Occasionally athletes take off a year, sometimes two, before resuming their careers.
Keystone senior Sara Zambo came back from a six-year absence and after an injury to starter Jamie Stokley, Zambo has stepped in as the Wildcats' starting goalkeeper.
"Sara heard good things from the girls at tryouts and she decided she wanted to come out and play again her senior year," Keystone coach Tim Giesel said. "When Jamie broke her finger just before the start of the season, I was looking for a goalkeeper and Sara said that she had played keeper when she was younger. She was a little rusty at first but she has done an outstanding job for us."
The Wildcats are 2-5 going into today's match at Lutheran West. They are one of the youngest teams in the area with just two upperclassmen who have previous high school soccer experience.
With such a young defense in front of her, Zambo has seen a lot of action, recording 28 saves in a game against Buckeye earlier this season.
Stokley still has a pair of pins in her finger but hopes to return to the team prior to the end of the regular season.
The Elyria Catholic boys are ranked No. 5 in the state in Division III in the latest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll with a 4-1 record.
The Avon (6-0) boys are ranked No. 13 in Division I.
On the girls side, Elyria Catholic is the only area team to earn its way into the rankings, coming in 16th in the newly created Division III.
The Wellington girls are on top of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division with a record of 6-0.
How dominant have the Dukes been this season? In six matches they have outscored their opponents by a margin of 37-5.
Returning second-team All-Ohio forward Jacoby Ziegler leads the Dukes with 13 goals. Julia Marks has also added seven goals and a team-high four assists.
Area boys and girls coaches are requested to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 233-6761 with nominations for players of the week or noteworthy items for this notebook. Player of the week nominations will be accepted all day Sunday and until noon Monday.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jacoby Ziegler, Wellington
• YEAR: Senior
• LAST WEEK: Scored four goals in a pair of victories, giving her 13 goals and two assists in her first six games.
• OTHER SPORTS: Track
• BIO: Enjoys participating in other sports when not playing soccer. Her favorite subject is art. She hopes to continue her soccer career at the college level while studying nursing. Favorite athlete is Abbey Golden.
• PARENTS: Brent and Kim
Eric Armstrong, Amherst
• YEAR: Senior
• LAST WEEK: Captain and leader of a defense that posted shutouts against Avon Lake and Berea.
• BIO: Plays soccer on a year-round basis, also competing for the Internationals Soccer Academy. Enjoys boating and watching the TV series “Burn Notice.” Favorite athlete is Manchester United midfielder Nani.
• PARENTS: John and Dora