Powerhouse Team Cultivates Leadership
The Summit Country Day’s girls’ soccer program is built on championships.
The Lady Knights have won two state championships, four at regionals, eight at districts, and 16 in the Miami Valley Conference. The team’s pedigree is entrenched in its 207-84-28 (.693) record since 2000, a winning percentage that’s even more stringent since 2010 (.830 overall, .923 MVC).
The Summit hasn’t lost a conference match since Oct. 13, 2011.
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.
Many Lady Knights have gone on to play college soccer, including Addy Smythe '16 and Addie Engelhart '14 (Xavier University), Bryce Hueber '14 (Ohio University), Rachel Stines '16 (Franciscan University), Gracie Kunkel '16 (Morehead State University), Morgan Evans '16 (University of North Carolina Wilmington) and Janel Bond '16 (Webster University).
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. 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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