2009 Archive

Friday, July 23, 2010

"Walsh Adds Pair"

Walsh University Head Soccer Coach Sara Renard has announced that Elizabeth Broome and Rachel Rucker have signed NAIA National Letter's of Intent to attend Walsh University this fall and play soccer for the Cavaliers.

Broome, a 5'5" defender from Doylestown, Ohio is a 2010 graduate of Chippewa High School. Elizabeth was a three-sport athlete at Chippewa, earning four letters in soccer and track, and three in basketball. Elizabeth was team captain and led her team to the Division 2 District Finals. She was named first-team All-District and second-team All-Ohio. Broome also earned first-team all-conference awards in both basketball and track, while placing ninth in the state in the 400 meter. Elizabeth is a member of National Honor Society and Class President at Chippewa. She is daughter of Elizabeth and Lenny Broome of Doylestown and will major in Physical Therapy at Walsh.

Rucker, a 5'5" forward from Uniontown, Ohio and a 2010 graduate of Lake High School, earned four varsity letters in soccer and three in track. Rachel was named second-team All-Federal League and honorable mention All-Stark County, while being selected Lake's Best Offensive Player after leading her team with 14 goals and three assists. Rachel graduated Cum Laude from Lake High school. She intends to major in Nursing at Walsh. She is the daughter of Marty and Donna Rucker of Uniontown.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Walsh University Signs Copley's Brittany Kungle for Women's Soccer"

Walsh University Head Women's Soccer Coach Sara Renard has announced that Brittany Kungle has signed a NAIA National Letter of Intent to continue her education and play soccer for the Cavaliers. Walsh is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the American Mideast Conference (AMC).

Kungle earned four letters at Copley. The talented defender/midfielder earned All-Suburban League honors all four years. She was named honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore, second team as a junior and was named first team her senior year. She also received the Greater Akron Touchdown Club Award, was Team Captain the Team Defensive MVP her senior year.

She also earned two softball letters. Kungle earned seven scholar-athlete awards and was on the Honor Roll all four years. She will major in nursing.


Monday, March 8, 2010

"Martin Named to All-Ohio Team"

Freshman midfielder/forward Molly Martin (5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) has been named to the 2009 NAIA All-Ohio Team. The association recognizes the top top 15 NAIA players from Ohio, with Martin being one of three freshmen to be selected to the team. Martin tied for the team lead with five goals and 12 points, to go along with two assists. She was also named second-team on the American Mideast Conference team.


Thursday, February, 11, 2010

"Renard Signs GlenOak's Lauren Block"

Walsh University Head Women's Soccer Coach Sara Renard has announced the signing of Lauren Block to an NAIA National Letter of Intent to continue her education at Walsh University and play intercollegiate soccer. Lauren, who will graduate from GlenOak High School this spring, will major in nursing. Block is GlenOak's Senior Class President and is a member of National Honor Society.

Lauren, a defender earned four varsity letters and was Team Captain for Head Coach Courtney Schafer. She earned first-team All-Stark County, All-Federal League and second-team All-District her senior year. Block led GlenOak to a record breaking season in wins while being voted her team's Best Defensive Player.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

"Renard Signs Pair"

Walsh University Head Women's Soccer Coach Sara Renard has announced the signings of Kirsten Gillespie and Cassie Wright to NAIA National Letters of Intent to continue their education at Walsh and play intercollegiate soccer.

Gillespie, pictured left a forward/midfielder from Highland High School, earned four varsity letters and was Team Captain for Head Coach Jason Rutkowski. She earned second-team All-Suburban League in her junior and senior years. Kirsten led her team in scoring with six goals and five assists her senior year and was awarded Highland's Most Valuable Offensive Player award. She is also a regular starter for Pennine United where she assisted her team in tying for first place in the Midwest Regional League. Gillespie will major in psychology.

"Kirsten is a versatile player who can play almost any position on the field," stated Renard. "She is very dangerous up top because she can unload a shot from distance with either foot. She also has the ability to attack and breakdown defenders with speed and will probably be best utilized for us as a forward or outside mid."

Wright, pictured left a defender, earned four varsity letters and was Team Captain for Head Coach Mike Sowers at Teays Valley High School in Circleville, Ohio. She was named All-Mid State League three times, including first-team her senior year. Wright also helped lead her team to two MSL Buckeye League championships. She finished her career with nine goals and 18 assists. Wright, who carries a 3.84 GPA, will major in Pre-Med. She is a member of National Honor Society.

