Rick Ey doesn't know what to make of his St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team.

Rick Ey doesn't know what to make of his St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team.

The third-year coach has a team with nine seniors, but only two of them are returning starters. That means the Cardinals will have to get on-the-field experience if they are to improve from going 10-4-2 after falling to top-seeded Dublin Jerome in a Division I district semifinal.

"We have a good senior class, but after that we're lacking some experience," said Ey, whose team went 3-3-1 in the Central Catholic League to finish second behind DeSales at 5-0. "We're evaluating them right now and trying to get them used to the system."

Midfielder Eddie Evans and forward Alex Roberts are the two returning senior starters. Junior Charlie Macias (midfielder/forward) was the only other returning starter and led the team with 10 goals last year. Senior Alex Soto (defender/midfielder) is the other senior with two years of experience.

"Macias is a junior captain for us and we will rely on his speed and attacking abilities," said Ey, whose team opens today at home against Hilliard Darby and plays Saturday at Olentangy. "(Macias) and Roberts will be our offense, more than likely."

Other seniors are Kevin Colvin (midfielder), David Fruhling (defender), Cameron Houk (defender), Cameron Ilich (forward), Alex McCorkle (defender) and Bernardo Morales (goalkeeper).

Aside from Macias, the other juniors are Michael Buonaiuto (defender), Greg Gernetzke (goalkeeper), Jack Overly (midfielder) and Alan Sincich (forward). Sophomores include Jake Bingham (defender) and Adam Mesewicz (goalkeeper) and Daniel Huss (defender) and Alex Polko (forward) are freshmen.

"Most of the seniors will start for us," Ey said. "Roberts, Macias, Evans, Fruhling, Soto and Houk are top players they going be pretty tough for us."

Ey expects DeSales to be the favorite again in the CCL, but expects Worthington Christian again to be strong and Watterson to be much-improved.

But his main concern is how is team is progressing.

"We lost a great senior class, but these guys know their responsibilities and hopefully that translates into good things," Ey said.

•The football team opens under first-year coach Jeff Pharion on Friday when the Cardinals play at home against Youngstown Ursuline, the defending Division V state champion.

The Fighting Irish finished 15-0 after defeating Findlay Liberty-Benton 21-0 in the state final.

"For a Division V school, they probably have at least four or five Division I (college) prospects," said Pharion, whose team finished 6-4 last season. "They are both big, and fast. We'll definitely have our hands full."

The Irish lost standout quarterback Larry McQueen to graduation but return their top two running backs. Allen Jones is back at tailback after having 97 yards on 17 carries in the title game. The junior will be joined in the backfield by senior Darrell Marshall.

On defense, Ursuline returns a strong secondary led by senior Dale Peterman, who also is a standout receiver. Seniors Darrell Mason, Alex Menton and David Rossi anchor the linebacker corps and junior Jamel Turner is a standout defensive end.

"They have a big defensive line and both their secondary and linebackers are really fast," Pharion said. "They ran an I-formation last year and even though they return running back Allen Jones, who is probably a Division I (college) recruit, they seem to be lining up in the spread this year in the preseason. They have a young line and maybe they feel it's easier for them to learn pass-blocking than the run but that's just a guess on my part."

Pharion was happy with the way his team performed last Friday in a scrimmage against Chillicothe, especially the defense.

"The offense seems to be coming together and the defense was hitting and playing very physical," he said. "Jake LaFleur had to sit out last season with a back injury, but he started as a sophomore and he looked good last Friday. He came over the middle a few times and just tattooed a couple of receivers. It's great to have him back."

Pharion also has been impressed with the play of senior Breen Cullivan, who has moved from the offensive line to the defensive side of the ball.

Breen Cullivan is 6(-foot)-1, 260 pounds, and we moved him from center to the defensive line and he has been stellar," Pharion said. "We think he may have a chance to play defensive line in college. So far, it has been a great move for both him and us."


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles golf and cross country teams:

GOLF

Aug. 17 --Finished second (310) of 16 teams in Mount Vernon Invitational behind champion Dublin Jerome (304). Alex Carpenter shot a 73. Aug. 18 -- Finished eighth (321) of 24 teams in St. Ignatius Invitational behind champion St. Ignatius (289) * Aug. 19 -- Won CCL preseason tournament at Riviera with a 298 to finish ahead of runner-up Watterson (318). Carpenter was medalist with a 72. Nate Yankovich and Andrew Steffensmeier both had 75s and Matt Kinkopf added a 76. Aug. 20 -- Won 12-team Warrior Invitational with 291 in front of runner-up Jerome (305). Yankovich was medalist with 71. Last Friday -- Finished fourth (310) of 26 teams in W3 Invitational behind champion Jerome (303). Steffensmeier was medalist with 73. Last Saturday -- Won Cincinnati Sycamore Invitational with 298 ahead of runner-up Jerome (301). Carpenter (73) and Yankovich (74) led the Cardinals. Last Monday -- Played in Columbus Academy Shootout Saturday -- Cincinnati Moeller Invitational at Walden Ponds * Sept. 1-- At High Lands vs. DeSales Sept. 5 -- At Delaware CC for St. Charles Invitational

*CCL

CROSS COUNTRY

Saturday -- Whitehall Invitational Sept. 5 -- Westerville North Invitational Schedule

SOCCER

Aug. 27 -- vs. Hilliard Darby Aug. 29 -- at Olentangy Aug. 31 -- vs. Brookhaven * Sept. 3 -- at Worthington Christian * Sept. 8 -- at Hartley Sept. 12 -- at Beavercreek * Sept. 15 -- vs. Watterson * Sept. 22 -- at Ready Sept. 24 -- at Westerville North * Sept. 29 -- vs. DeSales Oct. 3 -- vs. Big Walnut Oct. 6 -- vs. Bexley Oct. 8 -- at Reynoldsburg Oct. 10 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty Oct. 15 -- at Olentangy Orange Oct. 17 -- at Dublin Coffman

*CCL game