Monroe Central Continues Climb
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the third in a series of three articles profiling the area’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams for the 2009 season. The profiles were compiled from information sheets provided by each team’s coach. Today’s story highlights the OVAC Third Division boys’ and girls’ squads.)
Jeff Woodell has to be commended for the work he’s done since taking over Monroe Central from its inception four years ago.
Last season, the Seminoles posted their first winning season and despite losing some outstanding players from that squad, including the school’s first All-Valley first-team in Sean Smithberger, things don’t look to be on the way down for Woodell’s squad.
The goal will be to make their first OVAC Cup Tournament and that will come with the help of four seniors – three-year letterwinners on defense Cole Minder and Kurt Zimmer, and midfielder Mathew Hoskinson and forward Josh Forni.
Philip Stephen leads a strong junior class, along with Caleb Westfall, Steven Hall, Corey Jones and Sam Young. Jim Baker, Casey Digity, Logan Majors, Greg Rome and Stephen Hart will also see solid playing time.
Steubenville Central will look mighty different from the 11-victory squad of last season as the team returns just one starter, defender Jake Duska.
Fourth-year coach Steve Kopcha is hoping his returning lettermen that received some experience last season will grow into their own in order for the Crusaders to have a successful season.
Senior midfielder Philippe Rigaud and junior midfielders Peter Herrman and Joe Leonard will be counted on to step up, as will senior Peter Schreck, juniors Brendon Gotta, Michael Sherman, Andrew Rigaud, Kolbe Spencer, Matt Whiteside, and sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Duska.
Spencer and Skylar Kinnard each tied for the team lead in goals scored with 11 last season for Tyler Consolidated and both are back to help the Silver Knights try to advance to the OVAC Cup and state tournaments.
Joining them will be senior captain Dustin Snider, Aaron Estep, Mack Haught, Alex Jones, Curtis Romine, Trent Tuttle, Justin Cooper, B.J. Eastham and Waylon Rosenlieb.
”We are returning a very experienced group of seniors all of whom have lettered since their sophomore year,” Tyler Consolidated coach Scott Wall said. ”The team has been working hard in the offseason and the bar has been raised. We finished last season wishing for a better end.”
Wheeling Central will field only 14 players this season so getting off to a good start in games may be key.
No incoming freshmen have joined the program and Coach Lou Vargo will rely heavily on his tri-captains -Michael Felton, Jacob Hilton and Cyrus Hajiran.
”Even though the numbers are down, Central Catholic will display a high-level possession soccer team lead by a great senior group and three positive captains,” Vargo said. ”With ball control, an aggressive defense, and a our conditioning and experience, Central will be a dominant team to watch.”
Others that return for the Maroon Knights are seniors Josh Wilson and Matt Blust and sophomores Alex Bauer, Roger Targosky, Shane Sneddon, Corey Cottrell, Stephan Board, and Aaron Kahle.
Newcomers Jack Wieshar, Devin Eihler and Ryan Nauman will also see time.
Shenandoah, Trinity, Zanesville Rosecrans
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Long-time Linsly coach Jill Regan called it a career this season, handing the keys to assistant Erica Hall.
Hall, previously a head coach at Brooke, will be looking to continue the Linsly soccer tradition and will have a solid junior in Aliya Kureishy to help her.
Kureishy earned OVAC, All-Valley, and all-state recognition as a freshman, but was out all last season because of a knee injury. Her return this season will also be sparked by the play of senior captains Katie Caro and Angela Tolbert.
Also looking to make an impact will be seniors Emmalena Khoury and Elizabeth Turak, and juniors Alex Frawley, Anna Giesmann and Jessica Patterson.
The runners-up in the OVAC Cup Tournament, Steubenville Central burst onto the scene and showed that a small school can compete in a competitive conference.
Coached this season by John Madden, the Crusaders will be led by offensive prowess of Amanda Looman.
Looman returns for her senior season after scoring 34 goals in her junior campaign.
Seniors Anna Shaw, Ariana Ermert, Cassie Stevens, Christiana Sengenberger, Christina Duff, Hannah Padgett, Meghan Spencer, Sarah Marrow and Theresa Dombrowski, juniors AnneMarie Pankus, Erica Ledyard, Katrina Vosteen, Katrina Fabian and Margaret Beigel and sophomores Kylee Haught and Michal LaRue return as the Crusaders look to make up for some unfinished business.
”Attempting to equal or surpass last year’s most successful season ever, will require the continued dedication of the team’s veterans and new players,” Madden said.
With a very young team and a new coach, Tyler Consolidated will have to battle hard every night to keep up with the likes of Linsly and Steubenville Central.
Haley Acree, Jackie Clark, Nicole Stinespring, Meggie Warner will be in charge of leading the Silver Knights’ hopes under first-year coach Cliff Warner.
Kevin Young enters his first season as Wheeling Central coach as he hopes to lead the Maroon Knights to the state tournament.
Wheeling Central came one game short last season and hopes to make the trip this season behind returning letterwinners Caitlyn Tomczyk, Sarah Griffin, Tara Doyle, Grace Drnach, Rachel Krofcheck, Nichole Scott, Molly Kurtz and Sarah Nolan.
Newcomers Brianne Wilcox, Teryn Huffman, Beth Stayduhar, Mary Stahl, Aspen Matlock, Morgan Dowler, and Kristen Jarrett will also look contribute this season.
”I feel that the chemistry of this team is amazing, and we can accomplish many great things this year if we work hard and set our goals high,” Young said.
Trinity, Zanes. Rosecrans
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