Powerhouse Team Cultivates Leadership
The girls’ soccer program is one built on championships. In addition to the cache of Miami Valley Conference, district and regional crowns, The Silver Knights have won three state championships (2011, 2015, 2017.) Since Oct. 13, 2011, The Summit has only one loss inside MVC play.
At a powerhouse like that, the student-athletes eat, drink and breathe soccer, right? Not exactly.
Coaches do not emphasize state titles or demand that players specialize in just one sport. The priority within the program is cultivating leadership. When student-athlete initiative is strong a particular year, so too is soccer success.
Coaches at The Summit are dedicated to instilling program philosophies, from leadership strides to life skills development. Those attributes, coupled with the student-athletes’ talent, have facilitated the Lady Knights’ enduring presence in state soccer polls and the postseason.
As a team, the program’s success is hard to match. However, the program is equally good at preparing players for the next level.
Ravin Alexander '18 (Louisville), Mimi Stines '18 (Dayton), Lily Melink '18 (Gettysburg College), Jessica De Jesus '17 (High Point), Gracie Kunkel '16, (Thomas More) and Bryce Hueber '14 (Ohio University) all play collegiately.
Seniors Colleen McIlvenna and Kennidy Belle will join their ranks next year. They signed to play and study at University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Iowa State University, respectively.
Colleen also joined Mimi as the only Summit girls’ soccer players to represent the school in the high school all-American game.
There have been notable seasons for The Summit, but 2014-2015 was one for the record books. The top-ranked Lady Knights went undefeated (24-0, 7-0 MVC) en route to a Division III state title victory over Chippewa. The Summit defeated the Chipps 6-0 behind Addy Smythe’s all-division state championship-record three goals, all of which came in the first half. The Lady Knights outscored all their tournament foes a combined 30-1.
As much as that team was expected to dominate, The Summit’s 2011 state championship team was not. The program had not won even a district title in the decade prior to the season. That changed on Nov. 27, 2011 with a 1-0 defeat of soccer power Badin High School in a district championship. The Lady Knights reeled off four consecutive one-goal victories before downing Laurel School 5-2 for the Division III state title.
Coach Mike Fee has been a staple with The Summit’s program since 1995, first as an assistant coach and then, starting in 2001, as the head coach. He led the Lady Knights to both state championships. A four-time Southwest Ohio coach of the year and seven-time MVC coach of the year, Coach Fee’s accolades include a 2015 Ohio Private School coach of the year honor. He’s also a two-time Cincinnati Enquirer coach of the year. In 2018, the program played its 700th game, and Coach Fee was at the helm for his 350th game as head coach. Coach Fee is a 1988 St. Xavier High School grad and a 1992 University of Cincinnati grad. He earned a Master’s degree in counseling from Xavier in 1999.
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