A Page -- Aug. 25, 2011

North Ridgeville boys’ soccer has been quick in learning Moore of the system; 10 returning varsity S/As gives Rangers solid foundation

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – With 10 Student/Athletes bringing back varsity experience from the 2010 season at least, North Ridgeville boys’ soccer is ready to turn the corner and become a contender in the West Shore Conference.

Then there is always Bay, Rocky River and Avon to get around on the way to the WSC throne room, but the Rangers are ready to welcome all challenges.

“This group of guys has a good work ethic, great knowledge of the system, and a lot of character,” said fourth-year Rangers Head Coach Chris Moore. “Realistically, we would like to win more games, advance further in the playoffs, and win at least 3 conference games.”

Coach Moore has four seniors in Trevor Abend, Nick Buhrow, Andrew Sismour, and Kyle Smith.

Season Preview

Sismour had a 2.36 GAA as the Ranger goalkeeper along the way to registering 4 shutouts.

Buhrow is ranked #1 academically in the senior class

“Academically, we have a very strong team,” Coach Moore. “I know that doesn’t always translate to the field, but the added intelligence helps especially in how well they grasp our system’s concepts.”

Other veterans include juniors Alec Auner, Marc Ireland and Nate Wade, and sophomores Matt Clark, Cameron Moore, and Zach Winkle.

At the varsity level, Wade had a goal and Clark two assists.

Incoming freshmen expected to make an impact are Ryan Blagojevic and Tristan Coffey and two guys with a total of three first names -- Alex George and Tyler George.

Among the new opponents on the schedule this season are Cleveland Heights, Elyria Catholic (new conference opponent), and Riverside.

“Our chemistry is great,” Coach Moore said “Even though we are a very young team, I think we can surprise a few teams if they overlook us this year.”

Moore has been with Ridgeville for 6 years (4th as head coach) while Head JV Coach Bryan Tinsley is in his 4th year at NRHS.

Lakewood Native Mattie Liston gets shutout in Goal as Ohio Breezes Past Pittsburgh 2-0 for First Win of Season

Seniors Rachael Philpot and Kelsey Pichel Tally Goals, Liston Posts Clean Sheet

ATHENS, Ohio – Behind goals from seniors Rachael Philpot (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kelsey Pichel (Rochester, Mich.), and a shutout by sophomore Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio), the Ohio women’s soccer team earned its first win of the 2011 season with a 2-0 triumph over Pittsburgh at Chessa Field on Sunday afternoon.

Liston, who made five saves in the win, earned her seventh career shutout on Sunday. She is tied for third on the all-time shutout list with Jess MacLean. The clean sheet was Liston’s first of the season.
Mattie Liston

Ohio (1-1) opened the scoring in the 24th minute. The run started down the right sideline as freshman Erin Feeney (Mentor, Ohio) played a ball to senior Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.). Famodu dribbled toward the box and found Philpot at the far post. Philpot headed the ball into the open net beyond the reach of Pittsburgh (0-1-1) goalkeeper Kristina Rioux. The ‘Cats claimed a 1-0 lead and never looked back.
Solon's Erin Schwenke (l), and Mentor's Paige Howard

Pichel added an insurance goal for the Bobcats at the 51:05 mark. She settled a ball that came from junior Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio). Schwenke’s ball was played over the top of the box to Pichel on the left flank. Pichel blasted the ball over the hands of Rioux from 14 yards out to find the back of the net for fifth career goal.
Medina's Lauren Burke

The 2-0 lead was more than enough for the Bobcat defense. Liston made four saves in the second half and defenders Lauren Burke (Medina, Ohio), Kim Nordtveit (Newtown, Pa.), Remi Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) and Paige Howard (Mentor, Ohio) help secure the first clean sheet of the year for the Bobcats.

Ohio held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal, but Pittsburgh led in shots 10-9. Philpot, who scored her fourth career goal in the match, tallied her second career game-winner at the 23:13 mark.

With the win, the Green & White moved to 3-1 all-time against Pittsburgh. The victory marked the second in as many years against the Panthers.

The Bobcats begin a three-game road trip on Friday, Aug. 26 at the University of Kentucky. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. in Lexington.

For the latest on Ohio University’s 16 Division I varsity sports, log on to OhioBobcats.com

Lake Ridge moves to 1-1 with blanking of Oberlin; Wellons earns first shutout in goal

Lake Ridge Academy traveled to Oberlin to face the Phoenix Wednesday and needed only the six first-half goals to post a 6-0 win and move to 1-1 on the season. 

