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City Overview

TOP PHOTO: NICK SANTORO

The Strongsville Way of Life

By Ken McEntee

Capping off a year when celebrations

were scarce, the Lady Mustang soccer team of Strongsville High School in November traveled home from Columbus as state champions. A 3-1 win in the title game sealed an undefeated season for the team, which finished No. 1 in the United States, according to Top Drawer Soccer, the national ranking site. “In an otherwise troubling year, it was just a moment of joy being able to look into the stands and see our fans and families after the game was over,” says Todd Church, the team’s coach. “We are really proud and happy to represent the community of Strongsville.” Like most of the local activities and events that normally energize the vibrant Strongsville community, the soccer season was in limbo as the 2020 pandemic dragged on. “Reflecting back, the challenges presented by the pandemic are what drove us together,” Church recalls. “After being shut down in April and May when we would normally be practicing, the girls found ways to keep

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Strongsville Image Book & Community Guide | 2021

MUSTANG PRIDE: (top) The watertower and gazebo in the City Commons; Strongsville Lady Mustangs celebrate their 2020 National Championship (above, below).

themselves fit, to build new skills and prepare themselves to win once the season started. We had a lot of our distinguished alumni from previous championships on Zoom calls talking to the girls about what Strongsville soccer meant to them. All the hard work they put in during a time when a lot of people and places were shut down is where I think our championship was won. This is a special group of tremendous people who were willing to do whatever it took to win.” Likewise, says Mayor Tom Perciak,

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