Thursday, September 23, 2021

Wickliffe slips past Chardon

Shane Williams, A.J. Levon, and Brady Pugh each scored goals in leading Wickliffe to a 3-2 nonconference win at Chardon on Tuesday.

“It’s always great to get the first one of the season,” said Wickliffe coach Dominik Severino. “There will be some great moments to look back and build on moving forward into conference play next week.”

Williams struck first for the Blue Devils and then Levon’s goal gave the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead. Pugh closed out the Wickliffe scoring in the first half.

“We went into half with a 3-1 lead and I could see the heat was getting to both teams,” Severino said. “A.J. Levon’s strike for our second goal was as good as it gets from distance. That was a huge momentum builder to take a 2-1 lead. Then, minutes later, a long throw from Bryant Murphy to Brady Pugh gave us a nice lead going into the break.”

Pugh and Murphy both finished with assists.

Gabe Stoehr recorded seven saves in goal.

“This was a hard-fought battle for the first game of the year,” Severino said. “There were a few cramps and battling the heat forced a ‘Next Man Up’ mentality and I thought we handled it great.”

Wickliffe hosts Lutheran West on Aug. 31.

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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