While the Lions controlled play for the entire half, there was no score until 15:26 left when Junior Sydney Clark took a pass from Sam Potoczak and kicked a 15 yard shot into the left corner.  Less than three minutes later, at 12:57, the duo repeated their success as Potoczak fed Clark a clearing pass that she booted past  Oberlin goalie Christina Reinhold from 25 yards out. At the 8:46 mark, Oberlin was called for a foul and Potoczak took a free kick from the right side about 20 yards out and buried it in the left corner for a 3-0 Lake Ridge lead. 

Thirty-six seconds later, senior twins Kayla and Bryanna Daniel combined for a score as Bryanna passed to Kayla who dribbled through the Oberlin defense for 20 yards before putting a 10 yarder into the goal. Fifty-five seconds elapsed when sophomore Lyndsey Davis dribbled in from midfield and put a crossing pass on Kayla Daniel's toe for her second goal of the game.  Daniel got her hat trick goal with 3:07 left after chasing down a lead pass behind the Phoenix defense from Potoczak. 

Oberlin goalie Reinhold made 10 saves in her half of play as the half ended with LRA up 6-0.

The second half was much the same with Lake Ridge again dominating the play.  New Oberlin goalie Stancey Thompson was tested often with shots and did an outstanding job.  She made 13 saves in the half and several were from point-blank range. 

She held Lake Ridge scoreless, with the help of a goalie's best friends two crossbar clangers and one off the right goal post, until 3:54 was left in the game.  At that point, Potoczak, who had moved to defense, took a pass from Kayla Daniel and dribbled in twenty yards before getting her second goal with a ten yard shot into the right side.  Both Oberlin goalies had an incredibly busy day and played great games as they combined for twenty-three saves. The Lake Ridge goalie, Kyndall Wellons, earned her first high school shutout in only her second soccer game ever.

Lake Ridge's season continues at Lutheran West on the 29th of August; Oberlin will visit neighboring Wellington on the 31st of August.  

Mags blanks Bay, 5-0

Magnificat’s varsity A tennis team blanked Bay, 5-0, Wednesday.

Emily Witt won at first singles for the Blue Streaks

Magificat 5 Bay 0

Singles: Witt d. Quillin 6-3,6-0;Hollis d. Chen 6-2,7-6;Miller d. Dong 6-2,6-2.                                                                                      Doubles: Foliano/Patrick d. Stevens/Salim 6-0,6-0;Lugli/Johnson d. Kapes/Posetsky 6-0,6-0.

Lions roar the sails out of Vermilion

Lake Ridge Academy’s tennis team rolled to a 4-1 win over Vermilion.

Berthy Feng, Rachel Rice and Marissa Beals won singles matches in straight sets for the Lions.

LRA d. Vermilion 4-1

Singles: Feng (LRA) d. Wilson (V) 6-0, 6-1; Rice (LRA) d. Roth (V) 6-1, 6-1; Beals (LRA) d. Onderko (V) 6-3, 6-1. 

Doubles: Anglin/Roger (V) d. Miraldi/Bandyopadhyay (LRA) 4-6 7-6 (10-8) 7-4; Kapodia/Ridel (LRA) d. Eckley/Buchannan (V) 6-3, 6-1.

Kayla Zingale’s two goals, two assists lead Rangers past Open Door

North Ridgeville girls soccer opened the season with a 7-0 win over Open Door.

Closing the door was Kayla Zingale, who had two goals and two assists for the Rangers.

N Ridgeville        7

Open Door          0

(half: 3-0)

NR shots: 22

OD: 0

Goals:  Zingale, 2, K. Asp, Cape, Griffiths, Miller, Ginley

Assists: Zingale 2, S. Asp 2, K. Asp, Ramage, Griffiths


NR: Wiles 0,  Gunn 0

OD: Courtney 15

Strimbu scores match’s only goal and the other Strimbu gets shutout in goal

Dana Strimbu posted the shutout in goal and Jillian Strimbu scored the only goal in Avon Lake’s 1-0 win over Berea.

Jillian Strimbu

The Shoregals take a share of first place in the Southwestern Conference with the win.

