2007 Archive

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

"Walsh University Women's Soccer Signs Three"

Walsh University Women's Soccer Head Coach Ed Vargo has announced the signing of three student-athletes to NAIA Letters of Intent to play soccer for the Cavaliers and continue their education at Walsh. Amanda Butera (North Olmstead HS), Ashley Jones (Cincinnati Colerain HS/University of Cincinnati) and Jessica McMasters (Cuyahoga Falls HS) have committed to become Cavaliers. The Cavs finished this past season 13-3-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the American Mideast Conference South Division.

Butera played four years at North Olmsted High School and lettered as a junior and senior. Amanda played for the Excalibur Soccer Club in North Olmsted and received the White Renaissance Scholar Award for academic excellence.

Jones, a transfer from the University of Cincinnati, will enroll at Walsh this spring ('08). She did not play for the Bearcats and will have four years of eligibility for the Cavaliers. Ashley was a two-year starter at defender and Captain at Cincinnati Colerain High School. She earned All-Greater Miami Conference honors, honorable mention All-City and was named All-Academic Southwest Ohio. Jones also earned "Blitz 5" and "GMC" Athlete of the Week honors. She also played club soccer for FOSC Frenzy.

McMasters earned four letters at center mid at Cuyahoga Falls High School. Jessica was named first team All-Northeastern Ohio Conference and Team MVP. She scored six goals her senior year and was named to the 2007 NOC All-Star Team. McMasters played club soccer for the Everest Premier Soccer Club.


Monday, December 3, 2007

"McDermitt, Swope NAIA All-American Honors"

Shayna McDermitt (D, So., Green, OH/HS) and Abby Swope (M, Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) have been named Honorable Mention All-American by the NAIA. Both were also named NAIA All-Region IX First Team. This is the first time that McDermitt has received All-American status, and the second time for Swope (2005).

McDermitt, who also earned First Team All-American Mideast Conference South honors at defender, was a mainstay on a defense that allowed only 22 goals in 18 games. She played in all 18 games and scored one goal and had one assist and was twice named AMC Defensive Player of the Week. Swope, who was named Second Team All-AMC South at midfield, led the team with 11 goals and 26 points. She also had four assists in 18 games. The talented senior is third in career goals (32) and points (80).


Monday, November 26, 2007

"McDermitt, Swope Named First Team All-Region/ Perna, Sullivan Named to the NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Team"

Walsh placed four players on the NAIA All-Region IX Team and two on the NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Team. Shayna McDermitt (So., Green, OH/HS) and Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) were named to the All-Region IX First Team and Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) and Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) were each named to the second team. Christine Perna (Jr., Alliance, OH/Marlington) and Abbie Sullivan (Jr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) were named NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes.

McDermitt, who also earned First Team All-AMC South honors at defender, was a mainstay on a defense that allowed only 22 goals in 18 games. She played in all 18 games and scored one goal and had one assist and was twice named AMC Defensive Player of the Week. Swope, who was named Second Team All-AMC South at midfield, led the team with 11 goals and 26 points. She also had four assists in 18 games. The talented senior is third in career goals (32) and points (80).

Spence, a First Team All-AMC South selection at midfield, finished second on the team with 10 goals and third with 24 points. She played in 16 games and also had four assists. Summers earned First Team All-AMC South honors at forward in her first season on the field. The Cavs' leader in assists with seven, Summers played basketball last year for the Cavs. Chrissy had nine goals and finished second on the team with 25 points. She was an AMC Offensive Player of the Week in September.

Perna and Sullivan are each earning scholar-athlete honors for the first time. Perna is an accounting major and carries a 3.58 grade point average, while Sullivan is a business management major with a 3.53 grade point average.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Walsh Places Six Student-Athletes on All-AMC Women's Soccer Team/Three on First Team"

Walsh University placed six student-athletes on the All-American Mideast Conference Women's South Division Team. Walsh finished the season 13-3-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the AMC South. The Cavs placed three players on the first team, one on the second team and two were selected honorable mention.

