The Hilliard Bradley High School girls soccer team didn't lose any key members after finishing 9-8-1 overall during its inaugural season a year ago.

The Hilliard Bradley High School girls soccer team didn't lose any key members after finishing 9-8-1 overall during its inaugural season a year ago.

Therefore, second-year coach Dan Hoover doesn't see any reason why the Jaguars shouldn't do even better.

"Even though we're a second-year program, we aren't going to use that as an excuse," Hoover said.

"I think we have the talent level to compete and succeed in every game. Getting the girls to mesh is the key, because the talent level is there."

Bradley's returning starters are seniors Mackenzie Gill (forward) and D.J. Meister (midfielder), juniors Caitlyn Cote (midfielder), Casey Gross (midfielder), Katie Lindsey (forward/midfielder) and Morgan Tucker (midfielder), and sophomores Lauren Bailey (defender) and Amanda Fodor (defender).

Last season, Gill scored 24 goals and was named first-team all-district and all-OCC-Capital Division.

Rounding out the roster are seniors Colleen O'Shea (goalkeeper) and Korey Sorenson (defender), juniors Erin Banaag (forward/midfielder), Mia Cherwien (defender/midfielder), Kaitlyn Hall (midfielder) and Alicia Wolfe (defender/midfielder), sophomore Taylor Gray (midfielder) and freshmen Jenna Fodor (midfielder), Shelby Haworth (goalie), Faith Payton (midfielder/defender) and Emily Wright (defender).

"Our numbers have almost doubled from 24 girls last year to 44 this year, and that's creating depth and a healthy competition within our team," Hoover said.

"Our returning players have a better maturity level and we have a good crop of incoming freshmen."

Last year, Bradley placed fourth in the OCC-Capital at 3-3, behind New Albany (5-0-1), Olentangy Orange (5-1) and Big Walnut (4-2) and ahead of Delaware (1-4-1), Watkins Memorial (1-5) and Mount Vernon (0-4-2).

The Jaguars beat Whetstone 2-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament before losing to DeSales 5-0 in the second round.

"I believe we can be competitive with any team in the OCC," Hoover said. "We're looking forward to playing New Albany, because they won our conference last year and they're one of the teams to beat again."

•The boys team returns 16 letterwinners in seniors Troy Fleischman (defender), Daniel Ordonez (forward), Herman Paniagua (midfielder), Brandon Thompson (forward) and Kyle Wright (defender), juniors A.G. Basiakos (defender), Spencer Gates (midfielder), Alex Ken (forward), Ray Olavarria (forward), Matt Parthun (goalie), Sam Rasmussen (midfielder), Ivan Rodriguez (defender), Tanner Sheffield (defender) and Craig Shimer (midfielder) and sophomores Ben Fitzpatrick (midfielder) and Joe Krochmal (goalie).

Last year, Paniagua was first-team all-district and Olavarria was second-team all-district.

Filling out the roster are seniors Kevin McGinnis (forward) and Andy Van (defender) and juniors Mohamed Abdullahi (midfielder) and Sam Darling (forward).

"We all know each other better now and we're more cohesive, and I think it's going to show on the field," second-year coach Tony Earp said. "This is our first group of seniors and having seniors is making a big difference."

Last year, Bradley finished 5-9-3 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Capital to tie New Albany for sixth, behind Orange (5-0-1), Mount Vernon (5-1), Big Walnut (4-1-1), Watkins Memorial (2-3-1) and Delaware (1-4-1).

The Jaguars lost their first tournament contest, falling to Granville 3-0 in the Division II district tournament.

"We were a little weaker on defense than we wanted to be last year, so our primary goal is to secure the back and give up fewer goals," Earp said. "If we can play better defense and do a better job of capitalizing on our shots, we should win more games."


Schedules

BOYS SOCCER

Aug. 24 - vs. Worthington Christian *Aug. 31 - at New Albany Sept. 2 - at Pickerington North *Sept. 7 - vs. Franklin Heights Sept. 9 - at Olentangy *Sept. 14 - vs. Big Walnut Sept. 18 - at Lexington *Sept. 21 - at Mount Vernon Sept. 23 - vs. DeSales *Sept. 28 - at Delaware Sept. 30 - vs. Westerville Central Oct. 2 - at Marysville *Oct. 5 - vs. Olentangy Orange Oct. 7 - vs. Hilliard Darby *Oct. 12 - at Watkins Memorial Oct. 14 - at Hilliard Davidson

*OCC-Capital game

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 26 - vs. Watterson Aug. 28 - at Dayton Carroll *Aug. 31 - vs. New Albany Sept. 2 - at Jonathan Alder *Sept. 7 - at Franklin Heights Sept. 11 - vs. Lexington *Sept. 14 - at Big Walnut Sept. 16 - vs. Gahanna Sept. 18 - at Hilliard Darby *Sept. 21 - vs. Mount Vernon Sept. 25 - vs. Olentangy *Sept. 28 - vs. Delaware *Oct. 5 - at Olentangy Orange Oct. 7 - at Westerville North *Oct. 12 - vs. Watkins Memorial Oct. 16 - vs. DeSales

*OCC-Capital game