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Lake girls soccer confident heading into tourney
Written by Nicholas Huenefeld   
Friday, 16 October 2009 12:02

Former Ohio State head football coach John Cooper would say that his team doesn’t rebuild, they reload.

For the Lake girls’ soccer team, they may be approaching that mentality after their program’s turnaround has them at 14-1 this year with eight freshmen and only two seniors.

From 2006-2008, the team went 10-21-4. They gave up ten goals three times over that span, getting shut out in two of those games, and gave up four or more goals 14 times.

Last season, the team went 12-4-4 overall and won the SLL title under first-year head coach Steve Hoffman. They saw 11 players earn All-SLL honors, including the league player of the year Drew Plummer.

They capped off the year by making a tournament run where they outscored their opponents 8-0 before a 1-0 regional semifinal loss to Liberty Benton, a team they had lost to 7-1 the year before and 5-3 earlier in the season.

Clay Eagles to switch to option offense right away
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 16 October 2009 12:00

Mike Donnelly knew it was coming.

The third-year Clay football coach looked at his 2009 schedule a few months ago and saw City League rivals Central Catholic, Whitmer, St. John’s Jesuit, Rogers and St. Francis de Sales staring him down.

No other CL team had such a brutal schedule to close out the last half of the regular season.

Central ended the Eagles' three-game winning streak with a 29-14 win on Oct. 2, and Donnelly's squad fell to 4-3 and 2-2 in the CL with an embarrassing 38-0 home loss to Whitmer (6-1, 3-1) last Friday.

Clay finished with two turnovers and just 12 yards passing and 40 yards rushing in the loss to the Panthers.

"The most disappointing thing was we only had two first downs," Donnelly said. "We didn't establish any type of running game at all. They were able to tee off and play man-to-man coverage. They just pinned their ears back because we didn't have a running game.

Cardinal back Kyle Gladieux follows family tradition
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 16 October 2009 11:59

For anyone who doesn't think Kyle Gladieux is a team player, consider that the 6-1, 185-pound Cardinal Stritch senior tailback/safety:
• Leads the Cardinals in rushing, with 869 yards and eight touchdowns in 148 attempts (5.9 average);
• Has caught three passes for 47 yards;
• Has completed 1-of-2 passes, including a 54-yarder to junior receiver Nick Fuller against Toledo Christian;
• Has recorded 78 tackles from his free safety position. Gladieux has also played linebacker and is the Cardinals' kick returner and punt returner. He also plays the "bullet" position on the punt and kickoff coverage teams.

"He is one of the leaders in tackles and is on every special team - he never comes off the field and is probably one of the best high school players I have coached in my 30-plus years as a coach," first-year Stritch coach Joe Gutilla said.

While the Cardinals' record (1-6, 1-2 Toledo Area Athletic Conference) may not reflect it, Gladieux is a big reason this year's Stritch team is bringing competitiveness and respectability back to a program that has struggled the past several years. The Cardinals have just six seniors on this year's team.

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