A Page -- Sept. 7, 2011

Mrs. Harter (far right)

Miss Harter, Mrs. Harter and Mr. Harter make the Olmsted Falls-St. Joseph soccer matches truly family gatherings that Dr. Dobson might place his stamp of approval on; now the Harter-Harter match-up is including Student/Athletes

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


On the whole, there is not much of a difference between the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland and the city of Olmsted Falls, both communities laying claim to strong, traditional families often with tight inter-generational ties. Both also have a healthy mix of professionals and law enforcement/U.S. Veteran types among its residents.

There is also not much of a difference when it comes to girls’ soccer in the two communities either. By comparison to many of the other West Shore area communities, both were rather late bloomers in the soccer boom of the past four decades, but both have arrived and both field competitive teams -- at the public high school in the Falls and at St. Joseph Academy.

Miss Harter (center/purple uniform)

St. Joe’s and Olmsted Falls have developed a great, friendly rivalry over the past few years, so friendly that it has even become a family affair.

Last year was interesting when the two schools met on the soccer pitch, since in the JV contest, St. Joe’s JV A Head Coach Jim Harter was on the sidelines of those opposite his wife, Paula Harter, who at the time was the head coach of the Bulldogs’ JV team.

So it was Harter against Harter when the Bulldogs and Jaguars met in 2010. At that time, Jackie Harter, their daughter, was in eighth grade at St. Bernadette School in Westlake.

Mr. Harter (far right)

Since then, things have changed dramatically for Joe’s, Falls and the Harters. This year Falls Varsity Head Coach Kelly Yurick arranged to have Mrs. Harter promoted to varsity assistant coach.

Also, this season, Jaguars Head Varsity Coach David Leigh saw enough talent in freshman Jackie Harter that he decided to make her one of three freshmen he kept on the varsity team, which is quite a leap considering that with two JV teams at Joe’s, Miss Harter had to compete with nearly 30 freshmen, sophomores and juniors to win the varsity spot.

So the two teams met Saturday (Sept. 3) and sure enough, this Harter-Harter episode involved a Student/Athlete as well as the two adults.

Mr. Harter coached the SJA JV A team to a 6-0 win over the Bulldog JV team and then it was Mrs. Harter coaching along with Yurick on the west sidelines with Miss Harter in the purple jersey from the team on the east sidelines. The only difference in 2011 was that it went beyond the sidelines since Miss Harter was in the match.

Miss Harter played left forward for the Jaguars and during the second half, it presented an interesting picture since the Jaguars were attacking to the north goal, placing Miss Harter on the wing just beside the west sidelines, where Mrs. Harter was intently pacing, hoping her team could keep its foothold it established in the first half.

Mrs. Harter's west sidelines viewpoint of Miss Harter (second from left)

Falls maintained a 2-0 lead it carved early all the way into the last 11 minutes of the match, when St. Joe’s began making its move, scoring two late goals to tie it, 2-2.

Still in the last seven minutes there was time for one team to score a third goal and gain an advantage. For anyone in the know, it was interesting to watch. Miss Harter did get the ball a few times near those west sidelines, where Mrs. Harter had a stern and serious look on her face.

One could not help but wonder what Mrs. Harter’s reaction might have been had Miss Harter scored a goal in those last three minutes. Would it have been bitter sweet? Would it have been a letdown? Would it have been joyous?

Sorry. The match ended in a 2-2 tie. This soap opera will have to continue in the next three episodes in 2012, 2013 and 2014 or maybe, if we are lucky, during the playoff path some time.

“I hope she scores a goal,” Coach Leigh said before the match. Maybe it didn’t happen this time, but there still will be plenty more chances for it to happen.

Jackie (9)

Listen to short audio of Miss Harter by clicking link and downloading 


Mrs. Harter grew up in North Olmsted, where the family now lives, next door to the home where she grew up in the 1970s and 1980s. Oh, yes, the grandparents are also involved. Miss Harter’s maternal grandparents were at the match and sat on the St. Joe’s side, shielding the rays with their sun umbrellas.

