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Holy Name High School girls soccer team has another solid season
Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 12:00 PM
By Steve Novak
For Holy Name girls soccer coach Brian Michelson, 2011 proved to be another successful season.
One could look at the season just in terms of wins and losses to come to that conclusion. The Green Wave won 10 games, lost three and tied three.
However, there’s more. Throughout the season, Holy Name had often been ranked in the top ten in the weekly Ohio coaches’ poll for Division II schools.
Along the way, the team defeated both Division I and Division II schools. The Green Wave also had a 1-1 tie over St. Anthony of Staten Island, N.Y., a nationally ranked team.
Michelson said the team’s schedule tells the story.
“We play an extremely tough schedule. We try to play anyone who wants to play us,” he said. “We had several freshmen and sophomores in the lineup. To go 10-3-3 with that kind of a schedule and to play with such a young lineup speaks to the kind of system we have.”
Holy Name won nine of its games by shutout scores. The team’s three losses included regular season games against Brecksville Broadview Heights and Walsh Jesuit, along with a post-season loss to Rocky River in the district finals.
Michelson said season totals show that freshman Brianna Shingary was the team’s leading scorer with nine goals. Her sister, senior Haliegh Shingary was second with eight goals on the season.
At the team’s annual banquet, Haliegh Shingary was named the team’s most valuable player. Erin O’Toole was given the team’s “Namer Award” for outstanding team play. Michelson, now in his eighth year as head coach, will lose five members of this year’s team due to June graduation.
However, he said he is already looking forward to next year’s team, considering the number of players who will be returning.
“We had four freshmen who had an impact on our team this year, along with our sophomores,” he said.
Plain Dealer 2011 Girls Basketball Preseason Top 25
2. Hathaway Brown (18-9, Division II state champ): Vanessa Smith, Nia Marshall, Beth Brzozowski and Stephanie Poland are determined to make it four titles in a row.
3. Midpark (22-3, Southwestern Conference champ, Division I regional finalist): Rachel Theriot, Stasha Carey and Korie Maryo make for a good nucleus but do Meteors have enough to finish?
4. Wadsworth (20-5, Suburban League champ, Division I regional semifinalist): Another year means another season the Grizzlies will be the hunted team in the Suburban League.
5. Solon (13-9, Division I sectional champ): Comets are optimistic and why not? Jaime Gluesing, Kristen Confroy, Alexis Gray and Kristen Low are seasoned veterans and Lake Ridge transfer Martha Thompson sweetens the pot.
6. Firestone (21-1, Akron City Series champ, Division I district semifinalist): Shaia Horton, Taylor McCalister and Mishae Roper are back but depth is a question for the Falcons, who are going for a league three-peat.
7. Magnificat (21-2, Division I district finalist): Megan Barilla, Maddie Barry, Stephanie Haas and Paige Wise aren’t flashy but Blue Streaks will contend because of balanced scoring, defense and a tough schedule.
8. Stow (16-6, Division I sectional champ): Bulldogs will go as far as the trio of Alex Shaver, Lexi Stefanov and Kelli Magani and 6-0 sophomore lefty Maddie Baer takes them.
9. Shaker Heights (17-5, Lake Erie League Lake Division champ, Division I district finalist): Raiders have Jordyn Peck and Cleveland Central Catholic transfer Robin Smith, they’re athletic and deep, but size and experience are huge questions in their final LEL season.
10. Hudson (19-5, Division I district finalist): Explorers need Laura Mummey, Christie Wade and Hannah Boesinger to elevate their game in order to contend in the NOC Valley Division.
11. Lake Catholic (23-3, North Coast League Blue Division champ, Division II regional finalist): Delani Stopp, Erin Mog, Kelsey Lancon, Katlyn Spahar and Mel Goosby return but will they adjust to rookie coach Stephen Eppich?
12. Holy Name (18-6, Division II district finalist): Sophomore Kim Cook will complement Taylor Krusinski in the post and experienced point guard Elissa Day gives Green Wave the edge in the NCL White Division.
13. Lake Ridge Academy: Lions are prohibited from postseason for another season for recruiting violations issued by the Ohio High School Athletic Association last February. They have a new coach in Randy Thomas and Detroit Mercy recruit DeVonna Bradford and 6-3 sophomore Alexa Hart are back.
14. Rocky River (20-3, West Shore Conference champ, Division II district finalist): This could be Pirates’ best shot to reach Division II state semifinals because of veterans Hannah McCue, Allyson Helleis, Ciara Kessler and Katie McNally.
15. Gilmour Academy (22-3, Division III regional finalist): Abbey Deckard, Kelsey Dugger, Calla Telzrow, Rachel Staton and Jessica Janota don’t have eye-popping numbers but they play so well together as a team.
16. Aurora (18-3, Division II sectional finalist): Allison Howard, Camillas Brown, Allison Blackley and Christina Graham welcomed junior rookies Danielle Lasky and Maddie Gilley in what hope will be a deep postseason run.
17. Ravenna (22-2, Portage Trail Conference Metro Division champ, Division II district finalist): DiAndra Gibson and Malorie Gibson (not related) join other veterans Monique Smith and Ashley Fortson to make a formidable nucleus.
18. St. Joseph Academy (13-9, Division I sectional finalist): Jaguars have balance, solid point guard in Celine Mangan, good perimeter presence with Daija Jones and Hannah Lowe, and a strong inside player in Greta Burry.
19. Kenmore (11-10): Look for the Cardinals to rebound from a down year thanks to the return of Porshae Hearn, Charnae Coleman, Alexis Lee, Alexis Bufford, Julia Robinson and Western Reserve Academy transfer Essence Bell.
20. Manchester (22-2, Principals Athletic Conference champ, Division III district finalist): One of the most athletic teams they’ve had but Panthers need to stay healthy, and moving up to Division II will be huge challenge.
21. Nordonia (14-8, NOC Lake Division champ, Division I sectional finalist): Sara Andrasik and Natalie Blaha are the experienced players but the Knights’ first season in the Suburban League could be a huge awakening.
22. Glenville (14-5, Senate Athletic League champs): Tarblooders return 36 points and 30 rebounds with Keesha Henderson, Lady Walker and Janae Robinson but is it enough to make a dent in the postseason?
23. Brunswick (14-10, Division I district finalist): Leading scorer Cassi Brown and 3-point expert Erica Eubank return, along with 6-4 rebound/block shot force Gabbie Bulic, to make Blue Devils a force.
24. Walsh Jesuit (11-14, Division II regional semifinalist): Warriors took their lumps last year but a smooth transition into the NCL Blue Division and development of their post players could spell success.
25. John F. Kennedy (15-4): Eagles benefit from arrival of 6-0 sophomore East Tech transfer Michelle Hardee and being moved to the new Division I sectional/district tournament at Bedford.
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