September 20, 2014

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High school soccer notes: Elyria-Elyria Catholic clash today

Soccer’s version of the battle of Elyria takes place today at Ely Stadium when the Elyria and Elyria Catholic boys and girls teams battle in the annual Elyria Cup matches.

Although on paper the Panthers come into these matches as favored teams, Elyira Catholic boys coach Mike Wisnor knows anything can happen when these two rivals meet.

“It’s a great rivalry,” he said. “You can totally forget about how the teams are playing coming into the match. On that day it’s always an emotional battle.”

Elyria coach Phil Mariner will be coaching in his first Elyria Cup. Although the Pioneers are facing a tough task, he expects a good match.

“Elyria Catholic has so much depth they’re hard to beat,” he said. “But we have a plan of attack and I think we can give them a game. It’s a big local event. For both of these teams it’s like playing in a cup final.”

The day begins with the girls game at 3 p.m. The boys take the field at 5.

The Elyria Catholic girls hold a 11-2-1 lead in the all-time series. The Panthers boys are 10-1-3 with the Pioneers’ only win coming in 2000.

Phoenix on fire

The Oberlin boys are off to hot start at 5-1, 3-0 in the Patriot Athletic Conference, including a 4-0 win over Wellington. Going into today’s match at Columbia, the Phoenix have outscored their three league opponents, 17-1.

Double the fun

Keystone’s boys and girls soccer will play a Patriot Athletic Conference doubleheader against Fairview on Wednesday. The boys take the field at 5 p.m. with the girls game to follow at 7.

It will also be LaGrange Youth Soccer Association Night, meaning the first 100 youth soccer players in attendance will each receive a complimentary T-shirt.

Nominations, please

Area boys and girls coaches are requested to email Todd Shapiro at ohiodude441@aol.com or call (216) 233-6761 with nominations for players of the week or noteworthy items for this notebook.

Player of the week nominations will be accepted all day Sunday and until noon on Monday.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Ryan Poyle, Avon

• YEAR: Senior
• POSITION: Forward
• LAST WEEK: Scored three goals in a win over North Ridgeville and three in a win over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. Has 11 goals in the first five games of the season, including three hat tricks.
• BIO: Also plays basketball and baseball for the Eagles. Favorite athlete is Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney. In his free time, enjoys playing golf and pick-up basketball with friends, video games and Tweeting. His favorite subject is history and he’s undecided on his college plans.
• PARENTS: Greg and Jill

Danielle Hunt, Brookside

• YEAR: Senior
• POSITION: Forward
• LAST WEEK: Scored five goals in two games, including four in a 13-0 win over Oberlin on Saturday.
• BIO: Is a four-year member of the Brookside choir and on the yearbook staff. Favorite athlete is Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs. Likes to spend time with family and friends.
• PARENT: Treba Hunt