Monday, February 26, 2024

Tigers clinch share of CVC title

Jack Amendola scored four goals and Aaron Passalacqua added one to lead Chagrin Falls to a 5-0 win over visiting West Geauga on Tuesday.

With the win, the Tigers clinched at least a share of the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division title and can win it outright with a victory over Orange on Oct. 2.

“They’re happy to have won, however, their sights from the beginning of the season has been to go to states,” said Chagrin Falls coach Brian McKenna. “Yet, in discussion yesterday, our four-year players noted that they have yet to win a CVC title and it was important to go out as seniors with a CVC title.”

Amendola scored two first-half goals and added two more in the second.

“When he’s on, he has a terrific shot and from angles that are tight as can be,” McKenna said.

Passalacqua’s first-half goal off a corner kick gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead but McKenna wasn’t quite ready to write off the opposing Wolverines.

“It certainly felt a lot tighter than 3-0 with Dave Beattie on the other side of the field,” McKenna said. “He has a terrific shot and some great foot skills to match.”

The Chagrin Falls defense held the West Geauga standout in check. Beattie entered the game with eight goals and 11 assists, both team highs.

Cole Weiss finished with six saves.

“Our defense of Zach Hoover, Ethan Johnson, Alex Morris, and Zachary Martin played strong as a unit and worked well off of each other,” McKenna said. “Aaron had one goal but he made his presence felt as well as our center mids in senior Griffin Lowe and Ellis Clark.”

Lowe finished with one assist while Jake Guzik had two for the Tigers, who improved to 10-1-1 overall and 5-0 in the CVC.

Sam Onderdonk recorded six saves for the Wolverines, who dropped to 7-3-1, 5-1.

“It’s always a challenge to play against a Mario (Gerhardt)-coached team,” McKenna said. “The score does not indicate what a strong program they have.”

Chagrin Falls also won the alumni game between the two schools, 5-4.

Steve Hare
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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