Familiarity has paid early dividends for the Grove City High School boys soccer team.
Thanks in part to their team play and the leadership of their 12 seniors, the Greyhounds were 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division after defeating Newark 7-1 on Sept. 9.
"We're playing unselfishly and we know each other," said senior midfielder Tyler Dunn, who had nine goals and six assists through six games. "Most of us have played together since we were 8 years old in travel soccer. We know our roles and we know that's the key to our success."
Junior midfielder Kevin Hull scored for the Greyhounds in a 2-1 loss to Dublin Scioto on Sept. 5. Senior goalkeeper Alex Farkas had 10 saves.
On Sept. 3, Dunn had three goals and Hull scored two in an 11-0 league win over Groveport. Senior midfielder Chandler Heery, senior defender Scottie Luchini, senior forward Brendan Mountain, senior midfielder Brendan Sullivan, junior midfielder Luke Yosick and freshman midfielder Jonah Monhemius all had one goal. Farkas had seven saves.
"The forwards have been feeding off of Tyler," coach Jamie Dato said. "We are getting the ball to the forwards better than last year and we're getting a lot of offensive opportunities."
The Greyhounds had 32 goals through seven games after only scoring 26 in 18 games last season.
On Aug. 29, they defeated Central Crossing 7-0. Dunn and Monhemius both scored twice, and Hull, Mountain and Sullivan all scored once. Farkas had four saves.
"The defense as a whole has been playing well," Dato said. "We have allowed (four) goals (in six games) and when the ball does get past the defense Alex Farkas is doing great in goal."
Grove City girls win first six games
The Grove City girls team was 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Newark on Sept. 10.
The Greyhounds defeated Groveport 10-0 on Sept. 3 in a league contest as senior forwards Ashley Artrip and Maddie Kruki and sophomore midfielder Tyler Ryan all had two goals. Senior midfielder Jen Draper, senior midfielder Grace Monhemius, junior midfielder Makenna Allmon and sophomore forward Natalie Cooper all scored once. Sophomore goalie Xochitl Cajigal had three saves and senior goalie Abby Swearingen had one save.
Senior midfielder Kendra White, junior forward Amanda Baker and Draper scored in a 3-1 win over Canal Winchester on Aug. 29.
Artrip scored three goals in a 5-1 victory over Reynoldsburg on Aug. 27 in the league opener. Basker and Kruki also scored, and Cajigal recorded seven saves and Swearingen added four.
Central Crossing girls win two in a row
The Central Crossing girls team had won two consecutive games and was 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central before playing Upper Arlington on Sept. 10.
The Comets defeated Tree of Life 3-2 on Sept. 7 as freshman forward Courtney Larkin scored all three goals. Freshman forward Kortney McGinnis had two assists and sophomore goalie Laura Rodriguez had five saves.
McGinnis scored four goals as the Comets won their first game by defeating Centennial 5-2 on Sept. 5. Freshman midfielder Olivia Terrell also scored, while senior defender Olivia Downing, freshman midfielder Julianna Carr and Larkin all had one assist and Rodriguez had six saves.
Central Crossing lost to Hilliard Davidson 13-0 in a league game Sept. 5. Rodriguez had nine saves.
Central Crossing boys looking for first win
The Central Crossing boys team was 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central before playing UA on Sept. 10.
The Comets fell to Davidson 2-0 on Sept. 3 in a league game after they lost their league opener to Olentangy Liberty 9-1 on Aug. 27. Junior midfielder Najib Nur scored and senior goalie Kiel Newton had 11 saves.
On Aug. 29, Newton had 15 saves in a 7-0 loss to Grove City.