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For Northwood's girls’ soccer team, it's all mental.

Northwood senior soccer player Holly
Slater (right) finds the soccer ball
between her and a defender. (Photo
by Don Thompson/

That's according to first-year Rangers coach Monte Bandeen, who spent the previous seven years as an assistant coach at Cardinal Stritch.

“We are the type of team that, if we show up with the right mentality and we play our style of soccer, we can compete with anybody,” Bandeen said. “I like to play a lot of possession, just holding onto the ball and keeping the ball away from the other team and creating opportunities by holding onto it.

“Before, Northwood used to play a lot of kick and run — kick it ahead and let their athletes go get it. That doesn't work when you play better teams. I've told the girls, the other team can't score on us if we have the ball.”

The Rangers compete in Division I of the Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer League (NWOSSL), which includes programs from Central Catholic, Clay, Notre Dame Academy and St. Ursula Academy.

Entering weekend play, Northwood was 7-4-1 overall, but 0-3 in the NWOSSL, with league losses to Central (4-0), St. Ursula (7-0) and Clay (2-0). The Rangers, who were missing two of their top players, also lost to non-league rival Lake 1-0.

“St. Ursula beat us pretty good,” Bandeen said, “but they are one of the top Division I teams in Northwest Ohio, if not the whole state.”


In sports, and football especially, having depth is vital to a team's success. Injuries are part of the game, and having a good backup, especially at key positions, is important. For the Oak Harbor Rockets, injury has come at one of the team's most important positions the past few seasons — quarterback.

Oak Harbor, having gone 4-6 and 2-8 the past two seasons, respectively, now stands at 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. The team's success this season has not come without hardship, though. The Rockets have seen quarterback and co-captain Steve Young miss time this season because of a dislocated kneecap he suffered against Genoa in Week 2. The injury also caused Young to miss the game the following week versus Eastwood.

Filling in for Young against Eastwood and holding down the fort was junior Brian Mallernee, who, in the Rockets' 34-7 over the Eagles, was 7-of-12 passing for 100 yards.

"We knew we had a good game plan for them: Give Jake (Scott) the ball," said Mallernee. "He did a lot of the work."

"He's done a great job," said Oak Harbor head coach Mike May of Mallernee. "He's a very capable quarterback. He would start at a lot of schools at quarterback."


Northwood native Hamons scores the game winner

Heidelberg University senior defenseman Melissa Hamons (Central Catholic), a Northwood native, made her first

Heidelberg University senior defenseman
Melissa Hamons (Central Catholic), a
Northwood native, dribbles past an Adrian
defender. (Photo by Doug Sampson)

 goal of her collegiate soccer career an important one as she scored in the 40th minute.

It was the only goal of the game as Heidelberg defeated Defiance 1-0. Senior Carolyn Cross (Centerville) provided the assist “with an excellent cross from the near side of the field,” said Heidelberg coaches.

Heidelberg, under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Nick Spell, matched its win total from last year with the win over Defiance. Heidelberg is off to its best start since Hamons arrived as a freshman.

The Berg improves to 7-3, while the Lady Jackets fall to 2-4-2 on the season. For the game, Heidelberg held a 14-7 shot advantage over the Lady Jackets.



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