Three days after beating Logan 4-3 in the second round of the Division I district tournament on Oct. 20, the Grove City High School boys soccer team had its season end.

Three days after beating Logan 4-3 in the second round of the Division I district tournament on Oct. 20, the Grove City High School boys soccer team had its season end.

The Greyhounds lost to Upper Arlington 5-1 last Saturday to finish 6-9-2 overall.

Grove City was a young team in its return from a one-year hiatus, but the program didn't struggle with numbers. Coach Jamie Dato kept 38 players in the program and most are expected back. The Greyhounds lose just four seniors in Byron Davis, David Gordon, Eli Monhemius and Andrew Noltemeyer.

"Having to play so many young players hurt us at times, but it should pay off next season and the following season as guys have gained 18 games of varsity experience," Dato said. "These players now also know my expectations and what it takes to be successful at this level.

Expected to lead the offensive unit next season are juniors Sam Coachman and Zach Brenner. The defense should return largely intact with juniors Kyle Coffey and Rick Heery and sophomore Nick Criss.

Also expected back are juniors Alec Hutchison, Garrey Salyer and Joey Swavely, sophomores Zach Crossen, Joey Scarberry and Brighton Wise and freshman Josh Townley.

Grove City tied Lancaster for sixth in the OCC-Ohio Division at 2-4-1, behind Gahanna (7-0), Pickerington North (5-1-1), Reynoldsburg (3-1-3), Groveport (3-4) and Pickerington Central (2-3-2) and ahead of Newark (0-7).

•The Grove City girls team beat Olentangy 5-2 in the first round of the district tournament on Oct. 19 before having its season end with a 2-1 loss to Watterson in the second round on Oct. 21.

The Greyhounds finished 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Ohio to place fourth, behind Pickerington North (7-0), Gahanna (6-1) and Pickerington Central (5-2) and ahead of Lancaster (3-4), Newark (2-5), Groveport (1-6) and Reynoldsburg (0-7).

After a year off, they made a strong comeback behind an experienced defense.

To remain strong next season, the Greyhounds' defense has to replace three starters in seniors Brittany Presley, Alyssa Sammeth and Kayleigh Sullivan. The Greyhounds also lose seniors Lailah Barwari, Makenzie Best, Catie Cahill, Katelyn Hampp, Katie Saha and Allison Timmons.

"Those seniors stuck with this program when they could have gone somewhere else to play," coach Joshua Keller said. "They stayed here and helped our younger players and helped us keep building the program."

Expected back are juniors Stacia Green, Allison Miller, Nicole Sprow and Danielle Terry, sophomores Taylor Bayes, Breleigh Bias, Paige Linville and Lexi Paas and freshman Madison Kruki.

Terry is expected to anchor next year's defense and Sprow is expected to return for her third season as the starting goalkeeper. The Greyhounds also are expected to be more experienced in their attacking positions, led by Green. Kruki is expected to be a top player in the midfield.

•The Central Crossing boys team lost to Whetstone 3-0 in the first round of the district tournament on Oct. 19.

The Comets finished 3-11-3 overall and went 0-6-1 in the OCC-Central to tie Westland for seventh, behind Thomas Worthington (7-0), Hilliard Darby (4-1-2), Worthington Kilbourne (4-3), Dublin Coffman (3-2-2), Upper Arlington (3-3-1) and Hilliard Davidson (2-2-3).

Central Crossing showed improvement as the season progressed, as games that were double-digit losses two years ago were close until the end. However, a lack of experience playing together may have played a factor in some of the losses.

"We were in a lot of games that no one expected us being close in," coach Chas McCutcheon said. "I don't think our record justifies any of the things we did this season."

The Comets lose seniors Michael Bauman, Luke Carmichael, Geoffrey Doherty, Eric Fogle, Ahmed Haji, Matthew McKenzie and Isaac Sakyi, all of whom played as sophomores. The other seniors were Asad Shirdon, Enrique Silva-Revilla and Jose Zuluaga.

Junior goalkeeper Mack Bostard is expected to lead the team next year. Also expected to return are Abdi Ahmed, Bilaal Ahmed, Mario Alvarado, Sean Fahy, Fuad Haji and Osman Harir.

•The Central Crossing girls team lost to Olentangy Orange 9-0 in the first round of the district tournament on Oct. 19.

The Comets finished 0-17 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Central to place eighth, behind Davidson (6-0-1), Coffman (5-0-2), Upper Arlington (5-1-1), Thomas (3-3-1), Kilbourne ( 3-3-1), Darby (2-5) and Westland (1-6).

The season became a rebuilding year early on for the Comets, who had a large percentage of sophomores and freshmen that were first-year varsity players.

"We definitely improved throughout the season," coach Alan Green said. "We had games towards the end where we were doing well against teams."

Central Crossing loses two seniors in Lena Beckwith and Mikala Shimmel.

The Comets had just two players in juniors Marissa Cajigal and Regan Townsend who were in the program two years ago. Those two are expected to be the cornerstones of next year's team, along with freshman forward Haleigh Cook.

Also expected back are juniors Kendyl Green and Regina Lynn, sophomores Halle Holcomb, Megan Johnson, Alina Khadzhayev, Kaley Lents, Skyler Lucas, Taylor McConnell, Lillie Plebansanski and Alina Yakhnitskaya and freshmen Renee Beal, Natalie Bolanos-Cruz, Anna Brandon, Olivia Downing, Abra Eggleton, Autumn Jones and Alexis Sam.

At a glance

CENTRAL CROSSING BOYS

•Record: 3-11-3 overall, 0-6-1 (tied for seventh) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Michael Bauman, Luke Carmichael, Geoffrey Doherty, Eric Fogle, Ahmed Haji, Matthew McKenzie, Isaac Sakyi, Asad Shirdon, Enrique Silva-Revilla and Jose Zuluaga

•Key returnees: Mack Bostard and Fuad Haji

CENTRAL CROSSING GIRLS

•Record: 0-17 overall, 0-7 (eighth) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Lena Beckwith and Mikala Shimmel

•Key returnees: Marissa Cajigal, Haleigh Cook and Regan Townsend

GROVE CITY BOYS

•Record: 6-9-2 overall, 2-4-1 (tied for sixth) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Byron Davis, David Gordon, Eli Monhemius and Andrew Noltemeyer

•Key returnees: Zach Brenner, Sam Coachman, Kyle Coffey, Zach Crossen and Ricky Heery

GROVE CITY GIRLS

•Record: 11-7 overall, 4-3 (fourth) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Lailah Barwari, Makenzie Best, Catie Cahill, Katelyn Hampp, Brittany Presley, Katie Saha, Alyssa Sammeth, Kayleigh Sullivan and Allison Timmons

•Key returnees: Stacia Green, Nicole Sprow and Danielle Terry