Dublin Jerome soccer squads hope to maintain 2006 success


Dublin Jerome Soccer

The Dublin Jerome High School boys and girls soccer squads entered the 2007 season with high expectations. Both teams lost several key players to graduation, but each return a solid nucleus.

The Dublin Jerome High School boys and girls soccer squads
entered the 2007 season with high expectations.

Both teams lost several key players to graduation, but each
return a solid nucleus.

Coach Nathan Maust’s boys team opened the season with a 1-1
tie against Hudson on Aug. 21 at Jerome. 

The boys stood at 1-0-1 entering their game against
Fairfield on Thursday. The Celtics defeated Olentangy Liberty 7-1 last

Coach Annie Gage’s girls team kicked off the season with an
impressive 2-0 win over rival Dublin Coffman on Aug. 23 at Jerome.

The Celtics stood at 1-2 entering their game against
Westerville Central on Thursday. Jerome fell to Cincinnati Anderson 1-0 last
Saturday and Watterson 2-1 last Tuesday.


The Jerome boys enjoyed a banner 2006 campaign, reaching
the Division I regional final before falling to Kettering Fairmont via shootout
(4-2) in a 2-1 loss.

Jerome finished 13-4-3 overall and second in the
OCC-Cardinal (4-1) behind Westerville South (4-0-1).

Jerome lost nine players to graduation, including midfielder
Konrad Warzycha and forward Kyle Ferguson.

Warzycha led the team in scoring with 14 goals and nine
assists for 37 points. He earned first-team recognition in the OCC-Cardinal and
district, and was named co-Player of the Year in the division along with
South’s Eric Laipple.

Ferguson joined Warzycha on the OCC-Cardinal first team and
was second team all-district.

“We lost quite a bit of senior leadership that had been in
the program for three years and played together for three years, but if you
look at our roster we actually have a lot of seniors and we have some good
juniors and some really good sophomores,” Maust said.

Leading the charge should be senior defensive standouts
Austin Ward and Chris Dant. 

The team’s returning leading scorer from last season is
senior midfielder Lucas Eichhorn, who collected five goals and seven assists
for 12 points. He scored the Celtics’ goal in the tie against Hudson and netted
four goals against Liberty.

Senior midfielders Bartosz Warzycha and Matt Bennett return
and are expected to crack the starting lineup.

Seniors Kyle Lopes and Cory Dobkins will man the front line,
and junior Josh Green will play stopper.

Other potential starters are sophomores Jeff Addis
(midfielder) and Brad Carrel (sweeper).

Senior Rudy Youell, who made two saves against Hudson, is
expected to get the starting nod in goal.

Seniors Andrew Kerr (goalkeeper), Ryan Joseph (defender),
Tyler Krause (midfielder), Ryan Lambie (defender) and Ben Kasper (forward/midfielder);
juniors Austin Windsor (midfielder) and Brian McGue (forward); and sophomore
Scott Ziolo (forward) round out the team.

“This team is really moving the ball well,” Maust said.
“Defensively, I think we’re going to be very strong. They have the intensity to
play together. It’s not a one-man show or a two-man show. They’re very intense
about playing and the whole season. Finishing is usually always a struggle in
high school soccer. We’re going to work on that until we bleed.”

Last season, the Celtics finished behind South and ahead of
Worthington Kilbourne (2-1-2), Olentangy (2-2-1), Mount Vernon (1-4) and
Pickerington Central (0-5).

“Our schedule is extremely tough,” Maust said. “We do it
that way on purpose. I’m just hoping that we can really play tough as we gel
together and hopefully we can pick up speed in the middle of the season and
peak at the right time toward the end.”


The girls team will look to defend the program’s first OCC

The Celtics captured the OCC-Cardinal title at 4-1 and reached
the district quarterfinals before falling to Watterson 3-1.

Jerome’s key loss to graduation was midfielder Amy Baumann,
who was named the OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year.

After missing the entire 2005 season with a knee injury,
Baumann bounced back to win the OCC-Cardinal’s top honor, the first Celtic
girls soccer player to claim the award.

The Celtics’ two leading scorers from last season, senior
forward Kelly Prickett and junior midfielder Morgan Herbert, return.

Prickett led the team in scoring with 13 goals and three
assists. She has verbally committed to continue her soccer career and education
at Illinois State next year.

Herbert was second in scoring with 10 goals and two assists.

Both were named to the OCC-Cardinal first team.

Junior forward Kellen Shields, who was fourth on the team in
scoring with six goals and four assists, was named to the OCC-Cardinal second

“I expect Kelly and Kellen to lead our team on the offensive
side of things,” Gage said. 

Lauren Romanelli returns for her senior season in goal. She
was named to the OCC-Cardinal second team last season.

“Lauren has been there all four years, so to have her in the
goal is definitely a plus for us this year with her being a senior and a
leader,” Gage said.

The defense will feature juniors Shannon Latsko and Kelly
Brothers, and sophomore Olivia Warzycha.

“I think that our back three of Shannon, Olivia and Kelly
Brothers have to be very strong, along with Lauren in the goal because we’re
going to really pride ourselves on our defending and try and not give up silly
or simple goals,” Gage said.

Rounding out the team are senior Andrea Ranney (midfielder);
juniors Sammy Black (midfielder), Ally Decker (goalkeeper), Ellie Drake
(midfielder), Alyssa Gervelis (midfielder), Emily Hagan (midfielder) and Ally
Stein (defender); sophomores Anneka Hokanson (midfielder) and Morgan Hunter
(midfielder); and freshmen Brooke Carrel (midfielder), Sarah Myers (defender),
Carli Pimm (midfielder) and Jessica Sabers (midfielder).

“I’m fine if we lose to teams that are better than us,” Gage
said. “I’m not OK with them getting outworked and I’m not OK with them losing
to a team that is not better than them. As long as they win the games that they
are capable of winning I will be happy with them.”

Last season, the Celtics took first ahead of Olentangy
(3-1-1), Worthington Kilbourne (2-2-1), Pickerington Central (2-3), Westerville
North (1-1-3) and Mount Vernon (0-4-1).

“We don’t look at other teams; we just go out and play every
game the same way,” Gage said. “Any team can be the top team on any given
night, so you have to play everyone as if they’re number one.”

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