Seniors' journey ends with a season to remember|
The road to a state championship is a long one. Anyone who has experienced the journey will tell you it takes a lot of hard work and determination, and more of the same even after that.
Challenges are presented along the way, and pitfalls must be avoided.
The Rocky River girls soccer team managed to do all of that, and then some. The Pirates, led by a tight-knit group of seniors, navigated their way through an undefeated season and ended their adventure with the 2013 OHSAA Division II State Championship.
Seniors Megan Killeen, Liesl Fahrenkopf, Grace Bennett, Abby Elinsky, McKenna Klodnick, Grace Tigue, Amanda Oster and Sara Connelly will look back...
STATE CHAMPIONS! Undefeated Pirates take it all|
Many high school teams can only dream about what it would be like to win a state championship. Chance are, members of the Rocky River girls soccer team had that same dream numerous times throughout their playing careers.
On Friday, November 8, 2013, that dream became a reality.
The Pirates, after jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead, fought off a determined Granville squad in the second half and defeated the Blue Aces, 3-1, to win the OHSAA Division II Soccer Championship at Columbus Crew Stadium. The win also capped off an undefeated season, with Rocky River finishing at 22-0-1.
\"As I told the girls before the game...
Rockets fall short of state finals in loss to Revere|
The never-say-die Bay Rockets gave a late push but it wasn\'t enough.
Bay, falling behind 2-0 in the first half, fell to Revere, 4-3, on a windy and rainy Wednesday night in the Division II boys soccer state semifinals at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.
Revere, now 20-0-2, jumped out to a convincing 4-1 lead and withstood a Bay flurry in the final two minutes. That allowed the Minutemen to advance to Saturday\'s state final against Columbus Bishop Watterson at Columbus Crew Stadium.
\"We had chances in the first half, we just didn\'t finish,\" said Bay head coach Bobby Dougherty.
\"We just couldn\'t get a hold of the ball. I think we were just too excited and when push came to shove, they countered every time we got in and if we don\'t get a hold of the ball...
Late Walsh goal ends Magnificat's tournament run|
The run is over.
Magnificat\'s magical ride through the 2013 girls soccer postseason came to a bittersweet end Tuesday night during the Blue Streaks\' 1-0 loss to Walsh Jesuit in the OHSAA Division I state semifinals at Revere High School.
It was another big win for Walsh Jesuit, a perennial high school soccer powerhouse that is now 19-0-3 on the season. The Warriors will move on to Friday night\'s state championship game.
So as hard to swallow as the loss might have been for the Blue Streaks, there was certainly no shame in being eliminated by a Warriors team which hasn\'t lost since Nov. 9, 2011, according to Magnificat head coach Gretchen Micklitsch.
\"They have a long tradition of going to state...
Third time's the charm as Pirates win regional title|
Tuesday night\'s state semifinal contest at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.
Rocky River will face a familiar foe in Hathaway Brown, a double overtime winner over Canfield in the Region 5 championship game. The Blazers come into the game with a record of 15-3-3.
The Pirates found themselves in an unfamiliar position early on against Celina, trailing 1-0 early in the contest. It was the first time the Rocky River squad had been scored upon in five tournament games. It was also the first goal the Pirates had allowed since a 6-1 win over Lakewood on Oct. 2. River, however, quickly rallied...
Bay tops St. Mary's, returns to DII state semifinals|
The Bay boys are back in the big dance.
The Rockets earned a return trip to the OHSAA Division II state soccer semifinals with a hard-fought 3-0 win over St. Mary\'s Memorial Saturday afternoon in Ashland. They\'ll take on a familiar foe, Revere, on Wednesday night for the right to advance to the state championship game at Crew Stadium in Columbus.
Bay, now 15-1-5, battled tooth and nail with the Rough Riders until Alex Furst broke the scoreless deadlock on a rebound goal with nine minutes left in the first half. With just under six minutes...
On to Columbus! River rolls Blazers in state semis|
After his team\'s narrow 3-2 win over Celina in the Division II regional title game, Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins knew his team could play better.
Seemed like his Pirates knew it too.
A determined Rocky River squad went into Tuesday\'s OHSAA Division II state semifinal game against Hathaway Brown with a renewed sense of purpose. The Pirates, down early 1-0, put on an offensive show for the ages in a convincing 6-2 win over the Blazers at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.
The Pirates\' journey into uncharted waters now continues Friday afternoon at Columbus Crew Stadium, the site of the OHSAA Division II championship game. There, they\'ll face Granville, a 1-0 winner of Kettering Alter in the other state semifinal matchup...
Magnificat beats Generals, wins DI regional crown|
The Magnificat soccer team went into the Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium at Perkins High School Saturday on a mission.