 Girls Soccer

Avon Lake vs. Berea

Game Date:    Wednesday August 24, 2011

Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 1        Berea (Be) - 0

AL    1-0-0            Be    0-1-0

AL    Jillian Strimbu - 1    Be    None

AL    None            Be    None

Shots on Goal:
AL    10            Be    3

AL    Dana Strimbu - 3

Be    Unknown - 9



















Gilmour boys’ soccer has strong senior leadership; veteran group could get Coach Norris his 100th Lancer coaching victory this week

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – With depth through an enthusiastic band of boys interested in soccer and a tough schedule to better work on improvements, Gilmour is anticipating a fine season as the campaign unfolds this week.

“We have good numbers, a nice schedule and unlimited possibilities,” said 7th-year Lancer Head Coach Rob Norris. “Our team strengths this year are senior leadership and the ability to pressure teams on both sides of the ball.”

The Lancers are led by Senior Tri-Captains Kevin Gleason, Rob Catanese, and Tom Flynn.

Gleason and Catanese, both midfielders, are both three-year varsity letter winners.  A defenseman, Flynn has garnered two varsity letters while manning the Som Center Road pitches.

Season Preview

Those three tri-captains are joined with a host of returning varsity regulars. That bunch includes David Hasler, Jack Hyland, Jack Moore, Robbie Zeller, Joey Ferrara, and George Troicky.

Hasler, a junior, saw time last year but this season will move in as the starting goal keeper. Sophomore Hyland, junior Zeller, and seniors Moore and Troicky are midfielders. Ferrara, a junior, is a forward.

“Our goals include continuing to work hard and improve on a daily basis throughout the regular season and into the playoffs,” said Norris. “We have a very nice sophomore class.”

In that sophomore clan are midfielder Paul-Henry Schoenhagen, defensemen Peter Dolan, Joey Armagno, Joey Catanese, and Adam Miller, and forward Ryan Curtain.

The Lancers also welcome all changes as they’ve added Lake Catholic, Salem and Wellington to this year’s schedule.

“Our expectations are to have a strong work ethic, open minds and good study habits with all players through the leadership of our three team captains,” said Norris.

Those open minds and good study habits led to academic achievements as well as athletic ones. The Lancers snatched the All-Ohio Team Academic Award last season. Additionally, Jack Dolan and Ken Farona were individual All-Ohio Academic honorees

“Our overall outlook is quite positive,” said Norris.  “We’re looking for the team to combine the pace of play with team defense, an attacking offense and strong set plays on both sides of the ball.”

New to the midfield by adding help are senior Austin Semarjian and junior Rocco Screnci.

“We can always improve; as of right now, we are working on team defense,” the coach said. We need good communication with the players and captains and we need to learn to finish our opportunities.”

Norris took over as head coach of the Lancer boys’ soccer program in 2004 after having served as an assistant from 1999-2003 under longtime head coach and current dean of student life and discipline, Tiho Teisl. 

During his 11 seasons of involvement with the program, the Lancers have amassed an overall record of 99-78-22, including a 56-46-11 showing with Norris directing the team.  His squad also earned district finalist honors in both the 2001 and 2009 seasons. The 2010 season was capped off with a win over Kirtland, 4-1, on PKs in sectional final.

As a player, Norris was a three-year varsity midfielder for the Lancers in which time, the team totaled a 39-16-3 record.  He earned All-Ohio and All-Midwest his senior year and was then inducted into the Gilmour Academy Hall of Fame in 1986. 

Norris also spent two seasons with the Ohio Wesleyan University soccer program. The Battling Bishops in 1980 finished No. 16 in the nation with Norris as a starting midfielder.  He recorded one goal and four assists that season with the highlight of the year being an assist in a 1-0 victory against Ohio State University at the Horseshoe.

Wright State Athletics is announcing a new "Raider Up!" marketing campaign

Wright State Athletics is announcing a new "Raider Up!" marketing campaign that is commencing with the 2011-12 season, the department's 25th year of participating as a NCAA Division I member.

This department-wide campaign will be utilized within the athletic department in many forms, including the Student/Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), promotional items, print items, advertising and game presentation.

What is "Raider Up!"?:

  • A transformational phrase that describes Wright State Athletics ...
    • The Wright State Athletics Department is ready to make another major step "Up" within the Horizon League and the intercollegiate athletics scene, to a level that has never been reached in the 25 year history as a NCAA Division I University.
    • In line with Wright State University's "Changing Lives" campaign, "Raider Up!" also describes the transformation of Student/Athletes from when they first arrive on campus until graduation.

§  Our student-athletes work hard in the classroom and on the field, be an active member of the community and campus life, and continually evolving and making a positive difference in their lives and the lives of the many they touch.

