A Page -- Sept. 4, 2012

Front Row (L-R)  Emily Peterson, Natalie Quintero, Catie Corrigan, Clare
Adams, Sarah Nasr, Esther Killius, Emily Peepers
Middle Row (L-R) Ali Robinson, Karen Krause, Emily O'Connor, Kailey
McClain, Megan Braye, Alex Nasr, Claire Jones, Annie Coyne
Back Row (L-R) Head Coach Daegen Duvall, Asst. Coach Todd Kauffman, Amy
Crooks, Christine Gates, Abby Rogers, Asst. Coach Jessica Carey, and Kiko
Lopez 


Shoregal soccer could reach win No. 200 this 

season

The Avon Lake girls soccer program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this
season with a new head coach in Daegen Duvall and a retooled roster which
must replace the loss of 12 seniors to graduation.  In the 20 years of the
Shoregal program their overall record is 187 wins - 114 losses - 39 ties
for a winning pct. of 61%.  They had 16 consecutive winning seasons from
1995 thru 2010.  In addition, they have received NSCAA Academic
All-American recognition in 3 of the past 4 seasons.

Coach Duvall would like to recognize the following returning letter
winners:

Seniors Megan Braye, Annie Coyne, Christine Gates, Claire Jones, Kailey
McClain, Junior Emily O'Connor, and Sophomore Sarah Nasr.

and welcome first year varsity players Seniors Alex Nasr and Abby Rogers,
Juniors Amy Crooks, Karen Krause, Emily Peepers, Emily Peterson, Natalie
Quintero, and Ali Robinson, Sophomores Clare Adams and Esther Killius, and
Freshman Catie Corrigan.  Team Captains for this year are Christine Gates,
Kailey McClain, and Emily O'Connor.


Top returning offensive players include Senior midfielder Kailey McClain
(four goals, four assists in 2011), senior defender Christine Gates (one
goal, one assist), senior forward Claire Jones (two assists), junior
forward Emily O’Connor (four goals, two assists) and junior midfielder
Emily Peepers (one goal).  “Catie Corrigan, an incoming freshman, has been
impressive with her speed, technical acumen and ability to finish,” Avon
Lake head coach Daegen Duvall said.

The offense will be supported by midfielders Clare Adams, Karen Krause,
Alex Nasr, Natalie Quintero,  and Ali Robinson.

Senior Abigail Rogers and junior Amy Crooks are goalkeepers and will rely
on the help of defenders Sarah Nasr, Christine Gates, Emily Petersen, Megan
Braye, Annie Coyne, and Esther Killius,

Duvall said the team goals are to gain NSCAA Academic All-American
recognition, team unity, and successful results on the field of play.
“Westlake and Brecksville are the top conference teams to beat,” he said
about the SWC competition. “All nonconference teams scheduled for this
season have great soccer pedigree and will provide some very challenging
matches for us to best prepare us for postseason play.”  The non-conference
schedule includes 2011 Division I state champion Strongsville and Div. I
state semi-finalist Sylvania Northview along with Division II powers Rocky
River and Hathaway Brown.  Perennial soccer power Magnificat is also
included on the schedule.  The combined total winning percentage in 2011 of
all the teams on the Avon Lake schedule this year is over 60% and will
provide a great challenge for the Shoregals.
No. 17 Spartans Come From Behind for 1-1 Tie Versus No. 12 Ohio Northern


ADA Ohio – Sophomore forward Jessie Sabers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2012-13/bios/sabers%20jessica%20zj9a> (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) scored her third goal of the season in the 57th minute helping the No. 17 Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team draw even and earn a 1-1 draw with host and No. 12 nationally-ranked Ohio Northern University on Sunday, September 2 at the ONU Soccer Field.

The Spartans move to 1-0-1 for the season and return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 5 when they travel to central Ohio for a match with Denison University in Granville. A season ago, the Big Red and Spartans forged a scoreless tie at Case Field in Cleveland.

With the tie, Ohio Northern sits at 0-0-2.

The Polar Bears got on the board first in the 17th minute when Kristina Klusek scored her second goal of the season on an assist from Paige Garber. The score remained 1-0 in favor of the hosts headed into the halftime break despite numerous scoring chances for the Spartans including a potential scoring attempt from sophomore forward Christine Straka<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2012-13/bios/straka%20christine%20om0f> (Prospect Hts., Ill./Saint Viator) that hit the crossbar in the 26th minute.

With the Case offensive pressure turned up following halftime, Sabers got the Spartans on the board and tallied her third goal of the fall beating ONU goalkeeper Erin Waehner to the upper left 90. Spartan junior forward/midfielder Leah Levey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2012-13/bios/levey%20leah%2038p3> (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley) assisted Sabers on the play.

In net for Case, sophomore Cameron Casson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2012-13/bios/casson%20cameron%2033n3> (Allen, Texas/Allen) started and played the first half with three saves. Freshman Megan Romelfanger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2012-13/bios/romelfanger%20megan%20q0o9> (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) was inserted following halftime and recorded four saves during the final 65 minutes of action. Waehner concluded the match with five stops.