"Cassie had a great senior year developing into a defender after playing primarily in the midfield her first three years," exclaimed Renard. "She is great in the air and has an aggressive style of play that causes problems for opposing teams. Cassie will provide good depth for us on defense next season."


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Walsh Signs Jackson's Olivia Buttery to play Soccer"

Walsh University Head Women's Soccer Coach Sara Renard has announced the signing of Olivia Buttery to an NAIA National Letter of Intent to continue her education at Walsh and play intercollegiate soccer. Olivia is a member of National Honor Society and currently holds a 3.99 G.P.A. She will major in Pre-Physical Therapy. Buttery is the second Jackson High School Polar Bear to sign with the Cavs. Renard recently signed Lauren Jokovich.

Buttery earned four varsity letters and was Team Captain for Head Coach Frank Gagliardi. Jackson, one of the areas elite programs, has captured 16 out of the last 17 Federal League titles. Olivia helped the Polar Bears to three D-l Elite Eight appearances and to the regional semi-finals her senior year. She scored twice and handed out three assists from the stopper position her senior year. Buttery was accorded second-team All-Stark County and second-team All-Federal League her senior year. She was voted Defensive Player of the Year in both her junior and senior years at Jackson.

"I love Olivia's attacking mentality from the defender position," exclaimed Renard. "She is strong in the air, very composed on the ball and doesn't make many mistakes. She is a great tackler and has good defensive discipline. Olivia will play a key role in our defense next season and may even see some action in the midfield."


Friday, December 4, 2009

"McDermitt/Rachel Naumann Earn Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Honors"

Walsh's Shayna McDermitt (Sr., 5-4, Green, OH/HS) and Rachel Naumann (Jr., 5-3, Hinckley, OH/Highland) have been Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that a total of 387 women's soccer student-athletes have been named 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.

McDermitt, who missed a major portion of the season due to a second ACL surgery, majors in accounting. Naumann, who was also named honorable mention All-American Mideast Conference, is a nursing major.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Cavs Sign Initial Recruit"

Head Coach Sara Renard has announced the signing of Lauren Jokovich to a NAIA Letter of Intent to continue her education and play soccer for the Cavaliers. Jokovich, who will graduate from Jackson High School this spring, will major in education.

Lauren earned four varsity letters for Frank Gagliardi and was Team Captain for the Polar Bears, the Federal League Champions 16 out of the last 17 years. This past season Jackson reached the "Sweet 16" and has been an Elite 8 team the past three years. Jokovich scored six goals and handed out six assists, and scored twice in Jackson's 2-1 district final victory over Hudson. Laruen earned first-team all-county and second-team all-district, second-team All-Federal League honors this past year. As a junior, she also earned second-team all-district and second-team All-Federal League accolades.

"Lauren comes from a great system at Jackson High School and we are very excited to have a player of her caliber," exclaimed Renard. "Lauren is a crafty midfielder who has the ability to dictate the pace of play with her technical ability. She will make an immediate impact at the center mid or outside mid position."


Monday, November 9, 2009

Cavs Fall 2-0 at Notre Dame in AMC Playoff

Walsh (6-9-3) fell 2-0 to Notre Dame College in a first round AMC Playoff game. The third-seeded Falcons (12-6) scored two first half goals, then made them stand up at Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Ohio on Sunday night.

Notre Dame's Morgan Lichtinger scored 4:49 into the game to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Katie Christensen then tallied the final goal at the 34:53 mark of the half.

Walsh outshot the Falcons 13-8.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

"Cavs Fall 2-0 to Notre Dame in AMC Playoff"

(Lyndhurst, OH) Third-seeded Notre Dame College (12-6) scored two first half goals, then made them stand up in a 2-0 win over the sixth-seeded Cavs (6-9-3) in a first round American Mideast Conference playoff game at Brush High School tonight.

Notre Dame's Morgan Lichtinger scored 4:49 into the game to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Katie Christensen then tallied the final goal at the 34:53 mark of the half.

Walsh out shot the Falcons 13-8.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Cavs Place Six on All-AMC Team, Martin Second Team"

Walsh (6-8-3) placed six players on the All-American Mideast Conference Team. First-year Head Coach Sara Renard placed one player on the second-team, three on the third-team and two were selected honorable mention.

Freshman midfielder Molly Martin (5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) pictured left was tabbed second-team. Martin tied for the team lead with five goals and 12 points.

