A Page -- Oct. 4, 2011

Ohio Wins at Northern Illinois, 2-1; Bobcats complete successful weekend by winning second straight match; Solon’s Erin Schwenke scores first goal of the season for match winner; Mentor’s Paige Howard assists with nifty pass on the other goal

DEKALB, Ill. – Ohio Soccer picked up its second consecutive Mid-American Conference win on Sunday, earning a 2-1 victory at Northern Illinois. With the win, the Bobcats 6-6 (3-1 MAC) currently sit atop the MAC East standings. The Bobcats have been on fire of late, winning four of their last five matches.

Howard (L), Schwenke (R)

Ohio did a good job dealing with some early pressure from Northern Illinois (1-9-2, 0-4 MAC), as goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) made two saves within the first ten minutes of the match. The Bobcats were then able to apply some pressure of their own, forcing NIU’s defense into some difficult situations. Toye Famodu was able to break the deadlock in the 24th minute, scoring her third goal of the season after receiving a nice pass from teammate Paige Howard (Mentor, Ohio). Famodu has been a very important piece of the Bobcats’ MAC success so far this season, as she’s scored goals in back-to-back matches, both of which have been victories.

“She is, without question, our most consistent forward,” said head coach Stacy Strauss. “She’s the total package the way she is playing right now. She has a very good work rate, speed, technical ability, and add to that, finishing.”

The Huskies were able to equalize 15 minutes into the second half when Samantha Hill found the back of the net in the 60th minute.  

Despite this second-half goal by Northern Illinois, Ohio was not to be denied the victory on Sunday. The Bobcats answered back immediately and emphatically, scoring the go-ahead goal in the very next minute. Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio) received a pass from Cathryn Rogers before beating Amy Carr to score her first goal of the season, one which put the Green and White in the lead for good.

The Bobcats wrap up their four-game conference road trip next weekend with stops in Toledo (Oct. 7) and Ball State (Oct. 9).

“We’re in a good place right now,” Strauss said. “We also recognize that every single game is a battle and we’re going into a huge weekend with Toledo and Ball State on the road. We’re going to need to play even a little bit better this coming than we did this past weekend.”

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CSU soccer heads to Hoosier state for two matches

Cleveland State continues Horizon League play with two key road matches this week, beginning on Wednesday (Oct. 5) with a 3:30 p.m. match at Butler. After returning home for a few days, CSU heads back to Indiana for a 1:00 p.m. match at Valparaiso on Sunday (Oct.9). The Vikings enter the week with a 7-4-1 overall record, but are just 0-2-1 in the league for one point. Butler is 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Horizon League, while Valparaiso is 6-4-2 overall and 2-0 in the league. Both the Bulldogs and Crusaders are tied for second place in the league with six points along with Detroit. CSU's one point is tied for sixth place with three other teams with only the top six teams advancing to the league tournament.

Westlake's Brooke Henderson (L), Avon Lake's Trish Wladecki (R) to face CSU

REVIEWING LAST WEEK: The Vikings played just one time last week. Here is brief recap of the match:

Match #12: CSU 1, Loyola 1 (Sept. 30, Cleveland, Ohio) 
Playing in a cold, steady rain with wind gusts of over 30 miles per hour, Cleveland State and Loyola played to a 1-1 draw. Taylor Vidovic gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute with her fourth goal of the year, but Loyola tied the match in the 73rd minute. Becky Williams made 10 saves for CSU.

2011 SEASON PREVIEW: Coming off the best season in school history, eighth-year head coach Derrek Falor has high expectations for this year's squad. Falor will blend six returning starters and 13 letterwinners with 12 freshmen and three transfers to form this year's team. Headlining the returners is senior Natalie Daniels (2 g, 6 a, 10 pts) who will once again anchor the midfield. She is joined in the midfield by junior Jaime Avona (3 g, 6 pts) and freshmen Shea Levi (1 g, 2 pts) and Kelcey Fischer (1 g, 1 a, 3 pts). Seniors Samantha Salamon (1 g, 1 a, 3 pts) and Jessica Bound add experience and depth in the midfield. The defense is once again strong with the return of second team all-league junior Valerie Stahl (2 g, 1 a, 5 pts) and sophomore Frederike Dubeau (2 a), who was an all-newcomer team pick last year. Senior Marina Taylor, junior Carla Ragone sophomore Sarah Zawie and and freshmen Sabrina Abram add depth to the defense. Up front, Falor will rely on the duo of sophomore Taylor Vidovic (4 g, 1 a, 9 pts), senior transfer Nancy Newcomer (3 g, 6 pts) and freshman Lynsay Strahorn (2 g, 1 a, 5 pts) to provide an offensive burst. Senior Becky Williams (1.17 GAA, 39 svs), a transfer from Ohio Dominican, has stepped in as the starting goalkeeper after the Vikings lost freshman Sarah Wood to a season-ending knee injury.

