Monday, January 30, 2023

Cuyahoga Heights, Wickliffe battle to scoreless draw

Eighty minutes wasn’t enough to decide the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division contest between visiting Wickliffe and host Cuyahoga Heights on Thursday.

“We played the ball well in our midfield possession today,” Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz said. “However, Cuyahoga Heights played a tight back defense that, to their credit, we weren’t able to find the opportunity to score against. Our defense held strong again today to record our third consecutive clean sheet while Kaylee Lauriel had a few more nice saves which have become a trademark this season.”

Lauriel finished with 10 saves.

Those saves were clutch, especially near the end of each half as the Redskins were awarded two direct kicks from within 20-25 yards.

Megan Ellis recorded five saves for Cuyahoga Heights, who is now 2-4-2 overall and 0-2-2 in league play.

Wickliffe’s hopes for a league title remain intact as the Blue Devils are now 3-2-2 overall and 2-0-2 in league play. Beachwood (3-0) and Independence (3-0-1) also are in contention for the conference championship.

“We played more consistent possession soccer today that we can build off coming to the midway point in the season,” Gribovicz said. “As long as we continue to progress with our team chemistry, movement and possession, this may be a game we look back on later in the season that was a turning point for us.”

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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