CCL, District & Regional Champions
Trevor Funk earns first-team Super 12 soccer honors
The senior goalkeeper helped lead Watterson to its first CCL title since 2004, Division II district and regional titles and its first berth in a state final.
Funk, who was first-team all-state, all-district and all-CCL, had seven saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Coshocton in a regional final Nov. 2 and eight in a 2-1 overtime win over Cincinnati Indian Hill in a state semifinal Nov. 6.
“Trevor’s the best all-around goalie I’ve seen all year and he’s made several saves in important situations that have made the difference,” coach Chad Smith said. “He’s positioned perfectly every time and his reflexes are quick as a cat.” ThisWeek News 11.14.13
Division II boys soccer state championship: Revere 2, Bishop Watterson 0
Schedule and Results
ThisWeek News 11.11.13 Watterson unable to overcome Revere's fast start - Making its first state final appearance, the Watterson High School boys soccer team lost to Richfield Revere 2-0 in the Division II state final on Nov. 9 at Crew Stadium.
Columbus Dispatch 11.10.13
Beacon Journal. 11.9.13
Eagles advance to state final for first time! Div. II state final set for Saturday, Nov. 9 at Crew Stadium Bishop Watterson vs. Richfield Revere. OHSAA bracket click here.
Watterson players pile on Tommy Geraghty after he scored the winning goal in overtime. The Eagles will face Richfield Revere in the Division II title game. - Barbara J. Perenic | DISPATCH Photographer
Columbus Dispatch 11.7.13 - Watterson 2, Cincinnati Indian Hill 1: Watterson advances to title game
Tommy Geraghty saved his best game for second to last. The senior right midfielder scored twice, the second off a corner kick to give Watterson a 2-1 overtime victory over Cincinnati Indian Hill last night in a Division II state semifinal at Huber Heights Wayne.
On his second of two corner kicks within a minute, Michael Gilbert served the ball to the back-side post, 3 yards off the line and over the head of goalkeeper Ryan Combs, who was backpedaling to intercept the ball. Geraghty awaited the kick and headed it home to send the Eagles to their first state championship appearance.
The Eagles will face Richfield Revere in the final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Crew Stadium.
“Tommy played the best game of his career. He’s our workhorse up top and just played out of his mind,” coach Chad Smith said, “I’ll take goals any way I can get them, but these were quality goals.”
Geraghty gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the first half with a one-timer from 18 yards off a centering feed from Paul Mokzran.
“He put a spanking on it,” said Smith, whose team’s only other state tournament appearance was in 2010.
It was a bit of a revenge game for Watterson (18-4), which lost to Indian Hill (15-3-2) last season in a regional semifinal, and this one nearly ended in similar fashion.
With the Eagles leading 1-0, the Braves tied the score with 10 minutes remaining when Adam Luckey headed a looping cross from the back left post to the opposite corner.
Indian Hill had a final chance with under a minute remaining in regulation with a wild scrum in front of the net, but Watterson midfielder Michael Guza saved a shot off the line and cleared it out of the box.
“We were lying back a little bit defensively, a little too much for my taste, but it was a great service and a great header,” Smith said.
In overtime, both teams bided their time until the Eagles generated their corner opportunities.
Watterson also won its regional final game on an overtime corner kick.
“When we got those corners, my eyes opened wider and my ears pealed back,” Smith said. “What a way for it to come together.”
Boys soccer state semifinal: Watterson 2, Indian Hill 1 OT on Nov. 6
Boys Soccer defeated Coshocton (2-1 OT) at Zanesville HS on Nov. 2
ThisWeek News11.5.13 Team advances to state semifinal
The Watterson High School boys soccer team didn't panic when it found itself tied with Coshocton at the end of regulation in a Division II regional final Nov. 2 at Zanesville.
Instead, the Eagles continued to create scoring opportunities until converting a corner kick with five minutes remaining in the first 15-minute, sudden-victory overtime to earn a 2-1 win.
Watterson improved to 17-4 with its second regional championship and advanced to play Cincinnati Indian Hill in a state semifinal Nov. 6 at Hilliard Bradley.
"Going into overtime, we talked about how we had been in this position before and knew what we needed to do to win, and we felt confident we could win this game if we continued to play the way we played in the second half," said forward Paul Mokrzan, whose team beat DeSales 1-0 in overtime in a district final Oct. 26. "In the second half, we were the more collected team and we had a lot more motivation and desire to win the game than the other team had, so we just carried that over into overtime until we were able to score a goal to beat them."
In overtime, midfielder Michael Gilbert served a corner kick into the box and defender Sam DeCocker headed the ball into the net, just underneath the crossbar, to give the Eagles the victory.
