RAVENNA — The most dangerous soccer player Wednesday night in Ravenna wore a Revere uniform and his name was Sandor Jakab.
The 5-foot-10 senior forward stood over a ball 30 yards out from a goal twice in the first half on Gilcrest Field in Portage Community Bank Stadium.
And both times his free kick in the rain resulted in a goal for Revere, a 3-1 winner over Marlington in a Division II regional semifinal on an unusually warm October evening.
Jakab finished with two goals and one assist as Revere (15-2-3) advanced to play Hubbard in a regional final on Saturday at a time and location to be determined.
Marlington ended its season 16-2-2, with both of the Dukes' losses to the Minutemen.
“Sandor is very calm and composed on the ball, which is infectious to the team, and you see that especially with the way this game was played,” Revere coach Nick DePompei said. “It was physical and there was the chance of us getting off of the game plan, which is just trying to play soccer. With him being so calm and composed, I think that helps the rest of the team follow suit.”
Michael Novosel, a 6-foot-2 freshman, gave Revere a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when he headed the ball into the net for a goal following Jakab’s first free kick.
“I saw Michael open in the back and other guys open back there,” Jakab said. “I tried to hit Michael’s head and fortunately it worked out.”
Novosel added: “We have lots of plays on free kicks. That was just one of them.”
Revere’s advantage reached 2-0 in the 29th minute when Jakab scored his first goal off the second free kick.
Marlington cut its deficit with a goal by senior David Earley in the 74th minute. Junior David Sutton started the play with a corner kick and sent a quick pass to senior Reese Willis, who then passed the ball to senior Antonio Vitale. The ball returned to Sutton and then he sent a pass to Earley.
Revere answered with its third goal in the 76th minute when Jakab scored his second goal on a penalty kick after he drew a foul in the penalty box.
Jakab, whose father is Revere’s former coach, has 18 goals and 10 assists this season.
Revere senior goalkeeper Sam York finished with one save.
Revere, which beat visiting Marlington 4-1 on Sept. 29, also received solid play from senior forward Omar Najjar and senior Sam Webster, junior Andrew Cooke and sophomore Joey Klein in the midfield.
The Revere defense of junior Owen Alexander, senior Dante Pardi, junior Trent Rorabaugh and sophomore Tommy Buser was efficient for a majority of the match.
“We finish up 16-2-2,” Marlington coach Clayton Cowgill said. “It is hard to be upset when you lose to the team that is ranked fourth in the state twice in a year. Sixteen wins is a season record and two losses is a season record. ... We have made it one more game further in the tournament multiple times, but this team had the most shutouts and the least goals against this year.”
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