Revere boys soccer coach Nick DePompei said Tuesday that he remains impressed with how his players “stay composed in big situations.”
The Minutemen (16-2-3) will find themselves in another big situation at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they renew acquaintances with Bay Village Bay (18-1-2) in a Division II boys state semifinal match at Strongsville High School.
Bay beat visiting Revere 5-1 on Sept. 1.
“This is a very big rivalry between us and Bay, but there is a lot of respect between the two programs as well,” DePompei said. “I talk to their coach [Bobby Dougherty] quite often. He is a good guy that runs a really great program up there, as I think we do at Revere. We are just excited to play against each other. We have seen them before. They pretty heavily took it to us the first time this season, 5-1, but it is honestly one of those things where we don’t think that is relevant and I don’t think they think that is relevant right now. It was so early on in the season.”
Revere beat Bay in the regular season in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and the Minutemen also topped the Rockets in 2013 in a state semifinal on their way to a state championship victory when DePompei was an assistant to former coach Sandor Jakab.
This year, Bay has outscored opponents 103-16. The top four Rockets are Cade Gergye (30 goals, 32 assists); Kyle Cusimano (33 goals, 17 assists); DeCapua Matty (13 goals, 12 assists) and Aidan Bozak (five goals, 17 assists).
“Cusimano and Gergye are big-time dynamic players,” DePompei said.
Bay has tournament wins over Firelands, Buckeye, Rocky River, Lexington and Kenton. Revere’s postseason includes victories over Tallmadge, CVCA, Chagrin Falls, Marlington and Hubbard.
“Our three senior captains anchor each part of the field,” DePompei said. “We have Sam York in the goal. He has been fantastic all year. He is doing a great job and really understands the game very well. He is really strong and helps our defense stay organized.
“Sam Webster is another one of our captains and mainly plays in the midfield. He is a very good mix of a very physical player who can handle things physically and he is very technical as well. He hits a ball harder than anybody I have ever seen, and he is a very dynamic weapon that we have both defensively and offensively.
“And then up top, statistically Sandor Jakab leads the team in assists and goals. He at times can be a person that puts the team on his shoulders and can change the game at any given moment if he gets the ball at his feet.”
Revere’s starting center backs are sophomore Tommy Buser and junior Trent Rorabaugh. Senior Dante Pardi and junior Owen Alexander start as outside backs.
The Minutemen’s midfielders and forwards are Webster, Jakab, senior Omar Najjar sophomore Joey Klein, freshman Michael Novosel and junior Andrew Cooke.
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