Steve Novak, Correspondent, September 27, 2012 11:41 a.m. | Cleveland.com
The state-ranked Holy Name girls soccer team added another win to its season total last weekend, defeating another state-ranked team in the process.
In this case, the state-ranked team which fell victim to Holy Name was from Indiana. Holy Name defeated Brebeuf Preparatory Jesuit of Indianapolis on Saturday by a score of 4-1. In the most recent poll of Indiana high school coaches, Brebeuf was ranked 12th among Division 2A schools.
In the most recent poll of Ohio coaches, Holy Name was ranked fourth among Division II schools. The Green Wave currently has a season record of seven wins, three losses and one tie.
Holy Name head coach Brian Michelson said although this year’s team is composed mainly of underclassmen, he knew they had a chance to have a very successful season.
“Back in the pre-season, we knew that we would either do very well, or we would be showing our age,” he said.
The scoring in last Saturday’s game against Brebeuf is a good example of the team’s youth. All four players who scored goals for Holy Name – Peyton Davis, Jessica Schaefer, Caroline Dreher and Sara Krause – are sophomores.
The team’s goalkeeper, Jacqueline Yanek, is also a sophomore. Of the 22 girls who have played varsity this year, only two are seniors.
Also, the four who scored goals on Saturday are all midfielders, not forwards. Michelson said he has devised an offense this year which involves midfield players pinching inward to help put pressure on the opponent’s net.
“We’re looking to capitalize on our chances,” he said. “We have a setup where we have five midfielders, where we look to counter and to have them get into the attack.”
The season continues into its second half this week. The Holy Name team is scheduled to play Lake Catholic this week, and then will face Padua Oct. 1.
Michelson said he just wants his players to concentrate on giving a full effort in both halves of each game. He’s confident that they’re up to the challenge.
“It’s been a very good season,” he said. “For the rest of the year, we want to concentrate on playing a full 80 minutes. Of all the years I’ve coached, this is the closest group, and they work the hardest.”