The goals remain the same for the Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer team.
The goals remain the same for the Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer team.
Despite losing seven players to graduation, including four who went on to Division I college programs, sixth-year coach Marc D'Auteuil has high hopes.
The Shamrocks opened Aug. 19 at Westerville Central.
"There's potential, especially from an athletic, speed perspective," D'Auteuil said. "This is probably the fastest team I've had here. But when it comes to playing physical, when it comes to size, when it comes to just having some varsity experience, they're behind pretty much any team I've had."
Coffman finished 13-2-3 overall last season, losing to OCC-Central Division rival Marysville 2-0 in a Division I district final to snap a streak of four consecutive district titles.
"That loss definitely motivates us," said senior defender Courtney Dille, who was named honorable mention all-league last year. "We had a really strong group of seniors last year, and watching them lose that game was hard for the rest of us. We felt like we let them down, especially, and just our team as a whole, so we really put that as our goal to not let silly mistakes like that happen again."
Coffman also is aiming for its fourth consecutive OCC-Central championship. The Shamrocks went 6-0-1 in the league a year ago, with Hilliard Davidson (5-1-1) placing second.
Coffman opens league play Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Davidson.
The Shamrocks have returned six starters in Dille, senior Morgan Witchey (goalkeeper), juniors Sophia Bingaman (defender), Hannah Lehmkuhl (midfielder) and Sophie VanderStoep (midfielder) and sophomore Ayla Whitman (midfielder). Lehmkuhl was second-team all-league last year.
Bingaman, Dille and Lehmkuhl are captains.
D'Auteuil said sophomore Mikayla Buckley also will see time in goal.
Also on the team are seniors Bailey Borland (defender), Megan Price (forward) and Bailey Whitlow (midfielder), juniors Brenna Driver (midfielder) and Emily Kirchner (midfielder), sophomores Mia Bouska (defender), Hayley Devine (forward) and Claire Proctor (forward) and freshman Abby Steiner (defender).
"We have five sophomores and one freshman and they all have to play," D'Auteuil said. "It's a young team. They're going to be up and down all year. Unfortunately, we're going to have to learn some lessons (along) the way. But if we can lay that foundation and move forward from there, we can be OK."
Among the players lost to graduation was forward Sam Edwards, who had 17 goals and 14 assists last year and was named district and league Player of the Year and first-team all-state. Edwards is playing at Ohio State.
Former Jerome coach Josh Brader has joined D'Auteuil's staff. Brader coached the Celtics in 2011 and 2012, compiling a 36-4-4 record and guiding Jerome to two OCC-Cardinal titles. Jerome reached the Division I state final in 2011 but lost to Strongsville 1-0.Celtics suffer majorloss in offseason
Jerome is hoping to win its fourth consecutive OCC-Cardinal title, but that challenge became more difficult as a result of an injury to one of its top players in Madison Costner.
The senior forward, who has committed to Central Michigan University, tore the ACL in her left knee in June while playing for a club team. She underwent surgery last month and likely will miss the entire season.
Last season, Costner had 24 goals and 17 assists and was first-team all-state and all-district as well as OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year.
"It's tough because she's a Division I college athlete playing high school soccer, so you take her out of the mix and we have to reorganize our tactics," said second-year coach Neal Shaffer, whose team opened Aug. 16 with a 3-1 loss to Watterson. "Luckily, we have a lot of really good technical players, so it's just a matter of changing the scheme to make it fit. (The injury provided) an opportunity to see younger players play."
Last year, Jerome finished 10-7-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal, as Hilliard Bradley (5-2) placed second. The Celtics lost to Pickerington North 2-1 in double overtime in a Division I district final.
Jerome opens league play Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Bradley.
"Our No. 1 goal is to win the OCC," said senior goalie Maddy Ireton, who was special mention all-league last year. "We won the OCC the past three years, so we want to get that again. We're really going to focus on winning (a) district final, too, and then anything else, we're just going to see how it goes."
Among the key returnees is sophomore defender Mya Howard, who was first-team all-league and third-team all-district last year.
Shaffer is hoping sophomore forward Erin Griffith can step in for Costner.
Also on the team are seniors Katie Burke (forward), Allie Eynon (goalie), Emma Gonzalez (goalie) and Keemia Rashidi (midfielder), juniors Annika Fowler (defender/midfielder), Sydney Harris (defender), Katie Hollern (defender/midfielder) and Kenna Poptic (midfielder), sophomores Ryann Harris (defender), Megan Perry (midfielder), Deanna Prochko (midfielder) and Hannah Shenton (midfielder) and freshmen Madison Burrier (defender), Rachel Butler (forward) and Abbie Laufersweiler (defender).
