Ties are different for Coffman girls
Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer coach Marc D'Auteuil was disappointed after his team gave up a goal in the second half of a 1-all tie against Marysville on Sept. 4.
Eleven days later, the Shamrocks allowed a goal in the second half and tied Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit at 1.
Even though the games followed a similar pattern, D'Auteuil had a different reaction to the second tie.
"The Marysville game was disappointing because we didn't show up," he said. "Our kids had no energy, we came out flat, and when we gave up one shot, it went in. We had been coasting through some games on our talent alone at that point, but that game taught us a valuable lesson that you can't always get away with it.
"The Walsh (Jesuit) game is completely different because they're one of the top two or three teams in the state, regardless of division, and our kids battled evenly with them the entire game. We made one mistake in our own end with 10 minutes left and they scored, but I'm very pleased with the way we competed overall."
The Shamrocks gave up only two goals in their first eight games before playing Central Crossing in an OCC-Central Division game Sept. 18.
Coffman had six shutout victories in its first eight contests, including a 1-0 victory over Gahanna on Aug. 25, a 1-0 win over Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy on Sept. 8 and a 2-0 league victory at Thomas Worthington on Sept. 11.
"We haven't clicked on all cylinders in every game, but we played real well against St. Ursula, Thomas Worthington and Gahanna," D'Auteuil said. "Our defense has been real strong. It all starts with Amanda Stratton because she's our director back there. Jesse Schaefer and Grace Filler have played well on defense, too. Jesse followed (Walsh Jesuit senior) Sandra Yu all over the field and shut her down most of the game, and Sandra is a Notre Dame recruit and one of the best high school players I've ever seen."
Coffman scored 13 goals in its first eight games, with Sam Edwards (7 goals) and Bailey Wilson (4) leading the way.
"We're deep and we have players who can do a lot of things well," D'Auteuil said. "Sam scored in every game before we played Walsh (Jesuit). Bailey is our pulse and heartbeat. And Natalie Ashbrook scored against Walsh (Jesuit) and is having a great year."
The Shamrocks play Thursday, Sept. 20, at Westerville Central before playing host to Watterson on Monday, Sept. 24.
"Both Westerville Central and Watterson are playing well and should be good tests for us," D'Auteuil said. "Our schedule is a real grind, but that will benefit us in the long run."
Coffman boys beat Jerome
Coffman's boys team lost to Thomas 1-0 in an OCC-Central game Sept. 11, snapping a five-game winning streak.
"That was a real stinker of a game for us," coach Steve Watts said. "We just couldn't do anything right. It was hideous."
But the Shamrocks bounced back to defeat Jerome 2-0 on Sept. 13. Ryan Prescott scored off an assist from Andrew Louwers in the first half and scored off an assist from Justin Garcia in the second half.
"We looked like our usual selves again, playing with a lot of energy and controlling the flow of the game," Watts said. "Jerome's a game that we always circle and I'm just glad we were able to find our stride again offensively."
In their first eight games, the Shamrocks outscored their opponents 15-5.
"The strength of our team is we can score a lot of goals," Watts said. "Ryan Prescott, Andrew Louwers and Ben Kinney have each stepped up to become a threat offensively and that makes it hard for teams to focus on stopping just one guy.
"Our question mark was how well we can play defense with so many new guys in the back, but Zack Vollmer and Justin Garcia have done a good job on defense and we haven't given up many goals."