A Page -- Aug. 30, 2011

Magnificat wins Panther Run to Fun Invitational; Blue Streak freshman Elise Horning finishes second overall in the race

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SANDUSKY -- Magnificat ran in the Panther Run to Fun Invite over the weekend in Sandusky, which was the Blue Streaks’ opening race for the 2011 cross country season.  

“Our goal was to see what results the ladies could achieve from the past 4 weeks of training,” said Blue Streak Coach Anjanette Arabian, whose team has won the state big-school championship in all of the last three seasons. “The results were very good.  Almost half of our roster is new so it was exciting to have the ladies start to bring it together.

There was only one race for all of the Division I teams over the 2-mile course.  The Blue Streaks earned the team championship plaque and were led by the freshman-sophomore sister pair of Elise and Gretchen Horning.

Elise achieved an outstanding 2nd-place finish, challenging the ultimate winner the whole way.  Gretchen was 8th overall, followed closely behind by senior captain Meghan Riley, freshman Katie Whitmore and senior captain Bridgette Coyne, rounding out the scoring.

Freshman Jane Ketterer and Junior Erin Gallagher were the 6th & 7th runners for the team, helping the first seven Magnificat Student/Athletes to all finish in the top 20. Ketterer finished 16th and Gallagher 18th, the former one second behind Coyne and the latter four seconds behind Coyne.

The JV group also ran well for the Blue Streaks with the 8th through 14th runner all finishing in the top 50 (in the combined varsity-JV race, the same one the Blue Streak regulars were in during this event.

Brooke McQuinn finished in 27th just seconds behind Gallagher. Angelina Klucznik took 29th, Devyn Brossard 35th, Molly Sullivan 36th, Caroline Samanich 38th, Sydney Jablonski 42nd, and Shannon Walton 47th.

Only 29 seconds separated the first (McQuinn) and fifth (Samanich) runners for the JV group.  For the varsity, the difference between the top scorer (Horning) and last one (Coyne) was 45 seconds, but between the second (Gretchen) and fifth (Coyne) was 20 seconds.

This week the team competes at Avon Lake's Early Bird Invitational at LCCC. 

Comets are at center state this weekend when they travel to take on Kilbourne in hopes of extending regular-season winning streak to 22 games

SOLON -- The Solon Football Comets will go on the road (I-71 to be exact) in Week Two, as the Varsity Comets will be in Columbus to take on Worthington Kilbourne This weekend.

Game time is 7:30 on Friday night at Kilbourne’s Ron Hopper Memorial Stadium. The Comet JV and freshman grid squads will both play Padua this week. Thursday the freshmen are in action at Stewart Field and the JVs will travel to Padua on Saturday for a 12:00 kick.

The Solon Comets started the 2011 regular season with a big 34-13 win at Shaker Heights this past Saturday. The Freshman Comets also defeated Shaker Heights this past week, 36-0. Both JV squads will meet up on Monday, August 29th at Stewart Field.

Solon’s varsity is now riding a 21-game regular-season winning streak.


The beginning of the 2011 regular season proved to be successful again for the Comets.

Led by quarterback Pat Kramer, the Comets ended the first half with 17 unanswered points. Entering the second half, Darian Hicks took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to put the Comets up 24-0.

Shaker Heights came back in the fourth quarter with two scores, but fell short to Solon 34-13 to begin the 2011 campaign. Khoury Crenshaw finished the day with three touchdowns; one of which was for 66 yards.

Solon and Kilbourne met for the first time last year in a game at Stewart Field where Solon came out on top, 42-13.

This week the Comets will travel to Kilbourne to face an improved team from a year ago.

“Kilbourne comes off a big win at Westerville North last week,” said Solon head coach Jim McQuaide. “We need to remain focused this week on the task at hand because anytime you have a long way to travel, you can be faced with many different distractions. Our guys need to work hard in practice this week to remain aware of what the job is that needs to be done.”

Coming up in Week Three action, the Comets will begin the home portion of the 2011 schedule, as they host Akron Buchtel. Buchtel is a new opponent for the Comets in 2011 and was the Division III State Runner-Up just a year ago.

Kilbourne will enter the “Battle of Hard Road” next Friday night against Dublin Scioto.

RedHawks Fall in Overtime at EKU

RICHMOND, Ky. – Junior Jess Kodiak scored a late equalizer for the Miami University women’s soccer team to force overtime, but host Eastern Kentucky notched the game-winning goal in the first overtime to top the RedHawks, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at EKU Soccer Field. It was just the second meeting between the two schools, as the Colonels (1-3-0) evened the all-time series with Miami (2-2-0) at 1-1 while earning their first victory of 2011.

The RedHawks pressured EKU early, putting a pair of shots on goal while earning a corner kick in the first 15 minutes, but goalkeeper Annie Wickett saved both attempts for the Colonels to keep the game scoreless. The two sides would head into halftime scoreless despite Miami outshooting EKU, 6-3, over the first 45 minutes. Wickett stopped all three shots the ‘Hawks put on target, however, but the Colonels were unable to put the ball on frame themselves.

Eastern Kentucky’s Devon Saini broke the deadlock with the first of her two goals on the day in the 65th minute. Brittany Nomady passed to Saini, who beat Miami redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) from the top of the penalty box with a blast to the upper right corner of the goal.

Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) would then pull the RedHawks even at 1-1 in the 80th minute with her third goal of the year, scoring in each of her last three matches, as she now has a point in all four games on the season. Kodiak was able to beat Wickett, unassisted, from 18 yards out with a laser that found the lower right corner of the net.

