Thursday, September 16, 2021

West Geauga holds off Orange

West Geauga and Orange clashed in a Chagrin Valley Conference showdown on Tuesday. The Wolverines scored an early goal and added another in the second half then held off the Lions to win, 2-1.

“It was a hard fought battle for 80 minutes and ended in a blue-collar victory for the Wolverines when the final whistle blew,” said West Geauga coach Mario Gerhardt.

Nick D’Alessandro gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute when he finished off a cross from Mo Aidja, who scored West Geauga’s second goal in the 50th minute. Aidja took a serve from freshman midfielder Joey DiLalla and chipped it over the Orange keeper’s head for the 2-0 lead.

Orange cut its deficit in half when Jake Tartaglia found the net in the 71st minute but the Wolverines prevented the Lions from scoring the equalizer.

“Both keepers, Sam Onderdonk from West Geauga and Adam Rosenthal (from Orange) played an outstanding game,” Gerhardt said.

Onderdonk recorded five saves while Rosenthal stopped seven shots.

West Geauga improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the CVC. Orange dropped to 0-2, 0-1.

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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