November 29, 2014

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Division III girls soccer: Regional final capsule


No. 14 Elyria Catholic (14-2-4) vs. Hawken (12-4-2)

• WHEN: Today, 3 p.m.
• WHERE: Twinsburg High School, 10270 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg
• AT STAKE: A trip to the state semifinals, where the winner will face either Ontario or Kalida on Tuesday.
• TICKETS: $6
• DIRECTIONS: Take I-480 East to the State Rt. 82 Twinsburg exit. Turn left at exit on 82. Make a left on Darrow Road. (State Rt. 91). The first left off Darrow is Ravenna Road, turn left. Twinsburg High School will be on the left side of the road.

Elyria Catholic Panthers

• COLORS: Green and White
• GIRLS ENROLLMENT: 152
• CONFERENCE: West Shore Conference
• COACH: Tony Rozanc
• HOW THEY GOT HERE: Won Rocky River district. Defeated Lake Ridge14-0 in the sectional final, Independence 4-3 in the district semifinal and Wellington 1-0 in a shootout in the district final. Defeated Waterloo 4-1 in the regional semifinal.

FAST FACTS

• Elyria Catholic is the first girls team from Lorain County to advance to the regional finals.
• The Panthers were one of two West Shore Conference teams to advance to the regional tournament. Rocky River is the other.
• Elyria Catholic started the season undefeated (7-0-4) in its first 11 matches.

• TOP PLAYERS: Sophomore Jenna Ellingson leads Elyria Catholic with 16 goals, but it was Sara Pallendino who scored a pair of goals in the Panthers’ regional semifinal win against Waterloo. Lauren Wisnor and Ellingson are tied with a team-high 12 assists. It was also Wisnor’s penalty kick that clinched EC’s win in the district title game. Goalkeeper Katie Gauntner has 107 saves to go with her eight shutouts.

Hawken Hawks

• COLORS: Red and Grey
• GIRLS ENROLLMENT: 155
• CONFERENCE: Chagrin Valley Conference
• COACH: Stan Shulman
• HOW THEY GOT HERE: Won University Heights district. Defeated Berkshire 9-0 in sectional final; Kirtland 1-0, in overtime, in the district semifinal; Gilmour 3-1 in the district title match and Rootstown 4-1 in the regional semifinal.
FAST FACTS

• The Hawks are making their first regional appearance since 1996.
• In nine home matches, Hawken was only scored upon once, that coming in a 2-2 draw against Laurel School.
• TOP PLAYERS: The Hawks have a balanced scored attack led by Bianca Medancic, who leads the teams with nine goals, and Courtney Yoke and Sydney Costantini with eight goals each. Goalkeepers Sydney Hanzlik and Hannah O’Day have limited opponents to just 13 goals. Katherine Zalar leads the team with nine assists.

SCOUTING REPORT

Elyria Catholic can score quickly and in bunches and will need to do just that to put early pressure on a Hawken team that has scored two or fewer goals in 10 of its matches. Two of Hawken’s four losses came against Solon and Medina, Division I foes that went on to win district titles. As the only Division III school in the West Shore Conference, Elyria Catholic also played a difficult schedule. The Panthers had signature non-league wins against Independence and Cuyahoga Heights. Hawken only allowed more than two goals once this season, so expect a low-scoring, tactical struggle on both sides of the field.