Sophomore goalie Jillian Zanney (5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) pictured left earned third-team recognition, along with Erin Naumann (Fr., 5-11, Hinckley, OH/HIghland) and Amanda Patrick (Sr., 5-7, Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) . Zanney, a second-team selection last season, posted a 1.36 goals average in 17 games with four shutouts. She allowed 23 goals, while stopping 83 shots in over 1500 minutes. Naumann was part of a stellar defense that allowed only 26 goals, while starting all 17 games. She also dished out three assists. Patrick, a third-team selection last year, was second on the team with four goals and nine points.

Rachel Naumann (Jr., 5-3, Hinckley, OH/Highland) and Kelly Sklenar (Fr., 5-3, Canfield, OH/Cardinal Mooney) were named honorable mention. Naumann started and played in all 17 games and scored three goals and handed out an assist. Sklenar, a defender, was also a mainstay of the Cavs' stingy defense.


Monday, November 2, 2009

"Cavs Travel to Notre Dame for AMC Playoff Opener"

Walsh (6-8-3) clinched a American Mideast Conference playoff spot with a 6-0 win over Carlow College on Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Cavs posted a huge 4-0 AMC win at Cedarville University. Walsh holds the sixth seed and travels to third seeded Notre Dame College (11-6) on Saturday. The game will be played in Lyndhurst, Ohio at Brush High School. The time is to be determined. The winner advances to the next round and travels to number one seed Houghton College (14-1-3) on November 13. Walsh beat Notre Dame 2-1 in the regular season, but fell 1-0 to Mount Vernon Nazarene.

Dana Speicher (Sr., 5-5, Hinckley, OH/Highland) scored twice in the Cavs shutout win at Cedarville. Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) scored an unassisted goal to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead at the 10:46 mark of the first half. Speicher then scored the first of her two goals at the 33:09 mark to give the Cavs a 2-0 advantage. Walsh increased their lead to 3-0 when Abbie Sullivan (Sr., 5-7, Canton, OH/GlenOak) scored on a breakaway at the 52:59 mark. Speicher added the final tally on a breakaway at the 70:12 mark.

Molly Martin starting the scoring in the shutout win against Carlow on an assist from Dana Speicher just over eight minutes into the game. Martin would tally another point as she assisted Carley Adams (Fr., 5-7, Louisville, OH/HS) on a corner kick four minutes later at the 12:31 mark to close out the scoring in the first half. Adams scored again at 58:36 to give the Cavs a 3-0 advantage. Just over a minute later, Rachel Naumann (Jr., 5-3, Hinckley, OH/Highland) made it 4-0. Maggie Vinopal's (Fr., 5-7, Boardman, OH/Cardinal Mooney) goal at 82:45 made it 5-0 and Dana Speicher's goal in the final 10 seconds was the final tally. Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) stopped all three shots taken by Carlow for her fourth shutout of the year.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Five Players Score in Regular Season Finale"

Making a post-season appearance is the goal for most teams and the Walsh University women's soccer team kept their playoff possibilities alive with a 6-0 win over visiting Carlow. The Cavaliers inundated the Celtics with an offensive barrage that saw the hosts outshoot the opposition 21-3 and hold an 8-2 corner kick advantage on senior day. The win improves Walsh to 6-8-3 overall and 6-5 in the conference as they wait to see if they'll play next week or not. Carlow falls to 4-13 overall and 1-11 in conference.

Walsh didn't take long to get the wheels rolling with Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) getting the first score on an assist from Dana Speicher (Sr., 5-5, Stow, OH/Archbishop Hoban) just over eight minutes into the game. Martin would tally another point as she assisted Carley Adams (Fr., 5-7, Louisville, OH/HS) on a corner kick four minutes later at the 12:31 mark to close out the scoring in the first half.

Despite the chilly October afternoon, the offense stayed hot in the second stanza. Adams once again scored at 58:36 to give the Cavs a 3-0 advantage. Just over a minute later, Rachel Naumann (Jr., 5-3, Hinckley, OH/Highland) made it 4-0. If the goal by Maggie Vinopal (Fr., 5-7, Boardman, OH/Cardinal Mooney) at 82:45 was the final nail in the coffin on this Halloween day, Speicher's goal after catching the opposing goalie out of position with 10 seconds left was the icing on the cake as she finished her last home game at Walsh. Also playing in their final home game for Walsh were Stacy Poliak (Sr., 5-5, Parma, OH/Normandy), Amanda Patrick (Sr., 5-7, Medina, OH/Cloverleaf), Abbie Sullivan (Sr., 5-7, Canton, OH/GlenOak), and Shayna McDermitt (Jr., 5-4, Green, OH/HS).

Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) stopped all three shots taken by Carlow for her fourth shutout of the year. Walsh head coach Sara Renard subbed in often as 24 Cavaliers saw action during this AMC regular season finale.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"Speicher Scores Twice in 4-0 Shutout Win at Cedarville/Keep Playoff Hopes"

(Cedarville, OH) Walsh's (5-8-3, 5-5) Dana Speicher (Sr., 5-5, Hinckley, OH/Highland) scored twice in the Cavs 4-0 American Mideast Conference win at Cedarville University (7-7-2, 5-3-2) today. The win kept Walsh's playoff hopes alive with one game to play. The Cavs close the regular season at home on Saturday against AMC foe Carlow College at 1 pm. Walsh currently stands seventh with 15 points. The top six qualify for the playoffs.

Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) scored an unassisted goal to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead at the 10:46 mark of the first half. Speicher then scored the first of her two goals at the 33:09 mark to give the Cavs a 2-0 advantage. Walsh increased their lead to 3-0 when Abbie Sullivan (Sr., 5-7, Canton, OH/GlenOak) scored on a breakaway at the 52:59 mark. Speicher added the final tally on a breakaway at the 70:12 mark.

Walsh outshot the Yellow Jackets 10-8 and led in corners 5-3. Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) combined with Sara Boytim (Fr., 5-7, Springboro, OH/HS) to record the shutout.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Cavs Fall 2-1 at Ohio Dominican"

(Columbus, OH) Walsh (4-8-3) lost 2-1 to Ohio Dominican University (11-3-2) in a non-conference game tonight. The Panthers scored the game-winner with 1:50 to play in regulation. Walsh is back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Cedarville University for an American Mideast Conference game at 4:30 pm.

ODU took a 1-0 lead at the 7:51 mark, and carried the lead into halftime. Walsh tied the game at 58:27 mark, as Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) scored an unassisted goal. The Panthers' Becky Williams then scored the game-winner in the final two minutes.

ODU outshot the Cavs 19-6 and led in corner kicks 7-2. Walsh's Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) had nine saves.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Adams Scores Twice in 6-0 AMC Win at Point Park"

(Pittsburgh, PA) Carley Adams (Fr., Louisville, OH/HS) scored twice, as Walsh (4-7-3, 4-5) shutout Point Park University (2-10-1, 0-7-1) 6-0 in an American Mideast Conference game tonight. The win snapped Walsh's three-game winless streak and kept their post-season chances afloat. The Cavs are back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Columbus to meet Ohio Dominican University in a non-conference game at 7 pm.

Adams tallied the first of her two goals to give Walsh a 1-0 lead five minutes into the contest on an assist from Erin Naumann (Fr., Hinckley, OH/HIghland). Abbie Sullivan (Sr., 5-7, Canton, OH/GlenOak) then scored on an assist from Adams 9:59 into the first half to give Walsh a 2-0 lead. The Cavs would then tally four second half goals in their largest output of the season. Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) scored on assists from Naumann and Gina Pinzone (Fr., 5-6, Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan) at the 59:41 mark. Amanda Patrick (Sr., 5-7, Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) tallied on an assist from Rachel Naumann at the 61:44 mark to put Walsh up 4-0. Adams then scored her second goal on an assist from Martin at the 63:27 mark to give the Cavs a 5-0 lead. Maggie Vinopal (Fr., Boardman, OH/Cardinal Mooney) scored the final goal, on an assist from Holly Repas (Fr., Stow, OH/HS) at the 85:12 mark.

Walsh outshot the Pioneers 20-3.


Monday, October 19, 2009

"Cavs Fall Twice/On Road for AMC Match Tuesday"

Walsh (3-7-3, 3-5) fell twice on the road last week. They lost 5-0 at Carroll College, then 2-0 in an American Mideast Conference game at Daemen College on Saturday. The Cavs are ninth in the AMC, with three conference games remaining. This week, they travel to Point Park University (2-9-1, 0-6-1) for a conference battle on Tuesday (5 pm), then travel to Columbus to meet Ohio Dominican University in a non-conference game on Saturday (7 pm).

