ROCKY RIVER — The Buckeye girls soccer team came into the week ranked in the Division II coaches state poll for the first time in school history.
On Monday, the Bucks put a little respect on it: No. 6 Buckeye traveled to No. 8 Rocky River and beat the Pirates 1-0 in non-conference play.
It marked the second time in eight days the Bucks (9-0-1) knocked off a state-ranked D-II team after beating Revere last week.
“Like what I said with Revere, we’re just going to take this win and do what we did the rest of the season and carry the momentum with us,” Buckeye forward Gabby Glancy said. “Tonight was a huge message. It showed what we could do. Obviously, they didn’t think we were that good, so we proved them wrong. This is all confidence.”
By the end, Rocky River (4-4), was a believer. Don’t discount the Pirates’ record, either, as they count one-goal losses to D-III No. 1 Kirtland, Indiana 3A No. 8 Avon and D-II No. 10 Cincinnati Summit Country Day.
“I’m hoping this is putting us on the map,” Buckeye coach Derrick Gullen said. “I know we wanted this, especially with what happened with us coming into the same conference as them in the future.
“We know exactly what we need to do. I hope it’s a big message about the drive we have. I hope it shows the talent we have. We’re not a joke. We’re trying to be serious when we come to play to get these results.”
Those results might have a bigger impact when the Elyria D-II District seedings come out, as 2017 runner-up Rocky River resides in the same bracket as the Bucks.
“They’re so used to winning themselves, so I don’t think they knew what was coming for them today,” Buckeye midfielder Riley Vickerts said. “I think that as a whole team we played well. That’s what made us win today. It was our hard work.”
Buckeye had just one shot in the first half, but made it count when Vickerts sent a bender off a corner kick on the right to the head of Glancy. Glancy pocketed her Medina County-best 21st goal to turn the game on its ear.
After that, it was all about defense as Buckeye, which was outshot 4-2, rose to the challenge. Maddie Tanner, who was injured in both the first and second half, stayed strong at center back. When she wasn’t getting it done, Jessica Girard and Emma Rzicznek stayed composed. Hannah Smith and Katelyn Petrovich also played well in relief to help Alexa Atlasy in net.
Atlasy may have been the most composed, however. The sophomore keeper never put herself out of position and cut off angles any time Allison Contenza and Co. came crashing down on net.
“At practices, we’re always taught to communicate,” Tanner said. “I feel like as the season goes on, we get used to playing with each other, so we know what the other is going to do. We always recover for the person if something happens. There’s always another defender there if they lose the ball.”
Buckeye 1, Rocky River 0
BUCKEYE 1 0 — 0
ROCKY RIVER 0 0 — 0
B — Gabby Glancy (Riley Vickerts), 6:36.
Shots on goal — Buckeye 2, Rocky River 4. Corner kicks — Buckeye 1, Rocky River 1. Saves — Alexa Atlasy (B) 4, Gabrielle Avila (RR) 1. Records — Buckeye (9-0-1), Rocky River (4-4). Junior varsity — Rocky River 4, Buckeye 0.