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New coach set to lead Twinsburg girls soccer

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: August 31, 2016 12:00 AM
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Twinsburg has another veteran coach to lead the girls soccer program as John Garber is now at the helm for the young and talented Tigers.

Last year, Twinsburg was 8-6-4 overall and lost 1-0 in the Division I district semis to Hudson. Chris L. Gentille (123-540-23 in 15 years) reached districts and won three league titles in his 5-year tenure with the Tigers, stepped down.

Gentille was 55-22-11 at Twinsburg and led the Tigers to three Northeast Ohio Conference titles, three sectional titles and several state rankings.

Garber took over after a 10-year assistant in the Twinsburg's successful boys program.

In all, Garber is in his 11th year overall of teaching at Twinsburg after being the assistant women's coach at John Carroll University.

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"We graduated a very successful senior class and there are a lot of newcomers and some youth," said Garber.

Twinsburg (1-0-1 overall) does have some experience returning a strong young cast to build with.

Returning seniors include striker Erin Ahern, defender Kali Benedict, striker Anna Cleveland, striker-midfielder Maria Kormanec, defender Hannah Patrzyk and defender Abby Zona.

Captains for Twinsburg will be Zona, returning junior defender Christina Bais, and Kormanec.

"Kormanec can be used everywhere," said Garber.

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Other returnees include sophomore midfielder-striker McKenna Donahue, junior midfielder Blair Harney, sophomore midfielder Hannah Pickens, and junior goalkeeper Ally Zenda.

"Zenda saw some action last year and she has played well so far and made all of the minutes in the first two games," pointed out Garber.

Top newcomers are junior defender Gabby Diturno, freshman striker-midfielder Alli King, freshman defender Amy Howersaat, junior striker Lexi Hill, junior defender Bella Perrin, and sophomore striker-midfielder Alyssa Kleinmann.

More top first year players include juniors Abby Rathers (defense), Alex Shood (striker), Quinn Springer (midfield), and Alyssa Troyer (striker).

Backup keepers include sophomores Cassidy Smith and Hannah Zochowski.

"I think we have a great work rate as the team is extremely fit," stressed Garber. "the girls work very hard and are organized."

"Another strength is that this team is inclusive and they get along very well," he added. "We need to develop depth and to push each other hard. This group is a pleasure to be around."

When Twinsburg opened the season Aug. 20 at home in a 2-2 tie against Rocky River Magnificat in non-league play, Garber had six athletes who were making their first varsity start.

King scored a Tiger goal in the tie on a feed by Bais while the second tally was put in on a penalty kick by Harney.

In Garber's first career win -- a 3-2 victory Aug. 24 at Mentor -- King scored the game winner with 3:30 left on an assist by Troyer.

"That was a clutch goal for us and Alli had a strong game," said Garber.

In addition, King assisted the first goal at Mentor, which was by Troyer.

Donahue netted the second goal on a feed by King.

Twinsburg's Aug. 27 game against defending state champion Walsh Jesuit was postponed due to inclement weather.

In upcoming action, Twinsburg opens Suburban League National Conference play Aug. 31 at home against North Royalton. The Tigers play at Cleveland Heights in non-league play Sept. 3, and host Brecksville Sept. 7 in league action.

All games begin at 7 p.m.

The JV team was impressive with a 4-0 win over Mentor.

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