Rachel Naumann (Jr., Hinckley, OH/HIghland) scored Walsh's (3-6-3) lone in a 5-1 loss at Carroll College (MT). Walsh trailed 3-0 in the second half, when Naumann put the Cavs on the board at the 52:47 mark. Carroll, who led 2-0 at the half, then added insurance goals at the 68 and 84-minute marks. Carroll outshot the Cavs 10-3.

Walsh dropped to 3-5 in the AMC, after being blanked 2-0 at Daemen College. Daemen scored with 1:38 to play in the first half, then added on insurance goal at the 51:11 mark. Walsh was outshot 17-11 for the game. Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) made eight saves in goal. Zanney has sparkled in goal the Cavs, with an 1.56 goals against average.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

"Cavs Blanked 2-0 at Daemen"

Walsh dropped to 3-7-3 overall and to 3-5 in the American Mideast Conference, after being being 2-0 at Daemen College (5-6-1, 3-3-1) today. The Cavs are back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Point Park University for an AMC contest.

Daemen scored with 1;38 to play in the first half on a goal by Jessica Hutton to take a 1-0 lead. The Cavs were outshot 13-4 in the first half. The Wildcats then added an insurance goal at the 51:11 mark, then held off the Cavs the rest of the way. Walsh was outshot 17-11 for the game. Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) made eight saves in goal.


Monday, October 12, 2009

"Rachel Naumann Scores Lone Goal in 5-1 Defeat"

Rachel Naumann (Jr., Hinckley, OH/HIghland) scored Walsh's (3-6-3) lone in a 5-1 loss at Carroll College (MT) tonight. Walsh trailed 3-0 in the second half, when Naumann put the Cavs on the board at the 52:47 mark. Carroll, who led 2-0 at the half, then added insurance goals at the 68 and 84-minute mark. Carroll outshot the Cavs 10-3.

Walsh is back in action on Saturday, when they travel to New York State to meet Daemen College in an American Mideast Conference game at 2 pm.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Walsh Women battle Great Falls to Scoreless Draw"

The Walsh University Women's Soccer Team (3-5-3) started a lengthy road trip to Montana with a scoreless draw against the University of Great Falls. It is the Cavaliers' fourth-straight overtime game and sixth on the season. It's their second scoreless game of the season.

The Cavaliers were largely on the defensive end most of the day as UGF outshot Walsh 17-5. Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) was stellar in goal making eight saves. Four of Walsh's shots were from Amanda Patrick (Sr., 5-7, Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) including the only two that required to be saved by UGF goalie D.J. Ellis. Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) made the other shot for Walsh.

The Cavs will play another game in Montana against Carroll College Monday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Familiar Finish Friendly to Walsh in Win Over Malone"

It took another overtime finish and a familiar score to decide the outcome of the Walsh University women's soccer game. The Cavaliers (3-5-2, 3-4) won a hard-fought match against neighboring rival Malone University by a score of 2-1. It's the third straight game the Cavs have played in that was decided by the same score in overtime with Walsh winning two of them.

Malone, now 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the AMC, scored first with a goal that sailed just over the head of the goalie at 36:28. Walsh rebounded in the second half at 76:13 when Rachel Naumann (Jr., 5-3, Hinckley, OH/Highland) assisted Amanda Patrick (Sr., 5-7, Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) on the right side of the field near the end line with just enough room so she could line it in the bottom corner of the net on the opposite side. In overtime, Carley Adams (Fr., 5-7, Louisville, OH/HS) assisted Patrick as she scored her second goal and game-winner on a hard shot that ricocheted off the crossbar in the left corner.

Malone held the shot advantage in the first half 11-8, but the Cavs gained the momentum in the second half outshooting the Pioneers 11-5. In the overtime period, the only three shots taken were by Walsh. Patrick and Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS) each had seven shots. Adams tallied three. Abbie Sullivan (Sr., 5-7, North Canton, OH/GlenOak) had two, and Gina Pinzone (Fr., 5-6, Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan), Mollie Vanover (So., 5-8, Tipp City, OH/Tippacanoe), and Stacy Poliak (Sr., 5-5, Parma, OH/Normandy) all had one. Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) was in goal and made seven saves. Walsh held the advantage on corner kicks 8-1.

