Andrew Diemer called for his teammates to begin postgame stretching after the Central Crossing High School boys soccer team tied visiting Ready at 1 on Aug. 25.

Andrew Diemer called for his teammates to begin postgame stretching after the Central Crossing High School boys soccer team tied visiting Ready at 1 on Aug. 25.

The junior captain then yelled a little louder, making sure his teammates got over to the open field east of the Comets' soccer facility and started to stretch.

"Postgame stretches are important because we want to make sure we get loose so we won't be sore the next day," he said.

Diemer is familiar with soreness after breaking his left leg in June during a game of pickup basketball at ROTC camp. The injury forced him to miss the preseason and the opening 3-2 victory over Groveport on Aug. 22.

"I was playing basketball at ROTC summer camp (June 14) when I broke my lower left leg after coming down on a guy's leg," Diemer said. "I was there for a whole week wearing only an (elastic) bandage and thought I just had a sprained ankle. I later found out it was broken."

Cleared to practice Aug. 24, Diemer was eager to return to action. "My first actual practice (against teammates) was (Aug. 24), but I had some touches with the ball last week," he said. "It was great to get back out there. It seemed like forever."

Coach Chas McCutcheon said Diemer added much to his team's play. "Andrew has a level of energy like no one else," McCutcheon said. "As soon as he steps on the field, he changes the team's intensity."

Diemer didn't have the chance to play at Groveport, and it bothered him while on the sideline.

"I didn't like it much," Diemer said of watching the opener. "I would rather have been out there helping instead of telling them what they needed to do from the sideline."

Senior Osman Harir, junior Mohamed Mohamed and sophomore Fabio Valenzi all scored against Groveport and goalkeeper Mack Bostard had four saves.

"Our defense needs to talk more and we need to become more of a family," Diemer said. "We have to get to know one another and you do that by talking to everyone at practice and make sure you do drills with different people. You have to make sure to talk to your teammates to know what they will do on the field."

Against Ready, the Comets trailed 1-0 at halftime, but Mohamed scored with 27 minutes remaining on an assist from Diemer.

"(The team is) still trying to figure things out," McCutcheon said. "Evan Fogle, a junior captain, is still sitting out with a red card from last year and Andrew is back for the first time after breaking his leg.

"We won at Groveport and tied Ready, so it's the first time that we have ever been without a loss after two games since the program began in fall 2002."

The Comets played Dublin Coffman on Aug. 30 to open OCC-Central Division play. They play Hilliard Darby at home on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Last season, the Comets went 0-6-1 in the league to tie Westland for seventh, behind Thomas Worthington (7-0), Darby (4-1-2), Worthington Kilbourne (4-3), Coffman (3-2-2), Upper Arlington (3-3-1) and Hilliard Davidson (2-2-3).

Diemer said it is his role as captain to make sure the team is ready to play. "As a captain, I need to lead the team, but not like I'm better than anyone else," he said. "I just want to help so we can be the best team out there when we take the field."