The Dublin Scioto High School girls soccer team realizes there are plenty of games left on the schedule.

The Dublin Scioto High School girls soccer team realizes there are plenty of games left on the schedule.

At 7-1-1 overall entering last Tuesday's game against Olentangy, the Irish already had bettered last year's record of 6-8-4. But they weren't about to rest on their laurels.

"We talked about that at our practice the other day," coach Chris Adams said. "We continue concentrating one game at a time and are not satisfied. They have been working hard in practice. They are grounded and they know we might be ahead of schedule."

"(Adams) wants us to have fun," said Megan Scoliere, who had a team-best five goals through nine games. "Things have been pretty relaxed."

Scoliere is one of three sophomores on a young roster, which also includes six freshmen.

Despite the relatively young stature of the squad, the Celtics remain a prominent figure in the chase for an OCC-Cardinal Division championship.

Before last Tuesday, the Irish were third at 2-1-1 behind Dublin Jerome and Westerville South, both at 3-1.

Jerome beat South 3-0 in Sept. 9, but the Celtics lost to Westerville North 2-0 on Aug. 26.

The Wildcats handed the Irish their loss 1-0 on Sept. 2. Scioto can atone for the defeat with a win Tuesday against the Celtics.

"We knew our conference schedule would be tough, not that the non-conference wasn't tough," Adams said.

"To be 2-1-1 through four games has them excited. We know we control our own destiny. We didn't know where we fit in at the beginning of the season, but now we know we can play."

"Winning the OCC is really big," Scoliere said. "I saw my sister (Danielle) get one as a freshman. I want my picture to be up on the wall."

•The boys team earned a much-needed win, defeating Grove City 4-1 on Sept. 18.

Chris Green score two goals, his fourth and fifth of the season, and Tony Villa-Cruz and Nick Gastalvo had one.

Keeper Andrew Berrigan stopped nine shots to pick up his first victory. The Irish snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 3-5-2 overall entering last Tuesday's game against Liberty. They also were 1-2-1 in the OCC.

The four goals was a season-high and proved to be a welcome sight, considering the team managed just one goal during the four-game slide.

The team will play host to Westland today.