The Blue Streaks controlled possession throughout most of the game as they defeated the Anthony Wayne Generals, 3-1, to advance to the OHSAA Division I state Final Four. It was Magnificat\'s first regional title in the program\'s history. \"The way we sent the ball back and changed directions...
Blue Streaks strike late, advance to regional finals|
In the 65th minute of a scoreless game, the Medina Bees scored the goal that wasn\'t.
Minutes later, the Magnificat Blue Streaks put one in that counted.
Magnificat scored twice in the final 6:34 of regulation to come away with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Bees in the Division I girls regional soccer semifinal Tuesday night at Bay Memorial Stadium. The win put the Blue Streaks in the regional title game for the second time in program history.
On Saturday at 3 p.m., the Blue Streaks will face Whitehouse Anthony Wayne...
Voloshen, Shoremen get past Demons in overtime|
For 88 minutes, the two teams battled.
With the Rocky River Division I District title on the line, Avon Lake and Westlake had fought to a scoreless tie. The Shoremen, winners of 10 straight games, had nearly pulled it out early in the 80th minute, but a Nathan Greenberg save sent the game into overtime.
In the 89th minute, however, the Westlake keeper could not come up with another against Avon Lake senior Alex Voloshen....
Rockets claim district crown with win over Pirates|
Almost three weeks ago, the Rocky River boys soccer team defeated Bay to earn the West Shore Conference championship.
This time, there was arguably something more important on the line.
The host Rockets, meeting Rocky River for the second time in 17 days, weren\'t about to let another opportunity slip away. Bay had revenge on its mind and followed through with a 2-0 win over the Pirates Saturday night in the Division II district finals at Bay Memorial Stadium.
Bay, now 13-1-5, jumped on Rocky River for two goals in the first half, both in the final five minutes, and stymied the opposition the rest of the way with the help of junior goalie Colin Southerington. The Rockets advanced to...
Blue Streaks blank Demons to claim DI district title|
The Magnificat soccer team completely dominated Westlake right from the start in the OHSAA Division I district championship match Saturday at Rocky River Stadium. That effort allowed the Blue Streaks to come away with a 6-0 decision and advance to the regional round.
The Blue Streaks, now 14-4-1, advance to the regional semifinals Tuesday where they will face Medina, a 1-0 winner over Copley in the Brusnwick District title game.
Magnificat was led by senior...
Elinsky's penalty kick gives Pirates district crown|
As time ran short in the second half and with the game still deadlocked at 0-0, Grace Bennett streaked toward the Holy Name goal.
Holy Name goalkeeper Paige Reiss, along with a fellow defender, charged out to grab the ball and Bennett went down. That set up a penalty kick for Rocky River senior Abby Elinsky in the 75th minute.
After what seemed to be an eternity of a game delay, Elinsky shot and scored the game\'s only goal, sending the Pirates to another OHSAA Division II district championship and a spot in the state Sweet 16.
Rocky River, now 18-0-1, will play...
Demons knock off Eagles, take on Shoremen next|
Neither rain, nor snow nor the North Olmsted Eagles could keep the Westlake boys soccer team from its appointed rounds.
The Demons, fighting both the weather conditions and a challenge from its Southwestern Conference rivals, punched their ticket back to the Division I district finals Wednesday night. They defeated North Olmsted, 4-2, at soggy - and sometimes snowy - Read Field to advance to Saturday\'s title game.
Avon Lake scored a late goal to nip Strongsville, 1-0, in Wednesday night\'s other Rocky River District semifinal match. The Shoremen will host Westlake Saturday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium for the right to advance to the regional round.
Westlake, the defending district champion...
Blue Streaks beat Eagles, move on to district final|
The third time proved to be the charm for Magnificat, even if it did take a little extra patience and determination.
The top-seeded Blue Streaks were facing a familiar tournament foe in North Olmsted, a team that had sent them home earlier than expected the past two seasons. Tuesday night, the Eagles and goalkeeper Emily Patterson seemed intent in making it a 3-peat,.
But Magnificat used a pair of second-half goals to come away with a 3-0 win in an OHSAA Division I district semifinal game at Rocky River Stadium. The win set up a Saturday afternoon rematch with rival Westlake for the district championship.
Magnificat, now 13-4-1, will host the Demons in a 3 p.m. title match. Westlake, trailing 2-0...
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...
Tenacious Demons blank Rangers for tourney win|
From the opening kickoff, it was obvious to anyone in attendance at Read Field that it was definitely tournament time for the Westlake Demons girls soccer team.
A tenacious band of Demons opened with 40 minutes of relentless offensive pressure against visiting North Ridgeville. The result was was a convincing 4-0 win over the Rangers in a girls Division I OHSAA Sectional championship game Tuesday night.
Westlake, now 8-3-5, has won four in a row and five of its last seven. The Southwestern Conference champions are now off until next Tuesday when they host the winner of Thursday\'s sectional final between Amherst and Berea-Midpark in a district semifinal.
