Inside the Hilliard Davidson High School boys soccer team's locker room and outside of its home stadium, there are banners acknowledging the Division I state championship the Wildcats captured in 2007.

Inside the Hilliard Davidson High School boys soccer team's locker room and outside of its home stadium, there are banners acknowledging the Division I state championship the Wildcats captured in 2007.

Eighth-year coach Terry Smith said those banners are a daily reminder of the program's lofty standards.

The Wildcats finished 15-3-2 last year after losing to eventual state champion Gahanna 2-1 in a regional semifinal.

"Winning the state title has carried over into what we expect out of ourselves, even a couple of years later," Smith said. "The kids see those championship banners every day and understand that we have the highest of standards. Once you get to the point where you win a state title, anything less is a disappointment."

Davidson is led by two three-year letterwinners in seniors J.D. Detmer (midfielder) and Tyler Schoener (midfielder) and three two-year letterwinners in seniors Derek Cox (midfielder), Connor St. Clair (defender) and Corey Yant (midfielder).

Last year, Detmer was first-team all-OCC-Central Division and Schoener was honorable mention all-league.

Rounding out the roster are seniors Jacob Costin (goalkeeper), Sam Coughlin (midfielder), Derek Hesser (forward), Jacob Hobbs (forward), David Kennedy (defender), Brendan Page (midfielder) and Chris Tate (defender), juniors Bobby Backcock (midfielder), Matt Exterovich (defender), Ethan Heisler (defender), Chris Martin (midfielder), Austin Von Ville (midfielder) and Eric Wilson (midfielder), sophomores Alex Bumpus (midfielder) and Kyle Martin (midfielder) and freshmen Philip Ferguson (goalkeeper) and Noah Hutchins (forward).

Bumpus was special mention all-league last year.

In the OCC-Central last year, Davidson finished second at 3-1-1, behind Upper Arlington (3-0-2) and ahead of Dublin Coffman (2-1-2), Thomas Worthington (1-2-2), Worthington Kilbourne (1-2-2) and Hilliard Darby (0-4-1).

The Wildcats also went on to beat Dublin Scioto 1-0 in a district final (4-3 in a shootout) before losing to top-seeded Gahanna.

"Our players are hungry and excited for the opportunity to win championships," Smith said. "Our division of the OCC is one of the toughest conferences in the state. Our first goals are to win OCC and district titles to put ourselves in a position to try to win state again."

•The girls team finished 8-7-2 last year.

Davidson is led by a trio of third-year starters in seniors Katie Holland (defender/forward), Kaitlyn Reynolds (midfielder) and Paige Weber (forward/midfielder).

Holland scored a team-high eight goals last year. Weber scored a total of 29 goals during her freshman and sophomore seasons before sitting out her junior season for personal reasons.

Other returnees who started multiple games last year are juniors Susan Anderson (goalkeeper), Courtney Hall (forward), Monica Lince (defender/midfielder) and Kelly Grinter (defender), and sophomore Lauren Bates (midfielder).

Bates was first-team all-district and all-league last year.

Also on the team are seniors Kendra VanHorn (forward), Stephanie Varn (defender/forward) and Ashley Weethee (forward), junior Courtney Hall (forward), sophomore Katelyn Kravitz (defender/forward) and freshmen Rachel Baum (defender/forward), Ashley Blake (forward), Lea Edler (midfielder) and Jamie Schick (defender).

"This team has a better soccer I.Q. as far as knowing what it needs to accomplish in games," ninth-year coach Joe Divida said. "They better understand what they're trying to do tactically. They're more detail-oriented and they're more apt to change things in games."

The Wildcats went 2-2-1 in the OCC-Central last year to finish third, behind Upper Arlington (5-0) and Coffman (3-1-1) and ahead of Kilbourne (1-2-2), Thomas (1-2-2) and Darby (0-5).

Davidson, seeded 10th, then was upset by Darby 1-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament, snapping a string of four consecutive trips to a district final.

"Our conference is the strongest in central Ohio, but we have more experienced players this year, so our first goal is to win the OCC," Divida said.


Schedules

BOYS

Aug. 26 - vs. Sidney Aug. 28 - at Bellbrook *Aug. 31 - vs. Westland Sept. 2 - at Worthington Christian Sept. 4 - vs. Marysville *Sept. 7 - at Thomas Worthing-ton *Sept. 14 - at Central Crossing Sept. 16 - at DeSales *Sept. 21 - vs. Worthington Kilbourne Sept. 25 - vs. Bexley *Sept. 28 - at Dublin Coffman Sept. 30 - vs. Dublin Jerome *Oct. 5 - at Upper Arlington *Oct. 12 - vs. Hilliard Darby Oct. 14 - vs. Hilliard Bradley Oct. 16 - at Westerville South

GIRLS

Aug. 24 - at Westerville Central Aug. 28 - at Beavercreek *Aug. 31 - at Westland Sept. 2 - at DeSales Sept. 4 - vs. Lexington *Sept. 7 - vs. Thomas Worthington Sept. 9 - at Westerville North Sept. 11 - vs. Gahanna *Sept. 14 - vs. Central Crossing Sept. 18 - vs. Xenia *Sept. 21 - at Worthington Kilbourne Sept. 23 - vs. Pickerington North *Sept. 28 - vs. Dublin Coffman Sept. 30 - at Olentangy Liberty *Oct. 5 - vs. Upper Arlington *Oct. 12 - at Hilliard Darby

*OCC-Central game