednesday night in boys soccer action.
Emotions were high and running overboard - on and off the field - during North Olmsted\'s 3-2 win over the visiting Titans, whose five-game win streak was snapped.
\"That\'s one of worst games I\'ve ever been a part of,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Steve Blatnica. \"It\'s frustrating when the ball is taken out of our hands because of some poor calls.\"
What started out as a routine soccer match quickly turned out of hand and borderline out of control late in the second half.
The Titans, trailing, 2-0, at halftime, were assessed an array of penalty cards for some supposed rough play on the field. It eventually became too much to keep track, of...
Bears tame Wildcats, keep unbeaten season intact|
Thirteen games in, and the North Royalton boys soccer team is still finding ways to impress its own head coach.
The Bears continued their season dominance by blasting visiting Mayfield, 7-1, Tuesday night on Senior Night at Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium. The win kept North Royalton undefeated at 12-0-1 on the season.
\"We were definitely clicking on all cylinders,\" said North Royalton head coach Alex Nagy. \"We were able to get the seniors some time, which is tough to do sometimes with the level of competition.
\"A lot of the guys stepped up and showed what they\'re capable of...
Bees break away for key SWC victory over Titans|
With the number of chances it got, it was only a matter of time before the Brecksville girls soccer team was able to capitalize.
The Bees broke away from Berea-Midpark down the stretch to beat the visiting Titans, 3-1, Wednesday night in Southwestern Conference girls soccer action.
Brecksville scored twice in the final 23 minutes of play to pull ahead.
\"They\'re a pretty well-coached team, no question,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Georgia Arcuri. \"We had high expectations and we\'ve got a few games left in the conference, so we should be OK.\"
The Bees received goals from three different players on the night and were constantly attacking the Titans zone. They got on the board first and broke the scoreless tie at the 13:43 mark of the first half when junior Chauntel Houk punched in a goal from near the front of the goalie box. \"We created so many opportunities...
Robertson's goal keeps Titans on top in the SWC|
The Berea-Midpark boys soccer team scored its only goal Tuesday night halfway into the first half. Thanks to a stellar goalie and defensive unit, that\'s all it would need as the Titans edged visiting Brecksville, 1-0, at Baldwin Wallace University\'s Finnie Stadium.
Berea-Midpark improved to an impressive 6-2-3 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the Southwestern Conference.
\"That\'s big,\" said Titans head coach Steve Blatnica. \"Two big wins this week. Westlake last week was a big win and this was huge. That\'s probably the toughest competition in the conference right now.\"
The Bees certainly had their chances and knocked on the door several times. But the Berea-Midpark back row and junior goalie Shane Bartek completely stonewalled any shot by the Brecksville attackers. That defensive prowess...
Mustangs strike early, hand Streaks their first loss|
When two of the state\'s best teams square off on the field of battle, one can expect big plays from both sides with quality athleticism being displayed throughout the course of the athletic contest.
That\'s just what high school soccer fans got at Strongsville\'s Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex Saturday night. The visiting Magnificat Blue Streaks, a perfect 8-0-0 coming into the match and ranked No. 5 in the Division I state coaches poll, took on the Mustangs of Strongsville, 5-3-1 with a No. 10 state poll ranking.
An aggressive style of play that netted Strongsville an early goal in the first half...
Experienced Mustangs shutout youthful Shoregals|
Bigger, faster and more experienced.
The Lady Mustangs were all those things Monday night during their 4-0 win over visiting Avon Lake in girls soccer nonconference play. Strongsville scored just over four minutes into the match and was constantly on the Avon Lake side of the field for much of the first half.
\"We struggled our last two games scoring and attacking and finishing,\" said Strongsville head coach Jon Felton. \"We kind of fell asleep in the second half, just complacent. I kind of went after the girls a little bit in terms of my desire for them to attack...
Demons do it with defense in win over Strongsville|
Both Strongsville head coach Tobey Cook and his Westlake counterpart, Mike Besu, knew the importance of this Saturday night soccer game.
On a calm and sometimes rainy night, it was the visiting Demons who came away with the upper hand in this year’s Division I district tournament. Westlake scored a pair of first-half goals, then let its defense do the rest in a 2-1 win at the Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex.
Westlake, which defeated Strongsville in the 2012 district title game on the same field, moved to 4-2-2 on the season. The Mustangs dropped...
First-half outburst pushes Blue Streaks past Bears|
For the second game in a row, the Magnificat soccer team was held scoreless in the second half.
But with a 3-0 halftime lead, the Blue Streaks had provided just enough firepower to get another win.
Magnificat moved to 4-0 on the season Thursday night with a 3-0 win over North Royalton at Rocky River Stadium. On Saturday, the Blue Streaks upped that record a notch to 5-0 with a 3-1 win over Notre Dame Academy.
\"This is our second game where we won by holding the other team without a goal,\" said Magnificat\'s first-year head coach Gretchen Micklitsch, whose team was coming off a 4-0 win over Padua. All four Blue Streak goals were scored in the first half in that game as well
\"Yet, again we weren\'t able to score a goal...
Bulldogs, Eagles battle to draw in SWC encounter|
With the second-half clock clicking down and North Olmsted clinging to a 1-0 lead, Austin Lockhart saw his opportunity.
The Olmsted Falls sophomore advanced the ball past an Eagle defender and let loose a shot on the run from about 25 yards out. The long, arching shot passed over the outstretched hands of North Olmsted goalie Alex Gajowski and just under the crossbar.
With 4:29 left to play, the game was knotted at 1-1. Despite spirited until the final whistle, that’s how the game ended Wednesday night...
Johnson's late goal pushes Eagles past Bulldogs|
The North Olmsted girls varsity soccer team earned its first win of the season with a 1-0 blanking of the visiting Olmsted Falls Bulldogs Wednesday night at North Olmsted Stadium.
After 68 minutes of scoreless play, the Eagles finally broke through when sophomore midfielder Madison Johnson headed in a Nicole Dembie free kick.
\"I knew I had to get my head on it, to get the win,\" Johnson said.
It was an evenly-matched contest throughout the game, but by playing tough defense, and aggressive offense, North Olmsted came out with the win.
\"I thought our girls played a great first half,\" Eagles head coach Tom Greene said...
Eagles step things up, battle Mustangs to a draw|
On one side of the field was Strongsville, a longtime perennial Cleveland and state soccer powerhouse in Division I. On the other was Avon, by comparison a relative newbie to Division I play.
On Saturday night at Avon Stadium, the gap between the two programs appeared to have narrowed considerably.
The Eagles controlled possession for much of the first half, then managed to answer a quick Mustang goal with one of their own early in the second. The end result was a 1-1 draw in boys non-conference action.
“Both teams had a couple of chances tonight...
First-half surge powers Pirates past young Bees|
Coming off an impressive district championship season, the Rocky River girls soccer team is picking up right where it left off this season.
The Pirates wiped out visiting Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 6-0, Wednesday night for their second win of the 2013 campaign. Rocky River, now 2-0, scored four times in the last 17 minutes of the first half and two goals apiece from seniors Abby Elinsky, Grace Bennett and McKenna Klodnick.
Head coach Pat Hopkins was more than thrilled with what has turned into an early season juggernaut. The Pirates have recorded 14 goals in the first two contests.
\"If you told me in the beginning of the year we\'d beat Beaumont, 8-1, and Brecksville, 6-0, I would have told you I don\'t believe that is going to happen. But this is a team that could do that,\" said Hopkins, whose club won the 2012 Division II...