Senior-laden Lions have potential

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Orange’s girls’ soccer team has some work to do in replacing two all-league performers from last season but the Lions have the potential for a special season this fall.

After finishing 8-9-1 overall and 1-5-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference, the Lions return nine starters and five other letter winners. With 10 seniors on the roster, Orange won’t be short on leadership.

“I expect this to be a special year for Orange girls soccer,” said first-year coach Eric Kercher. “Our blend of senior experience and young playmakers has the potential to make this the most successful year the program has experienced in its history.”

Junior forward Liv Domozick returns after scoring 20 goals and assisting on 11 others last fall. She was named first team All-CVC.

“Coming off a sophomore year where she was among the top goal scorers and assist leaders in the Cleveland area, this could be a standout year for Liv,” Kercher said. “She’s a special player that continues to improve and will make her teammates better.”

Seniors Meredith Herbruck and Hannah Shuffer also provide some firepower for the Lions.

Herbruck, a midfielder, scored five goals and contributed with 15 assists last season in being named second team All-CVC.

“One of the leaders in assists in the Cleveland district, Meredith is a returning captain from last year’s team,” Kercher said. “Her leadership in the middle of the field will be integral to the team’s overall success.”

Shuffer finished the 2017 season with five goals and two assists. She earned honorable mention All-CVC honors.

“Hannah is a returning captain and has developed into a positive vocal leader on and off the field,” Kercher said. “She enters the year as a three-year varsity letter winner and we will rely on her experience to anchor our back line.”

Junior Nina Regalbuto, an honorable mention All-CVC performer last season, will join Shuffer on defense.

“Nina started last year as a varsity sub and not only earned a starting spot but also honorable mention in the CVC,” Kercher said. “If she can continue her development and solid, consistent level of play our team will have a solid year.”

Junior Brooke Singer and freshman Lily Regele will lock down the net for the Lions.

“Brooke saw limited opportunities last year, but her experience–this will be her third year as a varsity letter winner–and desire to contribute will drive her performance,” Kercher said. “An incoming freshman, Lily will challenge Brooke for playing time in goal. Her extensive club playing experience will be an asset for all the players on the team.”

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