Todd Cooper takes a ball out to midfield after Kenston practices and tries his luck with free kicks from distance. Lucky or not Tuesday in a CVC Chagrin Division match against neighborhood rival West Geauga, the senior defender helped the host Bombers go the distance for a nice result.
Kenston got goals from Cooper and Dylan Heun in a 2-0 victory, getting back on track in league play after falling to Wickliffe by the same scoreline Sept. 10.
The Bombers (5-2-2, 2-2) were efficient and pacey in the attack in an impressive performance.
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."
The Kenston boys soccer team has finished their season with the record of 10 wins, 3 losses and 5 ties, and the record of 6-1-2 in Division 1 games. After their first loss early in the season the team did not lose again until they faced Lake Catholic. The team also dealt with some unfortunate ties against both West Geauga and Chagrin Falls. However, the team was able to come together once again near the end of the season to defeat Willoughby South, 4-1, on Senior Night. The team then faced the very strong rival, Aurora. The boys dominated the Aurora team and came out with a 4-1 win to highlight the season. Coach Vasil said "They came out strong; the way we played that night we could compete with any team."
The Kenston Boys' Soccer team is off to a respectable start this season. The Bombers currently have a record of 4-1-2 after coming off a strong win on Saturday against Eastlake North. The team started the season strong with a win against Warren Howland, who eliminated Kenston from the playoffs last year. Following that victory the Bombers were faced with a few unfortunate outcomes, including the team's only loss to the Division 3 state runner ups Hawken, and ties against both Avon Lake and Padua. After this unlucky streak the boys were able to win three consecutive games.
As the waning seconds ticked down Tuesday, Jacob Naft took a seat on the turf. The Hawken senior striker looked like he was in need of a break — fitting considering moments before he had given his side one.
Naft's goal with 68 seconds remaining was the difference as the Hawks edged visiting Kenston, 2-1, in an entertaining CVC Chagrin Division headliner.