Women's Varsity Soccer

National Champions- 2000, 2006, 2010

Ohio Division I State Champions
2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013


The strength of the team is each individual member…
the strength of each member is the TEAM.
Coach Phil Jackson



2013 Roster

0 Lauren Demarchi Goalie 10
00 Libby Grace Goalie 11
25 Julia Thomas Goalie 9
1 Maddie Filicko Forward 11
2 Julia Nouse Midfielder 10
3 Marin Auth Defender 9
4 Holland Erb Midfielder 10
5 Colleen Grace Defender 11
6 Kelly Kovachick Defender 10
7 Talia Suglia Midfielder 11
8 Gabby LoPresti Defender 10
9 Jessica Hlosek Midfielder 12
10 Alyssa Simon Defender 11
11 Maddy Anzelc Midfielder 12
12 Halle Stelbasky Forward 11
13 Juli Knapp Midfielder 11
14 Emily Rogers Defender 12
15 Gabby Young Midfielder 9
16 Alex Kithcart Midfielder 12
17 Kaitlyn Semelsberger Defender 12
18 Jordan DiTommaso Forward 9
19 Caitlin Glascott Midfielder 10
20 Christina Trickett Midfielder 10
21 Katie Quinn Midfielder 10
22 Jaclyn Audino Forward 10
23 Kaity Malek Midfielder 9
24 Maggie Salek Defender 10
26 Abby Major Defender 9
27 Marissa Bradley Defender 9
28 Sofia Rossi Forward 9


Head Coach: Dino McIntyre
Asst. Coach: Steve Knapp, John Congrove (GK Coach)
Team Chaplain: Fr. Emmett Holmes
Athletic Director: Barb Salata

School Phone: (330) 929-4205
Athletic Dept. Fax: (330) 929-5118

Season Highlights & News

Walsh Jesuit's Sandra Yu headlines The Plain Dealer's 2012 girls soccer high school All-Star team

, December 27, 2012 8:07 p.m.

Sandra Yu collected 16 goals and 20 assists for Walsh Jesuit's soccer team, leading the Warriors back to the top of Division II. - (Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer)


Sandra Yu knew 2012 had to be something special.

After going through too much disappointment as a junior, the Walsh Jesuit senior wanted her final season of high school soccer to end as it did as a sophomore -- with a state championship. That's just how it turned out as the Warriors went 21-0-2 to win the Division II title to become the first program in any division, boys or girls, to win a sixth state championship.

Playing solid throughout with 16 goals and 20 assists, the Notre Dame recruit is The Plain Dealer's Girls Soccer Player of the Year. She was also named Ms. Soccer by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.

"We definitely used last year as a motivation," said Yu, referring to a 1-0 shootout loss to Toledo Ursuline in a 2011 state semifinal. "Losing on penalty kicks, I didn't want my last high school game ending like that."

Yu also did not want physical adversity to keep her off the field. Suffering with hip and back pain through most of her junior season, she was unable to play until eight games were left in 2011.

After numerous medical tests, it was determined she needed a gluten-free diet to get well.

"Not being able to play last year was really tough," she said. "It taught me to appreciate the game. There were times I thought I might not play again. The pain would keep me up all night."

Playing for one of the strongest programs in the state, Yu said there was pressure to maintain the program's winning tradition. But it was an aspect she relished.

"I don't think I will ever play on teams that were this good," she said. "It definitely flew by. That's what I have tried to tell the freshmen. It goes by so fast, make sure you appreciate it."

Yu lives in Strongsville with her mother, Barbara. She has three sisters and a brother.



Walsh Jesuit



College: Notre Dame recruit.

Notable: She scored 16 goals, with 20 assists, for the Division II state champions. It was the second state title of her career. She finished her career with 50 goals and 52 assists and was named Ms. Soccer by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.


Girls soccer Division II state final: Walsh Jesuit 5, Columbus St. Francis DeSales 0: Warriors roll to sixth state title

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

Published: November 9, 2012 - 11:48 PM

St. Francis DeSales' Xanie Fox (rear) tackles Walsh Jesuit's Abbey Filicko during first half action in the Walsh's 5-0 victory over the Stallions in their Division II girls soccer state championship Friday at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

COLUMBUS: The Walsh Jesuit girls soccer team took all the suspense out of the Division II state championship match Friday.

Walsh made quick work of Columbus St. Francis DeSales with three goals in the first half en route to a 5-0 victory and a state-record sixth state title on a sunny and comfortable day at Columbus Crew Stadium.

The Warriors (21-0-2) put together a dominating performance for which the defending state champion Stallions (15-8-1) had no answer.

Senior Maddy John scored two goals for Walsh, which set a record for largest margin of victory in a state final since the girls tournament started in 1985.

“We put everything together today,” Walsh coach Dino McIntyre said. “Every little detail, every little flick, every little run; everything was put together. Most of the season, we didn’t do everything. We would do a few things and that was enough. Today, it was perfect.”

Junior Alex Kithcart and seniors Sandra Yu and Kennedy Payne each scored a goal.

“It is bittersweet, definitely, because it is my last game at Walsh,” said Yu, a University of Notre Dame recruit who led the Warriors with 16 goals and 21 assists this season. “That is really sad, but there is no better way to end it. We did what we wanted and accomplished this. I am so proud of the entire team.”

Walsh held an edge in shots (21-2), shots on goal (13-2) and corner kicks (10-1).

“They came ready to play and they played well,” DeSales coach Bob McGee said. “They didn’t give us much room to play. They kind of squeezed the field on us. If you look at all of their goals, they were great goals they scored. That team was on a mission.”

John scored her first goal in the 17th minute with a header following a corner kick by senior Abbey Filicko.

“Abbey had a perfect cross on that corner kick,” John said. “It was heading in for sure I think already. I just got a little touch on it. It was amazing.”

Kithcart made it 2-0 in the 27th minute with her second goal of the season following a pass by Yu.

“It was an amazing experience,” Kithcart said. “The shot, I just saw it open and I took it. This was a team effort completely. My teammates got the ball to me and I had an opportunity to finish.”

Yu’s goal made it 3-0 and came in the 29th minute off an assist by Filicko.

Yu, Payne and Kithcart helped Walsh maintain possession at midfield and near DeSales’ goal with freshman Gabby LoPresti, sophomore Halle Stelbasky and senior Renee Mirka.

Payne scored her 15th goal of the season in the 47th minute following a pass by Yu.

“This year, everyone doubted us and thought we couldn’t do anything,” Payne said. “We proved them wrong. That was what pushed us today. We played with determination on the field and tried to get to every ball.”

John, a Xavier University recruit, concluded the scoring with her 13th goal of the season in the 56th minute. Sophomore Juli Knapp got the assist.

Warriors sophomore goalkeeper Libby Grace faced two shots and saved both. Filicko and senior Sarah Kornick joined juniors Emily Rogers and Kaitlyn Semelsberger to form a solid starting defensive unit.

John and Knapp contributed as reserves with freshmen Christina Trickett and Katie Quinn, sophomores Maddie Filicko, Talia Suglia, and Colleen Grace and senior Amanda Thomas.

“We came out and we knew it was going to be tough because we beat them earlier in the season [3-0],” Yu said. “We knew that they would use that as motivation. We knew we had to play our game and relax. I think we did that and we came out on top.”

McIntyre also guided the Warriors to state titles in 2000 and 2001 in Division II and in 2004, 2008 and 2010 in Division I.