Shayna McDermitt (So., Green, OH/HS), Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) and Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) were each named to the first team. McDermitt, an honorable mention defender last year, was a mainstay on a defense that allowed only 22 goals in 18 games. She played in all 18 games and scored one goal and had one assist and was twice named AMC Defensive Player of the Week. Spence, a first-time selection at midfield, finished second on the team with 10 goals and third with 24 points. She played in 16 games and also had four assists. Summers earned first team honors in her first season on the field. The Cavs' leader in assists with seven, Summers played basketball last year for the Cavs. Chrissy had nine goals and finished second on the team with 25 points. She was an AMC Offensive Player of the Week in September.

Senior Abby Swope (Wadsworth, OH/HS) earns second team honors at midfield for the second straight year. Swope led the team with 11 goals and 26 points. She also had four assists in 18 games. The talented senior is third in career goals (32) and points (80).

Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) and Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) were each named honorable mention. Burcher, the Cavs goalkeeper, earns honorable mention accolades for the second straight year. She played every minute (1665) of every game (18) between the pipes for the Cavs, recording eight shutouts and a 1.19 goals against average. Patrick, a first time honoree at forward, played in all 18 games and finished with 14 points on six goals and two assists.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

"Swope Turns Hat Trick, Dishes Out Two Assists in Season Finale Win at Rio Grande"

(Rio Grande, OH) Walsh's Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) scored three goals and dished out two assists in the Cavs 6-1 American Mideast Conference South win at the University of Rio Grande today. Despite winning winning their sixth straight game, and improving their record to 13-3-2 and 3-2-1 in the South, the Cavs fail to qualify for the post season. Urbana University's 3-0 win over Shawnee State eliminated the Cavs. Walsh finishes 10-0-1 on the road, their finest record away from home in school history.

Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) opened the scoring on an assist from Swope at the 9:33 mark of the first half. Dana Speicher (So., Stow, OH/Archbishop Hoban) then scored on an assist from Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) at the 30:00 mark to give the Cavs a 2-0 lead. Swope then scored an unassisted goal with just 30 seconds to play in the half to give the Cavs a 3-0 halftime lead.

Swope scored her second unassisted goal at the 61:34 mark to give Walsh a 4-0 advantage. Rio Grande cut the lead to 4-1 at the 64:55 mark. Swope then scored her third unassisted goal at the 70:27 mark to put the Cavs up 5-1. Amanda Dempsey (Sr., Green, OH/HS) closed the scoring, on an assist from Swope, at the 88:27 mark. Walsh out shot the Redwomen 16-3 and led in corner kicks 9-2. Rachel Burcher (So., Wadworth, OH/HS) had two saves in goal for the Cavs.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"Shayna McDermitt Named AMC Women's Soccer Player of the Week"

Walsh defender Shayna McDermitt has been named the American Mideast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for matches played on Oct. 8-14

McDermitt, a 5-foot-4 sophomore from Green, Ohio and High School, is earning the honor for the second time this season. She helped lead Walsh to back-to-back shutout wins last week.

The Cavaliers traveled to Malone for a 3-0 non-conference win and then defeated handed Urbana its first home loss of the season, 4-0 on Saturday in an AMC South Division encounter. Walsh upped its record to 12-3-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the AMC South. The Cavs have also gone unbeaten on the road, with a 9-0-1 record.


Saturday, September 13, 2007

"Cavs Keep Post Season Hopes Alive With 5th Straight Win"

Walsh won its fifth straight game, and kept its post sesaon hopes alive, with a 4-0 American Mideast Conference South Division win at Urbana University (12-3, 3-2 AMC S) today. The win improved the Cavs to 12-3-2 overall and to 2-2-1 in the AMC South. The win was also improved the Cavs to 10-0-1 on the road. Walsh needs a win at the University of Rio Grande next Saturday, in their regular season finale, to stay alive in the playoff hunt.

Abby Swope's (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) eighth goal of the season gave Walsh a 1-0 lead at the 12:10 mark of the first half. Walsh would score three times in the final 45 minutes. Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) scored her tenth goal of the season, on a penalty kick, at the 54:28 mark to give Walsh a 2-0 lead. Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) gave the Cavs a 3-0 lead at the 67:22 mark, on an assist from Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa). Summers then scored the games' final goal, on an assist from Spence, at the 67:56 mark. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) had five saves, and recorded her third straight shutout and eighth of the season.

