A Page -- Sept. 4, 2011

Mentor's Kylee Kolesar (L), North Olmsted's Ashley Kuhn (R)

A dozen Student/Athletes from Greater 

Cleveland-area high schools to play a part in 

Mount Union Women's Soccer

ALLIANCE, Ohio--Much has changed for Mount Union's women's soccer team since the end of last season. New field turf has been installed in Mount Union Stadium, where the team plays its games, the Raiders return just seven letterwinners and five starters from last season, and Kelley Clark begins her first season as the team's head coach.

After spending the last three years as an assistant coach, Clark moves to the role of head coach and will begin the process of guiding the Raiders up the Ohio Athletic Conference standings. "I am confident we will be successful taking on new challenges this season, and I am excited about what our returning players and incoming freshmen will bring to our program," Clark said.

Leading the group of returners is junior Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor), a Second Team All-OAC selection last season. A dual threat with the ball, she tallied a team-high in points (18) and assists (8) and was second on the team in goals scored (6) as a sophomore.

Green's Sprandel (L), Twinsburg's Stanley (R)

Seniors Kaleigh Stanley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) and Jen Sprandel (Green/Green) and juniors Jackie Lowdermilk (Wadsworth/Wadsworth) and Ashley Kuhn (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) round out the returning starters. Lowdermilk, who scored four goals last season, will help bolster the offense while Stanley and Kuhn will anchor the Raider defense for senior goalkeeper Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna), who started nine games in net last season.

Wadsworth's Lowdermilk (L), Ravenna's Vespoint (R)

The return of seniors Alyssa Flitcraft (Alliance/Marlington) and Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) should benefit the squad. A part-time starter, Flitcraft played in just seven games last season before suffering an injury that sidelined her for the rest of the season. A three-year starter, Handley returns after a one-year hiatus. She was the top runner on the women's cross country team a year ago.

Marlington's Flitcraft (L), Medina's Schollaert (R)

Other returners who saw action last season include senior Lauren Schollaert (Medina/Medina), juniors Aly Rice (Lodi/Cloverleaf), Abbey Valentine (Hudson/Walsh Jesuit), and Libby Gruber (Graytown/Oak Harbor), and sophomores Sarah Tubbesing (Parma/Parma), Janey Fulk (Mansfield/Crestview), and Katelin Fields(Ravenna/Ravenna).

Cloverleaf's Rice (L), Walsh's Valentine (R)

The Raiders have a busy week ahead of them. They open their season on Thursday when they visitWaynesburg and play host to Spalding (Ky.) and Hilbert (N.Y.) on Saturday and Sunday. The Raiders begin OAC play on September 24 when they travel to Wilmington.

Parma's Tubbesing (L), Ravenna's Fields (R)

Raider Men Hope to Get to Next Level

ALLIANCE, Ohio--Mount Union's men's soccer team returns nine starters from last year's squad that qualified for the OAC Tournament for the first time since 2003. All-OAC performers Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney), Kevin Cindric (Willowick/Eastlake North), Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney), and Anthony Grenga (Canfield/Boardman) headline the list of returners.

North alum Kevin Cindric

The program has steadily improved since fifth year head coach John Witkowski arrived. A season ago, Witkowski led the Purple Raiders to their highest win total in seven seasons and the team hosted an OAC Tournament match for the first time since 1998. Off the field, his team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award each of his four seasons at the helm.

The team hopes to take the next step forward this season. "We hosted an OAC Tournament hame, but our players feel that is not enough. They want to compete for the OAC title and we have the team to do it," Witkowski said. "With our experience, combined with the new guys coming in, I think we will be really strong."

Critell, a junior, has been an All-OAC honoree both of his seasons at Mount Union. He started 16 games and had a goals against average of just 1.16 while recording three shutouts a season ago.

Cuyahoga Falls grad Anthony Mara

A Second Team All-OAC selection, Grenga anchors a veteran defense that will sit in front Critell. SeniorsAnthony Mara (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Falls) and Phil Spagnolo (Lower Burrel, Pa./Burrell) and junior Brant Schonauer (Walhonding/River View) also return to the back line.  The quartet has combined to start 140 games in a Purple Raider uniform. Last season, Grenga and Spagnolo scored three goals apiece.

Beck and Cindric will lead the attack on the Raider front line. Beck's 16 points and seven goals ranked second on the team during his freshman season. Cindric assisted on four Raider shots that found the back of the net. Junior midfielder Leo Hicks (Leetonia/Cardinal Mooney) led the team with eight assists and is the final returning starter.  

