Grove City girls having historic season
History is in the making for the Grove City High School girls soccer team.
The Greyhounds won their first 10 games, setting a program record, before losing to Gahanna 3-1 in an OCC-Ohio Division game Sept. 24.
Grove City's program began in 1982. Its previous record for consecutive wins to start a season was set in 1983, when it won its first six games before losing to Worthington 3-0. The only other time the Greyhounds have started 10-1 was 1984. That season, they won their first three games before losing to Worthington 2-0.
"We came out flat, but you have to tip your hat to Gahanna. They came out and beat us," said coach Josh Keller, whose team was 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Lancaster on Oct. 1. "They stopped our offense, they beat us to 50-50 balls. ... They deserved to win."
Entering the week, Pickerington North led the OCC-Ohio at 5-0, followed by Gahanna (4-0-1), Grove City, Pickerington Central (3-2), Reynoldsburg (1-3-1), Lancaster and Newark (both 1-4) and Groveport (0-5).
"At this point in the season, you can't take anything for granted," senior forward Maddie Kruki said. "As soon as you stop, someone will take advantage of that. You can never stop."
Gahanna played North on Oct. 1 and closes its league schedule Tuesday, Oct. 8, against Central. The Greyhounds will play host to North on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in what they hope will be a chance to earn at least a share of the league title.
Senior forward Ashley Artrip scored against Gahanna and sophomore goalkeeper Xochitl Cajigal had four saves.
"That (Gahanna) loss humbled us and now we realize we can't take anything for granted," Artrip said. "We have to take each practice and each game day by day. We need to work hard that day to get better and not look ahead."
Artrip also scored and Cajigal had 10 saves in a 1-0 win over Hilliard Davidson on Sept. 19. On Sept. 17, Artrip had two goals, senior midfielder Kendra White and sophomore forward Natalie Cooper each scored one and Cajigal had 10 saves in a 4-2 win over Pickerington Central.
"This is my first year playing (varsity) after playing club for my first three years (in high school)," senior midfielder Jen Draper said. "I wanted to experience high school soccer and it's been great."
The Division I district tournament draw will be held Sunday, Oct. 6. The Greyhounds reached a district semifinal the past two seasons.
"We have a chance to take this further than any (Grove City) team has gone before," White said. "It's great to get there (to a district semifinal), but we want more."
Greyhounds boys remain in title hunt
The Grove City boys team was 8-5 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Lancaster on Oct. 1.
The Greyhounds lost to Gahanna 2-0 in a league game Sept. 24. Senior goalie Alex Farkas had seven saves.
Entering the week, Gahanna led the league at 5-0, followed by Pickerington North (4-0-1), Grove City (4-1), Lancaster (3-2), Pickerington Central (1-3-1), Reynoldsburg (1-4) and Newark and Groveport (both 0-4-1).
Comets boys team looking for more wins
The Central Crossing boys team was 2-10 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Central before playing Marysville on Oct. 1.
The Comets lost to Thomas Worthington 5-1 in a league contest Sept. 24. Junior midfielder Jacob Philebaum scored and senior goalie Kiel Newton had 16 saves.
Comets girls team struggling to score
The Central Crossing girls team was 3-8 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Central after losing to Marysville 11-0 on Sept. 30.
The Comets entered the contest having been shut out in their previous three games: losses to Dublin Coffman (10-0 on Sept. 17), Thomas (9-0 on Sept. 24) and Delaware (4-0 on Sept. 26).
Before that stretch, Central Crossing defeated Wellington 4-2 on Sept. 12, as freshman forward Kortney McGinnis had three goals, freshman forward Courtney Larkin scored one and sophomore goalie Laura Rodriguez had 12 saves.