Copley stuns Medina on PKs to take district crown|
The ghosts of Copley girls soccer players past had to crack a smile Saturday when Jordan Cotleur beat Jordan Reynolds to clinch a Brunswick Division I District championship for the Indians.
Since 2008, Copley has faced Medina a dozen times. In each of those 12 games, Medina came out on top, often ending the Indians\' season.
Saturday at Medina Memorial Stadium, it did not. Copley knocked off the Bees, 4-2 ,to win the district title on penalty kicks after the two played 110 minutes to a one-all tie.
\"I\'ve watched seniors year in and year out have Medina end their careers,\" Cotleur said. \"For the past two years, our boys and girls team have been knocked out by Medina. We played for them...
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...
Bees bounce Shaker, get a rematch with Mustangs|
Brecksville-Broadview Heights\' girls soccer team knew the levee was eventually going break in its 2-1 University Heights Division I Sectional final win over Shaker Heights.
The third-seeded Bees just didn\'t know when.
Controlling the action at Community Stadium for virtually all 80 minutes on Thursday, it took the better part of 52 minutes before Brecksville finally took control to advance to a district semifinal with top-seeded Strongsville.
It came when Chauntel Houk took a fantastic pass from Abby Lydey on the right flank and one-timed a shot from near the top of the box past a diving Curshanna Robinson for...
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...
Medina, Strongsville girls battle to scoreless draw|
Wednesday night was a night to showcase just how good the Medina and Strongsville girls soccer teams were.
Both already had a resume chalked full of head-turning results. So when the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game ended in a 0-0 tie at the Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex, it didn\'t come as much of a surprise.
After all, the Bees (9-2-3, 3-0-1) were ranked seventh in the state coaches poll and 39th in the nation according to topdrawersoccer.com. The Mustangs (8-2-3, 2-0-2) were ranked 10th and 38th, respectively. So when the two battled to a draw, both teams walked off with a sense of accomplishment.
\"They gave us such a good game,\" Strongsville midfielder and Northern Kentucky commit Anna Brantley said. \"We can\'t even say we...
Royalton battles state-ranked Mustangs to a draw|
North Royalton girls soccer coach Pete Ragone and his Bears walked out of Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex with heads held high talking about the biggest result of the season on Wednesday.
Strongsville mentor Todd Church left his home turf talking about finding a way to take that next step.
Either way you look at it, the 0-0 tie between Strongsville and North Royalton in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division action was either a surprise or a shot in the arm.
For Ragone, the ability for his Bears, now 3-3-3 overall and 0-1-1 in...
Mustangs find way to persevere in win over Bees|
Sometimes mistakes of the past are the very reason for success in the future.
Strongsville\'s boys soccer team, which has been a squad of just-missed wins, used early failures this season and came out on top Tuesday night in a key 3-2 win over Medina at the Ehrnfelt Soccer Complex.
The win gave the Mustangs, now 4-4-1 overall, a leg up in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division at 1-0-1, while teaching the squad how to perservere.
Five games prior to Tuesday\'s win, Strongsville had a real chance to walk out of a game with Westlake with a tie, but gave up a late penalty kick and came home a loser. The roles were reversed against the Bees (8-2, 1-1) as a late goal was the difference in what had the feel of a...
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...
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...
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...
A failure to finish costs Royalton in loss to Comets|
The score from North Royalton\'s non-conference boys soccer game with Solon read 3-0.
Those in attendance Thursday night will attest to that, but the game wasn\'t as lopsided as the final tally indicated.
In fact, the Bears opened their season by hanging with the returning Kent Division I District champion Comets (2-1) for the better part of 80 minutes. Unfortunately for North Royalton, a few defensive lapses took a 1-0 contest and made it a decided Solon win as the Comets scored two goals in the span of 54 seconds late in the game.
\"It was three counters going over the top,\" Bears coach Alex Nagy said. \"We have to fix it in the back. Obviously, we possessed probably 70-75 percent of the game. We just need to finish.\"
Finishing was tough for North Royalton...
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...
Blue Devils open with convincing win over Parma|
When Brunswick\'s boys soccer team headed into its season opener with Parma, it had a number of goals its checklist.
The Blue Devils not only wanted to get their home schedule started with a win, they wanted to do so in glowing fashion. Maybe, just maybe, they could take down a school record or two.
Check, check and check.
Brunswick gave the Redmen few opportunities to demonstrate their skills as it won the Northeast Ohio Conference cross-divisional game, 9-0, Saturday night at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium...