Duct Tape & chewing gum…and another CHL title for the Braves

A record 4th consecutive CHL title for the Braves women’s soccer team did not come easily this season. After a 2015 campaign that saw only one game missed by a starter all year, the 2016 Braves got hit hard by the injury bug in 2016, losing forward Payton Hoffman in the pre-season, then starting right back Anna Pescovitz early on, and then returning starter Brittany Duncan a few games in. No wonder coach Dave Lawson mused that “this team is held together by duct tape and chewing gum”. As it turns out, he could have added ”talent”, “determination”, and a philosophy of “next man up”, as reserves Bryn Wirthlin and Maddie Miller stepped into starting roles for their injured team mates and kept the ball rolling without a hitch.

Freshman Ashleigh Prugh even filled in with some great games when Maddie Miller went down herself. With the lineup shuffling from injuries and experimenting with who should fill the roles of departed seniors from last year, the Braves got off to a slow (by their standards) start, going 4-3-1 in the first half, including tough results against Wyoming and Mariemont, even though the Braves outplayed both opponents, and a painful loss to McNick, made worse by the loss of the Braves’ best distributor, Brittany Duncan, for the year.

But ironically, that seemed to be the turning point for the team. The back line settled in with veterans Lily Lance, Maddie Cech, and Claire deHamel, joined by freshman Maddie Miller....and of course, the four-year fixture in goal, Ellie Schaub. After giving up 9 goals in the first half of the season, the “D” gave up only 2 in the final eight games. Morgan Jackson moved into the center-mid spot and started taking control of games, and Bryn Wirthlin moved into the starting lineup in the midfield opposite veteran Bea Fries, as well as forward Margo David. And maybe most importantly, the Podojil sisters TURNED IT ON up top, applying constant pressure to beleaguered opponent defenses and scoring or assisting on 25 of the 31 goals the Braves tallied as they outscored other teams 31-2 while racking up a 7-0-1 record over the second half of the season. All this while facing a brutal schedule, with wins over perennial powerhouses Dayton Carroll, Tippecanoe, New Richmond, and next door rival Madeira, and a tie against the State’s #2 ranked team, Alter (at Alter, on their senior night). The ultimate reward for all their hard work was winning the 2016 CHL title, on senior night no less.

The Braves head into the tournament as the #2 seed, and ranked 6th in the State of Ohio’s D2 poll, and 2nd in the SW Ohio Enquirer poll. They face a tough Monroe team in game one, with a rematch with Alter looming in game 3. But this is a team that has stared down adversity all year, and come out on top, and the ladies have their sights set on Columbus in a few weeks, so come out and cheer them on as they tackle the best Ohio has to offer in the tourney.

Coach Dunlap's Practice Schedule

2017 Girls Soccer Team Photos

Girls Soccer Records

  SEASON GOALS      
Rank   Name         Season   Goals
1 Anna Podojil   2016 31
1 Brooke Rogers   2004 31
3 Annie Schenck   1997-8 26
3 Jenna Kereiakes   2001 26
3 Elizabeth Slattery   2011 26
6 Morgan Jackson   2015 22
6 Jenna Kereiakes   1999 22
6 Tricia Craig   1987 22
6 Brooke Rogers   2005 22
10 Brooke Rogers   2006 21
11 Anna Podojil   2015 20
11 Amanda McCaw   2002 20
 
  CAREER GOALS                         
Rank Name Years Goals
1 Brooke Rogers   2003-2006 77
2 Annie Schenck   1995-1998 76
3 Jenna Kereiakes   1998-2001 70
4 Elizabeth Slattery   2009-2012 66
5 Amanda McCaw   2000-2003 52
6 Anna Podojil   2015-P 51
7 Morgan Jackson   2014-P 44
8 Meredith Snow   2004-2007 38
9 Taylor Jackson   2010-2012 35
10 Paige Gloster   2010-2013 34
11 Kaeli Flaska   2008-2010 33
12 Shaedyn Cousino   1995-1998 30
  SEASON ASSISTS      
Rank Name Season   Assists
1 Lisa Tecklenburg   1998 22
2 Annie Schenck   1998 18
2 Lisa Tecklenburg   1997 17
4 Annie Schenck   1997 16
4 Meredith Snow   2007 16
4 Erin Schmitt   2001 16
7 Ellie Podojil   2016 15
7 Kristen Ellis   2001 15
7 Maddie Slattery   2011 15
10 Anna Podojil   2015 14
10 Claire Kenny   1999 14
12 Erin Schmitt   1999 13
12 Elizabeth Slattery   2011 13
 
  CAREER ASSISTS      
Rank Name Years   Assists
1 Annie Schenck   1995-1998 53
2 Lisa Tecklenburg   1995-1998 39
3 Meredith Snow   2004-2007 37
4 Erin Schmitt   1999-2001 36
4 Elizabeth Slattery   2009-2012 36
6 Paige Gloster   2010-2012 35
7 Shaedyn Cousino   1995-1998 34
8 Brooke Rogers   2003-2006 33
9 Jenna Kereiakes   1998-2001 31
10 Maddie Slattery   2008-2011 30
11 Kristen Ellis   1998-2001 29
12 Morgan Jackson   2014-P 28
         
     
  SEASON SHUTOUTS      
Rank Name Season Shutouts
1 Katie Markesbery   2010 18
2 Ellie Schaub   2015 14
2 Sarah Wiggers   2003 14
4 Olivia Ribariu   2011 13
4 Lauren Harris   1995 13
6 Lexi Carrier   2012 12
7 Missy Meyers   2000 11
8 Sarah Wiggers   2004 10
8 Liz Hilberg   1999 10
8 Lisa Iacono   2002 10
8 Ashley Daniels   2008 10
8 Katie Markesbery   2009 10
 
  CAREER SHUTOUTS      
Rank   Name   Years   Shutouts
1 Ellie Schaub   2013-2016 37
2 Sarah Wiggers   2002-2005 35
3 Katie Markesbery   2009-2010 28
4 Liz Hilberg   1997-1999 27
5 Lauren Harris   1993-1996 26
5 Ashley Daniels   2005-2008 26
7 Missy Meyers   1999-2001 23
8 Lisa Iacono   2000-2002 21
         
         
         
         

CHL Girls Soccer Statistics