By Michael Beaven Beacon Journal sports writer
COLUMBUS: Revere boys soccer coach Sandor Jakab was in the middle of savoring the moment on the pitch when assistant John Rorabaugh came over to chat him up.Rorabaugh gave Jakab a hug and did his best distraction job as a group of Minutemen sophomores proceeded to dump a cold bucket of ice water on their leader on a cool and windy day at Columbus Crew Stadium.It was celebration time for Revere following its 2-0 victory Saturday over Columbus Bishop Watterson in the Division II state championship match. The title is Revere’s first in an OHSAA state team tournament.Sophomore Daniel Branch scored a goal in the fourth minute and senior Nolan Dyko added a goal in the 32nd minute to lead the Minutemen (21-0-2) over the Eagles (18-5-0).“This is beyond belief,” Jakab said following hugs with his wife, Sherri, and their six children. “It has been a lifelong ambition, but it has also been this team’s ambition to bring a state title to this school. Golly, we are a team. How we came together as a team to get this done this year is unbelievable. What a feeling.”
Revere finished as state runner-up in 2011, 2010 and 1995, and was a state semifinalist participant in 2004 and 2000. The Minutemen have a 78-5-4 record since 2010.
“This was obviously emotional and the third time is the charm I guess,” senior goalkeeper Joel Gerberich said. “Being able to go down and turn to [senior] Chase Somple [and share a hug], this has been what we have been working for all year. This was emotional and awesome.”
Revere held an edge in shots on goal (7-1) and corner kicks (2-0).
“We came out and got those two early goals,” Jakab said. “We knew we had the wind at our back. Branch came out strong and hit that one. Dyko put one away. That is energy that we feed off of. We had to go through moments and we got the job done today. That is a very good team that we played against.”
Branch finishes the season with a team-high 19 goals.
“They are a good team, but we were just on fire and we didn’t let up,” Branch said. “They are definitely one of the best teams we have played all season.
“I have been so anxious since the end of last season. This is all I have wanted to do. This means a lot that we came through and we got this win.”
Revere senior Brian Gillette assisted on Dyko’s goal, his 13th this season.
“Thankfully the ball came to me from Brian’s pass,” Dyko said. “He was the garbage man who picked up the loose ball and passed it to me. I was focused enough to put it away. I felt like I was focused for this game and mentally prepared, and same for the whole team. This is a great feeling.”
Gerberich saved one shot and benefited from a solid defensive unit of seniors Brandon Taylor and Andrew Robinson and sophomores Simon Kirkendall and John Sternasty.
Taylor said the perpetrators of dousing Jakab with water were “sophomore hooligans.”
“This feels great,” Taylor said. “It hasn’t really set in yet.”
Dyko and Somple started at midfield with junior Luke Kasson. Branch started at forward with seniors Jordan Marich and Blake Easterling.
“I know it sounds cliché, but it is so indescribable,” Somple said. “The feeling, I still can’t believe it is real. It doesn’t feel like we won. I am sure it will settle in later.”
Revere caps its season with 101 goals scored and 11 goals allowed. The Minutemen shut out 16 opponents this season and Gerberich finishes with 39 shutouts in his career.
“They were smart,” Watterson coach Chad Smith said. “They won the coin toss and they took the wind, which is exactly what we wanted to do. They were more smart in playing direct right at us with the wind. I think the first goal, I saw a little bit of nerves in my boys. I felt like we were not exactly fluid in our movement.
“They are a very well coached team and you could tell they have played here before two years ago. Just the experience of being here and the experience being in this situation, and there are some big boys on that team. If you looked down their sideline you see several large kids on that team. We knew we were in for a battle.”
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The Minutemen will face Columbus Bishop Watterson, which beat Indian Hill, 2-1, in overtime, in the Division II state final Saturday at Crew Stadium in Columbus at 3:30 p.m.
“This team has put it together with team chemistry, creating and finishing the opportunities at hand,” said Revere coach Sandor Jakab. “It’s a tremendous group of individuals and we have a lot of ways to do things. We defend well and we’re very dynamic at the attacking end of the field as well.”
Nolan Dyko put Revere on the board first on a header with 19:11 to go in the first half. Brandon Taylor provided the assist. Bay goalie Colin Southerington stepped up into a crowd to try and knock the shot away with his head but the ball skipped off his head and into the goal.
Dyko took an assisting role on Revere’s second goal, just minutes later. He came up near the left post and dished it to Brian Gillette, who netted the Minutemen’s second score.
The game went to halftime with Revere holding onto a 2-0 lead.
Almost 11 minutes into the second half, Southerington made an acrobatic save on a shot by Jordan Marich only to have Gillette score his second goal of the night off the rebound.
Revere got an opportunity for a free kick after Daniel Branch was fouled while driving toward the goal. The kick was no good as it went off the crossbar.
Dillon Gundlach put Bay on the board with a goal with less than 19 minutes left. Just moments later, Revere answered as Gillette netted his third goal of the night. Marich got an assist on the play. Gillette now has 13 goals on the year and seven in postseason play.
“He just comes out every day and works his tail off. He’s probably the hardest working kid we have,” Jakab said about Gillette.
