After posting an .833 winning percentage over the past two seasons (30-5-1), fourth-year coach Aaron Welsh of the Delaware Christian School boys soccer team has lowered the expectations.

After posting an .833 winning percentage over the past two seasons (30-5-1), fourth-year coach Aaron Welsh of the Delaware Christian School boys soccer team has lowered the expectations.

With just one senior on the roster, Welsh thinks it could take some time before the Eagles are again soaring.

"We've got a big junior class, but return just four full-time starters and are a real young team skill-wise," Welsh said. "Two of our forwards are freshmen and it's just going to take time for all these younger guys to learn to play as a team and adjust to the faster, rougher varsity game.

"We've got a lot of work ahead of us. We're just starting, but it's going to be a good rebuilding year for us."

The senior is sweeper Rob Baeppler. Other returning starters in the 4-4-2 alignment include junior midfielders Evan Callis and Austin Hill and junior defender John Bocanegra. Junior midfielder Arvin Griffin started some games last season when the Eagles finished 14-3-1 after losing to top-seeded Columbus Academy 3-0 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

Hill had 20 goals and 11 assists and was first-team all-district and first-team all-MOCAL as Delaware Christian went 4-1 in league play to finish behind Tree of Life at 5-0. The Eagles lost to the Trojans 4-3.

"Baeppler and Hill are good leaders and as captains will do what it takes to make sure we keep the young guys playing as a team," Welsh said. "With Hill and Callis, we're going to be real strong in the center midfield. Austin can shoot and distribute very well and those two work great together."

The rest of the junior class includes Aaron Conn (goalkeeper), Quinn Davenport (defender), Josh Griffin (forward) Daniel Kayano (defender) and Ben Wells (midfielder).

Sophomores include Jason Art (defender), Brandon Carrol (defender) and Paul Haberman (defender). Rounding out the roster are freshmen Jeremy Buchanan (forward), Trent Martin (forward) and Michael Sullivan (defender).

The Eagles will play host to Northside Christian on Tuesday and Caledonia River Valley on Thursday.

The girls volleyball team returns two seniors who were all-district picks in Division IV last season in middle-hitter Jackie Miser (first team) and outside-hitter Caitlin Newell (honorable mention).

Miser was first-team all-MOCAL, Newell was on the second team and senior setter Mary Zimmerman received honorable mention.

The Eagles have a new coach in Jessica Miser.

"We've got four seniors who have played together for six years, so that's a nice thing to have as a first-year coach," said coach Miser, a 2004 graduate of Delaware Christian. "We're switching from a 5-1 to a 6-2 and the girls are learning new positions. But they're flexible. Within a few matches, they'll get comfortable and we'll start putting things together and getting better."

The Eagles finished 11-12 overall last season after losing to second-seeded Fisher Catholic 25-13, 25-11, 25-15 in a district semifinal. They finished third at 7-5 in the MOCAL after winning the previous four league titles.

Rounding out the roster are senior Amber Hughes (defensive specialist), junior Pam Stricklin (middle hitter), sophomores Heidi Evans (setter) and Ashleigh Hovda (back row) and freshman Sarah Harp (outside hitter).

"Passing is one of our stronger points and the girls' communication is also excellent," said coach Miser, who graduated from Wheaton College in Chicago last spring and will begin working on toward her masters at Ohio State this fall. "We're working on serving. We've got a couple strong servers, but we need more consistency in that area."