Walsh out shot Urbana 13-5, and led in corner kicks 5-3. It was the Blue Knights' first home loss of the season.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"Cavs Win 4th Straight, Blank Rival Malone 3-0"

Walsh (11-3-2, 1-2-1 AMC S) won its fourth straight game, blanking arch-rival Malone College (7-6) 3-0 today in a non-conference game. The improved the Cavs to 7-0-1 on the road. The Cavs get back into American Mideast Conference South play at Urbana University (12-2, 3-1 AMC S) on Saturday at 12 pm.

Walsh scored with just five seconds remaining in the first half, when Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) scored her ninth goal of the season, on Chrissy Summers' (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) team leading sixth assist. The two reversed the roles in the second half, when Summers scored on an assist from Spence at the 52:15 mark, to give the Cavs a 2-0 lead. Suzanne Flanigan (Fr., Cleves, OH/Seton) scored the final goal, with 11 minutes to play. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) had six saves, and recorded her seventh shutout of the season.


Monday, October 8, 2007

"Cavs Bounce Back in Style, Sweep Three-Game Week/Spence Scores Four Times"

Walsh (10-3-2, 1-2-1 AMC S) snapped a three-game win-less streak, with wins over Seton Hill University (3-2), Case Western Reserve University (3-2) and Ursuline College (5-0). This week, the Cavs play rival Malone College on the road on Wednesday (4 pm) and at Urbana University in an important American Mideast Conference South contest on Saturday (12 pm). The Cavs are tied for fourth place in the South and need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) had two goals and an assist in the Cavs win at Seton Hill last Tuesday. Spence scored on an assist from Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS), to give Walsh a 1-0 lead at the 11:25 mark of the first half. Seton Hill then tied the game at the 15:48 mark, before Walsh regained the lead on a goal by Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa), on an assist from Spence, at the 20:44 mark. Seton Hill would strike again, and tie the game at 2-2, with a goal at the 57:10 of the second half. Spence would then score the game-winner, unassisted, at the 81:19 mark. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) recorded six saves.

For the second straight day, Walsh was victorious by a final score of 3-2. All of the games' five goals were scored in the first half, in the non-conference win over Case Western Reserve University. Chrissy Summers opened the scoring, on an unassisted goal, at the 4:50 mark of the first half. Case then tied the game at the 12:11. Leya Spence, who tallied twice in Tuesday's win, then gave Walsh the lead for good at 2-1, at the 24:28 mark, on an unassisted goal Abby Swope then added an insurance goal at the 42:23 mark. Case cut the Cavs' lead to 3-2, with 15 seconds to play in the first half, in the games final tally.

Five different Cavaliers scored in Walsh's non-conference win over Ursuline College on Saturday. Abby Swope opened the scoring, with an unassisted goal, at the 26:10 mark of the first half. Walsh led 1-0 at the half. The final 45 minutes was all Walsh. The Cavs would score three times in less than 14 minutes to increase their lead to 4-0. Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) gave the Cavs a 2-0 lead at the 48:29 mark, on an assist from Chrissy Summers. Chrissy Perna (Jr., Alliance, OH/Marlington) scored three minutes later on an assist from Rachel Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland) to extend the lead to 3-0. Leya Spence scored her fourth goal of the week, on a penalty kick, to give Walsh a 4-0 advantage. Chelsea Saunders (So., Hinckley, OH/Highland) then closed the scoring, with an unassisted goal at the 86:54. Keeper Rachel Burcher recorded her sixth shutout of the season.

Leya Spence and Chrissy Summers lead the Cavs balanced scoring attack with 17 points. Spence leads the Cavs with eight goals, while Summers has dished out a team-best five assists. Abby Swope is next with 16 points, on seven goals and two assists; Rachel Naumann has 14 points, Amanda Patrick 12 and Chrissy Perna 11. Rachel Burcher has a 1.35 goals against average.