Of course, back in the 1970s and 1980s, North Olmsted was ahead of not only the rest of the West Shore communities but most of Greater Cleveland when it came to soccer development and latching on to the soccer growth surge that began spreading like a wildfire all over the U.S.

Mrs. Harter did attend St. Joe’s Academy in the 1980s since the school has for a long time had a strong pipeline to North Olmsted; it was always easy for girls to get there with the 75 Bus and even in earlier times with the help of the city/community North Olmsted bus service that was an adjunct to CTS/RTA. She has one good anecdote about the North Olmsted-St. Joe connection and it involves current St. Joe’s Athletic Director Jen Amodio, who is a 1990 North Olmsted High grad and former Eagle three-sport Student/Athlete.

“I was playing a NOSO travel soccer match against Amodio’s team and I could remember getting physical with her,” Mrs. Harter recalls. “I ran into her and my teeth went right into her arm, leaving an impression. Whenever I see Amodio now, I always ask her if my scar is still on her arm and she always shows it to me, assuring me that it is.”

Mrs. Harter also said that this year’s Olmsted Falls program was only a few girls away from getting the nod to add a second JV team and is hoping that by next year they could do what St. Joe’s has done and play two JV schedules.

She realizes that back in her day when North Olmsted could lay claim to being one of the best girls soccer communities in the country (North Olmsted native Pam Kalinoski has a national championship ring for every finger on one hand counting the one during her red-shirt year at the University of North Carolina, where the teams she was on that included Mia Hamm went 89-0-6), Olmsted Falls was a smaller community and was AA or D-II-III in most sports at the time but that it has grown tremendously over the past two decades and is now a solid D-I with plenty of S/As to fill the rosters.

Amodio (L), Kalinoski (R)

The St. Joe-Falls family affair goes beyond the Harters.

“We have six sets of sisters in our program,” Mr. Harter said.

Let’s see now; if those six sets all grow up and have children and also become coaches, we could have six-fold the Harter-Harter-Harter scenario going on all over the place in 2035 …

Watch a few short videos of the Harters coaching and playing by clicking link


HEIDELBERG women's soccer team loses to Adrian (mich.) college in Adrian

ADRIAN, Mich.-The Heidelberg women's soccer team lost a non-conference match
today against Adrian (Mich.) College, 6-0, under cloudy skies at Performance
Stadium in Adrian.  The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, was
rescheduled after lightning storms threatened the Adrian area two days ago.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 2-0, while the loss drops the Berg to 1-1.

Despite a strong defensive effort by Adrian, senior midfielder Kristen
Schneider (Evendale/Mount Notre Dame) was able to get off three shots,
including one on goal.  Schneider scored the game-winning goal in last
night's 2-1 win at Albion (Mich.) College.

Twinsburg alumna Brittany Labry

In goal, sophomore Brittany Labry (Aurora/Twinsburg) and freshman Natalie
Wolfe (Columbus/Madison Plains) each logged 45 minutes.  Labry notched four
saves, while Wolfe had three.

The Berg will continue its three-game road swing in Grove City (Pa.) on
Wednesday, September 7 when it takes on Grove City College in a 4 p.m.
contest at College Field.

Nordonia girls’ soccer is in a new league and has a new coach, but has quickness and depth

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MACEDONIA – With more quickness, overall speed and depth this season, Nordonia High girls’ soccer should be more competitive this season divisionally once Suburban League play begins later this month.

“Our goals right now are to improve our offensive side and maintain what we have been doing on the defensive side,” said Knights Head Coach Steve Toth. “We have also been working on getting more physical.”

The Knights are led this season by three-year letter winner Alexis Crockett and two-year letter women Emily Elmbrescia and Anna Horvorka. Other varsity regulars returning this season are Jordan Dickens, Megna Koperich, Amy Cercek, Amy Grayson, Asya Shire, and Regina Ruden.


Key newcomer Student/Athletes are Ashley Toth, Nicole Lanese, and Lauren McRutchie.

“We are a faster, quicker team with good depth at most positions,” Coach Toth said. “As a collective group, we have great girls and great parents.”

Toth is in his first year as the head coach. Also, this is the first year in the SL for Nordonia.