Sophomores Dylan Walls (Columbus/St. Francis DeSales) and Chris Felker (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) round out the returning letterwinners. Walls netted two goals and delivered four assists as a freshman. Felker appeared in 14 games and made four starts.

Seniors Erik Leib (Barberton/Barberton) and Kevin Kowaleswski (Warsaw/River View) and sophomore Travis Connor (Lodi/Cloverleaf) are among other players who saw action last season. Contributors are expected from a strong freshmen class as well.

The Purple Raiders open the season when they travel to Lycoming (Pa.) for a weekend tournament on Saturday. Their first opponent of the tournament will be McDaniel (Md.). After five games on the road to open the season, the Raiders play their first game at Mount Union Stadium on September 14th. The OAC schedule begins September 24th at Wilmington.  

Kolesar's two goals lead season-opening win for Raiders

WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- A pair of goals by junior Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) and terrific play in goal by freshman Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield) were enough for the Mount Union women's soccer team to earn a 3-0 win in the debut of new head coach Kelley Clark.

Podolsky had six saves to post a shutout in her collegiate debut.

On a night of many firsts, it seems that some things will stay the same as Kolesar, the team's second-leading scorer a season ago, found the back of the net on a pass from Allison Foss (Lowell/Marietta) in the 13th minute for a 1-0 lead. She added another goal in the 86th minute to put the game out of reach.

Junior Ashley Kuhn (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) scored a goal in the 40th minute and assisted on Kolesar's second score to tally three points on the night.

The Purple Raiders (1-0) will be in action again this weekend hosting Spalding (Ky.) at 1 p.m. on Saturday and then Hilbert (N.Y.) Sunday at 2 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance

Rockets top Jaguars in tennis

Bay tennis was a 3-2 winner over St. Joe’s in high school tennis.

Bay No. 1 singles Katie Quillin

The Rockets won two of the three singles matches.

Bay 3, Saint Joseph Academy 2
Singles:  Quillin (B) d. Wagner 6-0, 6-0; Dong (B) d. Powers 6-1, 6-4; Drapac (SJA) d. Neuendorf 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles:  Violand/Kahl (SJA) d. Stevens/Salim 6-0, 6-4; Kapes/Hansen (B) d. Saracina/DeGidio 6-2, 6-2.

Wright State Men's Soccer Falls 2-1 at #21 Kentucky

The Wright State men's soccer team battled #21 Kentucky throughout before falling 2-1 at the UK Tournament in Lexington Friday night.

Kentucky scored just 2:16 into the contest on a Brad Walker goal on assists by Matt Lodge and Steven Perinovic.  It stayed that way, though, until the Wildcats tallied another goal at the 80:49 mark as Lodge scored off an assist from Charlie Pettys.

The Raiders avoided the shutout as Bayahtah Roberts scored his first collegiate goal at the 89:05 mark on a penalty kick.

Kentucky (3-0) outshot WSU 24-4 and had a 14-5 advantage in corner kick, but the Wright State defense held strong.

Wright State (2-1) concludes play at the UK Tournament on Sunday, facing Evansville at noon.

Wright State Cross Country Opens Season at Flyer 5K; Painesville's Dan Shafer takes 14th overall

The Wright State cross country teams opened their seasons Saturday at the Flyer 5K Challenge, held at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering.


Jason Bruns led the way for the Raider men as he finished eighth with a time of 15:58.  Dan Shafer was 14th at 16:15.

On the women's side, Joanie Ma was 19th with a time of 19:53.

Matt Peters of Canal Fulton and Northwest High was 34th in the overall race and the fourth scorer for the Raiders.


WSU returns to action on Friday, September 9, at the Queen City Invitational in Alexandria, Kentucky.

WSU Women's Soccer Ties Ole Miss

The Wright State women's soccer team Friday battled Ole Miss to a scoreless tie at the Auburn Tournament in Auburn, Alabama.

The Raiders outshot the Rebels 17-15, including a 10-4 edge in the second half, but both goalkeepers preserved the shutout as WSU keeper Brooke McCurdy recorded three saves while keeper Alley Ronaldi had seven for Ole Miss (3-0-1).

Adrianna Guerrero had nine shots and Bekah Bonny three for Wright State (3-1-1), who faces host Auburn Sunday at 3:00 Eastern.





