It’s easy to determine there is “too much” talent locally in girls soccer to clearly define who is better than who. It has always been that way here.
Lake, Clay, Eastwood, Genoa, Northwood, and Oak Harbor have always been perennial contenders, and local girls have played roles on state qualifying parochial school teams.
It’s no different this year, so let’s think out of the box when we choose a Coach of the Year. Which team improved so much that someone considered it a “different team” at the conclusion of the season compared to the start of the season.
The answer? Genoa, according to one local soccer fan, and we concur.
The Comets proved it when they avenged a Suburban Lakes League loss to Lake in the Division II tournament. The Flyers routed the Comets the first matchup, Lake won by one goal in the match-up, and then the Comets took the tournament game.
“The (second) time these two teams played, it was a tough game. Genoa went into that game giving it everything they had, and played the best game this season. That game could have been won by either team. Lake won by one goal,” wrote a Genoa fan in an e-mail to The Press. Of course, that fan is a bit, shall we say, prejudiced.
The writer continues on about Genoa’s win over Lake in the sectional final.
“Very different from the first time we played this season. At the (sectional) championship game, with the high winds and cold, weather was not a friend to either team. It was a very intense game and both teams played a great game. Genoa won, and became the 2010 sectional champions,” the writer added.
The goal of any coach is to see improvement from the start to the finish of the season. As a result, Genoa second-year coach Mike Harder gets Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Coach of the Year.
But, in large part because of the play of All-Press Co-Player of the Year, sophomore midfielder Shelby Antonacci, Lake was SLL champion. In three years of league play sanctioned by the SLL, Lake took all three championships.
Oak Harbor won its third straight Sandusky Bay Conference title, and, moving on, what can you say about Northwood, which ended the Rocket’s season with a 3-2 tournament victory? The Ranger program has gotten so strong it has to compete with the elite of the Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer League.
Press all-league picks are based on league and district selections, and as a result, the Rangers may get cheated a bit because they play against larger schools St. Ursula Academy, Central Catholic, Notre Dame Academy, and Clay in Division I. The Rangers were 0-4 in the conference, outscored 20 to 1.
However, at one point in the season, Northwood was 7-4-1 overall with three of those losses coming in the NWOSSL. The Rangers scored 46 goals in their victories over Toledo Christian, Cory-Rawson, Fremont Ross, Eastwood, Whitmer, Waite and Delta.