The Archbishop Hoban and Revere girls soccer teams just might be on a collision course in Division II this week.
Each team plays a regional semifinal tonight at 7 p.m., and if they win they would meet Saturday at Brecksville.
Hoban (17-0-2) meets Hathaway Brown (13-3-3) at Brush and Revere (13-3-3) meets Canfield (14-2-3) at Ravenna.
A collision in a match this month nearly sidelined Hoban senior goalkeeper Maddie Diestel for the rest of the season. As it is, she is currently playing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.
“She got injured in the Walsh game [on Oct. 2 in a 1-1 draw],” Hoban coach Patrick Dobbins said. “It happened in the first half. We didn’t know how bad it was until later. We looked at her at halftime and taped it up. She wanted to go back in and we thought it wasn’t anything serious. She was coming out high to make a save toward the outside of the box. She sprinted out, caught the ball and made an awkward step. A Walsh girl bumped her, but it was not anything bad. I wasn’t screaming. She just came down awkwardly. There was some contact, but not anything bad that warranted a whistle.”
Diestel visited a doctor and missed two matches before returning. Freshman Elizabeth Kunce played goalkeeper against Chagrin Falls and junior Olivia Buzzi played against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. Diestel and Buzzi each played a half against Canton South, and Diestel played both halves in victories over Cloverleaf and St. Vincent-St. Mary.
“I never could imagine she would play with a torn ACL,” Dobbins said. “We talked with her parents and they gave her the OK, and she wanted to play. She met with doctors and they gave her the OK. She has gone through physical therapy and wears a knee brace.
“It just amazes me that she is out there. It is unfortunate that this happened during her senior year. She is a great kid who is also a very good basketball and softball player.”
Diestel is expected to have knee surgery in November. She experiences some discomfort, but is mostly pain free.
Senior Mykaela Zingale leads the Knights with 12 goals and senior Katie Easton has 10 goals. Sophomores Alex Sheldon (eight goals) and Ashley Dobbins (seven goals) are also among a group of 15 players who have scored for Hoban.
“We are getting goals from lots of different players,” Patrick Dobbins said. “There are so many players contributing to the effort. We don’t just have one main goal scorer. We are not a team that will fall apart if you stop one scorer. We have multiple options.”
Zingale, Easton and Sheldon are returning starters along with sophomore Maddie Grosklos and senior Brooke Simmons. Seniors Natalie Comeriato are tri-captains with Zingale and Easton.
Revere and Canfield played to a 1-1 draw at Revere Oct. 5.
“I am really pleased with our girls,” Revere coach Dave Howson said. “We had not won the district for an awful long time. To win a district title is great for our team. They seem to be peaking at the right time. We played a tough schedule and the girls are competing.”
Revere features five seniors who are returning starters — forward Amanda Gallo, midfielders Maddie Holvey and Katie Sternasty and defenders Allie Urbanek and Becca Dietz. Gallo and freshman Audrey Harding both have 15 goals.
Walsh Jesuit vs. Jackson
Walsh Jesuit (16-0-3) and Jackson (14-4-1) meet at 7 tonight in a Division I regional semifinal at Revere. Walsh beat host Jackson 4-0 on Sept. 21.
Walsh coach Dino McIntyre said senior Maddy Anzelc (14 goals) and sophomore Christina Trickett (10 goals) lead the Warriors in scoring. Seniors Kaitlyn Semelsberger and Alex Kithcart and sophomores Gabby LoPresti and Lauren Demarchi are also experienced players for Walsh.
Senior Caitlyn Patton (14 goals) and junior Rachel Bender (12 goals) lead Jackson in scoring. The Polar Bears return nine starters from last year: senior goalkeeper Katie Kingsbury, Bender at forward, Patton and juniors Mariel Augustine and Hannah Angelo at midfield, and defenders seniors Mackenzie Cherniuk and Maddy Tletski and juniors Lauren Vaccaro and Brooke Schmidt.
“I think the experience is big for us,” Jackson coach Frank Gagliardi said. “We have nine players back and we have two or three others that started games last year. They were not as consistent, but bumped teammates out at times and started. This is an older team and we have to use that experience to our advantage competing against a team like Walsh.”
Medina (13-3-3) will also play Magnificat (14-4-1) in a Division I regional semifinal at Bay Village. Amy Bobonik, Bri Shingary and Sydney Leckie have combined to score 21 goals for Medina coach Doug Coreno.
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