Injuries decimated the St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team last fall, but fourth-year coach Rick Ey believes a mix of experience and talented young players will pay dividends for his team.

Injuries decimated the St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team last fall, but fourth-year coach Rick Ey believes a mix of experience and talented young players will pay dividends for his team.

The Cardinals finished 5-11-4 overall last season after falling to 11th-seeded Upper Arlington 1-0 in overtime in the second round of the Division I district tournament. They went 2-2-1 in the CCL to finish third, behind DeSales (5-0) and Worthington Christian (4-1) and ahead of Hartley (1-2-2), Watterson (1-3-1) and Ready (0-5). Worthington Christian is no longer in the CCL.

St. Charles returns 10 letterwinners, including six starters.

"All of the players are competing for time and I really had a hard time paring down the roster," Ey said. "We're still figuring out where everyone is going to play because this is such a versatile group."

The Cardinals return their leading scorer in senior midfielder/forward Charlie Macias, who scored nine goals last season, as well as senior forward/midfielder Alan Sincich, who had six goals.

The other returning starters are senior defender Michael Buonaiuto, junior goalkeeper Adam Mesewicz, sophomore defender Daniel Huss and sophomore forward Alex Polko.

Also returning are senior defender Ben Mackessy, senior midfielder/forward Jason Obergfell, senior midfielder Jack Overly and sophomore defender Jake Bingham.

"Right now, we technically lack varsity experience, but they have been enthusiastic and hard-working," Ey said. "This has probably been the best summer I've had as a coach here. They have been willing participants and, even though our experience may be an issue, they have proven that they aren't afraid to work to get better."

Also on the team are seniors Tommy Castillo (midfielder) and Ola Williams (forward), juniors Jack Benson (defender/midfielder), Solomon Hughes (forward) and Ben Saygers (midfielder), sophomores John Colosimo (goalkeeper) and Noah Sweet (defender) and freshman Drew Hicks (defender/midfielder).

Players from the junior varsity pushing for varsity playing time are sophomores Jonathan LaForge (midfielder) and Vaal Ngalla (midfielder/defender) and freshmen Connor Colvin (midfielder), Elyas Ingram (forward) and Niklas Weislogel (defender).

"I like the fact that we have young guys who are stepping up and challenging the older players," Ey said. "We have a lot of aggressive forwards and hopefully with their aggressiveness and some finesse, we can find more ways to get the ball in the net."

•The football team opens Friday at home against Canal Winchester.

The Cardinals hope to rebound from an injury-plagued season when they finished 5-5 overall and lost four of their last five games.

"It's our first game and you're always excited to see how your kids will perform," coach Jeff Pharion said. "That first game can set the attitude for the season and you want them to go out and play four good quarters of football."

The Indians finished 8-3 last season after falling to Logan 20-7 in the first round of the Division II playoffs.


Schedule

SOCCER

Aug. 25 - at Westerville Central Aug. 28 - at Hilliard Darby Sept. 2 - at Thomas Worthington Sept. 4 - vs. Reynoldsburg Sept. 11 - vs. Beavercreek *Sept. 14 - vs. Hartley Sept. 16 - vs. Grove City Sept. 18 - vs. Worthington Christian *Sept. 21 - at Watterson Sept. 23 - vs. Westerville North *Sept. 28 - vs. Ready Oct. 2 - at Bexley *Oct. 5 - at DeSales Oct. 7 - at Dublin Scioto Oct. 9 - vs. Marysville Oct. 14 - at Watkins Memorial

*CCL game


At a glance

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

CROSS COUNTRY

Saturday - At Pickerington Classic at Pickerington North in opener Sept. 4 - At Olentangy Liberty Coaches Classic

FOOTBALL

Friday - Home vs. Canal Winchester Sept. 3 - At Eastmoor Academy

GOLF

Aug. 14 - Cincinnati Sycamore Invitational canceled because of weather Aug. 16 - Tied for second (302) with Liberty Township Lakota East at 14-team Kettering Alter Invitational, behind champion Alter (301). Daniel Weigandt shot a 73 and Michael Ricuarte shot a 74. Aug. 17 - Finished third (318) at 14-team Olentangy Steve Youmans Classic, behind champion Upper Arlington (312). Matt Moosavian had a 74. Aug. 18 - Finished first (291) at the CCL Preseason Tournament at Medallion, ahead of DeSales (321), Watterson (332), Ready (353) and Hartley (354). Worthington Christian (355) also competed but is no longer in the CCL. Nate Yankovich was medalist with a 72. Moosavian, Ricuarte and Weigandt all shot 73. Aug. 19 - Finished third (310) at 21-team Weiss Invitational, behind Medina (304) and Hunting Valley University School (307). Moosavian (76), Austin Cuervo (77), Yankovich (78), Blake DeCrane (79) and Riccuarte (79) scored. Last Friday - Finished second (310) at 26-team New Albany Eagle Invitational, as Dublin Jerome (300) won. Cuervo was co-medalist with a 72. Last Saturday - Finished first (295) at 18-team Cincinnati Moeller Invitational, ahead of runner-up Moeller (298). Cuervo was medalist with a 67. Last Monday - Finished second (303) at 14-team Columbus Academy Shootout, behind Alter (301) Last Tuesday - Competed in Cardinal Classic Saturday - Cincinnati St. Xavier Invitational at Maketewah Sept. 4 - Dublin Jerome Honorary Invitational at Golf Club of Dublin Sept. 11 - St. Charles Invitational at Brookside

WATER POLO

Aug. 13-14 - Finished second at Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron River Rat Invitational in opener. The Cardinals defeated East Kentwood (Mich.) 8-7, Milford 7-1 and Saline (Mich.) 7-1 before losing to host Huron 11-7. Aug. 20-21 - Finished first at Napoleon Invitational, beating Milford 11-5, Mason 9-4, Cincinnati Sycamore 154 and Canton GlenOak 18-4 Aug. 25 - Played Thomas Worthington Sept. 3-4 - At Mason Tournament