B Page -- Aug. 24, 2010

Case Reserve Soccer Preview  

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“The team wants to build and improve on last season’s success,” said Crooks, who enters her fourth season in 2010. “Ultimately, we want to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.  To give ourselves the best chance, we’ve set up a schedule that features some of best teams in our region and that will complement our UAA schedule. We play in the toughest Division III conference in the nation, so we will need to be at our very best each time out.”

The Spartans lost several accomplished players to graduation but still return four All-UAA selections in junior defender Kristina Vaci (Mentor, OH/Mentor), junior goalkeeper Anna Kennedy (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township), junior midfielder Alex Litofsky (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) and sophomore midfielder Deena Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley).

Mentor alumna Kristina Vaci

Vaci helped lead the defense to 10 shutouts and an outstanding 0.86 goals against averageKennedy started 11 matches and posted a 6-3-2 record with 46 saves and six shutouts. Litofsky started 17 matches and scored two goals. Levey started 16 times and totaled six points on a goal and a team-high four assists.

Also expected to make significant contributions are senior MF Amy Baumann (Dublin, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) and junior defender Laura Gabster (Mount Laurel, NJ/Bishop Eustace).

“We lost several key players , so we will need some new faces to step forward and take advantage of the opportunity,” noted Crooks. “Our returning players came to camp ready to battle and compete and that has set a great tone. Our team chemistry is the best I’ve ever seen it.”

The Spartans open the 2010 campaign at the College of Wooster on Wednesday, September 1 at 5:00 p.m. Case’s home-opener is set for Sept. 15 versus local-rival John Carroll University at Case Field at 7:30 p.m.

Oberlin Soccer Preview  

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Oberlin is coming off a 9-6-2 season and 4-4-1 mark in conference play. The Yeomen have to replace All-NCAC First-Team selection Skyler Dum, who scored 14 of the team’s 23 goals a season ago. 

However, OC does return veteran goalkeeper Zach Lipshultz, who was a Second-Team All-NCAC selection a season ago. As a junior he finished second in the conference in save percentage (.839), saves (94), saves per game (5.53) and goals against (18).

Oberlin opens the season on September 1 at Albion College. The home opener is set for September 4 at 7 p.m. against Otterbein. As a reminder to the fans, all home games will be streamed live online and new this year will also feature live statistics. 


Match Played Aug. 24 (today)

North Ridgeville 3, Lake Ridge Academy 2 
Singles: King d. Colegrove 6-2, 6-4;  Rice d. Watson 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(7-1); Reitknecht d. Ridel 6-2, 6-0. 
Doubles: Miraldi/Kapodia d. Fletcher/Ashcroft 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Reitknecht/Alter d. Hresko/Beals 6-4, 6-1. 


By Harry Plumer

WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Lake Erie Crushers fell in the opener of the season's final roadtrip, dropping a 3-2 decision to theWashington Wild Things in 10 innings. 

The Wild Things took a 2-0 lead by scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings. Lake Erie starter Alberto Rolon retired the first six batters of the night before hitting John Delaney with his first offering of the third. Delaney stole second and scored on a flare to right off the bat of Billy O'Conner. Michael Parker walked to lead off the fourth for Washington stole second, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jon Kourie. 

Alberto Rolon threw six innings on the night, allowing just two runs on three hits to go with a walk and five strikeouts. The Crushers took Rolon off the hook for a loss with two runs in the top of the seventh against the Washington bullpen to tie the game. Lee Huggins led off with a walk and stole second on a 3-2 pitch to Matt Sutton. Wayne Bond, who recorded the first Lake Erie hit in the fifth, dropped a single into left to drive home Huggins. With two outs pinch-hitter Joel Collins deposited a double into right to drive home Bond and tie the game. 

Mark McGonigle led off the bottom of the 10th with a triple to right. He crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by John Delaney despite a diving catch from Wayne Bond, who's throw to the plate was late. Wayne Bond posted two of the three Lake Erie hits on the night.

The roadtrip continues with the middle game of a series with the Washington Wild Things tomorrow ninght. RHP Travis Risser (6-4, 3.14), a Wild Thing in 2007, pitches for the Crushers against RHP Zach Rosenbaum (1-8, 4.80).


Ø  Ronnie Morales threw two perfect innings of relief, striking out three in the seventh and eighth

Ø  Jake Krause pinch ran for Drew Saylor in the sixth inning and stayed in at second base; Saylor was starting for the first time since August 15

Ø  Arden McWilliams batted for Raphael Turner in the eighth and walked; He remained in the game in right as Wayne Bond shifted to left

Ø  The Crushers are 4-7 in extra inning games this year