The Revere boys soccer team is no stranger to big matches.
Minutemen seniors Brandon Taylor, Joel Gerberich and Jordan Marich have been in these situations before. And so have many of their teammates.
Revere, ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll and No. 30 in the country according to NSCAA, will play Canfield (11-5-3) in a regional semifinal at 7 tonight at Wadsworth, just four wins from its first state title in boys soccer.
Revere (17-0-2) defeated visiting Canfield 6-1 on Oct. 5 in a regular season match, and is seeking to top the Cardinals once again.
Marich and sophomore Daniel Branch lead the Minutemen with 18 goals each. Seniors Nolan Dyko (10 goals), Brian Gillette (nine goals), Taylor (eight goals) and Chase Somple (seven goals) are also threats to score at any time.
“This is a great group of guys,” Revere coach Sandor Jakab said. “A number of these players have played in these types of big games in the past in our previous runs. They have a lot of good experience there. They are just taking it one game at a time and making sure that they are prepared to play.”
Jakab guided Revere to Division II state runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011, and a district final appearance in 2012. The Minutemen have a 74-5-4 record since 2010.
Revere has outscored opponents 91-7 this season. Taylor is a top defender. Gerberich has 37 career shutouts as the goalkeeper during the past three seasons, including 14 in 2013.
There will be no four-peat for Dayton Carroll in Division II boys soccer this season after Cincinnati Indian Hill defeated them 2-1 in a district final Saturday.
Carroll won the past three Division II state titles, defeating Revere in the final in 2010 and 2011 and then beating CVCA in the final in 2012.
Jackson plays on
Jackson (15-2-2) will meet Solon (10-4-5) in a regional semifinal tonight at Ravenna, courtesy of an experienced team.
The Polar Bears feature several scoring options, such as seniors Micah Johnson, Chelunor Nwajai, Edin Sabjlakovic, Grant Slovan and Noah Davies and junior Ross Klauer.
The Polar Bears also rely on a stingy defense with 10 shutouts. Seniors Carter Billett and Carlos Deliginnedes are defenders with juniors Qynton Peterson and Eric Warne. Senior Michael Metzger is the goalkeeper.
“We obviously have a lot of seniors and a lot of experience back from the past few years,” Jackson coach Michael Biros said. “We are taking it one game at a time.”
Bees buzz along
The Medina boys soccer players were the masters of the 0-0 draw earlier in the season.
The Bees (10-1-8) experienced seven 0-0 draws, but have scored a goal in each of their past four matches to advance to a regional semifinal against Avon Lake (12-4-3) tonight at Nordonia.
Seniors Austin Schweppe, Austin Horvath and Aaron Liezert are three of Medina’s top goal scorers. Senior goalkeeper Dean McNeil is a presence at goalkeeper and has recorded a school-record 14 shutouts under the direction of coach Mark Malikowski.
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