With three starters out of the lineup nursing injuries, the Hilliard Darby High School girls soccer team has struggled, winning only three of its first nine games.

With three starters out of the lineup nursing injuries, the Hilliard Darby High School girls soccer team has struggled, winning only three of its first nine games.

Senior defender Carly Pries, who was honorable mention all-OCC-Central Division a year ago, is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL during a 6-0 loss to DeSales on Aug. 26 in the Panthers' second game.

Senior center midfielder Abby Kennedy, who was second-team all-league last year, hasn't returned to the lineup since suffering a concussion during a 3-0 loss to Jonathan Alder on Sept. 9.

And junior defender Tyler Kohli had missed four consecutive games before last Tuesday because of a severely sprained ankle.

Coach Amy Martin is hoping to get Kennedy and Kohli back in the lineup before the start of the Division I district tournament.

"Usually a soccer team might have one major injury at this point in the season, but it's unusual to have three starters hurt like this," Martin said. "Losing Abby has weakened our control of the midfield and our offensive punch. We've taken a big-time defensive hit, too, but we've managed to play good team defense, with Ashleigh Riddle and Kelsey Demjan leading us in the back."

Martin is hoping the Panthers will put together a winning streak during their next three games, when they play today at Marysville, Monday at home against Lexington and Tuesday at Westland.

Marysville beat Worthington Christian 3-1 last Saturday to improve to 6-4-1, Lexington tied Mansfield Senior at 1 on Sept. 23 to move to 4-4-3 and Westland lost to Johnstown 3-2 last Saturday to drop to 2-8.

Darby lost to Marysville 4-1 and lost to Lexington 1-0 last year, but beat Westland 6-0 in the teams' last meeting in 2008.

"Our goal is to come out .500 or better and we can still do it," Martin said. "The potential is there for us to win all three of these games, but there are no definite wins in there for us.

"The key is we need to put more pressure on defenses and score more goals. Audrey Wolfe has been our leading goal scorer and Chelsie Waldron is having a great season in the center of our midfield, but we need to do better offensively as a team."

•The Davidson girls team nipped Pickerington North 1-0 on Sept. 23, avenging a 3-1 loss to the Panthers a year ago.

Paige Weber scored on a penalty kick in the second half and Susan Anderson had 14 saves to preserve the shutout.

"We've beaten some good teams this season, but that was one of our biggest wins, for sure," coach Joe Divida said. "Pickerington North is one of the best teams in our area. We're starting to play as a group instead of watching individuals do the work."

The Wildcats play host to Upper Arlington on Tuesday in a key OCC-Central game.

The Golden Bears defeated Rocky River Magnificat 3-1 last Saturday to improve to 9-0-1 and were 4-0 in the OCC-Central before playing Westland last Tuesday. They beat Davidson 3-0 a year ago.

Weber was Davidson's top goal scorer through 12 games with 10, followed by Ashley Blake with nine and Lauren Bates and Courtney Hall with six apiece.

But Divida said his starting three defenders, Monica Lince, Kelly Grinter and Ashley Weethee, along with defensive midfielder Kaitlyn Reynolds, will need to play exceptionally well if his squad is to beat UA.

"Upper Arlington has a lot of talent, and we'll need to play up-tempo and high pressure," Divida said. "Our team defense has been outstanding, allowing us to win every game we've scored in, and we'll need to keep that up because we're going to face some talented athletes."

•The Bradley boys team beat defending Division II state champion DeSales 3-2 on Sept. 23 to extend its winning streak to four.

Brandon Thompson, Sam Darling and Alex Ken scored and Matt Parthun had three saves.

"Our boys are finding ways to win these tight games against good teams," coach Tony Earp said. "Our defense wasn't very happy about giving up two goals, but this was only the second time we've scored more than two goals in a game this season. The boys are starting to believe they can play with and beat the best teams in our area."

The Jaguars play host to Olentangy Orange on Tuesday in a crucial OCC-Capital game.

Orange beat Huber Heights Wayne 2-1 last Saturday to improve to 7-2 overall and was 4-0 in the OCC-Capital before playing Franklin Heights last Tuesday. The Pioneers beat Bradley 7-0 last year.

"Orange beat us badly last year and they're still a very strong team," Earp said. "We've got to focus on playing excellent defense. All of our starters are playing great, and Alex Ken and Sam Rasmussen are coming off the bench and playing very well, too."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson boys and girls soccer teams:

BRADLEY BOYS

*Sept. 21 - Defeated Mount Vernon 2-0

Sept. 23 - Def. DeSales 3-2

*Last Tuesday - Played Delaware

Today - Home vs. Westerville Central

Saturday - At Marysville

*Tuesday - Home vs. Olentangy Orange

Of note: The Jaguars were 7-1-1 overall and 4-0 in OCC-Capital before last Tuesday.

BRADLEY GIRLS

*Sept. 21 - Def. Mount Vernon 6-0

Last Saturday - Def. Olentangy 1-0

*Last Tuesday - Played Delaware

*Tuesday - At Olentangy Orange

Of note: The Jaguars were 6-4-1 overall and 3-1 in OCC-Capital before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Capital game

DARBY BOYS

*Sept. 21 - Tied Dublin Coffman at 3

Sept. 23 - Lost to Pickerington North 2-1

Last Saturday - Def. Granville 4-2

*Last Tuesday - Played Thomas Worthington

Today - Home vs. Lexington

*Tuesday - Home vs. Westland

Of note: The Panthers were 7-2-2 overall and 3-0-1 in OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

DARBY GIRLS

*Sept. 21 - Lost to Dublin Coffman 5-1

*Last Tuesday - Played Thomas Worthington

Today - At Marysville

Monday - Home vs. Lexington

*Tuesday - At Westland

Of note: The Panthers were 3-6 overall and 1-3 in OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central game

DAVIDSON BOYS

*Sept. 21 - Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 3-0

Last Saturday - Def. Bexley 2-0

*Last Tuesday - Played Dublin Coffman

Today - Home vs. Dublin Jerome

*Tuesday - At Upper Arlington

Of note: The Wildcats were 6-3-1 overall and 2-2 in OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

DAVIDSON GIRLS

*Sept. 21 - Def. Worthington Kilbourne 5-0

Sept. 23 - Def. Pickerington North 1-0

*Last Tuesday - Played Dublin Coffman

Today - At Olentangy Liberty

*Tuesday - Home vs. Upper Arlington

Of note: The Wildcats were 9-2-1 overall and 4-0 in OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central game