Tigers News · HEIGHTS GIRLS SOCCER – 2019 SEASON PREVIEW


Cleveland Heights coach Patrick Gleba is confident the Tigers are primed for a bounce-back season.

Heights is coming off a difficult 2018 in which the Tigers finished 3-12.

“We began the season with different a coach, which lead to some adjustments being made and some confusion on the field, the lack of chemistry. By mid-season the girls were still struggling to gel, still figuring out a system that worked for the players. By this time, they were looking forward to a playoff run to turn things around,” Gleba said.

Heights pulled together to defeat Parma in the first round of the postseason before losing to Berea-Midpark.

The team’s strengths this season is in numbers and collective coaching knowledge. The coaching staff brings years of experience from youth soccer, the club level and high school. Having a coach fresh out of collegiate play will aid in player development.

“We have 14 girls who have varsity playing experience, we have club level experience, and we have a roster filled with hard workers. The returning players are hungry and are beginning to play harder and smarter than before. Our weakness is simple, we’re young. Not just young but in overall playing experience, too. We have athletic girls, but not many play outside of the High School season,” Gleba said.

 “It goes without saying, last year was not what the Tiger Nation Girls soccer program expected. Our outcomes were not taken lightly and our expectations are not just to do better, but to be better. As stated before, these girls are hungry for results that reflect our work and they are preparing to do just that; get the results are working for.

“When we encounter adversity we will learn, adapt, and overcome to reach the results we seek.”

COACHES

Patrick Gleba: Grew up in the South Euclid/Lyndhurst School district, Soccer was my primary sport.

BA Education/ASL Kent State University (played club soccer for 2 years)

MA Coaching Education Ohio University

ASL teacher for Cleveland Heights 2008-current

Coaching experience- 9 years of High school (5 years with Andrews Osborne Academy, 4 years with Cleveland Heights Boys), 4 years club with OPFC

Asst. Coach Ryan Langan:

Multi-sport athlete growing up. Cleveland Heights High alum

5yrs coaching ESK u8’s-u15’s

Certified and currently working with Top Soccer (an adaptive soccer program for athletes with special needs)

Asst. Coach Cydnee Martin:

Local grad (Brush High School)

Played with local clubs throughout youth soccer career.

Played for Jackson State University as well as Georgia Southern University.

RETURNING/KEY ATHLETES –

Ari Gonzales-Lowe

Maia Langan

Audrey Huang

Leela Rajeswaran

Zelda Thayer-Hansen

Sophie Mangano

Emma Vail

Olivia McKay

Isabel (Issa) Tetkoskie

India Pulplus

Ella Herr

Aya Azzam

Ava Collyer

Hannah Bradley (returning from injury)

PROMISING NEWCOMERS –

Vivienne Brown

Leela Manne

Elle Mueller

Brianna Sims

Davia Briggs

Ayna Bruce

Bahno Singh

Torie Graves