\"We\'ve got a lot of seniors, and they know that it\'s win or go home,\" said Westlake head coach Scott Jones, whose team...
River blanks Magnificat, gives Hopkins 100th win|
It was a fitting end to the regular season for the Rocky River girls varsity soccer team, as the Pirates defeated Magnificat 3-0 at St. Ignatius High School on Saturday.
The victory secured the Pirates\' undefeated regular season record at 15-0-1, and gave head coach Patrick Hopkins the 100th victory of his career, on the field of his alma mater.
\"It\'s nice to have that undefeated season,\" Hopkins said. \"The girls will be celebrating tonight, and truly, it\'s all about them, and everything that they\'ve done and put forward over the senior class\'s four years here. It\'s nice to get the recognition, but what they\'ve done...
Pirates strike early, top Rockets to claim WSC title|
The Rocky River boys varsity soccer team clicked on all cylinders Wednesday night.
The Pirates scored early and often, survived a late Bay rally and beat the Rockets, 4-2, to win the West Shore Conference championship at Rocky River Stadium.
\"In every game that we\'ve played this year, I\'ve tried to emphasize how important it is to get an early goal,\" said Rocky River head coach Kevin Zerbey, whose team moved to 13-1-1 overall and finished the WSC season a perfect 7-0.
\"It helps us out psychologically and it messes with the other team a bit,\" Zerbey continued. \"I didn\'t think we would score as fast as we did...
River takes WSC championship with win over Bay|
After turning away a Bay attack, the Rocky River Pirates went on a counter and quickly moved the ball up field.
As the sixth minute ticked off the Bay Memorial Stadium scoreboard, the ball found its way to Abby Elinsky. The Rocky River forward took the ball to the end line, made a quick move past a Rocket defender and ripped a line-drive crossing shot into the right side of the net.
With a 1-0 lead, the Pirates were well on their way. The visitors got another Elinsky goal...
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...
Soccer: River tops Rangers, WSC title contest next|
The Rocky River Pirates remained in the hunt for a West Shore Conference boys soccer championship with a 3-0 win over Lakewood Wednesday night at Rocky River Stadium.
The Pirates, now 11-1-1 on the season, got the only goal they needed early in the first half. With just 8:28 gone off the clock, sophomore Liam Duncan took the ball and drilled a long, arching shot from 35 yards out that evaded the leaping save attempt of Rangers goalkeeper Robby Fehrenbach.
That gave Rocky River a 1-0 lead. The lead would grow to 2-0 right before halftime when senior Spencer Klodnick went one-on-one with a Lakewood defender and scored with 4:03 remaining.
In the second half, a long ball found...
Klodnick and Bennett power Pirates past Panthers|
Fresh off a huge win over defending state champion Perrysburg, the Rocky River girls soccer team returned to West Shore Conference play against Elyria Catholic.
The Pirates, looking to avoid a letdown, got a pair of first-half goals from McKenna Klodnick, then put the game away in the second half on Grace Bennett\'s hat trick to tame the Panthers, 5-0, Wednesday night at Rocky River Stadium.
With the win, Rocky River remained unbeaten at 11-0-1 and did nothing to tarnish their national ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Pirates went into the game...
Demons, Rockets renew rivalry, battle to 1-1 draw|
After a scoreless first half of play, the soccer game between Bay and Westlake looked like it might wind up in a scoreless draw. Both defenses were proving to be rock solid, with the scoring opportunities few and far between.
Then in the final 12 minutes, both teams found the mark as the intensity picked up exponentially. But when it was all said and done, the two longtime rivals had battled to a 1-1 draw Monday night at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium.
Bay remained undefeated at 7-0-4, but came less than 12 minutes away from a win after a Jordan Holmes goal gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead. Westlake, now, 3-1-4, countered with a goal from Lauren Hurst less than three minutes later that ultimately forced the draw.
The tying goal came with 9:08 left in the game. Senior midfielder Gabby Gravino got past a Bay defender...
Pirates pass another test with win over Perrysburg|
The Rocky River girls varsity soccer team earned the statement victory it has been looking for.
The state-ranked Pirates did so Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Perrysburg High School, the 2012 Division I state champions, at Rocky River Stadium..
\"Perrysburg is a great team,\" Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins said. \"I told the girls prior to this game that they went 23-0 last year. They may have lost three great players (to graduation), but there are still eight girls on their squad who have won a state championship last year. \"We knew we had to go out there...
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...
Blue Streaks strike early, earn shutout of Demons|
The Magnificat girls soccer team went into Thursday night\'s game against Westlake with intensity and a sense of purpose, attacking furiously and coming out with a 2-0 victory at Read Field.
\"We knew this was going to be a tough game,\" first-year Magnificat head coach Gretchen Micklitsch said. \"There\'s a rivalry between these girls, and we knew Westlake was probably going to come out and be very physical.
