Goalkeeper Anna Buhigas of the Dublin Scioto High School girls soccer team has become valuable for the Irish away from the net.
The senior, who twice has been selected first-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division, leads a defense that had allowed 16 goals through 14 games. She also has contributed at the offensive end with six goals and an assist.
She scored two goals in a 3-2 win over Granville on Sept. 27 and had a goal in a 4-1 win over Lancaster on Oct. 4.
Buhigas, the team's regular goalie, has moved to forward or midfield when the Irish need offense.
"I think it's really cool to be versatile like that and be able to come out on the field," she said. "That's what my club coach (Chris King) talks to me about and that's something I brought up when I was recruiting for a college that I can do both."
Through 14 games, Buhigas was 5-2-3 in goal with 39 saves.
The move also has helped sophomore goalie Mikhaylan Price gain experience in net. She was 3-0-1 with 16 saves.
"I pulled Anna out more this year just because we're preparing for her exit," coach Chris Adams said. "We're trying to prepare our other goalie for next year. We're trying to give her a little more experience and time and let Anna get out and run around. We're doing it to charge up the offense because Anna is just that kind of player that she creates that kind of spark. Anna is the type of player who can change a game."
Scioto opens the Division I district tournament by playing host to Hilliard Bradley on Oct. 18 in the second round. The Irish are seeded seventh.
Last season, Scioto lost to Watterson 1-0 (3-2 on penalty kicks) in a district final.
Scioto is in the same district bracket as top-seeded Coffman. The Shamrocks also have a first-round bye and play host to Central Crossing on Oct. 18.
Third-seeded Jerome has a first-round bye and plays host to Northland on Oct. 18.
Buhigas first played multiple positions with the Ohio Premier club.
To help her prepare for college and also to work more closely with her club team, Adams decided to use Buhigas similarly.
Buhigas has verbally committed to play at Division I Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.
"Anna is an amazing player, there's no doubt about that," Adams said.
Buhigas said she will leave Scioto with fond memories, including being able to play for assistant coach Jason Bishop, who died Jan. 17 following a battle with cancer.
"That definitely has been emotional, but at the same time, we play for him," Buhigas said. "We always bring him up before games and obviously the tree is there, so individually, we always know he's there."
In memory of Bishop, the soccer team planted a tree near the stadium.
Scioto boys team to play Thomas
The Scioto boys soccer team visits 11th-seeded Thomas Worthington on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in a first-round Division I district tournament game.
The winner plays 14th-seeded Hilliard Davidson on Oct. 20 in the second round.
The Irish won their third consecutive game by defeating Grove City 2-0 on Oct. 4.
Taylor Dyson scored both goals.
After beginning the season 0-8-1, Scioto had won four of five before playing Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 9.
"It's nice to see the boys playing with confidence," coach Chad Snider said.
"Now that they have broken the seal, the goals seem to keep coming. Their play has definitely picked up. They are really working hard on and off the game field. I really like that they have never given up and their hard work is finally starting to pay off."