Saturday, October 6, 2007

"Five Different Cavs Score in Shutout Win Over Ursuline"

Five different Cavaliers scored in Walsh's (10-3-2) 5-0 non-conference win over Ursuline College (3-9) tonight. The win was the third straight for the Cavs. Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) opened the scoring, with an unassisted goal, at the 26:10 mark of the first half. Walsh led 1-0 at the half. The final 45 minutes was all Walsh. The Cavs would score three times in less than 14 minutes to increase their lead to 4-0. Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) gave the Cavs a 2-0 lead at the 48:29 mark, on an assist from Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa). Chrissy Perna (Jr., Alliance, OH/Marlington) scored three minutes later on an assist from Rachel Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland) to extend the lead to 3-0. Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) scored her fourth goal of the week, on a penalty kick, to give Walsh a 4-0 advantage. Chelsea Saunders (So., Hinckley, OH/Highland) then closed the scoring, with an unassisted goal at the 86:54.


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

"Cavs Edge Case Western Reserve 3-2"

For the second straight day, Walsh (9-3-2) was victorious by a final score of 3-2. All of the games' five goals were scored in the first half, in the non-conference win over Case Western Reserve University. Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) opened the scoring, on an unassised goal, at the 4:50 mark of the first half. Case then tied the game at the 12:11. Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison), who tallied twice in Tuesday's 3-2 win at Seton Hill University, then gave Walsh the lead for good at 2-1, at the 24:28 mark. on an unassisted goal Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) then added an insurance goal at the 42:23 mark. Case cut the Cavs' lead to 3-2, with 15 seconds to play in the first half, in the games final tally.

Walsh closes the home season on Saturday, with a non-conference game against Ursuline College. Game time is 5 pm.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

"Spence Two Goals and an Assist in 3-2 Win at Seton Hill

(Greensburg, PA) Walsh's (8-3-2) Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) had two goals and an assist in the Cavs 3-2 win at Seton Hill University today. The Cavs are home to Case Western Reserve University at 5 pm tomorrow.

Spence scored on an assist from Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS), to give Walsh a 1-0 lead at the 11:25 mark of the first half. Seton Hill then tied the game at the 15:48 mark, before Walsh regained the lead on a goal from Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa), on an assist from Spence, at the 20:44 mark. Seton Hill would strike again, and tie the game at 2-2, with a goal at the 57:10 of the second half. Spence would then score the game-winner, unassisted, at the 81:19 mark.

Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) recorded six saves.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

"Cavs/Yellow Jackets Battle to 1-1 OT Tie"

(Cedarville, OH) Walsh (7-3-2, 1-2-1 AMC S) and Cedarville University (2-6-1, 0-0-1 AMC S) battled to a 1-1, double overtime tie today. Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) gave Walsh a 1-0 lead at the 29:49 mark of the first half with an unassisted goal. Cedarville's Katie Koch tied the game at the 11:24 of the opening half. Walsh out shot the Yellow Jackets 19-11.

The Cavs travel to Greensburg, PA, on Tuesday for a non-conference match with Seton Hill University (4 pm).


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"Cougars Defeat Cavs 3-1"

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (6-3-1, 1-1 AMC S) bested Walsh (7-3-1, 1-2 AMC S) 3-1 in an American Mideast Conference South contest under the lights tonight. Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) gave the a 1-0 lead, on an assist from Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa), at the 31:52 mark of the opening half. MNVU's Jessica Estep tied the score at the 39:39 mark, and then gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead at the 41:55 mark of the first half. The Cougars Kristy Brandolini provided an insurance goal at the 51:13 mark.

Mount Vernon out shot the Cavs 12-6 and led in corner kicks 8-4. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) recorded nine saves.

Walsh is at Cedarville University on Saturday (4:30 pm) for an AMC South contest.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"Cavs and Marietta Play to 0-0 Tie"

Walsh (7-2-1) and Marietta College (5-2-1) battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie today. The Cavs out shot the Pioneers 6-4 and led in corner kicks 7-2. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) recorded four saves.

The Cavs host Mount Vernon Nazarene in an American Mideast Conference South game at 7 pm tomorrow night.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"Shayna McDermiit Named AMC Women's Soccer Player of the Week"

Houghton midfielder Lauren Haggerty and Walsh defender Shayna McDermitt are the AMC women's soccer Players of the Week for matches played on Sept. 17-23.

