January 26, 2015


Elyria Catholic girls cruise past Cardinal Mooney, become first Lorain County soccer team to make state tournament


MACEDONIA — The Elyria Catholic girls cruised into local soccer history Saturday afternoon. With a convincing 4-0 victory over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, the Panthers won a Division III regional championship, becoming the first Lorain County high school soccer team to qualify for a state Final Four. They engineered another stellar defensive job, got two goals Read More…

Boys soccer: One lapse costs stellar Elyria Catholic defense in 1-0 regional semifinal loss

Mansfield Christian’s Brendan Ernsberger, left, collides with EC goalkeeper James Rickard in the second half. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ASHLAND — Elyria Catholic played nearly flawless defense Wednesday night against a team averaging more than six goals a game. Unfortunately, they needed perfection. One defensive lapse in the 19th minute allowed seventh-ranked Mansfield Christian the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Division III regional semifinal loss. The Panthers also lost a 2-1 Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic wins fifth straight district title

Elyria Catholic's Jeremy Kelling hugs Gage Jarvis (2) after Jarvis scored a goal on a penalty kick against Oberlin in the second half of the boys division III district final game at Oberlin College Saturday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Is it time to call the Elyria Catholic soccer program a dynasty? Not really. But to say it has become consistently exceptional gets the job done. The Panthers won their fifth straight Division III district championship with a convincing 4-0 victory over Oberlin on Saturday afternoon on the artificial turf at Oberlin College. Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic uses hat tricks to blast Lutheran West

Elyria Catholic's Liam O'Halloran steals the ball from Lutheran West's Jon Handwerk Jr. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Gage Jarvis and Jeremy Kelling each scored a hat trick as Elyria Catholic rolled past Lutheran West, 10-0, Saturday afternoon in a Division III soccer sectional final. Jarvis also notched three assists. In addition, Panthers goalkeeper James Richard posted his fourth shutout of the season at cold and windy Knights of Columbus Field. Read More…

Girls sectional soccer: Amherst responds to challenge from Middies

Amherst’s Veronica Sakola, left, tries to control the ball against the defense of Midview’s Morgan Hamker during the Comets’ win Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Midview’s Mallory Homoki nailed two long-distance free kicks early in the second half Thursday night, carrying the Middies into a 2-2 tie with Amherst. While her highlight-film goals were uplifting for Midview, they also energized the Comets, who at that point had two goals from Ally Perkins. Three more Comets — Emily Gray, Read More…

Boys soccer: Firelands starts fast to down Wellington

Firelands midfielder Alex Hertensteiner and Wellington midfielder Ian Lara battle for control of the ball. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — It’s not often a team puts three shots on goal in the first five minutes of a soccer match. It’s even more unusual when a team scores three times in the first five minutes. But undefeated Firelands did it Saturday afternoon en route to an 8-2 Patriot Athletic Conference victory over Wellington. Read More…

Boys soccer: Open Door rallies past Keystone in game started Aug. 26

Keystone’s Joey Grega, left, and Open Door’s Miki Dutton go after the ball Thursday in LaGrange. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — The action started in the ninth minute Thursday night with an Open Door goal and the Patriots trailing Keystone, 1-0. They had been behind for just over five weeks, or since their game with the Wildcats was suspended in the first half Aug. 26 because of lightning. But they roared back with four Read More…

Girls soccer: Sam Sparks scores two goals as Wellington downs Keystone

Wellington’s Emma Horoschak, right, puts her best foot forward as she and Keystone’s Kelsey Yusko converge. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Wellington’s Sam Sparks might be just a sophomore, but she’s been around long enough to understand the importance of the two goals she scored against Keystone on Wednesday night. Her first became the eventual winner and her second gave the Dukes the breathing room they needed badly on their way to a big Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria puts it all together in win against Open Door

Open Door's Solomon Dutton jumps to head the ball as Elyria's Caleb Henry defends. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Goals by the Lewis brothers, Josh and Caleb, would have been enough to secure Elyria’s third win of the season on Thursday at Pioneer Field. But at a time when Open Door was threatening to tie it, Elyria’s Adam Supel, a senior, added an insurance goal — his first of the season — Read More…

Girls soccer: Offensive struggles lead to Elyria Catholic’s first loss

Elyria Catholic’s Meliah Roman and Lakewood’s Kelly White battle for the ball. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Mallory Shaw, Lakewood’s top goal-scorer and the third-leading goal-scorer in the state, nailed her 20th of the season Wednesday night at Knights of Columbus Field. It was also a newsmaker. The Division I Rangers made it hold up for a 1-0 West Shore Conference victory, Elyria Catholic’s first loss of the season. Shaw’s Read More…