November 21, 2014

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Girls high school soccer: Division III regional final capsule

No. 6 Elyria Catholic (15-1-4) vs. Cardinal Mooney (16-3-1) WHEN: Today, 3 p.m. WHERE: Nordonia High School, 8006 S. Bedford Road, Macedonia, 44056 AT STAKE: A trip to the state semifinals to face either Manchester or Ottawa-Glandorf. TICKETS: $6 DIRECTIONS: Take I-480 East to I-271 South. Exit at state route 82 (Exit 19). Turn left Read More…

Girls regional soccer: Elyria Catholic advances to finals on penalty kicks

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MACEDONIA — The third time was most definitely charming for Elyria Catholic. The Panthers needed to go more than the distance, but they finally found a way past their annual postseason nemesis, Hawken, defeating the Hawks 1-0 in penalty kicks in a Division III regional semifinal game at Nordonia High School. Elyria Catholic (15-1-4) won Read More…

Boys regional soccer: Avon facing familiar foe in Copley

Avon’s top scorers and tri-captains from left: Michael Smigel, Daniel Minotti and Will Sharer. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Sometimes history repeats, even in high school soccer. In 2011, Avon defeated a Southwestern Conference opponent (Amherst) to win a Division I district championship. The Eagles moved on to a regional semifinal, where they took on the Copley Indians. On Saturday night, Avon defeated another SWC opponent (Westlake) for the Rocky River district crown. And Read More…

Boys regional soccer: Late surge has EC thriving in postseason

Elyria Catholic’s Jeremy Kelling (left), Gage Jarvis (center) and Spencer Fetko will be key for the Panthers in tonight’s regional semifinal. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Late in the regular season it looked like Elyria Catholic’s string of district championships might be coming to an end. The Panthers entered Division III tournament play on a three-match losing streak. In fact, after starting the year 5-0, Elyria Catholic was just 3-7-1 over the final month of the season. Now the Panthers are Read More…

Girls soccer: Top defender Kirsten Fehlan would love to lead Elyria Catholic to the state tournament

Elyria Catholic senior Kirsten Fehlan works the ball against a teammate during practice Monday. Though Fehlan has three goals this season, her forte is defense ... and being a team leader. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

When Elyria Catholic senior Kirsten Fehlan was a freshman and a member of the first girls soccer district championship team in school history, she dreamed of winning a state championship as a senior. Now she has the chance to help make her dream a reality. Fehlan will be starting at center back tonight when Elyria Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon rallies past Westlake for district title

Avon's Christian Giraldo (10) and Michael Smigel (4) celebrate after Vithor Reis scored the game winning goal in double overtime against Westlake to win the boys division I district final at Avon Saturday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — In less than 30 minutes, Avon went from facing the depths of despair to hoisting a district championship trophy. Junior Vithor Reis scored the game-winning goal in the 100th minute as the Eagles came back from two goals downs to defeat Westlake 3-2 in the Division I Rocky River district final. The Eagles Read More…

High School Football: Midview at Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — The West Shore Conference championship trophy has a new home. The hardware will reside in the trophy case at MidviewHigh School after the Middies completed their run through the WSC on Friday night with a dominating 37-7 win at Lakewood. As the Midview band serenaded the team after the game with a rendition Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic wins fourth straight district title

The Panthers celebrate by hoisting the Division III district championship trophy after their 4-0 win over Trinity on Thursday at Rocky River High School. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria Catholic is still the only Division III district champion the Rocky River district has ever known. The Panthers made it four district titles in a row Thursday night when they defeated Trinity 4-0 at Rocky River High School. Since the Ohio High School Athletic Association went to three divisions in girls Read More…

Boys soccer: Avon pulls away from Strongsville in district semifinals

Avon’s Christian Giraldo narrowly avoids a mid-air collision with Strongsville goalkeeper Reese Laurell during the Eagles’ 4-0 win Wednesday night in a Division I district semifinal in Avon. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

AVON — It’s too early to say Avon is a team of destiny, but the Eagles proved Wednesday night that they are a team of defense and determination. Avon (16-0-2) scored three second-half goals to hold off a feisty Strongsville team and advance to the Division I district final with a 4-0 home win. The Read More…

Girls soccer: Elyria Catholic a win away from fourth straight district title

Elyria Catholic's Jenna Ellingson prepares to shoot on goal Monday night during the Panthers' 4-1 victory over Cuyahoga Falls. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic is 80 minutes away from a fourth consecutive Division III district championship. The Panthers took care of business Monday night, defeating Cuyahoga Heights 4-1 on a muddy Knights of Columbus Field. The Panthers (13-1-4) got a pair of goals from senior Keely Birsic and one each from Jenna Smith and Jenna Read More…