“I think we have a chance to contend in this league, but we will need a few breaks,” Toth said. “Overall, we are still a little young.”

Mount Union women remain undefeated

ALLIANCE--Freshman Allison Fouss (Lowell/Marietta) and junior Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) hooked up for a pair of goals to give the Mount Union women's soccer team a 4-0 victory over Hilbert (N.Y.). The Purple Raiders have not allowed a goal yet this season and the 3-0 start is the team's best since 2002.

The Raiders struck quickly when Fouss received a pass in the box from Kolesar for her first collegiate goal in the 12th minute. Fouss gave the Raiders a 2-0 lead in the 55th minute off another Kolesar pass. Kolesar later added a goal of her own when she headed a corner kick from freshman Emily Love (Hudson/Walsh Jesuit) past the keeper.

Walsh Jesuit alumna Emily Love

Senior Alyssa Flitcraft (Alliance/Marlington) scored the other Purple Raider goal of the game. In the 67th minute, she took a beautiful lead pass from freshman Nicole Moldovan (Cortland/Lakeview) and beat the keepr for the goal. 

Flitcraft nearly recorded her first career hat trick. She had a shot in the 35th minute hit the post on a breakaway and had a goal disallowed on and offsides call in the 74th minute.

Freshman goalkeeper Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield) recorded her second career shutout for the Purple Raiders. 

She turned away all four shots that she faced in the game.

Mary Zinni saved seven shots for Hilbert.

Mount Union returns to action tonight when it travels to Westminster (Pa.). A victory will match last season's win total.

Mount Union men win Kick-Off Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. –-A pair of first half goals were enough for the Mount Union men's soccer team to defeat host Lycoming (Pa.) at the Lycoming Kick-Off Classic, 2-1. The Purple Raiders begin their season 2-0 for the first time since 2007.


Sophomore Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) scored a breakaway goal on a pass from senior Kevin Cindric (Willowick/Eastlake North) in the 21st minute to give the Purple Raiders a 1-0 lead. Beck's shot in the 36th minute hit the post, but sophomore Chris Felker (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) was in perfect position for the rebound. Felker buried the ball into the back of the net to give Mount Union a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Charlie Vess pulled Lycoming within a goal when he scored on a free kick in the 79th minute. Continued lightning caused the match to be called in the 87th minute.

Goalkeeper Jon Critell made two saves for the Purple Raiders while Lycoming's James Quinn made three stops.

Critell, Beck, and Cindric were selected to the all-tournament team. Critell allowed just one goal in two matches. Beck and Cindric contributed to all three Mount Union goals. They each scored a goal and had two assists.

Mount Union takes on Westminster (Pa.) in their next match on September 7th as part of five consecutive games on the road to open the season.

Forge's Bell Posts Two Scores To Lift Spartans Past Earlham

RICHMOND, Ind. – Senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) scored a pair of first-half goals helping the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team improve to 2-0 on the young season with a 3-1 victory against host Earlham College on Sunday, September 4 at Matlack Field.

The Spartans will bring their unbeaten record back to Case Field next week with a pair of non-conference matches against Ohio Athletic Conference foes Muskingum University on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. and John Carroll University on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Last season, Case posted a 6-2-1 record at home.

With the loss, Earlham drops to 0-2 overall.

The Spartans got on the board in the ninth minute when Bell scored an unassisted goal. He tacked on his second score of the game just over 12 minutes later on an assist from classmate Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason), giving the Spartans a 2-0 lead.

Case moved its lead to 3-0 in the 56th minute when freshman forward Patrick O'Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) scored his second goal in as many matches with an assist from junior midfielder Kostis Theoharides
 (Brookline, Mass/Brookline).

The Quakers got on the scoreboard in the 78th minute with a goal from Tamru Taye.