The women continue their seven-game road trip with a match at the University of Great Falls (Montana) on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Their next home game will be on Halloween against Carlow College.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Women's Soccer (2-5-2, 2-4) Split AMC Contests by 2-1 Scores

For the second straight week, Walsh split American Mideast Conference games and stand 2-5-2 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Cavs won 2-1 in overtime against Ursuline College on Wednesday night, and then fell by the identical 2-1 score in overtime against Shawnee State University on Saturday. The Cavs face rival Malone University (4-3, 2-2) on the road on Tuesday at 1 pm in an AMC battle. The Cavs then travel west to meet the University of Great Falls (MT) on Saturday and Carroll College (MT) on Monday.

Walsh opened the week with a 2-1 double overtime come-from-behind win against Ursuline. Walsh controlled the ball for most of the match, outshooting Ursuline 12-4 and holding a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks, but the Arrows would score first at the 59:30 mark. The Cavs then scored the equalizer at 72:33 on the unassisted goal by Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS). With 92 seconds left in the final overtime period, Amanda Patrick (Sr., 5-7, Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) scored the golden goal on a breakaway. Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) was in goal for the Cavaliers stopping three shots.

The shoe was on the other foot on Saturday, as Shawnee State won in double OT. Walsh scored first with a goal at 26:46 by Gina Pinzone (Fr., 5-6, Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan) on the assist by Molly Martin. Shawnee State rebounded with a goal in the first six minutes of the second half to tie the game. Neither team could score during the rest of regulation despite a strong offensive attack that saw the Cavaliers outshoot the Bears 16-8. After both teams went scoreless in the first overtime, Shawnee State earned the win with a goal at the 104-minute mark. Jillian Zanney stopped six shots in goal.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

"Walsh on Wrong End in Double-OT"

The Walsh University women's soccer team played in another 2-1 double-overtime match, but was on the losing end this go around. It was the Cavaliers (2-5-2, 2-4) fourth game this season that has gone into double-overtime, winning one, losing one and tying two.

Walsh scored first with a goal at 26:46 by Gina Pinzone (Fr., 5-6, Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan) on the assist by Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS). Shawnee State rebounded with a goal in the first six minutes of the second half to tie the game. Neither team could score during the rest of regulation despite a strong offensive attack that saw the Cavaliers outshoot the Bears 16-8. After both teams went scoreless in the first overtime, Shawnee State earned the win with a goal at the 104-minute mark.

Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) was in goal for the Cavs and made six saves. Corner kicks were few and far between with Walsh notching one more than Shawnee State at 4-3.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Cavaliers Come From Behind to Down Ursuline in 2OT"

The Walsh University women's soccer team defeated Ursuline College in thrilling fashion Wednesday evening at Len Milazzo Field. The upset-minded Cavaliers (2-4-2, 2-3) downed the Arrows (7-3, 1-3) by a score of 2-1 in double overtime in a come-from-behind effort.

Walsh controlled the ball for most of the match, outshooting Ursuline 12-4 and holding a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks, but the Arrows would score first on a goal by Jaimie Grindle at 59:30. The Cavs then scored the equalizer at 72:33 on the unassisted boot of Molly Martin (Fr., 5-7, Canfield, OH/HS). With 92 seconds left in the final overtime period, Amanda Patrick (Sr., 5-7, Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) scored the golden goal on a break away.

Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) was in goal for the Cavaliers making three saves. Martin was behind five of those shots, scoring on her third, while Carley Adams (Fr., 5-7, Louisville, OH/HS) was strong on the offensive end with four shots. Patrick and Mollie Vanover (So., 5-8, Tipp City, OH/Tippacanoe) had two shots each. Gina Pinzone (Fr., 5-6, Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan) and Abbie Sullivan (Sr., 5-7, Canton, OH/GlenOak) both had one.

Walsh will return to action on Saturday when they entertain Shawnee State at 4:30 p.m.


Monday, September 28, 2009

WOMEN'S SOCCER:(1-4-2, 1-3) Open AMC Play with Back-to-Back Losses

Walsh split American Mideast Conference games last week and stand 1-4-2 overall and 1-3 in conference play.The Cavs won their first game of the season, 2-1, against Notre Dame College at home on Tuesday.On Saturday, the Cavs fell 1-0 at home to Mount Vernon Nazarene University.This week, the Cavs host Ursuline College on Wednesday night in an AMC battle at 7 pm, and then host Shawnee State University on Saturday at 4:30 pm in another AMC contest.