Bay made it exciting in the final minutes. Domenic Ruma scored the second goal for Bay. Matt Comienski added a score on a penalty kick with 17 seconds remaining to bring the Rockets to within one, but it was too little, too late in the end.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Bay coach Bobby Dougherty, describing the experience of coming so close to a state championship game. “But we’re a little older this year. It’s a thick junior class and we’ve got a couple of seniors in the mix. We’re going to be just as nasty next year and hopefully we can get over that hump.”
While Jakab was excited his team came away with a win and a trip to the state title game, he was less than thrilled that the Rockets were able to score two late goals against his players.
“You can never let up against a team like Bay,” Jakab said. “I was disappointed that we allowed some of the complacency to settle in. With that said, we finished the game.”
He is featured on the front page of today’s sports page in the Akron Beacon Journal!!
Defender Brandon Taylor combines ability, composure to help Revere boys soccer earn No. 1 ranking in Division II
Beacon Journal sports writer
Published: October 2, 2013 – 02:39 PM | Updated: October 3, 2013 – 06:50 AM
By Jeff Brewer Special to the Beacon Journal
Published: September 30, 2013 – 11:45 PM | Updated: October 1, 2013 – 09:42 AM
Trailing 1-0, Revere equalized with 19:22 left in the game when senior midfielder Maddie Holvey blasted home a shot from 40 yards out. It caught CVCA goalkeeper Lauren Lichty by surprise and slid under the cross bar.
“It picked up our spirits,” said Gallo, now receiving some Division I recruiting interest. “We were like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got this.’ ”
What ensued from that point until the final tick on the clock had every bit the feel of a district championship game.
“All of the momentum switched to their side,” CVCA coach Bob Adamov said. “So, to be able to hold on, I was happy to come out with a tie.”
Revere (8-2-2) was relentless in sustaining its attack, and kept Lichty under siege.
“If we had played with that intensity through the whole game, and no disrespect to CVCA, but I think we would have won,” Revere coach Dave Howson said. “I’m not going to complain, especially going a goal down.”
A shot from freshman Audrey Harding glanced off the crossbar.
A shot from Gallo deflected off the post.
“It was difficult for CVCA to break out of their half,” Howson said. “Most of the action the last 20 minutes was down at their goal, and maybe we have to work at finishing in practice, but I was very pleased with our effort and attitude.”
With less than eight minutes play, five straight corner kicks during a four-minute stretch, kept CVCA flailing to clear the ball.
“We outshot them by a lot,” Gallo said. “But, we couldn’t finish.”
Adamov was especially proud of Lichty’s performance, given she is an emergency substitute with the team’s first two keepers injured.
“She came up to me and said, ‘I’ll do whatever it takes for the team,’ ” Adamov said.
Lichty, a top reserve field player, had virtually no goalkeeping experience when she volunteered to fill the void.
“I played [goalie] a little bit in pee wee league, but that really doesn’t count,” she said.
The Royals (8-3-1) scored at 7:10 of the first half when senior center midfielder Katherine Kouzelos slipped a pass ahead to sophomore wing Kim VanBuskirk, who scored from a tough, right-to-left angle by getting the ball inside the back post.
“Katherine’s been our offensive catalyst for the last two or three years,” Adamov said.
With perennial state power Walsh Jesuit moving up to Division I, the Division II bracket is going to be wide open. CVCA and Revere are pegged among the contenders.
Asked if she thought she’d see Revere again, Kouzelos said, “Yes, definitely. And it’s going to be a really good game.”
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By MICHAEL BEAVEN Published: September 18, 2013
2013-14 Revere Youth Wrestling Sign-Ups
Eric Moats, long time athletic trainer for Revere retired in the spring. He will be honored during halftime of the football game on Thursday.
REVERE GET OPENING DAY WIN FOR FIRST YEAR COACH
Revere Youth Sports Recycles!
Sports programs across the country have been dealing with the same rising costs and aging equipment issues and “registration fees” can only go so far. This year, we’ve found a way to supplement our finances and we need some SUPERHERO’s to help us out.
Revere Youth Sports is participating in a Recycling Program! This fundraiser is FREE and simple because there’s nothing to sell, no paperwork to fill out and no deadline. The program runs year-round, accumulating constant income for the many improvements we can make for all of our participants.
Please HELP our cause by giving us your empty printer cartridges and cell phones. We’ll take it from there! All components will be recycled and nothing will end up in the landfills. Last year alone, more than 500 million cartridges were discarded from offices and homes, while 125 million cell phones were tossed or replaced. So as you think about Back-to-School or changing your phone, be a SUPERHERO and help us collect. All proceeds will be used to help keep our sports program updated with the latest uniform and equipment needs.
To help us out – many local businesses are stepping in by participating. While visiting any of the below, please bring your printer cartridges & cell phones and look for our drop-bins. The locations are:
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PLEASE HELP. We ask that you make your athlete or cheerleader aware of this and Dad’s and Mom’s, think beyond your home! Believe it or not – businesses can support this program too and we request you find out how your office can help. Just think – we can raise money and you can help without spending a cent. Each of the businesses above will be visited twice weekly. We will collect, submit – and issue progress reports on how we’re doing. Remember, if you don’t help, we cannot win!
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The Revere Youth Football Program
By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer
Published: August 20, 2013 – 04:52 PM | Updated: August 21, 2013 – 07:01 AM