Coach Amy Williams had an idea of what her Central Crossing High School girls soccer team could expect from the Division I district tournament draw Oct. 7.
She knew her team likely would get a formidable opponent in its postseason opener, and the Comets drew a matchup against top-seeded Dublin Coffman.
"It's about what I expected since we only won three games (entering the draw)," said Williams, whose team was 3-11 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Westland on Oct. 9. "When we had our selection, there wasn't a lot to choose from."
The Comets were the 31st seed of 37 teams.
"We played (the Shamrocks) before," Williams said of an 11-0 loss to Coffman on Sept. 18 in OCC-Central play. "They were one of the few teams left that we were familiar with."
Last season, the Comets had a first-round bye in the Division I district tournament and lost to Grove City 6-1 in the second round.
Williams said her team has continued to improve throughout the season and has been working on its newly implemented flatback-4 defensive alignment.
"It has taken some time, but we keep getting better," she said. "They have kept working hard and have been improving every day."
Grove City girls receive 12th seed
The Grove City girls team was seeded 12th and plays Oct. 18 at home against Reynoldsburg or Hilliard Darby in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
The winner advances to play Oct. 23 in a district semifinal at third-seeded Dublin Jerome or at home against Northland.
"Reynoldsburg came right at us, and (the Raiders) should have (after playing to a scoreless tie on Aug. 28)," said coach Josh Keller, whose team was 8-2-4 overall and 5-0-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Pickerington North on Oct. 9. "We have Jerome in the second game, but after the first round, all of the games are tough. There are never any easy teams after your opener."
The Greyhounds still were in the hunt for an OCC-Ohio title before their league finale with Pickerington North, which led the league at 6-0.
"We have a big week with North and (Hilliard) Davidson on (Saturday, Oct. 13)," Keller said. "North was for the league title and is seeded second in the district. Davidson is the fourth seed. We'll have some tough competition going into the postseason."
Last season, the Greyhounds lost to Coffman 3-0 in a district semifinal.
Grove City boys open with Westland
The Grove City boys team opens Division I district tournament play Wednesday, Oct. 17, at home against Westland. The winner plays in the second round Oct. 20 at 12th-seeded Westerville South.
Grove City and Westland played to a scoreless tie Sept. 6.
"I like having a (South-Western City Schools) matchup with Westland," said coach Jamie Dato, whose team was 5-4-5 overall and 3-1-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Pickerington North on Oct. 9. "That should be fun."
The Greyhounds have five ties, mainly because of their low offensive production. That wasn't totally unexpected, as the team entered the season with an inexperienced front line.
"We only gave up more than two goals twice all season," said Dato, referring to losses to Bexley (4-2 on Aug. 23) and Darby (5-1 on Sept. 22). "But we only have scored more than three goals once (in a 4-0 win over Reynoldsburg on Aug. 28). We have to work on our goal-scoring."
Grove City had scored 23 goals and had surrendered 22 through 14 games.
Last season, the Greyhounds lost to Olentangy 2-1 in the opening round of the district tournament.
Central Crossing boys to play Coffman
The Central Crossing boys team has a first-round bye in the Division I district tournament then plays a second-round game Oct. 20 at fourth-seeded Coffman.
The Comets selected 39th of 41 teams in the district.
The Shamrocks, who also have a first-round bye, defeated Central Crossing 8-1 on Sept. 18.
The winner plays in a district semifinal Oct. 24 against ninth-seeded St. Charles, Briggs or Jerome.
"We lost some games that we really should have won, and that had an impact on our seed," said coach Chas McCutcheon, whose team was 2-10-2 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Central before playing Westland on Oct. 9. "We could have either played (Olentangy) Orange, Gahanna or Franklin Heights, and we thought ... Coffman was the best for us."
Last season, the Comets lost to Davidson 4-0 in the opening round of the district tournament.