A “Tale of Two Halves” scares the Dickens out of Olmsted Falls, but Bulldogs narrowly escape with 2-2 tie against St. Joe’s; Ali DeCrane encapsulates Jaguars’ tenacity

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS -- The varsity girls’ soccer teams at Olmsted High School and St. Joseph Academy took a page out of the Charles Dickens manual of story telling Saturday and forged a tale of two halves, ending in a 2-2 draw on the pitch at the Middle School here.

Olmsted Falls dominated then first half with two early goals and the Jaguars the second half with two late goals, catching the Bulldogs napping in a defensive setting to end in sharing the winning/losing hands.

"Birthday girl" DuPratt

Listen to post-match interview of Student/Athlete Reilee DuPratt, conducted by Norm by clicking link and downloading


Bulldog senior Reilee DuPratt had a birthday earlier this week, was introduced with a belated wish from the announcer’s booth during the introductions prior to the match, and promptly celebrated her “birth week” with a goal at 6:50 to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

Sarah Loftus, who was called up from the JV team for this match due to concussions and other injuries suffered by varsity Student/Athletes, earned the assist with the cross pass. She even had to change numbers on her jersey in order to do it, from 22 to 21, since Helen Baszuk already had the former number on the varsity team.


Listen to post-match interview of Student/Athlete Sarah Loftus, conducted by Norm by clicking link and downloading


Just as that goal was about to settle in for the Jaguars’ defense, they were hit with another ghost buster from holidays of the past when Laney Haviland crossed a corner kick over to senior defender Jill Mesaros, who was able to bury it into the net at 8:29, making it 2-0.


Listen to post-match interview of Student/Athlete Laney Haviland, conducted by Norm by clicking link and downloading


The Bulldogs were not to be heard again from the scoring column the last 71 and a half minutes of the match, but, ironically, both Haviland and Mesaros had excellent chances of registering the team’s third goal in the second half. Haviland’s quality chance turned into a post ball and Mesaros’ from 25 yards out was angling straight above jaguar keeper Sarah Reinhold’s head and under the cross bar but then curved upward in the last minute and sailed out of play for a goal kick.


Listen to post-match interview of Student/Athlete Jill Mesaros, conducted by Norm by clicking link and downloading


 St. Joe’s first great chance came in the second half when Niki Mikolcic banged a header that Bulldog keeper Leah Walchanowicz made a sound play on to save.

Then some great expectations for the guests were fulfilled when sophomore midfielder Ali DeCrane with her long range shooting. First she took pass from Mikolcic and banged one home from 30 yards on the right wing at 69:03 to slice it to one, 2-1.


Listen to post-match interview of Student/Athlete Ali DeCrane, conducted by Norm by clicking link and downloading


Then Mikolcic, a junior, found DeCrane again, who pulled the trigger from long range on a ball that found the back of the net at 73:05 to tie it, 2-2.


Listen to post-match interview of Student/Athlete Niki Mikolcic, conducted by Norm by clicking link and downloading


In a scramble in front of the net in the waning moments, Reinhold was able to hustle to a ball to smother it and clear it on the punt.

A couple of family twists in this match had Falls varsity assistant coach Paula Harter on the opposite sidelines of her daughter, Jackie Harter, a freshman forward for the Jaguars.

 Note: Check back Tuesday or Wednesday to Student/Athlete feature for a full video feature on the Harter clan

 Harter, playing on the right side of the Jaguars’ front line, had a couple chances in the second half, but was not able to get a clear attacking moment.

Jim Harter, the father of Jackie and husband and Paula, coached the St. Joe J.V. team to a 6-0 win prior to the varsity match.

Watch a few short videos from the Falls/Joes match filmed by Norm by clicking link


Haviland appears to have gone swimming with a soccer suit instead of
swim suit, indicating how hot it was on the pitch on this afternoon

Lakewood native Mattie Liston registers shutout in OU's 1-0 win; next up for Liston and her mates is date in Cleveland with CSU Vikings

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Senior Kelsey Pichel (Rochester, Mich.) tallied her second goal of the season to propel the Ohio women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Marshall at Sam Hood Field on Friday night. The triumph marked the first road victory of the season for the Bobcats.



Sophomore goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) earned her eighth career shutout and second clean sheet of the season. She matched a season-high with five saves, including three in the first half. Liston moved into sole possession of third place on the all-time shutout list after Friday’s match.


