Last year’s Cherry Valley-Springfield girls soccer team won’t go down in the record books as champions, but they’ll be remembered that way anyway.
The six 2013 soccer seniors, Zane Ashford, Kylie Graham, Olivia Hull, Jordan Loucks, Lauren Loucks and Chelsea Zembower, have graduated and are preparing for college or other school, but they leave a legacy behind. Not since Frank Miosek’s mid-80s teams did one group of Patriot girls win so many games, including a 14-3-1 record in 2013. And when CV-S made the Section Four Class D championship game last November, it was the first time in 24 years that it had sent a group of girls so far in the playoffs.
“They’re a very special group,” said CV-S coach Amy Garretson. “They were a great group, very athletic, just really good girls.”
Like a lot of CV-S teams over the years, the Patriot seniors’ foil was Milford. The Wildcats gave CV-S all three of its losses in 2013, including a 1-0 win in four overtimes in the Section Four Class D championship on Nov. 2, 2013. The teams tied twice in 2012, playing 196 minutes without a winner and seeing one game end because of darkness. The last time CV-S beat Milford in girls soccer was 2010, according to Garretson.
“I tell the girls, we’re just unlucky that our next door neighbor is Milford,” Garretson said. “They’re one of the best (Class D) soccer teams in the state and we play them at least twice a year.”
Milford notwithstanding, the Patriots’ record over a half decade is impressive. The overall school records for girls soccer are incomplete at CV-S, but records were likely set. The two girls that were five-year varsity players, Ashford and Lauren, won 55 varsity soccer games. Zembower and Graham were on varsity for four years and have 43 wins. Hull and Jordan leave with 30 wins over three seasons.