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    Spencer Schultz is in his first year as head coach of Lutheran West girls’ soccer team and he’s confident the Longhorns will show improvement this fall.

    Lutheran West finished 7-8-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division last fall.

    “I believe our team has the ability to surpass how they finished last year,” Schultz said. “Our top scorer graduated so finding someone to step up will be important but I believe we have the right girls who are willing to work to fill that role.”

    Schultz, who spent the past two years as an assistant coach of the Berea-Midpark boys’ team, has seven returning starters at his disposal.

    That returning talent should help the Longhorns transition into a new system and to develop into a winning program.

    The key to the Longhorns’ success this season is simple.

    “Control the tempo of the game,” Schultz said. “Who we play isn’t going to be important if we are able to play our game and outwork the other team.”

    Lutheran West returns two players who earned all-conference honors last fall.

    Junior Yoyo Zielinski, a midfielder, was named second-team All-CVC while senior Juliana Klopp, a midfielder, earned honorable mention honors.

    The Longhorns will focus on playing their style and implementing quality shifts when necessary.

     

     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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