Pichel got Ohio (2-2) on the board in the 24th minute. After a Marshall foul, she took the ensuing free kick and beat Thundering Herd goalkeeper Betsy Haugh. The tally held up as the game-winner, Pichel’s first such goal of the year.


The Bobcats had a chance to grow the lead shortly after Pichel scored. With 20:54 to play in the opening stanza, juniorCathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) and classmateVeronica Rock (North Royalton, Ohio) took shots 13 seconds apart. Rogers missed wide, while Rock’s attempt deflected off the crossbar.


Marshall (1-3) applied pressure on the Ohio defense in the final two minutes of the first half. The Thundering Herd registered three shots and two on goal. Liston turned away the first shot off the foot of Chelsea Statler, while the defense helped with the second.


After an Angela DeSumma corner kick, Katie Ball directed a shot on frame that was forced out of bounds by the Bobcats’ defense. A third shot missed wide left with 37 seconds remaining in the frame.


In the match, Marshall held a 23-11 edge in shots, but a much closer 7-6 advantage in shots on goal. The Thundering Herd took eight corner kicks, while Ohio earned one corner opportunity. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 9-1-1 all-time against the Herd.


The Green & White will wrap up a three-game road trip on Sunday afternoon at Cleveland State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.


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

Elms tops Crusaders in tight volleyball battle

 In five games Saturday, Our Lady of the Elms volleyball was a 3-2 victor over Canton Central Catholic.

Aubrey Kozer led the Panthers’ charges with 15 kills and 15 digs.

Saturday, September 3

Our Lady of the Elms defeated Canton Central Catholic- 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 17-15

Stat Leaders

Kills - Kozer (O) - 15, Rogers (O) - 14, Moll (CC) - 16

Digs - Kozer (O) - 15, Charley (O) - 9, Banko (CC) - 29

Aces - Charley (O) - 3, Miller (CC) - 2

Assists - Esber (O) - 47, Miller (CC) – 19

Shaker Heights’ Natalia Cabrera Leads Five Top-10 Finishers as Spartans Win Sudeck Classic

HUNTING VALLEY, Ohio – Senior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) placed second to lead a group of five top-10 Case Western Reserve University finishers as the Spartan women's cross country team won the team championship at the 11th Annual Bill Sudeck Classic at Squire Valleevue Farm.


Cabrera, who was individual champion during last year's meet, finished in 16:07.77, one spot behind Kristina Martin of Allegheny College (Pa.).

With hot and humid conditions on the course, the Spartans won the team scoring with 22 points and were followed by Allegheny (37), Cuyahoga Community College (88) and Ursuline College (93).

CWRU also placed two more runners in the top five with junior Corin Bowen (Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek) and freshman Erica Bauerbach (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) crossing the line third and fourth with times of 16:32.41 and 16:35.62, respectively.

Sophomore Brooke Simpson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) rounded out the scoring with a sixth-place showing (17:12.70), while juniors Megan Milne (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) andThea Emmons (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North) finished seventh (17:19.29) and eighth (17:25.78).

The Spartans have next weekend off from full competition but will run in the annual CWRU Alumni Meet on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10:00 a.m. The team is then back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Knight Invitational at Calvin College (Mich.) at 10:00 a.m.

Twinsburg’s Chris Kelly Wins Individual Championship as Spartans Place Second at Sudeck Classic

HUNTING VALLEY, Ohio – Junior Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) won the individual championship to lead the Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team to a second-place finish at the 11th Annual Bill Sudeck Classic at Squire Valleevue Farm.

Kelly, who placed ninth at last year's meet, crossed the line in 20:07.80. Patrick McGlaughlin of Allegheny College (Pa.) was runner-up in 20:20.47.

Allegheny won the team scoring with 24 points in the hot and humid conditions. Case (35) was second and was followed by Notre Dame College (Ohio) with 79 points.

In addition to Kelly, two other Spartans finished in the top-10 with senior Christopher Wade (Berea, Ohio/Berea) in fifth (20:53.57) and senior Peter Walls (Anchorage, Alaska/Grace Christian) in sixth (21:02.46).


Senior Ethan Teare (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire) rounded out the Spartan scoring in 11th place (21:32.13).

The Spartans have next weekend off from full competition but will run in the annual CWRU Alumni Meet on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10:00 a.m. The team is then back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Knight Invitational at Calvin College (Mich.) at 10:00 a.m.