Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer coach Marc D'Auteuil isn't the least bit surprised that his team won its first two games of the season.

Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer coach Marc D'Auteuil isn't the least bit surprised that his team won its first two games of the season.

Yet, after the Shamrocks opened with a 2-0 win over Westerville Central on Aug. 23 and beat Gahanna 4-0 on Aug. 27, he admits that he wasn't expecting his squads to win those contests in such a convincing fashion.

Coffman is ranked first in the ThisWeek Super 7 poll ahead of No. 7 Gahanna.

"I didn't think we'd be as dominant against either of those teams as we were, because they're both good teams," D'Auteuil said. "I was very pleased with our approach and work rate. The coaches from both teams told me that their teams were overwhelmed with our pace, speed of play and athleticism. That's encouraging to know, because we're not even close to being as good as we can be."

Against Central, Bailey Wilson and Griffin Tullis scored and Quynh Vo had two saves. Wilson had two goals and an assist, Madison Vellky had two goals and Vo had three saves against Gahanna.

Starters Haley Lehmkuhl, Amanda Stratton, Ashley Stratton and Talia Tullis led Coffman's defense to the back-to-back shutouts.

"I don't know if we gave up one real shot on goal in either game," D'Auteuil said.

"That's impressive because Gahanna has some very good players."

The Shamrocks will face an even bigger challenge on Thursday, Sept. 1, when they play host to DeSales.

The Stallions, who are led by senior midfielders Alex Elliott and Danielle Kaylor, senior defender Morgan Clark and senior forward Megan McCabe, beat Coffman 1-0 in the teams' most recent meeting in 2009.

"Playing DeSales is special for me personally, because that's where I went to school and played soccer, and it's also where I started coaching," D'Auteuil said.

"DeSales is probably one of the better Division II teams in the state, and they beat us a few years ago. We're off to a good start, but we've still got some things to work on and we'll need to play well to beat DeSales."

•The boys team will play host on Saturday, Sept. 3, to Bexley, a team it tied at 2 last year.

Bexley lost 15 players to graduation, but junior forward Jacob Cini, who made second-team all-league and led the team with 11 goals last year, has returned.

"They're young this year, but they will continue to get better," coach Steve Watts said of the Lions. "Our defense has played well, but one of the biggest things we need to work on is creating more chances in our attacking half."

The Shamrocks opened Aug. 22 with a 1-0 win at Westerville Central, as Zak Leedom beat two defenders and scored a goal with six minutes remaining in regulation. Coffman then lost to visiting Lakewood St. Edward 1-0 on Aug. 27.

"Zak has played well and he made a great individual effort to help us beat Westerville Central," Watts said.

"Ray Gans is playing really well in the midfield, and Justin Garcia is doing a nice job on defense, especially in one-on-one situations."