"We passed the ball quickly through the midfield and earned that corner kick and we did a good job of finishing that opportunity," Mokrzan said. "We had the ball in their end most of the second half and were in their box at least 15 times in the second half, so it felt great to finally score that goal to win the game."
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by forward Sam Magee, but Coshocton scored less than three minutes later.
Goalkeeper Trevor Funk had seven saves for Watterson, whose only other state semifinal appearance occurred in 2010, when it lost to Dayton Carroll 4-1. Carroll, which won the past three state titles, lost to Indian Hill 2-1 in a district final Oct. 26.
"We served a long ball into the box and Sam sprinted past their defenders and hit it past their goalie," Mokrzan said. "One of our weaknesses is how we play for the next 10 minutes after we score a goal, and unfortunately, they scored on an indirect kick a few minutes after we scored."
The Watterson-Indian Hill winner advanced to the state final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Crew Stadium, where it will face Bay Village Bay or Richfield Revere.
On Nov. 2, Bay defeated St. Marys Memorial 3-0 in a regional final to improve to 15-5-1 and Revere beat Hunting Valley University School 2-1 in overtime in a regional final to improve to 19-0-2.
"It would be a dream come true to play in Crew Stadium in the state final," said Mokrzan, who had a team-high 12 goals through 21 games. "To win a state title, we'll need to play with confidence and we'll need to work on transitioning the ball to our midfielders and forwards. We also have to keep our composure and not worry about every single call."
The Eagles defeated Vincent Warren 2-1 in a regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Bloom-Carroll behind two goals from forward Zach Storc and six saves by Funk.
"(It was a) very hard fought victory," coach Chad Smith said of the game against Warren. "Zach Storc scored two great goals. We had to make a couple of adjustments on the defensive side of the ball. Michael Gilbert stepped up big for us, moving to the back and solidifying our defense."
ThisWeek News 11.4.13 - Watterson 2, Coshocton 1 (OT) The Eagles defeated Coshocton 2-1 in overtime in a Division II regional final on Nov. 2 at Zanesville to capture their second regional title in program history.
ThisWeek News 10.27.13 Watterson 1, DeSales 0 OT
The top-seeded Eagles won their second consecutive Division II district championship and third district title in four seasons as forward Paul Mokrzan scored a goal off an assist by forward Zach Storc with 9 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the first sudden-victory overtime session. Goalkeeper Trevor Funk also had five saves, including one with 55 seconds left in regulation, as Watterson improved to 15-4. Goalkeeper J.P. Baughman had seven saves for the Stallions who finished 10-7-2.
The boys soccer team tied St. Charles for first in the CCL standings at 3-1, ahead of DeSales (2-1-1), Hartley (1-2-1) and Ready (0-4).
The Eagles beat DeSales 1-0 on Sept. 24 behind a goal from midfielder Paul Mokrzan and clinched a share of the league championship Oct. 1 when the Stallions defeated St. Charles 2-1.
The Eagles, who were 9-4 overall before playing Columbus International on Oct. 3 and Watkins Memorial on Oct. 8, are the top seed in the Division II district tournament and have a first-round bye. They will play host to 16th-seeded Buckeye Valley or 21st-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek in the second round Oct. 17.
Top Row: Asst. Coach Alex Brust, Asst. Coach Kevin Anderson, Sam Magee, Matt Pardi, Zach Storc, Sam DeCocker, Mitch Nation, Head Coach Chad Smith
Middle Row: Jack Heidenthal, Anthony Gulla, Frankie Isabelle, Mitch Werner, Griffin Maxwell, Michael Gilbert, Michael Harper, Trevor Funk
Front Row: Jared Nation, Colin Kalealo, Paul Mokrzan, Tommy Geraghty, Michael Guza, Teddy Hoying, Brad Kanney
Top Row: Asst. Coach Alex Brust, JV Head Coach Kevin Anderson, Sam Alves, Garrin Bachinski, Thomas Abrams, Jack Weis, Michael Hardesty, Adam Schrepferman Head Coach Chad Smith
Middle Row: Ross Kuhn, Francisco Cortes, Nate Meyers, Nick Rocci, Andrew Szczesny
Front Row: Johnny Murray, Daniel Cobb, Simon Hicks, George Sauter, Matt Adams, Adam Vonderwell
2012 District Champions
Boys Soccer District Champions
BWHS 2 - Big Walnut 1
Cincinnati Indian Hill 1- BWHS 0
SOCCER 2012 AWARDS
MVP - Andrew Huber
Best Offensive - Bryan Luckscheiter
Best Defense - Jeremy Pratt
Most Improved - Mitch Werner
Coach’s Award - Sam Rancour
Eagle Award - Nate Giangardella
Sportmanship Award Drew Sherman
Scholar Athlete - Andrew Huber
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|Kevin Anderson, Asst. Coach|
|Alex Brust, Asst. Coach|
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