Amy Williams is counting on three sophomore scoring threats in her fourth season leading the Central Crossing High School girls soccer program.
Forwards Courtney Larkin and Kortney McGinnis and midfielder Olivia Terrell hope to give the Comets the offense needed to improve on their 6-10-1 overall record from a year ago.
"Courtney Larkin and Kortney McGinnis (were our leading scorers) last season," said Williams, whose team finished seventh (1-6) in the OCC-Central Division behind champion Dublin Coffman (6-0-1). "Olivia Terrell led our team last season (in) assists. They give us a killer offensive threat."
Larkin, McGinnis and Terrell are captains with senior midfielder Shannon Krumm. Senior Cari Allen will be at goalkeeper, with seniors Alex Lewis, Leyshka Soto and Dana White playing in front of her on defense. Senior Ally Johnson joins Krumm in the midfield.
Three freshmen are expected to make an impact in Karlee Cammarata (defender), Heidi Flores (midfielder) and Claire Fraley (forward/midfielder).
"Our senior starting goalkeeper, Cari Allen, has come on very strong," said Williams, whose team opened Aug. 19 against Lancaster. "Dana White, Leyshka Soto and Karlee Cammarata are very strong as a defensive unit and will help us out quite a bit in the back. The speed and endurance of Shannon Krumm and Ally Johnson will provide a strong outside midfield."
Rounding out the roster are junior Roza Momot (midfielder) and sophomores Julianna Carr (midfielder) and Caity Kidd (defender).
"My concern is our numbers because we only had 15 girls try out," Williams said. "We want to build a strong, lasting program and increase our numbers to have both j.v. and varsity squads. Since the unfortunate levy (failure that wiped out fall sports in 2009), we have struggled with numbers.
"However, the 15 girls we have are excellent soccer players, hardworking athletes and respectable young women. They are extremely motivated to get the job done and have a successful season."
The Comets open league play Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Olentangy Liberty.
Greyhounds looking to replace scoring punch
Grove City lost its top four scoring threats from last year, so the Greyhounds are looking to a seasoned defense to lead the way early this season.
Ashley Artrip (22 goals, 5 assists), Maddy Kruki (8 goals, 5 assists), Jen Draper (6 goals, 8 assists) and Kendra White (2 goals, 8 assists) were lost to graduation from a team that finished 14-4 overall and tied Pickerington Central for second (5-2) in the OCC-Ohio behind Pickerington North (7-0).
"Those four had more than 50 percent of our offensive output last year," said coach Josh Keller, who is in his sixth season. "We scored a lot of goals, but lost a lot to graduation. We have the players who can step up to do it, but they haven't had to do it in the past."
Junior forward Riley Bowyer (special mention all-league; 6 goals, 9 assists) and junior midfielder Tyler Ryan (7 goals, 4 assists) are the top scorers back along with senior midfielders Makenna Allmon (5 goals, 5 assists) and Amanda Baker (5 goals, 3 assists) and junior forward Natalie Cooper (5 goals, 3 assists). Senior Hannah Davis returns in the midfield.
The defense returns intact and is led by senior Megan Farr, a four-year starter who was special mention all-league last year. Also returning in the back are juniors Andrea Luchini and Jenna Taylor.
The defense also includes senior Lynsey Hartig and freshman Erin Hartig.
Junior Lindsay Jones, who was second-team all-league as a defender, has moved to the midfield. The Greyhounds also return junior goalie Xochitl Cajigal, who made 72 saves last season.
"Our strength is definitely our defense," Keller said. "We have the entire starting defense back and they have played together for two seasons. I expect the defense to be even better."
Rounding out the roster are sophomores Shayan Brown (goalie), Charis Friend (forward), Lauryn Grcic (midfielder), Anna Tyler (midfielder) and Alyssa Williams (defender) and freshmen Amy Pennington (midfielder) and Makenzie Swackhammer (midfielder) and Peyton Weber (goalie).
The Greyhounds opened by tying DeSales at 4 on Aug. 16. Bowyer scored twice, Baker and Friend both had one goal and Cajigal made five saves.
Grove City opens league play Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Reynoldsburg.
Aug. 19 -- at Lancaster
Aug. 21 -- vs. Centennial
*Aug. 26 -- at Olentangy Liberty
Aug. 28 -- vs. Whetstone
*Sept. 2 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson
Sept. 4 -- at Hartley
*Sept. 9 -- at Upper Arlington
Sept. 11 -- vs. Tree of Life
Sept. 13 -- vs. Wellington
*Sept. 16 -- at Dublin Coffman
*Sept. 23 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
Sept. 25 -- vs. Ready
*Sept. 30 -- at Marysville
Oct. 2 -- at Groveport
*Oct. 7 -- vs. Westland
Oct. 9 -- at Newark
Aug. 16 -- vs. DeSales
Aug. 19 -- at Marysville
Aug. 23 -- vs. Mount Vernon
*Aug. 26 -- at Reynoldsburg
Aug. 28 -- at Canal Winchester
Aug. 30 -- vs. Olentangy
*Sept. 2 -- vs. Groveport
Sept. 4 -- at Dublin Jerome
*Sept. 9 -- at Newark
Sept. 11 -- vs. New Albany
*Sept. 16 -- vs. Pickerington Central
Sept. 18 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson
*Sept. 23 -- at Gahanna
Sept. 25 -- vs. Westerville South
*Sept. 30 -- vs. Lancaster
*Oct. 7 -- at Pickerington North