Maureen Doyle controls the ball during last week’s West Shore
Conference game against Fairview. (West Life photo by Larry
girls settle for tie with Mentor, shutout Warriors
By Jim Horvath
Published Sept. 24, 2008
As Maxwell Smart
used to say, “missed it by that much.”
The Bay girls
soccer team, playing solid defense and nursing a 1-0 lead, allowed
the tying goal with 1:19 left in the game in settling for a 1-1
tie at Mentor last Saturday.
The tie capped
off a week that saw the Rockets down Fairview, 4-0, to keep them
in first place in the West Shore Conference with a 4-0 record heading
into tonight’s game at Rocky River.
“It was a case
of playing 39 minutes instead of 40,” said Bay’s first-year head
coach Jack Griffiths, whose team was 6-1-2 overall going into this
past Monday’s non-conference game at Avon Lake.
After a scoreless
first half, the Rockets scored at around the 12 minute mark in the
second half as Megan Griffiths scored off an assist from Anna Irvine.
The lead, however, could have been bigger, according to coach Griffiths.
“The first 15
minutes of the game was probably the best 15 minutes we’ve played
this season,” said Griffiths. “We easily could have had a 2-0 lead
at that point. Their goalie made just a fantastic save. She was
totally parallel to the ground and just got her fingertips on it.
about three minutes into the game. Then we had another shot bounce
off the crossbar. We out shot them, 16-7, for the game, but we just
couldn’t convert. Actually, I was pretty thrilled with how we were
playing because we left for Mentor at 6:15 in the morning and had
a junior varsity game before we played. I was afraid we’d come out
flat, but that wasn’t the case,” he said.
were getting it done on the defensive end until Mentor freshman
Amber Seaman scored off an assist from Stephanie Wegraff to beat
goalie Megan Altieri.
were playing pretty well defensively,” said Griffiths. “They got
the ball down there on us, made a few passes and made a really nice
shot. It wasn’t a freak goal by any means. It was a shame. The girls
were so excited that they were up, but they just couldn’t hold on
at the end.”
goalkeeper Rachael Ricke stops a shot by Bay's Jackie Harris.
(West Life photo by Larry Bennet)
Earlier, the Rockets got three goals from Jackie Harris
in the shutout win at Fairview. Megan Griffiths scored the other
goal as Bay came alive in the second half after a scoreless first.
The assists came from Irvine, Griffiths, Amanda Ritzenthaler and
Brittany Wenzell. Altieri had a save, while Katie McMurray had three.
Rachel Rieke had 13 saves in goal for the Warriors.
pointed out that the makeup of this year’s team is paying big dividends
so far this season.
“One of the
beautiful things about this group is that they’re very team oriented,”
said Griffiths. “Last year, we had five or six very talented girls,
but the team never really jelled together like this year’s team
“And this year,
we have depth. “We go deep into our bench and play 18-19 girls each
game. We have a lot of freshmen who are playing substantial minutes,
so we’re getting a lot of girls a lot of experience,” he said.
There have been
other changes this season, such as switching to a 4-5-1 formation.
“A lot of coaches don’t like to run it, but it fits our team,” said
Griffiths. “This past summer, I wanted to find a system that would
best fit our abilities, and the 4-5-1 is what we settled on.”
will travel to West Geauga this Saturday in a makeup game. They
have WSC games with Midview and Avon remaining next week.
Eagle girls roll over Berea
North Olmsted moved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the
Southwestern Conference with a convincing 7-0 win over Berea last
Wednesday. Jenna Madison scored a pair of goals to lead the Eagles,
who built a 5-0 halftime lead.
The other goals
for North Olmsted came from Erika Wilhelm, Alyssa Lawrence, Cat
Hohmann, Taylor Timoteo and Natalie Konig. Lauren Ware had a pair
of assists, with assists also coming from Madisen Medley, Erika
Kobak and Elise Bluell.
started in goal and recorded a save. Mary Bridges also played in
goal for the Eagles, as did Sarah Loeser (four saves.)
Westlake boys tops in SWC
The Demons got another huge win at home last Wednesday
with a 1-0 victory over Brecksville
at Read Field in a battle for SWC supremacy.
sole possession of first place with the win, moving to 4-0 in the
league and 8-1-1 overall. The Bees dropped to 3-1 in the league,
Matt Hritz scored his third goal of the season early in the second
half off an assist from Anthony Stellato. Goalie Tim Hipskind had
eight saves in recording his seventh shutout of the season.
Bay boys keep winning
The state-ranked Rockets kept rolling last week, blanking
Fairview, 3-0, then edging out visiting Aurora, 4-3, last Saturday
to move to 8-1-1 overall and 4-0 in the WSC.
Kevin Koch, Aaron Adkins and Kyle Outcalt scored second-half goals
to pace the Bay offense. The assists came from Adkins, Shane Williams
and Ian Munro. Hector Acosta had four saves in goal for the Rockets,
while Zach Benson had 11 saves for the Warriors, who fell to 2-4-1
overall and 1-2-1 in league games.
two more goals against Aurora, but it was Kyle Hyland who scored
the game-winner in the second half. Munro also scored a goal for
the Rockets, with assists coming from Connor and Kyle Outcalt, Adkins
and Hyland. Nate McDonald had four saves and Acosta three in goal.
Westlake girls have SWC lead
The Demons defeated Brecksville, 3-1, last Wednesday
on the road to raise their record to 7-1-1 overall and 3-0 in the
SWC. The loss knocked the Bees out of first place at 3-1.
came from Sarah Stachowiak, Megan Dunlap and Natalie Bechtel, with
Karyn Prendergast recording the lone assist. Stephanie Poeppelman
had five saves in goal for the Demons.
Fairview boys topple Midpark
The Fairview boys ended a rough week with a 4-3 win
over Midpark in a non-conference game. Earlier in the week, the
Warriors fell to Orange, 2-0, and Bay, 3-0, as their record moved
to 5-5-1 overall and 2-2 in the WSC.
Brad Snow scored
three goals for Fairview in the win over the Meteors, giving him
seven on the season. One of his goals was a header off a corner
kick. The fourth goal was scored by Enea Saliaj as Fairview took
a 4-0 halftime lead, only to see Midpark rally with three goals
in two minutes late in the second half.