  • A rallying cry...
    • Always being prepared to represent Wright State University in the highest esteem.
    • Supporting fellow Raiders by coming to games and events, and being an active participant to give the Raiders an advantage.
    • Showing pride for Wright State University by wearing WSU gear and continually spreading the positive message of Wright State University.

As part of the "Raider Up!" campaign, Wright State Athletics will be working with other Wright State University departments to promote University pride and involvement, including the new Residence Service's interactive "Raider Up!" web application designed to keep students actively involved and informed on all things WSU.

Amherst's Liz Soto scores another goal as Wright State Women Roll to 8-1 Win Over Canisius

The Wright State women's soccer team scored four times in each half in rolling to an 8-1 decision over Canisius Sunday afternoon at the AIA Complex in Xenia.

The Raiders scored quickly in their season opener Friday at Ohio and this match was no different as Brittany Persaud tallied her first goal of the season off a rebound just 2:43 in. WSU added three more goals in the half in Sarah Gross (10:16), Jen Agueci(18:46) and Katie Broerman (33:54). Adrianna Guerrero
provided the assist on the Agueci goal.
Agueci scored her second goal of the day at the 58:43 mark of the second half and goals by Liz Soto (61:09), Emilie Fillion (70:04) and Tiffany Wehmeyer (78:49) rounded out the WSU scoring. Persaud provided the assist on Soto's goal while Broerman did the same for Fillion.

Goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy recorded three saves and allowed just a penalty kick goal while Anna Nock played the final 17 minutes.

For the match, the Raiders outshot Canisius 20-7. It was the most goals scored in a game by WSU since winning 9-0 at Morehead State on September 2, 2001.

Wright State (2-0) hosts Eastern Kentucky on Friday, August 26, at 5:00 at the AIA Complex. It will be the first match of a doubleheader as the Raider men host Marshall at approximately 7:30.

Alex Strimbu’s hat trick leads Avon Lake past Berea on pitch

 AVON LAKE – Alex Strimbu scored three goals to lead Avon Lake boys’ soccer to a 7-1 wn over Berea in Southwestern Conference action Wednesday.

Nick Stephenson added two goals while Zac Strimbu and Mackenzie Bates shared ttime in goal to keep the Braves attackers at bay.

Marlon Robertson scored Berea's lone goal on a penalty kick.

Avon Lake 7 Berea 1

 Goal scorers

Berea: Marlon Robertson (PK).  AL: Alex Strimbu 3, Nick Stephenson 2, Eric Mills, Alex Yungvirt

 Goalies: Berea,  Shane Bartek( 4 saves); AL,  Zac Strimbu ( 3 saves), Mackenzie Bates (2 saves)

 Assists for Avon Lake: Joe Villari, Alex Yungvirt

 Score at half: Avon Lake  3 Berea 0

 Shots for Avon Lake: 11 

 Shots for Berea:   5

 Corners for Berea: 4

 Corners for AL: 3

Ohio Announces 2011-12 Women’s Basketball Schedule; Slate Includes Trip Here to Play CSU

‘Cats to Host 16 Games, Including Eight During Non-Conference

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women’s basketball team, under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Semeka Randall, announced a 30-game regular season schedule on Monday. The slate includes 16 home games, and 11 matchups against teams that competed in the 2010-11 postseason. Five opponents on the non-conference schedule finished with RPI’s in the top-100 nationally.

“We have tremendous balance to our schedule this season, which features 16 home games.” Randall said. “There will be great competition coming to The Convo this season. We hope the community will embrace the opportunity and come see us play often.”

The toughest tests during the non-conference schedule will come in December when the Bobcats will take part in the Duel in the Desert. They will square off with three foes that finished in the top-50 of the 2010-11 RPI. Additionally, the trio of opponents each won at least one postseason game following their campaigns last season.

On Dec. 18, Ohio will take on in-state opponent Xavier. The Musketeers were a second seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round after they bested South Dakota State in the first round, 72-56.

In the final two days of the event, the Bobcats with face the Syracuse Orange of the Big East, and the Oklahoma Sooners from the Big 12. The Orange reached the WNIT quarterfinals, while the Sooners advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 with wins over James Madison and Miami (Fla.). Oklahoma finished the year ranked 15th nationally in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

After the Bobcats begin with a pair of home exhibition games against Ohio Valley and Lake Erie College on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 respectively, Ohio begins the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Morehead State.

