Saturday, May 21, 2022

Bison set school record with 12th win

Beachwood celebrated its senior night with an 8-0 win over visiting Fuchs Mizrachi.

To add a bit more excitement to the night, the Bison set a new school record with 12 wins in a single season.

“I’m so proud of all of the girls,” said Beachwood coach Jonathan Kostoff. “I told them after the game to be extremely proud of their accomplishment and enjoy the moment. It was so special to see all of their hard work pay off from back in the summer and throughout the season. I credit it to their hard work and amazing team chemistry. They all love being together whether it is at soccer, school or just being together. They truly are a joy and honor to coach every day.”

Carly Petti, Sydney Sarver and Dani Smith each scored two goals for the Bison while Romi Roth and Miranda Luxenburg both found the back of the net once.

Haleigh McPhillips, Sunny Wang, Roth and Smith each contributed with an assist and Madison Prince finished with a pair of saves in recording her second straight clean sheet and eighth of the season.

“It was a special night as prior to the game we recognized our seniors–Haleigh McPhillips, Dani Smith and Mariah Sanders,” Kostoff said. “All three mean so much to the program led by four-year letter winner and captain Haleigh.”

The previous record of 11 wins in a single season was set by the 2007 squad.

“Prior to the season, we talked about our team retooling and not rebuilding after losing nine seniors including five starters,” Kostoff said. “Our goal was to win 10 games and give the program a new identity. We have far surpassed those goals.”

Kostoff received a well-deserved ice bath after the game.

“I could not believe they pulled it off and really soaked me,” he said. “Such a fun moment I surely won’t ever forget/

The Bison close out the regular season on Thursday against Normandy at Byers Field. Beachwood opens the postseason on Monday by hosting Columbia in a Division III sectional semifinal.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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