The Dublin Coffman High School field hockey team won its first seven games while outscoring opponents 37-7.
The Shamrocks were 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division after defeating Upper Arlington 3-1 on Sept. 16 and before playing Sept. 18 at Jerome.
"We get stronger every game," coach Caren Leslie said. "We are playing well as a team and making the necessary corrections when needed. The team is passing well and taking more shots on goal than last season, and that is huge for us."
Coffman's strong start included wins over Scioto (9-1 in a league game Sept. 4), New Albany (3-1 on Sept. 7), Olentangy Orange (7-0 in a league game Sept. 9) and Hilliard (4-2 on Sept. 11).
Against Orange, attackers Carley Anson, Kelly Murphy and Kaitlin Whitty, midfielders Kate Meeks, Dana Pajk and Emma Vander Stoep and defender Katie Lemieux each scored. Goalkeeper Emily Goliver had two saves.
"The best game our team played was against Olentangy Orange," Leslie said. "My team was very in sync and communicating well."
Through seven games, Meeks had seven goals and two assists, and Anson had eight goals.
"(Defender) Emily Miller is new to the varsity team and is having an amazing season," Leslie said. "She knows just when to drop into a tackle and gets the ball out of the defensive end nine out of 10 times. ... Maria Guerrero is a senior midfielder that is performing very well this season."
The Shamrocks play host Monday, Sept. 23, to defending state champion Columbus Academy and Wednesday, Sept. 25, to Thomas Worthington in a league game.
"The toughest part of our schedule is coming up and we are working hard to prepare for the second half of our season," Leslie said. "We have been building momentum for this part of the season and feel prepared."
Celtics coach pleased with play
Jerome beat Toledo Ottawa Hills 2-1 on Sept. 14, as attacker Alex Petersen and midfielder Katie Kendall scored and goalkeeper Prathibha Srikantan had two saves.
The Celtics, who defeated Lancaster 1-0 in a non-league game Sept. 16, were 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the COFHL-West before playing Coffman on Sept. 18. Jerome also defeated Dayton Oakwood 2-1 on Sept. 7, as Kendall scored two goals and Srikantan had one save.
"Overall, I am very happy with the play of the girls thus far," coach Colleen Bender said. "Coming back from a 1-0 deficit against Oakwood was a great confidence booster for the girls (and showed) that keeping it simple and playing hard will get you good results."
Jerome plays Thomas in a league game Monday, Sept. 23, at home.
"We have had very solid play from defender Christina McGregor and midfielder Katie Kendall," Bender said. "Christina demonstrates such patience on defense. ... Katie has been playing very strong for us. She is a hustler who can make plays happen offensively and defensively."
Irish coping with 'frontloaded' schedule
Scioto was 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the COFHL-West before playing Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 17.
Midfielder Danielle Skillman scored a goal and goalkeeper Sarah Mitchell had 13 saves during a 9-1 league loss to Coffman on Sept. 4.
"Our schedule was really frontloaded with some great central Ohio teams such as Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome and Thomas Worthington," coach Jason Perlman said. "But we are really improving each game. Our seasoned veterans such as (midfielder) Brooklyn Robertson, captains (and defenders) Amel Khalife and Angela Lontoc as well as (midfielder) Danielle Skillman are starting to find a symmetry on the playing field.
"But we are so excited about our freshmen, (defender) Julia Kovach, (attacker) McKenzie Lomax and (midfielder) Alexis Kennedy. Their natural talent, mixed with the way they are picking up the game, is tremendous and will make a great foundation for the next several years."