McDermitt, a 5-foot-4 sophomore from Green, Ohio, is the AMC Defensive Player of the Week. She helped lead Walsh to a pair of victories.

The Cavaliers traveled to NCAA Division III Geneva for a 3-0 non-conference win and then defeated Shawnee State, 2-1, at home in an AMC South Division encounter. Walsh upped its record to 7-2 overall and 1-1 AMC.


Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Naumann Goal Lifts Cavs to AMC South Win"

Rachel Naumann's (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland) second half goal snapped a 1-1 tie and gave Walsh a 2-1 win over Shawnee State University (5-2-1, 0-1) in an American Mideast Conference South Division game this evening. The win evened the Cavs AMC South mark at 1-1 and improved their overall mark to 7-2. Naumann's game-winner was unassisted, and came at the 70:59 mark.

Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) gave the Cavs a 1-0 lead, on an unassisted goal at the 58:14 mark of the second half, after the two teams battled to a scoreless tie after the first 45 minutes. Shawnee scored the tying goal at the 67:54 mark. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) recorded four saves. Walsh out shot Shawnee State 17-5 and led in corner kicks 5-2.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"Cavs Blank Geneva to Halt Skid"

(Beaver Falls, PA) Walsh (6-2) snapped a two-game losing streak, with a 3-0 win at Geneva College tonight. Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) had three saves in goal in recording the shutout. Stephanie Sussman (Fr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) scored the games' first goal, 1:47 into the second half, to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead. Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) then gave Walsh a 2-0 lead, as she scored on a penalty kick at the 68:51 mark. Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) closed the scoring on an assist from Abbie Sullivan (Jr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) at the 78:05 mark.

Walsh is home to Shawnee State University on Saturday (5 pm) in an American Mideast Conference South game.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

"Cavs Drop Second Straight, 5-2 to Indiana Wesleyan"

Walsh (5-2) fell for the second time in two days, losing 5-2 to Indiana Wesleyan tonight. Wesleyan scored three first half goals, at the 5:00, 14:10 and 16:07 marks to take a 3-0 lead. Chrissy Perna (Jr., Alliance, OH/Marlington) then scored for the Cavs at the 29:23 mark to cut the lead to 3-1. But Indiana Wesleyan tallied a little over a minute later to take a 4-1 halftime lead. Rachel Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland) scored at the 50:30 mark to trim the lead to 4-2, before Indiana Wesleyan iced the game, with their final tally at the 67:06 mark. The Cavs were outshot 10-5, and Wesleyan had nine corner kicks to Walsh's two. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) had eight saves.


Friday, September 14, 2007

"Cavs Fall for First Time"

Walsh (5-1, 0-1 AMC S) lost its first game of the season, falling 3-2 to Ohio Dominican University (6-0, 1-0 AMC S) tonight in their American Mideast Conference South opener. Walsh is back in action on Saturday, as they meet Indiana Wesleyan at 7 pm.

Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) gave Walsh a 1-0 lead, on an assist from Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) four minutes into the second half. Ohio Dominican then tied the game, and then took the lead with back-to-back goals just 13 minutes apart in the second half. Walsh's Chrissy Perna (Jr., Alliance, OH/Marlington) then tied the game at 2-2 with 4:40 to play in regulation. Ohio Dominican scored the winning goal 5:45 into the overtime.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

"Undefeated Cavs Receive Votes in NAIA Top 25"

Walsh's undefeated women's soccer team (5-0) received two votes in the NAIA's second poll of the season. Walsh, off to its best start in school history, is receiving votes for the first time. The Cavs are home this Friday against Ohio Dominican at 7 pm, and on Saturday against Indiana Wesleyan at 7 pm.

NAIA TOP 25


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

"Summers, Burcher AMC Women's Soccer Players of the Week

Walsh University teammates Chrissy Summers and Rachel Burcher have been named the AMC Players of the Week in women's soccer. They helped the Cavaliers remain unbeaten with three more victories during the week of September 3-9.