"They're a great, talented group," Shaffer said. "They're great kids and it's amazing how smart these kids are."Rentzsch expectedto lead way for Irish
Senior midfielder Lindsey Rentzsch is the top returnee for Scioto.
Last season, Rentzsch scored six goals and was second-team all-OCC-Cardinal, as the Irish finished 6-11-1 overall and went 0-6-1 in the league to finish eighth. They tied Westerville Central at 1.
"One of our team goals is to work on our possession because we've been known to just kick it down the line," said Rentzsch, who has committed to Ohio Dominican University. "We don't have as much individual skill (as last year), but as a team, our team skills will be a lot better."
Another key returnee is senior goalie Mikhaylan Price, who had 110 saves last year and was honorable mention all-league.
Price and Rentzsch are captains.
"Mikhaylan has had an excellent summer to prepare for the season," eighth-year coach Chris Adams said. "We're definitely looking forward to her stepping up."
Scioto opened Aug. 19 against Hamilton Township and begins league play Tuesday, Aug. 26, at home against Westerville Central.
"Lindsey has been a terrific leader," Adams said. "She is certainly someone that I talk to a lot. We talk about the program, the girls and try to make sure we're focused and ready. She's a terrific kid with a great work ethic. She's a great student."
Other returnees are senior Quinn Blackwell (midfielder), junior Catherine Howard (forward) and sophomores Nicole Fisher (defender), Kali Steele (defender), Elizabeth Howard (midfielder), Josie Wigg (midfielder) and Jessica Shirley (midfielder).
Also on the team are senior Bailey Socha (defender), sophomores Morgan Gray (defender), Erica Husted (forward) and Cara Stamets (goalie) and freshmen Maggie Harter (defender), Mackenzie Malo (midfielder), Natalie McFadden (forward), Brooklyn Richardson (midfielder), Allison Snider (defender), Brooke Woolum (forward) and Ana Wylie (midfielder).
Gray is a transfer from Coffman.SCHEDULES COFFMAN
Aug. 19 -- at Westerville Central
Aug. 23 -- vs. Pickerington Central
*Aug. 26 -- at Hilliard Davidson
Aug. 28 -- vs. Delaware
*Sept. 2 -- vs. Marysville
Sept. 6 -- at Cincinnati Ursuline Academy
*Sept. 9 -- at Thomas Worthington
Sept. 13 -- vs. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
*Sept. 16 -- vs. Central Crossing
Sept. 18 -- at Westerville North
*Sept. 23 -- at Westland
Sept. 25 -- vs. Watterson
*Sept. 30 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty
Oct. 4 -- at DeSales
*Oct. 7 -- at Upper Arlington
Oct. 9 -- vs. JeromeJEROME
Aug. 16 -- vs. Watterson
Aug. 19 -- at Mount Vernon
Aug. 23 -- vs. Beavercreek
*Aug. 26 -- at Hilliard Bradley
*Sept. 2 -- vs. Hilliard Darby
Sept. 4 -- vs. Grove City
Sept. 6 -- at Olentangy
*Sept. 9 -- vs. Westerville North
*Sept. 16 -- at Scioto
Sept. 20 -- at Upper Arlington
*Sept. 23 -- vs. Canal Winchester
Sept. 27 -- vs. Perrysburg
*Sept. 30 -- at Westerville South
Oct. 4 -- at Olentangy Orange
*Oct. 7 -- vs. Westerville Central
Oct. 9 -- at CoffmanSCIOTO
Aug. 19 -- vs. Hamilton Township
Aug. 21 -- at Reynoldsburg
Aug. 23 -- vs. Mansfield Senior
*Aug. 26 -- vs. Westerville Central
Aug. 28 -- at Worthington Kilbourne
*Sept. 2 -- at Westerville North
Sept. 3 -- at Marion Pleasant
Sept. 6 -- vs. Johnstown
*Sept. 9 -- at Westerville South
Sept. 13 -- at Mansfield Madison
*Sept. 16 -- vs. Jerome
*Sept. 23 -- vs. Hilliard Darby
Sept. 27 -- at Columbus Academy
*Sept. 30 -- at Hilliard Bradley
Oct. 2 -- at Ready
*Oct. 7 -- vs. Canal Winchester
Oct. 9 -- vs. St. Marys Memorial