Following the trip to Morehead, Ky., Ohio begins a four-game homestand, which features games against Marshall (Nov. 19), Belmont (Nov. 23), Chicago State (Nov. 26) and UNC-Wilmington (Nov. 30). Chicago State and UNC-Wilmington both advanced to the postseason following the 2010-11 season. The Cougars of Chicago State reached the WBI semifinals a season ago, while the Seahawks advanced to the second round of the WNIT.

December begins with a two-game road trip against a pair of teams that advanced last year. The trip starts in Pittsburgh, Pa., against Duquesne (Dec. 3) and wraps up against the Vikings of Cleveland State (Dec. 5). The Dukes reached the third round of the WNIT, and Cleveland State advanced to the quarterfinals of the WBI.

After a three-game homestand in a five day period, Ohio will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., where it will play three games in as many days. The trip to Las Vegas will be for the Duel in the Desert from Dec. 18-20.

After a nine-day layoff, Ohio concludes its non-conference portion of the schedule at home against George Mason on Dec. 29.

The Bobcats will begin their 16-game Mid-American Conference (MAC) slate on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Convocation Center against Buffalo. After road games at Kent State and Bowling Green, Ohio will begin a three-game homestand against MAC rival Miami on Sunday, Jan. 15. Akron and Toledo will also visit Athens during the stretch, which caps against the Rockets on Sunday, Jan. 22.

The month of January will conclude with consecutive road games at Central Michigan (Jan. 25) and Western Michigan (Jan. 28).

Ohio will conclude the regular season during the month of February when it will play eight conference games, four of which will be at home. The ‘Cats will host Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 1, before they travel to DeKalb, Ill., on Feb. 4 to face Northern Illinois.

The Bobcats will return home on Saturday, Feb. 11, and play host to Ball State. Following a road game at Akron, Ohio will host Kent State and Bowling Green in the squad’s final two home games of the regular season. The Green & White will conclude the regular season at Buffalo (Feb. 25) and at Miami (Feb. 28).

The opening round of the conference tournament will be held on March 3 at campus sites, while the remaining rounds of the 2012 FirstEnergy MAC Basketball Championship will be held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland from March 8-10.

All game times will be determined at a later date.  The complete schedule can be found at http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/ohio-w-baskbl-sched.html.

Josh Birkline, Marcus Schmitz, Connor Klekota goals lead Amherst past Westlake

Amherst got off to a fast start against arch-rival Westlake and never looked back, cruising to a 3-0 SWC win.

Marcus Schmitz, Connor Klekota, and Josh Birkline all put in early goals to give the Comets a 3-0 lead 20 minutes into the match and the defense took over from there. Schmitz, Klekota, and Bradley Mieden added assists.

Maximo Meggitt was superb in goal to earn the shutout and the Amherst defense, led by Garrett Klekota, Jake McDonald, Eric Armstrong, Dalton Sweet, and Dean Coghlan, limited Westlake to very few chances on goal.

The Comets improved to 2-0 on the season by winning their conference opener. Amherst takes on Avon at Avon on Saturday at 7.

Amherst 3, Westlake 0
 @ Amherst
Goals: Marcus Schmitz, Connor Klekota, Josh Birkline
Assists: Marcus Schmitz, Bradley Mieden, Connor Klekota
Saves: Amherst - Maximo Meggitt - 3 saves; Westlake - Alec Ferrell - 8 saves
Amherst record - 2-0 (1-0 in the SWC)
Westlake record - 1-1 (0-1 in the SWC)
JV - Westlake 3, Amherst 0
Next game for Amherst @ Avon on Saturday at 5/7
Please note the location change for this game.

 Mags B team takes Lancers B on courts

Magnificat’s varsity B tennis team topped Gilmour, 5-0, Wednesday.

Miranda Manimbo, Rachelle Abdelnoir Sophie Wood won by a combined score of 36-4 in games in singles play.

 Magnificat (5) def. Gilmour (0)

Magnificat Varsity B season record: 5 and 0


1. Miranda Manimbo def. N. Doe 6-0, 6-0

2. Rachelle Abdelnoir def. A. Stefanski 6-1, 6-1

3. Sophie Wood def. M. Hawken 6-0, 6-2


1. Nora Hudac/Hayley Lawless def. L. Drake/M Asher 6-4, 6-3

2. Mary Grace Brandt/Sarah Oskowski def. T. Block/N. Ertz 6-0, 6-2