Monday, March 27, 2023

Six more CVC schools advance to district championship game

On Tuesday, six more Chagrin Valley Conference teams earned a right to play for a district championship.

Wickliffe’s girls’ soccer team edged Kirtland, 1-0, in double overtime to advance to a Division III district championship game against Norwayne on Thursday.

Berkshire’s boys’ team won a dramatic penalty kick shootout over Independence, 1-0, to earn its first appearance in a district championship in school history. After battling to a 1-1 tie during the regular season, 1-1, the Badgers and Blue Devils played 110 scoreless minutes on Tuesday, which included 80 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute golden goal overtimes.

The shootout was even more dramatic as Independence goalie Landon Jatsek blocked Berkshire’s first PK attempt.

A 4-4 draw in the first round of PKs set up a second round with a sudden victory format. Berkshire hit its first two and led 2-1, before Roman Percic dove to his left to block Independence’s game-tying attempt to seal Berkshire’s historic win.

Berkshire will play Norwayne for the district title on Saturday.

Beachwood trounced Loudonville, 6-0, to set up an all-CVC showdown in Saturday’s district championship game. Kirtland edged Fairview, 1-0, to earn the rematch with the Bison, who won 4-1 in the regular season.

Grant Keilin recorded a hat trick for the Bison while Ozan Sasmaz scored two goals. Gui Kliger scored on a penalty kick for Beachwood, who in addition to earning a berth in the district title game also secured head coach Brian Greene’s 250th career win.

Kirtland’s lone goal was scored by Luka Oroz with 30 minutes left in the second half.

Second-seeded Harvey set up a Division II district title match with No. 3 Poland Seminary with a 2-0 win over Hubbard on Tuesday.

Josue Rodriguez and Kevin Fonseca both scored goals for the Red Raiders, who improved to 16-1-1 on the year.

Wickliffe also advanced to a Division III district final with a 2-1 win over Crestview. The third-seeded Blue Devils will play No. 2 Kinsman Badger on Saturday. Scoring stats were not received.

Crestwood’s and Orange’s boys’ soccer teams saw their seasons come to an end on Tuesday.

Norwayne topped Crestwood, 4-0, and Orange fell to CVCA, 5-1.

Lakeside and Cardinal had their volleyball seasons halted in the district semifinals.

The Dragons lost to Riverside, 3-1, while the Huskies dropped a 3-1 decision to St. John.

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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