For the match between nationally-ranked squads, the Spartans outshot the Polar Bears 15-9, including a 4-1 advantage in the overtime sessions, while each team managed five corner kicks. Straka finished with four shots, while senior captain and midfielder Deena Levey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2012-13/bios/levey%20deena%20n34c> (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley) fired off three. ONU's Klusek led all players with seven shots.


Following Wednesday's match at Denison, the Spartans open up the home portion of their 2012 schedule on Saturday, Sept. 8 when Centre College (Ky.) comes to Case Field. A season ago, the Spartans went 8-3-2 at home.

BWU opens season against Bluffton

The Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jacket football team hosts Bluffton University in its only nonleague game of 2012. BW begins rugged Ohio Athletic Conference play next Saturday at John Carroll University.
The Yellow Jackets enter the 2012 season ranked 19th nationally in the d3football.com Top-25 preseason poll. BW finished 8-2 a year ago and actually came two plays from having a 10-0 mark. The Jackets are picked to finish second in the OAC this fall and return 33 lettermen and 10 starters from a year ago.
The Beavers are coming off a 20-0 shutout victory against Kenyon College in their opener last Saturday, September 1 in Bluffton. Bluffton had a 5-5 record last season, including five victories in their final six games. Bluffton enters this game with a two-game winning streak dating back to last season and has high hopes of competing for its first HCAC title in football. The Beavers return 75 veterans from a year ago.
The Baldwin Wallace Versus Bluffton Series Notes -- The Yellow Jackets and Beavers have met twice on the gridiron with BW winning both games by shutout. The Jackets beat the Beavers, 26-0, in 1933 in Bluffton and then triumphed 34-0 in 1934 in Berea.
The Last Time They Met in 1934: Baldwin Wallace -- 35, Bluffton -- 0: The last time Baldwin Wallace and Bluffton met in football was in 1934 in Berea. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Beavers 35-0 behind an attack known at that time as the "Aerial Circus". BW was one of the first collegiate football teams to utilize both the run and the pass to create a high-octane offense. Art Goldsmith and Norm Schoen each scored a pair of touchdowns and Ken Noble had the other one as the Yellow Jackets scored five times on the ground. Defensive end Gordon Splete was the defensive star as he recovered three Beaver fumbles, including two that led to BW scores. BW finished 7-1 that season and outscored its opponents, 172-28. Information for this update came from Bill Nichols' book "...And We Must Excel".
Briefly Scouting the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace University -- BW returns 33 lettermen and 10 starters from last year's team that finished 8-2 overall and was ranked 24th in the final Division III national poll.
Offensively, the Yellow Jackets averaged 30.2 points per game and 370.1 yards of total offense, including 196.8 rushing and 173.3 passing yards. Senior quarterback Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) runs the offense. A year ago, O'Rourke completed 129-of-221 passes for 58.4 percent with 1,611 yards and 12 TD and eight interceptions. He also ran the ball 47 times for 117 yards and a TD. In the backfield, senior first-team All-OAC pick Tyler Lohr (Kent Roosevelt) will get the bulk of the carries as he ran for a team-high 924 yards and seven TD. The receiving corps will be led by juniors Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) and Gabe Adams (Hudson), who tied for the team-lead with 23 catches in 2011. In addition, look for both sophomores Sebastian Zuluaga (Naples, Fla./ Gulf Coast) and Nolan Sordyl (Gurnee, Ill./ Warren Toenship) to carry the ball and for senior tight ends Aaron Manders (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch) and Josh Masters (Akron/ Hoban) and juniors Cory Lanterman (Streetsboro), Brandon Mahaffey (Avon) and Mike McGervey (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) to all have passes thrown their way. The line is anchored by senior senior tackle Clay Wolf (Parma Heights/ Padua) and junior guard Jason Cook (Streetsboro).
Defensively, the Yellow Jackets allowed 14.7 points per game and 312.6 yards of total offense per game, including 109.5 rushing and 203.1 passing yards. BW has forced 29 turovers and produced a +10 in gthe giveaway-takeaway catagory. The defense is led by returning senior All-OAC tackle Max Wagner (Mentor), junior tackle Addison Carbone (Hudson), senior end Joe Fitch (Elyria/ Catholic) and senior cornerback Brandon Russo (Olmsted Falls). Wagner had 40 tackles, 5.5 QB sacks and 8.5 tackles for lost yardage.
On special teams, BW brings back two of the top kickoff returnmen in Division III in Holt and fellow junior and starting CB Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/ Cleveland St. Ignatius). Holt averages 30.0 yards in 27 career returns with three TD. Johnson averages 26.3 yards in 32 returns with one TD. Junior backup CB Kory Gillissie (Parma/ St. Ignatius) and senior backup WR Pat LaGuardia (Brunswick/ Padua) return punts. Gillissie averaged 14.8 yards in 14 attempts with a TD last season and LaGuardia ran back 16 for a 10.4-yard average. Junior Chris Moehler (Kent Roosevelt) will be the kicker after making 27-of-32 PATs and 2-of-5 field goals a year ago. Junior Matt Harmon (Canfield) is the punter after averaging 38.0 yards per punt and leading the OAC with 20 punts downed inside the opposition's 20-yard line in 2011.
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