High School Soccer Roundup
It was a busy Wednesday on the pitch for Lakewood's local soccer teams. Here is a roundup of the games, with a thanks to Chuck Greanoff for his assistance.
ST. IGNATIUS WINS "HOLY WAR" GAME
The St. Edward soccer team renewed its rivalry with St. Ignatius Wednesday night at Wasmer Field in Ohio City. As with Ed’s/Ignatius matchups in other sports, the game was played in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. The Wildcats, defending Division I state champions, looked every bit the part in a hard-fought 4-1 win over the Eagles. St. Ignatius, currently ranked #2 in the state, pushed its record to 6-1-1 on the season.
St. Ignatius exerted pressure on the Eagles in the opening five minutes, controlling possession and earning a pair of corner kicks. St. Edward was up to the task, clearing the ball and keeping the game scoreless. They continued to hold the Wildcats at bay for the next ten minutes, as both sides played intensely. The Wildcats got their first goal with 24:06 left in the half, driving their home fans into a frenzy. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Folds made a nice centering pass to junior Kory Nekeloff, who drilled the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead. St. Ignatius struck again less than three minutes later on a goal by Folds, who was assisted by sophomore Matthew McLaughlin. The Wildcats had control of the game, and dominated possession the rest of the half. They scored a third goal with 6:33 remaining, as sophomore Nolan Bartolone put a header into the net to make the score 3-0.
St. Ignatius held the 3-0 throughout the second half, until Eagle senior Richard Nsabimana scored with 8:11 remaining in the game. The Wildcats responded with one more goal in the final three minutes. Sophomore Everett Shorey connected with 2:11 left in the game, putting the final exclamation point on the St. Ignatius win.
The Eagles (1-4) return to action Saturday night at home against Akron Hoban. Varsity game time is scheduled for 7pm. The Wildcats travel to Copley on Saturday for a 2pm match in Summit County.
RANGER BOYS, GIRLS BOTH DEFEAT NORTH OLMSTED
While the Eagles were in Ohio City, the Lakewood boys team had a home match against North Olmsted. The Rangers posted a dominant 4-0 win, notching an important conference victory. They have outscored their last two opponents 11-0, and have lifted their record to 4-3 on the season.
Senior Spencer Rose posted the first goal of the game, followed by the first of two goals from senior Brennan Foran. Junior Malvin Gblah had a goal and a pair of assists. Senior goalkeeper George Hericks earned the clean sheet with three saves.
The Lakewood girls team was among those in attendance at the boys game. Earlier in the day they defeated North Olmsted 1-0 in a road matinee game. Senior Victoria Gregg scored the goal, and a strong team defensive effort made it stand.
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