The Cavaliers snapped a five-game winless streak, and gave head coach Sara Renard her first win with their come-from-behind effort on Tuesday night at home.Notre Dame scored first and led 1-0 at the half.Walsh then scored their first goal since the September 1, when Carley Adams (Fr., 5-7, Louisville, OH/HS) tied the game at the 54:52 mark. A couple of minutes later, Rachel Naumann (Jr., 5-3, Hinckley, OH/Highland) was awarded a penalty kick and provided the game-winning goal.

Mount Vernon (4-3-1, 3-1) scored the game only goal at the 68:34 mark of the second half in besting the Cavs 1-0 on Saturday.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Cavaliers Drop to MVNU in Low-scoring Affair"

The Walsh University women's soccer team lost to Mount Vernon Nazarene University this afternoon by a score of 1-0. It's the second straight game the Cavaliers (1-4-2, 1-3) have played that has been decided by one goal. Mount Vernon (4-3-1, 3-1) scored the solo goal late in the second half at 68:34.

The defense stood strong for most of the game, holding the Cougars to six shots. Walsh was limited to five with two coming from Amanda Patrick (Sr., 5-7, Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) and Carley Adams (Fr., 5-7, Louisville, OH/HS). Rachel Naumann (Jr., 5-3, Hinckley, OH/Highland) was responsible for the remaining shot. Jill Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) was in goal with five saves.

The Cavaliers will return home Wednesday to entertain Ursuline College at 7 p.m.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Cavs, Coach Renard Get First Win"

Walsh University women's soccer team won their first match of the season after defeating Notre Dame College Tuesday evening by a score of 2-1. It also marks Sara Renard's first win as head coach. The Cavaliers (1-3-2, 1-2) broke a five-game winless streak to start the season after coming from behind as Notre Dame (3-4, 0-1) scored the only goal in the first half.

Walsh scored their first goal since the Sept. 1 match against the College of Wooster with a goal by Carley Adams (Fr., 5-7, Louisville, OH/HS) at 54:52. A couple of minutes later, Rachel Naumann (Jr., 5-3, Hinckley, OH/Highland) was awarded a penalty kick and provided the game-winning goal.

The Cavaliers controlled the ball for the majority of the game and outshot the Falcons 11-2. Adams and Naumann each had three shots. Dana Speicher (Sr., 5-5, Hinckley, OH/Highland) had two shots. Jillian Zanney (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) made a save in goal.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Cavs (0-3-2, 0-2) Open AMC Play With Back-to-Back Losses

Walsh's (0-3-2, 0-2) scoring woes continued, as they were shutout twice more last week. The Cavs fell 3-0 at Houghton College on Tuesday in their American Mideast Conference opener, then were blanked 3-0 at Roberts Wesleyan College on Saturday. The Cavs only goal of the season came in their first game (9/1). They look to get back on track when they host Notre Dame College (3-3, 0-0) in an AMC contest on Tuesday (5 pm), then play host to Mount Vernon Nazarene University (3-3, 2-1) in another AMC match-up on Saturday (1 pm).

Houghton led 1-0 at the half, then added insurance goals at the 48:41 mark and at the 80:24 mark of the second half to ice the contest. They outshot the Cavs 16-6.

Roberts Wesleyan led 1-0 at the half, after posting their first goal at the 27:33 mark of the first half. The Raiders would then add two insurance goals (47:05, 78:39) in the second half. They outshot the Cavs 13-10.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Cavs Blanked 3-0 at Roberts Wesleyan"

Walsh fell to 0-2 in the American Mideast Conference, after falling 3-0 at Roberts Wesleyan College (2-3-1, 1-1)today. Walsh is 0-3-2 overall. The Raiders led 1-0 at the half, after posting their first goal at the 27:33 mark of the first half. They would then add two insurance goals (47:05, 78:39) in the second half. The Raiders outshot the Cavs 13-10.

The Cavs host Notre Dame College in an AMC contest on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5 pm.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Houghton Blanks Cavs in AMC Opener"

(Houghton, NY) Houghton College (3-0-2, 1-0) blanked the Cavs (0-2-2, 0-1) 3-0 in the American Mideast Conference opener for both teams tonight. The Highlanders led 1-0 at the half, then added insurance goals at the 48:41 mark and at the 80:24 mark of the second half. Houghton out shot the Cavs 16-6. The Cavs travel back to New York on Saturday, when they meet Roberts Wesleyan College in an AMC contest at 7 pm.


