BATH TWP.: The Copley girls soccer team made its coach proud Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over rival Revere in a matchup of Suburban League unbeatens.
“Our girls played fantastic,” Copley coach Wally Senk said. “When I came here four years ago, this is kind of what I envisioned as far as trying to play the game the right way.”
Led by senior center midfielder Anna Haverchak, the Indians (8-3-1, 5-0-0) now are in sole possession of first place with two Suburban League matches left to play. Copley played fast and with impressive skill in gradually wearing down the Minutemen at Joseph F. Pappano Stadium.
“They are a fast team, probably the fastest team we’ve come up against this season,” third-year Revere coach Dave Howson said.
Haverchak, a University of Cincinnati recruit, led a well-balanced attack, collecting one goal and one assist.
“It definitely means a lot to me because it’s my senior year,” she said. “This year, we’re supposed to be the best we’ve ever been. We’ve worked so hard.”
Copley dominated the first half, but led only 2-1 at the break.
The Indians’ first goal was all junior striker Jordan Cotleur as she dribbled around two Revere defenders along the end line. A fallen Revere defender may have inadvertently knocked the ball away with her hand, but Cotleur made the ensuing penalty kick.
“This rivalry is so intense, especially with the boys [playing Revere] last night,” Cotleur said. “The emotion that we feel toward our boys soccer team just kind of carries over because we want to win for them and represent our school.”
Copley made it 2-0 at 20:00 when freshman Grace Grant played the ball ahead to Haverchak who converted her one-on-one opportunity with Revere goalkeeper Lydia Franks.
Revere (7-2-1, 3-1-1) cashed in a penalty kick as well when senior striker Amanda Gallo was taken down in the penalty area at 11:37. Gallo punched home the PK to make it 2-1.
With freshman Audrey Harding playing strong, Revere brought a greater sense of urgency at the start of the second half. Two in-close free-kick chances and a save by Copley senior goalkeeper Beth Moore had the Indians briefly on their heels.
But senior Celine Oloronto won a 50-50 ball with Franks and stayed in pursuit, scoring into an empty net and running the score to 3-1.
“At the start of the second half, we were playing well, and had chances,” Howson said. “I think that third goal kind of knocked the stuffing out of us.”
Junior Brooke Brenner scored Copley’s final goal, tracking down Haverchak’s shot off the crossbar.
Sophomore Gabby Banayan, junior Courtney Campbell and Moore, a St. Bonaventure recruit, anchored Copley’s defensive effort.
“They are starting to realize they can play with anybody,” Senk said. “We tell the girls that the season is preseason for the postseason. We want to perform well, but at the end of the day, it’s not just about results, it’s about how we’re playing at the end of the season when we want to be in top form.”
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