BATH TWP.: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy boys soccer coach Jon Taylor doesn’t care much about rankings in the state coaches poll.
Neither do his players.
No. 8 CVCA continued its Division II postseason run by defeating host and No. 1 Revere 2-0 in a district final Saturday night on InfoCision Field at Joseph F. Pappano Stadium.
The Royals’ (12-6-0) triumph came three nights after beating host and No. 3 Archbishop Hoban 2-1.
“We were seen as the underdog,” CVCA senior Tim Horth said. “In the beginning of the season, we started out a little slow, but throughout the season, we have progressed and become a really strong team. As seen here, our offense and our defense have been really strong recently.”
Senior Zack Bosshard and junior Tim Andrassy both scored a goal for CVCA, eliminating Revere (17-1-1), which finished as Division II state runner-up in each of the past two seasons.
“There are a lot of alums who are proud today, including myself,” said Taylor, a 2003 graduate. “There were letters and text messages streaming in. The guys are inside of a community that I think is really unique. To be a part of that I think is a really big privilege that a lot of these guys don’t take for granted.”
CVCA took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when Bosshard scored a goal off a restart kick by sophomore Ben Locke.
“We were really pleased with how the restart came about,” Bosshard said. “We had had some good play throughout our attacking third and got the foul along the box. Ben Locke just drove the ball in real nice. I was kind of lucky and was in the right spot at the right time, and was able to poke the ball in.”
CVCA dictated the tempo for a majority of the match, which was uncharacteristic for Revere.
“We came out tentative,” Revere coach Sandor Jakab said. “Give CVCA credit, though. They had a well-disciplined game plan. They obviously studied defensive and attacking schemes of ours, and restarts.”
Andrassy gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the 78th minute with a goal.
“[Junior] Ben Risma hustled down real well and worked real hard to gain possession of the ball,” Andrassy said. “He got the pass off to me. I took a touch and hit the ball near post.”
Taylor, 27, said this is CVCA’s first regional appearance since winning the Division III state championship in 2010. The Royals also won a Division III state title in 2004 and a Division III state title in 2007.
“Our team has committed to get better every day,” Taylor said. “They are committed to training hard every day.”
Senior goalkeeper Chad Prtenjak earned the shutout for CVCA. Juniors Johnny Akindipe, Sammy Meszaros and Ben Gradert also contributed in starting roles along with sophomores Collin Surface and Joe Horth and freshman Gino Finelli.
The loss was tough for Jakab and his players to stomach after the Minutemen compiled a 55-5-5 record during the past three seasons.
“The past three years have been fantastic,” Jakab said. “It is a testament to the commitment of these kids and the program. The coaching staff and community have been excellent.”
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