Monday, September 14, 2009

"Cavs (0-1-2) Open AMC Play"

After scoring just one goal in their first three games, Walsh (0-1-2) looks to break the scoring drought when they open American Mideast Conference play this week. The Cavs, who have been idle since September 6, travel to Houghton College (2-0-2) on Tuesday (5 pm) and to Roberts Wesleyan College (1-3-1) on Saturday (7 pm).


Sunday, September 6, 2009

"Cavs/Wittenberg Battle to Scoreless Tie"

(Springfield, OH) Walsh (0-1-1) and Wittenberg University (1-0-2) battled to a double overtime scoreless tie today, in the final game of the Wilmington/Wittenberg Classic. The Tigers out shot the Cavs 7-0 and led in corner kicks 7-4. Cavs keeper Jillian Zanney (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) recorded the shutout with seven saves.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

"Cavs Fall 4-0"

(Wilmington, OH) Wilmington College (2-0) erupted for three second-half goals to post a 4-0 win over Walsh (0-1-1) in non-conference game at Wilmington's Charlie Gilhart Field Saturday night. Katie Skaleski collected a rebound in front of the Cavaliers' goal to give Wilmington a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.

Wilmington went up 2-0 when Jenna Curcio headed home her second goal of the season, off a Kristen Elam assist in the 53rd minute. Quaker freshman Sarah Watters tallied the final goal on a cross at the 68-minute mark.

The Cavs were out shot 11-7. Walsh keeper Jillian Zanney (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) recorded seven saves.

The Cavs are back in action on Sunday, as they travel to Wittenberg University for a 4 pm start.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Fine Efforts Ends in 1-1 Tie"

Walsh (0-0-1) and the College of Wooster (0-0-1) battled to a 1-1, double overtime tie in the season opener for both teams tonight at Walsh. The Cavs are back in action on Saturday (4 pm) at Wilmington College.

After a scoreless first half, Walsh's Abbie Sullivan (Sr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) scored at the 74:26 mark to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead. Amanda Patrick (Sr., Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) assisted on the goal. The Scots came back to knot the game on goal by Liz Mott at the 79:11 mark. Wooster out shot the Cavs 9-4. Walsh keeper Jillian Zanney (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) was superb in goal with eight saves.


Friday, August 28, 2009

"Cavs Opener Cancelled Due to Lightning"

Walsh opened the new season with a new coach, Sara Renard, but ended their first game with a no-contest against Indiana Wesleyan on Friday night. With the visitors leading 2-0 in the 57th minute, the match was halted due to lightning. After an hour and a half wait, the contest was called off due to the weather. A match must reach at least 70 minutes in length to count as an official match. Since the contest did not meet the minimum requirements the match is considered a no-contest.

Walsh will try again on Tuesday, when the host the College of Wooster at 7 pm. This weekend, they travel to Wilmington College on Saturday (4 pm) and to Wittenberg University on Sunday (4 pm).


Monday, July 13, 2009

"Walsh University Names Sara Renard Women's Softball/Soccer Coach"
(North Canton, OH) Walsh University Director of Athletics Dale Howard has announced the hiring of Sara Renard as the head women's soccer and softball coach.

The appointment marks the first collegiate head coaching position for the Stow, Ohio native. Renard earned her BS in mathematics from Malone College in May of 2003 and her Master's Degree in Instructional Technology in August of 2007. She lettered for the Malone soccer team and served as Team Captain in 2001 and 2002. Renard earned NAIA and American Mideast Conference Scholar-Athlete recognition and was named the Pioneers' Best Defensive Player.

This past year, she was the boy's junior varsity head coach at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, where she also taught mathematics. She also served as a graduate assistant in women's soccer at Malone for the 2005 season. She served as an instructor at the Malone Pioneer Women's Soccer Camp from 2000 to 2006 and at the Campbell University and Kent State University Soccer Camps. Sara was the head girl's soccer coach at Cuyahoga Falls High Soccer from July 2003-May 2004.

"I am excited for the opportunity to work with young women athletes and hope to continue to develop strong soccer and softball programs by expanding on the solid foundations that have already been established," exclaimed Renard. "Setting high expectations, insisting on hard work and demanding strong commitments for excellence will be the focus of our practices and games. My experience as a teacher, coach, and collegiate athlete supports my philosophy that each athlete will strive to reach her fullest potential on the field and in the classroom."

Renard, who is currently an adjunct professor at Walsh in Euclidean Geometry, resides in Stow with her husband, Dave, and daughter, Mia.