The boys soccer team has battled back through injuries and other hardships like the loss of an assistant coach. Through all these difficulties they still managed to move up to a record of 6-2-1 with losses against Solon and St. Ignatius and a tie against Mayfield. Their CVC record, however, has improved to 4-0-0 with their recent win over West Geauga on the 16th, placing them at number one in the Chagrin Valley Conference. If the soccer team can clench a victory over Orange and Chagrin Falls they will already have the CVC won by the time Aurora comes to the Bomber stadium on October 7. Senior captain Corban Joyce said, "This is the last year for the CVC and my last year of playing and I know that with a little hard work and dedication that we can come out on top of the Chagrin Valley Conference." The Kenston boys soccer team has not won this conference since 1999 and this is the final year of the CVC so defeat is not an option.
The Kenston boys have a quality group back in the offensive third, with playmakers such as Dominico Marra and Adam Bush, Jason Bernzweig with pace out wide and Harley Vossler on top finishing form.
But they had an unenviable task Sept. 10 — head west for a night match against renowned St. Ignatius, as usual fielding a side under longtime coach Mike McLaughlin that deserves consideration in the NSCAA national poll.
The Bombers did well with the task, though, with a competitive 2-1 loss in a heavy downpour. Kenston (4-2-1), ranked No. 4 in the Crop with wins over fellow Crop sides Perry and North, led, 1-0, after a strike by Vossler (five goals, three assists in 2014) during a scramble off a set piece.
"Going into the game, we had one goal, and that was to be focused in every way, shape or form that we could be — with our first touch, with our runs off the ball, with our runs on the ball, you name it," Bombers coach Joshua Sladick said. "And all I can say is we were focused 100 percent on that."
The Boys Varsity Soccer team has been dominating whoever they have faced these first couple weeks of the season. The boys started off their season strongly, winning the first game versus Eastlake North High School four goals to one. Following a heart-breaking defeat to the number three team in the area, Solon, the boys have been undefeated in the past three games. With nagging injuries, like senior Cole Cannon's broken hand the boys handled Olmsted Falls High School one to zero at home. Lucas Hadar said, "The team looks really good this year, and they have the talent to keep improving." The team will travel to Saint Ignatius High School Wednesday, September 10th to play the best team in the area.
Buzzer beaters are somewhat common in the basketball world, but, in the low-scoring game of soccer, not so much.
After 79 minutes, 59 seconds of scoreless soccer on Saturday evening, Solon had one last chance for victory when the Comets hosted Kenston at Stewart Field.
It was one of the wildest finishes ever, Solon head coach Ryan Conner said.
This year has been a year of change for the Kenston High School soccer team. With eleven seniors gone and a new Head Coach, Josh Sladick, the boys need to adjust this year. Josh Sladick has won the race to be the new head coach of Kenston after a long process of many applications and interviews. To help the school get to know Coach Sladick, I interviewed him at a recent practice. Here is what Josh had to say:
"When did you start playing soccer?"
"I started playing soccer at age 5 for AYSO in Twinsburg. As I grew up I went on to play for our city travel team called Twinsburg A.C., Club soccer with Everest S.C. and Ohio Select F.C., ODP, High School and College."