GOALS, GOALS, AND MORE GOALS: The Vikings are scoring goals at a record pace this year with 20 tallies through 12 matches. The school record for goals in a season is 24, which was set last year.

... AND SCORING TWO OR MORE: CSU has scored two or more goals in seven matches this season, tied with the 2008 and 2010 squads for most matches with at least two goals. In addition, the Vikings have scored at least three goals three times this year, tied with last year's squad for the most in school history.

CHASING A WINS RECORD: With a 7-4-1 mark this season, the Vikings are closing in on the school record for wins in a season, which is nine set by last year's squad. The seven wins this year are already the third most in the eight year history of the program. The 2008 squad won eight times.

TAYLOR MADE: Sophomore forward Taylor Vidovic netted her team-leading fourth goal of the season in Friday's (Sept. 30) 1-1 draw with Loyola, moving her into a tie for sixth place for most goals in a season in school history. She needs one more to move into fourth place and two more goals to move into a tie for third place in the record books. Vidovic's four goals are tied for the eighth most in the Horizon League this season.

DANIELS DISHING IT OUT: Natalie Daniels is ranked third in the Horizon League with six assists this year, but is also chasing a CSU single season record. Lisa Conway currently holds the school record with seven assists in 2006. Daniels also had six assists in 2008.

... AND LIKES RECORDS: Natalie Daniels leads the team and is tied for eighth in the league with 10 points (2 goals, 6 assists). That has allowed her to add to her Cleveland State career records as the all-time leader in school history in goals (18), assists (19), points (55), shots (145) and shots on goal (91).

SAVING BECKY: Becky Williams made 10 saves to help CSU earn a 1-1 draw with Loyola on Friday (Sept. 30), her second game of the season with 10 saves. Williams, who also made 10 saves in CSU's win at Air Force (Sept. 11) became the fourth Viking goalkeeper to record at least 10 saves in different matches in a season. Since taking over as CSU's starting keeper against Bowling Green on Sept. 2, Williams has gone 5-2-1. She ranks fifth in the league in saves (39) and shutouts (3) and sixth with a 1.17 goals against average.


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Lakewood's Kelly McKee and Erin Hoffert getting coaching instruction during break
Mags, Westlake advance both doubles teams to districts

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN -- All four doubles seeds advanced to the big-school tennis districts with Monday's quarterfinals wins here at The College.

Tournament Director Ed Wolff remained conscious of the fact that the Student/Athletes are students first and athletes second and has been working around the rain to keep the salient point at hand. The S/As will have Wednesday and Thursday off so they could focus on school and then return for seedings play Friday. Singles is expected to make it through qualifying rounds today but will not start until after all morning classes are completed.

The second doubles seed in the tourney, Annie Foliano and Kelly Plagens of Magnificat, coasted to a win in the quarterfinals over Avon’s Megan Monroe and Hallie Mentler, 6-1, 6-3 and thereby advanced to next week’s districts.

Plagens (L), Foliano (R)

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Westlake's Dana Miller and Bhargavi Maheshwer

Fourth-seeded Bhargavi Maheshwer and Dana Miller qualified to next week’s Oberlin Districts with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Lakewood’s Kelly McKee and Erin Hoffert.

Hoffert and McKee had the upper hand in the first set, going up 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 before the Demon duo dropped a bomb on them with three straight wins. Then they took little time in taking the second set of the quarterfinal

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Their Westlake teammate Laren Gollick, the defending sectional champion, was involved in the only singles match played Friday, winning 6-0, 6-0 in 20 minutes over John Marshall’s Brittany Schill.

Other singles matches finally made it onto the courts today. Advancing past the first round today were North Olmsted’s Jordan Sanchez, Normandy’s Hannah Ullman, Amherst’s Natalie Keron, Normandy’s Sarah Schaffer, Midview's Rachel Pickering, St. Joe's Elizabeth Wagner, Mags' Lauren O'Malley, Ridgevile's Kelsey Watson, Lorain's Marina Melendez, Elyria's Angela Rodriguez, St. Joe's Callie Powers.

Westlake’s Julia Dunbar and Michelle Djohan had both been to districts prior to this season but this will be the first time they will go together as a doubles team.

   Djohan (L) and Dunbar               

The No. 1 seed in the tourney, Djohan and Dunbar breezed by Elyria’s Emily Henceroth and India Fields, 6-0, 6-0.

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Considering they have been playing singles most of the season (even though they have been practicing as a doubles team), Dunbar and Djohan have had quite a tournament, playing three matches and winning all three by 6-0, 6-0 counts.

Cousins Abby Lawless and Jess Hollis, third seeded for sectionals, will both go to districts for the first time after eliminating Avon Lake's Jamie Carpenter and Amanda Harley in the quarters, 6-1, 6-0.

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Cousins Lawless (L) and Hollis