It’s no secret Medina County is a hotbed of future college soccer talent.
This year has been no different, as a handful of former area standouts have made names for themselves in helping their respective teams to conference championships last week.
Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Burke helped No. 10 Florida to its 10th Southeastern Conference Tournament title with a 3-0 win over Auburn. Burke, playing alongside fellow Medina graduate Jillian Graff, stopped five shots in more than 78 minutes of play.
Burke and Graff have helped the Gators earn a NCAA Division I tournament berth. Florida will take on Florida Gulf Coast today in the opening round.
In D-II, the former Cloverleaf tandem of forward Alaina Jordan and defender Katie Kolodka helped Slippery Rock University to a national tournament appearance with a convincing 3-0 victory over No. 16 California University (Pa.)
The win helped the Rock, which will play Edinboro in its D-II Tournament opener today, win its third Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference crown.
Thanks to a well-executed bicycle kick by senior Chris Matejka (CloverleaF) that found the lower right-hand corner of the net, No. 7 Ohio Northern downed John Carroll 2-0 for its third straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament banner.
The Polar Bears play Thomas More in a D-III first-round match Saturday.
Adam Cepik (Cloverleaf) continues to post big-time numbers for Heidelberg. The junior linebacker recorded a career-high 12 tackles and made his third interception in the Student Princes’ 31-10 over John Carroll.
l Ashland’s Tyler Houska (Highland) broke up a pair of passes and had a tackle for a loss as the Eagles improved to 10-0 with a 49-21 triumph over Tiffin. Carlton Watkins (Buckeye) had two tackles for the Dragons.
l Senior defensive lineman Richard Sumlin (Medina) picked up three tackles and had a pair of sacks as Findlay crushed Malone 38-14.
l Kyle Juszczyk (Cloverleaf) made five catches for 55 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown, as Harvard pummeled Columbia 69-0.
l Freshman John Guilford (Black River) had two tackles and a ½ sack as Valparaiso downed Campbell 41-21.
l Wittenberg junior Noah Johanson (Medina) had 31 passing yards and another 33 rushing as the Tigers crushed Hiram 71-7. Teammate Heath Eby (Cloverleaf) had two tackles.
l Lehigh’s Jason Suggs (Medina) recorded a tackle and a pair of kickoff returns in a 36-35 wins over Holy Cross.
l Kyle Sirl (Cloverleaf) hit the quarterback twice and had four tackles to help Youngstown State to a 13-10 victory over South Dakota.
l Taylor’s Brett Currens (Wadsworth) had three tackles, broke up a pass and returned three kickoffs for 63 yards, but Taylor fell to the University of Saint Francis 21-0. Luke Currens (Wadsworth) added two stops.
l Wide receiver Anthony Schrock (Wadsworth) had three receptions for 21 yards as Walsh fell to Notre Dame of Ohio 31-28.
Sophomore Ian Johnson (Wadsworth) had one shot on goal as Mount Vernon Nazarene fell to Indiana Wesleyan in a shootout in the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals. The Cougars take on Geneva in Saturday’s NCCAA East Region opener.
l Junior goalkeeper Justin Nolan (Highland) was named second-team All-GLIAC. Nolan, who had eight saves in the Eagles’ 2-1 overtime loss to Northwood in the opening round of the GLIAC Tournament, posted seven victories and three shutouts this season.
Despite Wittenberg exiting the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in the semifinal round, starting defender Lindsay Janmey (Highland) helped the NCAC regular-season champion to the NCAA D-III tournament. The Tigers, who also have local product Lauren Arona (Brunswick) on the roster, opens against Wisconsin-Whitewater today.
Kristen Bennett (Wadsworth) led the way as Otterbein shocked Mount Union to win its first OAC Tournament championship. Bennett finished with 14 kills and a team-high seven blocks. The Cardinals square off with Hope (Mich.) on Thursday in the opening round of the D-III tourney.
l Despite getting 20 assists from Sarah Schleich (Cloverleaf), Mount Union fell in the OAC championship game in four games to Otterbein. Teammate Dee Glass (Medina) smacked seven kills. The Purple Raiders still earned a berth in the D-III tournament and will play Medaille (NY) on Thursday.
l Kaitlyn Witsaman (Medina) had eight kills and seven digs in Fairmont State’s three-game sweep of Bluefield State.
l Corrin Early (Cloverleaf) had 10 digs to help nationally ranked Wheeling Jesuit to a four-game victory over Mercyhurst.
Jake Sussman (Wadsworth) recorded a 15th-place finish to help Ashland reach the NCAA D-II national championship meet for the second straight year. The junior turned in a time of 31:38 as the Eagles finished second overall at the Midwest Regional.
l Ashland sophomore Anna Mion (Medina resident/St. Vincent-St. Mary) clocked 22:23 as the Eagles were 14th at the Midwest Regional in Wisconsin.
l Joe van Bolderen (Buckeye) finished the course in 27:14.5 to pace Bowling Green State at the Mid-American Conference Championships.
l David Knack (Medina) came in 44th for Tiffin at the NCAA D-III Midwest Regional. The sophomore finished the course in 32:18.
Senior guard Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Ashland a 79-77 preseason win over Dayton. Tenyak finished 4-of-8 from beyond arc for 12 points, while sophomore guard Taylor Woods (Wadsworth), who missed the final weeks of last season with a jaw injury, had a team-high 19 points.
l Kara Long (Wadsworth) chipped in seven points as Shawnee State University downed Daemen College 57-39 to improve to 3-0.
Sophomore Louden Gordon (Wadsworth) captured the 157-pound title for Notre Dame College at Eastern Michigan. Gordon took the crown thanks to five wins, including two over D-I competitors. He also had three pins, with the final one coming in the title bout against Kyle Burns of Ashland.
l Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) went 2-1 as Ohio defeated Anderson but fell to No. 16 Virginia and Chattanooga. The freshman won by decision and pin.
l Joe Schmidt (Brunswick) placed fifth at 149 pounds for Baldwin Wallace at the Ithaca (N.Y.) College Invitational Tournament.
l Northern Illinois 174-pounder Caleb Busson (Wadsworth) was sixth at the Eastern Michigan Open thanks to a 3-2 performance. Two wins came by decision, while the other was a pin in 5:13.
l Freshman Christian Baughman (Wadsworth) went 3-3 at the EMU Open, which included a pin, to finish eighth for Lake Erie.
Freshman Maddie Miller (Medina) was a member of BW’s 400 freestyle relay team that took second in 4:04.71 as the Yellow Jackets defeated Hiram for their first win of the season.
l Malone’s Michelle Wagner (Wadsworth) was fourth in the 200 freestyle in 2:18.26 during a win over Edinboro (Pa.).
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