In goal, Spartan senior Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) started the contest and improved to 2-0 for the year, while junior Ryan Koepka (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) notched one save during the second 45 minutes. Earlham's Sam Embry totaled five saves for the Quakers

For the game, the Spartans outshot the Quakers by an 18-6 count, and also held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Jackson alum Derek Zuniga connects on penalty kick as WSU men's soccer defeats Evansville

The Wright State men's soccer team scored twice in the final 15 minutes to defeat Evansville 2-0 at the UK Invitational Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Raiders and Aces were scoreless until the 75:10 mark of the second half when Derek Zuniga connected on a peanlty kick for his second goal of the season.  The sophomore midfielder and fellow sophomore Drake Stewart then picked up their first assist of the year as they assisted a Bryce Rockwell-Ashton goal at the 88:14 mark.  It was the first goal of the year for the sophomore forward.


Craig Feehan posted his third shutout of the season as the freshman goalkeeper recorded three saves.

"Evansville was a great test for us coming off of the loss on Friday," said head coach Bryan Davis.  "I feel that our guys really answered the challenge quite well.  It was our most complete performance to date and really gives us some great moments to build on.  I can't say enough about the leadership in the group and the performance of my assistants.  Overall, a strong team win."

Wright State outshot Evansville 14-12 and held a slight 5-4 edge in corner kicks.  Feehan, Zuniga and Rockwell-Ashton were each named to the All-Tournament Team.

Wright State (3-1) heads to Milwaukee for two matches next weekend.  On Friday, September 9, the Raiders face Northeastern at Engelmann Stadium on the Milwaukee campus starting at 6:00 Eastern.  On Sunday, September 11, WSU takes on Marquette on its home field, Valley Fields, beginning at 3:00 Dayton time.

OU Women’s Soccer Falls 3-0 at Cleveland State

Vikings Tally Three First Half Goals


CLEVELAND (Theatre District) – The Ohio women’s soccer team was defeated 3-0 at Cleveland State in a non-conference match over the weekend. The Vikings scored all of their goals in the first half, led by a two-goal performance from Taylor Vidovic.


Vidovic got Cleveland State (3-2) on the board in the eighth minute after she received a pass from Sarah Zawie. Vidovic’s shot from just inside the box beat sophomore goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio).


After the host Vikings added a goal in the 17th minute to make the score 2-0, junior Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) put a shot on goal that was saved by Cleveland State goalkeeper Becky Williams.


Cleveland State struck for a third goal right before the intermission. Vidovic tallied her second goal of the match with 2:02 remaining in the stanza.


In the match, Ohio (2-3) was outshot 7-5 and was edged 4-3 in shots on goal. In addition to Rogers’ shot on goal, seniors Kelsey Pichel (Rochester, Mich.) and Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) also registered shots on goal.


The Bobcats return home to Chessa Field on Friday, Sept. 9. Ohio will host the reigning Ohio Valley Conference champions, Morehead State. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

WSU Women's Soccer Falls 1-0 at Auburn

A goal with just 6:37 remaining in regulation was the difference as the Wright State women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision at Auburn Sunday.

The lone tally of the contest came at the 82:23 mark of the second half as the Tigers' Tatiana Coleman recorded her fourth goal of the season.

Auburn (4-1) outshot WSU 18-6, including 7-2 on shots on goal, and held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.  The Raider defense, though, was able to keep the match scoreless most of the way as goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy posted six saves.

Wright State (3-2-1) heads to Oxford next weekend for the RedHawk Shootout Soccer Tournament.  The Raiders take on East Tennessee State on Friday, September 9, at 1:30 followed by Tennessee-Martin on Sunday, September 11, at noon.



TIFFIN, The Heidelberg men's soccer team will look for its first win of 2011 season when it hosts Defiance College in a non-conference match-up September 6 at Mayer Field. The Student Princes' dropped a tough 1-0 decision in double overtime in their season opener last Saturday against Albion (Mich.) College. A 104th minute goal from the Britons' Josh Deuel ended the defensive stalemate.

In that game, junior 2010 second-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference goaltender Ryan Smith (Roanoke, Texas/Keller) logged all 104 minutes, faced seven shots and made six saves.

Defiance enters tomorrow's match-up with a 1-1 record after defeating Wittenberg University and losing to Thiel (Pa.) College in the Defiance Classic last weekend. Both games were decided by 1-0 scores.

Live stats for tomorrow's game will be available on the Heidelberg athletics website at www.heidelberg.edu/athletics.