WADSWORTH: It’s official. Revere is the class of the Suburban League on the pitch in 2012.
That became a fact when the Revere girls concluded their league schedule Wednesday night by defeating host Wadsworth 2-0 at Art Wright Memorial Stadium to go undefeated against conference foes.
Junior forward Amanda Gallo scored both goals for the Minutemen (11-3-1, 7-0-0) in the first half to dispatch the Grizzlies (11-3-2, 5-1-1).
The Revere boys soccer team polished off its 7-0-0 league mark with a 2-1 victory over visiting Wadsworth on Tuesday night.
“That’s not bad, is it?” Revere girls coach Dave Howson said of the Suburban League championships for each team.
“Obviously, I am very, very proud and pleased with the girls and how they have played this season. Last season we tied for the league championship with Wadsworth and Copley. This year we managed to win it outright. There are some very difficult teams in the conference.”
Gallo gave Revere a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 13th minute off an assist by senior forward Holly Starner.
“Holly was taking the ball down the line and I was diagonal from her, so I asked for her to get me the ball,” Gallo said. “I gave it one touch and it went upper 90 to the right-hand corner.”
Gallo concluded the scoring in the 34th minute with her 10th goal of the season after the ball deflected off Wadsworth junior goalkeeper Hannah Centea.
Junior midfielder Katie Sternasty set the ball in toward Wadsworth’s goal to start the play.
“That was a 1-on-1 with the goalie, she caught the ball and then dropped it,” Gallo said. “I tapped it in. This is awesome. I totally thought we could win the Suburban League.”
Wadsworth had several opportunities, but was unable to get the ball past Revere senior goalkeeper Laurel Harsh.
“It is a very big disappointment,” Wadsworth coach Paul Williford said. “We put ourselves in a good position [to win the league title].”
Grizzlies sophomore midfielder Logan Harvey had a shot hit the cross bar in the first half and junior forward Leah Runkle consistently made solid runs and placed a few shots on goal that Harsh stopped.
“We knew what to expect coming in to playing Wadsworth,” Howson said. “They had to win. A tie would have been good enough for us [to win the league], but they had to win. We knew they would be pushing and throwing everything forward.”
Harsh also received assistance from the starting defenders in front of her — seniors Olivia Lombardi, Eve Kirkendall and Joanie Garcia, and juniors Allie Urbanek and Becca Dietz.
“There was a lot of pressure as soon as we did touch the ball in their defensive third,” Williford said. “We did have a lot of clean looks. We had to beat them to a ball to get a foot on it. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how much you attack, if you don’t finish, you are not going to win a game.”
Revere played the match without its top goal scorer, junior forward Marissa Milazzo, who is out due to an injury. Howson said Milazzo has 21 goals in 12 matches. He is hoping she will return in a few weeks.
“To not only win the conference, but to come through it with a 100 percent winning record is absolutely fantastic,” Howson said.
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