2010-11 State Finals Recap

October 30, 2010

Randy Maksimik scored his second goal of the state finals in the 15th minute to stake Lake Central to a lead it never gave up, and the Indians earned a hard-fought, 2-0 win over Indianapolis Cathedral Saturday night in Indianapolis in the boys soccer state championship match at Kuntz Stadium. The victory marks the first-ever state championship in boys soccer for Lake Central, its second in a boys sport and sixth overall.

Maksimik’s long-distance finish came after a short corner kick, and was followed just over a minute later by another Indians goal when junior forward Manny Rios stole an errant back pass by the Fighting Irish and slotted another home past Cathedral goalkeeper Alex Dickman. Both of Maksimik’s goals this season came at the state finals.

Dickman’s second-half heroics kept the Fighting Irish in the match, but Cathedral was unable to muster a goal against Indians goalkeeper Brandon Cloutier, who punched away shots and snagged errant crosses all over his penalty area. Dickman registered eight saves, while Cloutier snagged three shots in the match.

Indianapolis Cathedral defeated Warsaw, 2-0, in their afternoon semifinal match, behind goals from senior forwards Max Odgaard and Brooks Butler. Head coach Paul Schroeder’s Fighting Irish wrap up their season with a 20-4-1 record.

Lake Central marked its second consecutive appearance in the state finals by knocking off Evansville Memorial 3-1 in their semifinal match. Jereme Rainwater, the Lake Central head coach, has now led the Indians to three state finals appearances in the last six seasons. Rainwater’s team finished 21-3.

Scott Smyth of Warsaw Community High School was named winner of the 2010 C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude Award for Boys Soccer by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

Smyth has been involved in many groups and organizations throughout the last four years including S.A.D.D., Freshman Mentoring Program, peer mediation, as well as National Honor Society.  Scott is also a member of the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee and the Kosciusko Endowment Youth Services where he has served as Secretary for a year and President for 2 years.  Smyth, the Student Body Vice-President, has also volunteered for Headstart, the Salvation Army, and numerous other philanthropic initiatives.

A member of the 2010 State Finalist team, Scott has been a starting defender for three years as well as being voted Rookie of the Year during his freshman season.  He has also earned letters in Football and Track & Field where he was a 2009-10 State qualifier in the 4x800 Meter Relay and a member of the Indiana Track & Field All-Academic team.  Scott plans to attend either Indiana University or Purdue University majoring in either Pre-Med or Biomedical Engineering.

He is the son of JoElla Smyth of Warsaw.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a scholarship check for $1,000 to Warsaw Community High School in the name of Scott Smyth.  Since 1989, more than $707,000 in college scholarships has been presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to deserving high school students in Indiana.