After six games, the Columbus Academy girls soccer team had equaled its win total from the last two seasons.

After six games, the Columbus Academy girls soccer team had equaled its win total from the last two seasons.

Although a majority of the players are freshmen and sophomores, Academy also has veteran leadership and it has produced results.

"Every year this program gets more and more experience as the program evolves," coach Kyle Tong said. "We have a core of about seven freshmen playing on varsity as well as experienced veterans."

Although fourth-year players Chelsea Dipman (sweeper) and Abby Howard (midfield) provide senior leadership, it is the freshmen providing the statistical production.

"Erin Simmons is giving us strong play from the midfield," Tong said. "Another freshman, Logan Berlet, and freshman goalkeeper Maggie McGuire are also playing well."

Academy lost consecutive games to Ready (4-1 on Aug. 23) and Fisher Catholic (4-1 on Aug. 28) before consecutive wins over Heath (6-1 on Sept. 4), Lakewood (3-2 on Sept. 9) and Briggs (11-10 on Sept. 11). Those wins were even more impressive considering last season's primary scorers, Rachel Ellman and Natalie Ritter, were sidelined with unspecified injuries.

"Now we're getting healthy," Tong said. "Both Rachel and Natalie started this season injured. Now they are back and able to contribute."

Last season, Ellman and Ritter led Academy with 11 goals and were honorable mention all-league.

"Now, they won't have as much pressure on them to score goals with the younger players stepping up," Tong said.

Academy, which was 4-3 overall after losing to Grandview 3-0 on Sept. 18, played Tree of Life last Tuesday and will play today at Bexley. The Lions improved to 7-2 overall with a 6-0 win over Lakewood on Sept. 18.

Bexley lost six graduates, including five starters, from a year ago as the Lions won their eighth Division II district championship in nine seasons.

Through seven games, Academy had scored 26 goals and had shown to be dangerous on offense.

"The past two years we had difficulties getting goals," Tong said. "I would like to see us be tighter on defense and cut down on lapses. We play strong for a while, and then have mental lapses. It's a product of youth, but we're reducing that that it'll help us out a lot."

•The boys golf team is playing at its most consistent level, according to coach Steve Evans.

Academy won the Bexley Invitational with a 303 on Sept. 13, and four days later the Vikings finished second with a 326 at the final round of the MSL-Ohio Division tournament behind Granville at 312 at Cumberland Trail.

"Our course-management has improved the most," Evans said. "We're not giving away strokes during the course of each round. We've tried to improve each week as the season progressed. Step by step we've been able to improve a little bit each week. It's shown in our consistency the last couple events we played."

Matt Coffin was the medalist at the Bexley Invitational with a 72 and Byron Viets was medalist at the St. Charles Invitational on Aug. 30 with a 70.

"The St. Charles Invitational has one of the strongest fields in the entire state within any division," Evans said. "He beat every guy on the Dublin Jerome team. That's quite an achievement for him."

Academy competed in the Division III sectional last Tuesday at Darby Creek. The top four teams and four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district Wednesday at Pickaway Country Club.

•The boys soccer team beat Lakewood 5-0 on Sept. 18 and was 7-1-1 overall after last Saturday's 3-0 loss to Worthington Christian. It was 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio before last Tuesday's game against Bexley.

"It seems like the boys are working on improving their game," coach Ron Leach said. "The defense is playing well as we've given up no more than one goal in any of the first seven games we played and had three shutouts."

Academy plays host today to Heath and played Saturday at Grandview.

"This team has some strong senior commitment all the way across the board," Leach said. "We have 14 seniors on this team and they all seem to be playing hard and playing as a unit."

The postponed game against Cincinnati Mariemont on Sept. 6 in Crew Stadium has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, also in Crew Stadium.

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Columbus Academy football, girls volleyball, girls tennis, field hockey and boys and girls cross country teams:

FOOTBALL

*Last Friday -- Lost to Granville 38-6

*Friday -- Home vs. Lakewood. Academy won 29-8 last season.

Of note: The Vikings are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio.

VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 15 -- Match vs. Newark Catholic postponed. No makeup date has been set.

*Sept. 18 -- Lost to Licking Valley 25-20, 25-23, 25-17

Last Saturday -- Defeated Tree of Life 25-13, 25-13; def. Berne Union 25-14, 25-13

*Last Tuesday -- Played Heath

*Today -- At Bexley. Bexley won 25-23, 21-25, 25-15, 25-14 on Sept. 2.

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Lakewood. Bexley lost 25-9, 25-23, 25-13 on Sept.3.

Of note: The Vikings were 4-7 overall and 1-6 in the MSL-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*MSL-Ohio contest

TENNIS

Sept. 15 -- Match vs. Dublin Jerome postponed. No makeup date has been set.

Sept. 17 -- Match vs. Upper Arlington. No makeup date has been set.

*Sept. 18 -- Def. Fisher Catholic 5-0

Last Friday -- Def. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 4-1

*Last Tuesday -- Played Whitehall

*Last Wednesday -- Played Wellington

*Saturday -- At home MSL-Cardinal/Ohio tournament

Of note: The Vikings were 14-0 overall and 5-0 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio before last Tuesday.

*MSL-Cardinal/Ohio match

FIELD HOCKEY

Sept. 16 -- Def. Dublin Scioto 6-0

Sept. 18 -- Def. Dublin Coffman 5-2

Last Saturday -- Def. Toledo Ottawa Hills 3-2

Last Tuesday -- Played Upper Arlington

Today -- Home vs. Watterson

Saturday -- At Kettering Fairmont vs. Fairmont and Dayton Oakwood

Wednesday -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington

Of note: The Vikings were 6-1-1 before last Tuesday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished fourth (121) in Bengal Division of Tiger Invitational at Pickerington Central won by Westerville South (20). Michael Berger was ninth (18:38.53); Girls: Finished seventh (209) in Tiger Division behind champion Central Crossing (44). Nicole Humphrey was 15th (23:00).

Last Tuesday -- Competed against Worthington Christian

Saturday -- At Erin L. Nance Classic at London Country Club

Wednesday -- At Bexley