Wednesday, November 10, 1999

Summit CD to get shot at soccertitle

Wins semis 3-0 as goalie Fessler gets 8th shutout

Enquirer contributor

        CENTERVILLE — Balanced scoring had been Summit Country Day's key through the boys state soccer tournament,but Tuesday night the Silver Knights turned to their big guns.

        Leading scorer Jamal Shteiwi scored two goals, second-leading scorer Jack Cummings added another and goalkeeper Mike Fessler earned his eighth shutout of the season as unranked SCD beat No.2 Bexley 3-0.

        The Silver Knights (18-2-2), who have outscored opponents 27-3 in six tournament games, advance to the state final Saturday at 11 a.m. at Crew Stadium, home of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew. They will play the winner of tonight's Gates Mills Hawken-Akron Hoban game in Medina.

        Fessler, a junior, was credited with six saves and made several other acrobatic stops while shutting out a Lions (18-4) team that had scored 24 goals in five tournament games.

        “Their keeper had one of the most awesome games I've seen this year,” said Bexley junior Curt Henn. “He made some incredible saves.”

        Said Fessler: “This is one of my best games, just because of how far we've come, and it happened in the state semifinals. This hasn't been my best season, but I was on today.”

        “He's had a good last couple of games,” SCD coach Charlie Cooke said. “I thought one thing we did well tonight was we defensed in front of him, but when he was called upon, he got the job done.”

        Shteiwi, a senior who scored 33 goals in the regular season, snapped a scoreless tie with 4:47 left in the first half when he faked Henn on the left side of the Bexley goal and fired a left-footed crossing shot into the lower right corner past Lions goalkeeper Brian Kleinke.

        Cummings, also a senior, scored on a similar play with 29:32 left in the game. Shteiwi added an insurance goal with 6:43 left.

        “We didn't know anything about (Bexley),” Shteiwi said. “We thought it would be very competitive, and we wanted to come in aggressive and play hard.”

        Cooke was impressed with the size of the crowd that followed SCD to Centerville, which has an enrollment of 118.


        Shutout: Fessler (6 saves). Goals: Jamal Shteiwi 2, Jack Cummings 1. Records: SCD 18-2-2, Bexley 18-4.


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