Regulation would end knotted at one apiece, forcing overtime. Less than four minutes into the first extra session, Saini again found the back of the net to give the Colonels the 2-1 victory on the first shot of overtime for either team. Lauren Fant led Saini toward goal with a strong pass and Saini beat Norenberg, who came off her line, to the ball, allowing her to slot the ball into the right corner of the goal.

“We made some critical errors defensively today that cost us. We need to get better there,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “Offensively we are capable of much more than we are currently producing.”

The RedHawks outshot Eastern Kentucky, 11-8, for the match in defeat. Wickett ended with six saves, making three more in the second stanza, while Norenberg finished with two saves, both in the final 45 minutes. Both squads earned five corner kicks, including three each in the second half.

“We knew coming into the season that this was a young team and that it would take some time to sort things out,” Kramig said. “It’ll come and we’ll get better.”

The RedHawks are idle next weekend before returning home to host their own tournament Friday, Sep. 9 and Sunday, Sep. 11. Participating in the tournament is East Tennessee State, UT-Martin and Wright State. Miami faces UT-Martin Sep. 9 at 4:30 p.m. after ETSU and WSU square off earlier in the day. The ‘Hawks then take on ETSU Sep. 11 at 3 p.m., which will be Senior Day and will be preceded by a match between UT-Martin and Wright State.


Wright State Women's Falls 2-1 at #7 Ohio State

The Wright State women's soccer team battled #7 Ohio State scoreless for 55 minutes before eventually falling to the Buckeyes 2-1 Sunday night in Columbus.

It was scoreless until OSU's Danica Wu converted a penalty kick at the 55:13 mark of the second half.  The Buckeyes made it 2-0 at the 80:47 mark on a header by Chelsy Swackhamer on an assist by Kiiri Kuld.

Adrianna Guerrero answered for WSU just 34 seconds later on a shot from the far right wing, but the Raiders could get no closer despite four shots in the final six minutes.

Ohio State (3-1) outshot Wright State 22-12, but Raider goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy recorded 10 saves on the night.

Wright State (3-1) heads to Auburn, Alabama, next weekend for the Auburn Tournament.  The Raiders face Ole Miss on Friday, September 2, at 5:30 Eastern, followed by the host Tigers on Sunday, September 4, at 3:00 Dayton time.

Eighth-ranked (Greater Cleveland) Avon Lake to take on Hudson, ninth-ranked/defending district champ Westlake on the pitches this week

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE -- After starting off the season with a sound conference win and a tie with one of the nation’s premier high school soccer programs, Avon Lake’s boys will get another big test when it hosts Hudson tonight, August 30, at 7PM in a non-conference battle.

The Shoremen (1-0-1) fell to the Explorers, 5-1, last season in Lavelli Field.  However, that match proved to be a turning point for the 2010 Shoremen and now the ’11 group. Since that Hudson match, the Shoremen have only lost one time in the last eight matches.


The Explorers enter the match 1-0-1 with a victory over Copley and a draw with North Royalton.

This weekend it will be back to Southwestern Conference play as the Shoremen travel to Westlake on Saturday, September 3, at 7PM to face the Demons for the first time since the District Final in 2010.

A big difference in this match will be that Avon Lake senior captain Joe Villari will be available to play and he is looking forward to the chance of playing the Demons.   The Demons are 2-0 with victories over Brunswick and Mentor. 

The Shoremen will be hoping for a mild upset since they have not defeated the Demons in the last five meetings between the two but have come close several times. They lost by identical scores of 2-1 in the district finals last year and the sectional finals two seasons ago to Westlake.  In conference play they played the Demons to a 1-1 tie in ’09 and since ’08 in any event have not lost to Westlake by more than three goals.

In the Greater Cleveland Top 10, Avon Lake is ranked eighth and Westlake 9th. Hudson hasn’t been ranked – yet.

The last time an Avon Lake team defeated a Westlake team was in 2005 when Avon Lake came away with a 2-1 league win.  This year’s freshman group was in third grade then. The only blowout in the last 11 meetings between Westlake and Avon Lake came in 2006 when Westlake was a 5-0 victor. There have been two draws in the series since 2004.

The Shoremen opened their season with a decisive 7-1 victory of Berea at Memorial Stadium.

Alex Strimbu tallied a hat trick, Nick Stephenson scored twice, and Eric Mills and Alex Yungvirt also scored.

Mac Bates and Zac Strimbu combined to make 4 saves.  On Saturday, the Shoremen hosted #3 in Greater Cleveland and perennial powerhouse Strongsville.

Avon Lake scored first on great combination play with Yungvirt putting the ball in the back of the net.  The Shoremen gave up a PK to the Mustangs with 20 minutes left in the second half to enable the guests to draw even. 

A few minutes later, the Mustangs took the lead with the Shoremen giving up their first goal in run of play in over 145 minutes.  Shortly after the Mustangs took the lead, the Shoremen battled back and showed what they were made of as Yungvirt set up James Darkow for the equalizer.  Strimbu had 5 saves in the effort.

JV Maroon Results:  The Maroons competed against a Varsity squad from Hearts for Jesus last Monday.

“It was a good learning experience for everyone to see what steps they need to take to improve,” said Head AL Varsity Coach Dan Ogilvy.

The Maroons also fought hard in 3-1 loss to Strongsville on Saturday.  Sophomore Kyle Smith scored the lone goal.

JV Gold Results: The Golds opened their season with a decisive 7-0 win over Hearts for Jesus last Monday.  Seven different players scored in the victory.

On Saturday, the Shoremen fought to the end in a 2-0 loss to Strongsville.  “The Golds have shown a great deal of growth and look to continue it,” Ogilvy.