\"So what we\'ve worked on was to prepare ourselves, not only on the field, but mentally, for games,\" she added. \"We needed to stay focused, and the girls did a good job at that tonight...
Rockets fight off Eagle challenge to stay unbeaten|
Winning soccer seasons for the Bay boys varsity team are about as common as turkey and pumpkin pie on the dinner table at Thanksgiving.
The Rockets have many West Shore Conference titles and numerous trips to the postseason on their resume, including an appearance in the state semifinals last year. They kept their bid for a perfect season intact by defeating conference rival Avon Wednesday night, 2-1, at Bay\'s Memorial Stadium.
Bay, which improved its overall record to 6-0-4, ran its WSC record to a perfect 4-0 with this victory over the Eagles. Rocket head coach Bobby Dougherty, though, believed his team basically \"survived\" and \"escaped\" for the night.
\"Avon outplayed us in the first half,\" noted...
River remains unbeaten, tops Avon for shutout win|
Unbeaten. Unscored upon.
The Rocky River boys soccer team continued its hot start to the 2013 season Wednesday night in Avon. The Pirates played shutout defense, then got a late Trent Newby-to-Sutton Klodnick goal to come away with a 1-0 win over the Eagles at Avon Stadium.
With the win, Rocky River moved to 8-0-0 overall and 3-0 in the West Shore Conference. And in eight games, the Pirates and goalie Dominic Liva have yet to allow a goal.
Avon fell to 5-2-1 and 2-1 in the WSC after allowing the game’s only goal with 10:24 remaining...
State-ranked River tops Avon, remains undefeated|
The beat goes on.
The winning beat, that is, with regards to the girls varsity soccer team at Rocky River.
The Pirates, winners of eight games with no losses and a tie, are currently ranked No. 3 in the state\'s Division II poll. They continued their dominating ways on the field Wednesday night by defeating visiting Avon, 4-0, in a West Shore Conference contest at Rocky River Stadium.
Winning has certainly been no stranger to this tradition-rich Rocky River program, which can boast of a regional final finish in 2011, two district championships in 2011 and 2012, and three WSC soccer titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
And this season...well, head coach Patrick Hopkins...
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...
Bay blanks Rangers to open WSC soccer season|
After starting the 2013 season with three ties, the Bay boys soccer team looks to be hitting its stride.
The Rockets visited Lakewood and topped the Rangers, 2-0, last Wednesday to open West Shore Conference play. On Saturday, Bay played a non-conference match with Cardinal Mooney and came away with another shutout win, 4-0.
Lakewood resumes WSC play Wednesday with a game at North Ridgeville. On Saturday, the Ranges resume their cross-town rivalry at St. Edward at 7 p.m.
The Rockets host Vermilion on Wednesday at 7 p.m., then cap off the week with a rivalry game of their own when they travel to Revere. Kickoff that day is also at 7 p.m. Larry was on hand to capture...
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...
Demons strike early, shutout Rangers for first win|
The Westlake boys soccer team came out shooting Wednesday night.
The Demons scored their first goal just one and a half minutes into the game and went on to shut out the host Lakewood Rangers, 5-0, at Lakewood Stadium.
“We’re doing pretty well,” Westlake head coach Mike Besu said. “We have a lot of young kids on this team – doing a little rebuilding – but we have a few guys returning (from last season) and we played good today.”
The Demons’ scoring was started by junior midfielder Omar Salem’s unassisted goal with 38:38 left in the opening half, which came from just outside the Lakewood goal box. Salem tallied three shots in the first half, followed by one more in the second half.
Although Salem had only four shots...
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...
Demons, Explorers settle for 1-1 draw to open '13|
Defense was the name of the game Saturday night at Read Field.
Time after time, visiting Hudson advanced the ball into the box, only to be turned away by a staunch Westlake defense and goal keeper Nathan Greenberg. But the Explorers’ defense proved - on this night - to be just as formidable as the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw in a boys 2013 season opener.
“I thought we were a little sluggish the first 20 minutes,” said veteran Westlake head coach Mike Besu. “Some of the guys haven’t played varsity before. I mean, we had two freshmen out there who pretty much played the whole game.
“What more can you expect? And hats off...
Pirate girls roll past Beaumont in season opener|
The Rocky River girls varsity soccer team has started the 2013 campaign with purpose, as the Pirates won their home opener over the Beaumont Blue Streaks Saturday night, 8-1.
“We are returning 10 out of 11 starters (from 2012), so we have a lot of girls with a lot of experience,” Rocky River head coach Patrick Hopkins said. “I’m really happy with the outcome tonight.
“You don’t know what to expect from the first game, so it’s really good to come out here and get the win,” Hopkins said. “A lot of girls were able to score tonight. Some girls who will not get a lot of playing time were able to get goals tonight, and...