Summers, a 5-foot-5 sophomore forward from Doylestown, Ohio, was chosen the Offensive Player of the Week. She netted four goals with an assist as she broke into the scoring column in all three matches. Summers tallied a goal in a 10-0 rout of Tri-State; she had all three scores in a 3-2 win at Roberts Wesleyan; and she provided an assist in a 3-0 victory at Daemen.

Burcher, a 5-4 sophomore goalkeeper from Wadsworth, Ohio, is the AMC Defensive Player of the Week. She played all 270 minutes in goal and posted two shutouts. Burcher was credited with four saves against Tri-State, eight versus Roberts Wesleyan, and two more at Daemen.


Monday, September 10, 2007

"Cavs Off to Best Start in School History"

Walsh (5-0) continued its best start in school history with three more wins last week. The Cavs blanked Tri-State University 10-0, edged Roberts Wesleyan University 3-2 and shutout Daemen College 3-0. This week, the Cavs host Ohio Dominican University in their American Mideast Conference South opener on Friday, and then battle Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday in the Walsh Invitational. In the other games, Seton Hill meets Indiana Wesleyan on Friday at 5 pm and on Saturday; Ohio Dominican plays Seton Hill at 5 pm.

Eight different Cavaliers scored in their rout of Tri-State University last Tuesday night. The Cavs scored just 3:50 into the game and led 4-0 at halftime. Shayna McDermitt (So., Green, OH/HS) opened the scoring on an assist from Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf). McDermitt also had an assist on the night. Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) and Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) each scored twice for the Cavs. Rachel Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland), Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa), Suzanne Flanigan (Fr., Cleves, OH/Seton), Chrissy Perna (Jr., Alliance, OH/Marlington) and Abbie Sullivan (Jr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) each scored single goals. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) had four saves.

Chrissy Summers turned the "Hat Trick" (three goals), in the Cavs 3-2 win over Roberts Wesleyan on Friday. After Walsh fell behind 1-0 23 minutes into the match, Summers tied the game on an assist from Rachel Naumann at the 26:21 mark. Summers then gave the Cavs the lead for good at 2-1, with an unassisted goal at the 61:50 mark of the second half. Her final goal, which proved to be the game-winner, came at the 60:20 mark. Roberts Wesleyan scored their final tally at the 77:14 mark. Walsh out shot Wesleyan 10-9 and led in corner kicks 7-2. Keeper Rachel Burcher had eight saves.

Walsh continued its best start in school history with a 3-0 win at Daemen on Saturday. Three different players scored in the shutout win. Chrissy Perna opened the scoring at the 24:54 mark of the first half on an assist from Chrissy Summers, as the Cavs held the 1-0 lead heading into the locker room at halftime. Suzanne Flanigan then gave the Cavs a 2-0 lead at the 49:27 mark on an assist from Perna. Rachel Naumann then closed the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 64:33 mark. Keeper Rachel Burcher stopped two shots in recording her third shutout of the season.

Chrissy Summers now leads the team in scoring with ten points. She is tied for the team lead in goals (four) with Abby Swope. Swope and Rachel Naumann each have eight points. Burcher has three shutouts in goal and has lowered her goals against average to 0.80.


Saturday, September 7, 2007

"Cavs Win Again"

(Daemen, NY) Walsh continued its best start in school history, with a 3-0 win at Daemen today. Walsh is now 5-0 for the first time in school history. Three different players scored in today's shutout win. Chrissy Perna (Jr., Alliance, OH/Marlington) opened the scoring at the 24:54 mark of the first half on an assist from Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa), as the Cavs held the 1-0 lead heading into the locker room at halftime. Suzanne Flanigan (Fr., Cleves, OH/Seton) then gave the Cavs a 2-0 lead at the 49:27 mark on an assist from Perna. Rachel Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland) then closed the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 64:33 mark. Keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) stopped two shots in recording her third shutout of the season.

Walsh plays host to Ohio Domincan next Friday (7 pm) and Indiana Wesleyan next Saturday (7 pm) in the Walsh Invitational.


Friday, September 7, 2007

"Summers Has Hat Trick as Cavs Remain Unbeaten"

Walsh's Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) turned the "Hat Trick" (three goals), in the Cavs 3-2 win over Roberts Wesleyan today. The win improved the Cavs to 4-0.

After Walsh fell behind 1-0 23 minutes into the match, Summers tied the game on an assist from Rachel Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland) at the 26:21 mark. Summers then gave the Cavs the lead for good at 2-1, with an unassisted goal at the 61:50 mark of the second half. Her final goal, which proved to be the game-winner, came at the 60:20 mark. Roberts Wesleyan scored their final tally at the 77:14 mark. Walsh out shot Wesleyan 10-9 and led in corner kicks 7-2. Keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) had eight saves.

The Cavs play at Daemen College at 2 pm tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

"Eight Different Cavs Score in 10-0 Rout of Tri-State"

Eight different Cavaliers scored, as Walsh improved to 3-0 with a 10-0 rout of Tri-State University tonight. The Cavs scored just 3:50 into the game and led 4-0 at halftime. Shayna McDermitt (So., Green, OH/HS) opened the scoring on an assist from Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf). McDermitt also had an assist on the night. Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) and Leya Spence (Jr., Mansfield, OH/Madison) each scored twice for the Cavs. Each scored their goals in the second half. Rachel Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland), Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa), Suzanne Flanigan (Fr., Cleves, OH/Seton), Chrissy Perna (Jr., Alliance, OH/Marlington) and Abbie Sullivan (Jr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) each scored single goals. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) had four saves.

Walsh is at Roberts Wesleyan on Friday night (7 pm) and at Daemen on Saturday (2 pm).


Friday, August 24, 2007

"Swope's Goal at 89:59 Mark Gives Cavs 3-2 Win Over Bethel"

(Fort Wayne, IN) Abby Swope (Sr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) could not have waited any longer, if she would have, the clock would have expired. So what did Swope do? She scored an unassisted goal at the 89:59 mark to give Walsh a 3-2 win over Bethel College at the Cougar Cup in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The win improved Walsh's record to 2-0.

Rachel Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/Highland) opened the scoring at the 38:08 mark of the first half on an assist from Chrissy Summers (So., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa), to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead. Swope then scored the first of her two goals, on an assist from Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf), at the 42:00 mark of the first half. Bethel tied the game with second half goals at the 53:51 and 78:07 marks. Walsh keeper Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) had nine saves.

Walsh's next game is September 4, at home, against Tri-State University.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

"Waltz Scores Twice in 4-0 Season-Opening Win at Saint Francis"

(Fort Wayne, IN) Walsh opened its 20th season with a 4-0 win over the University of Saint Francis, in the first game of the Cougar Cup in Fort Wayne, IN. Amanda Waltz (Sr., North Canton, OH/HS) scored twice and had an assist in the win. Walsh plays on Friday against Bethel College at 12:30 pm.

Walsh scored twice in each half. Amanda Patrick (So., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) gave Walsh a 1-0 lead at the 4:40 of the first half, on an assist from Waltz. The Cavs led 2-0 at the half, as Stephanie Sussman (Fr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) scored at the 16:33 mark. Waltz scored twice in the second half, at the 57:42 on a breakaway and then at the 61:38 mark. Goalie Rachel Burcher (So., Wadsworth, OH/HS) stopped eight shots in recording the shutout.

Saint Francis outshot the Cavs 8-7 and had six corner kicks to Walsh's one.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"Cavs Open Season at USF "Cougar Cup" in Fort Wayne"

Walsh opens its 19th season on Thursday, when they meet the University of Saint Francis (IN) (0-1), at 2:30 pm, in the 2007 Cougar Cup in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is the second game of the season for the Cougars. They dropped their season opener 1-0 to Siena Heights University on Tuesday. Walsh plays their second game on Friday, at 12:30 pm, against Bethel College (IN). Walsh is 6-11-1 in season openers.

Walsh returns 14 letter winners and eight starters from their 7-10 2006 team. Head Coach Ed Vargo (54-51-5) begins his seventh year.

Walsh opens the home season on Tuesday, September 4 against Tri-State University at 7 pm.