Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer coach Pat Billman wants to see his team finish stronger.

Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer coach Pat Billman wants to see his team finish stronger.

The Jaguars endured their first loss Sept. 21, falling to host DeSales 2-1, and were 5-1-6 overall and 2-0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Westerville North on Sept. 24.

Two days before losing to DeSales, Bradley played visiting Davidson to a 1-all tie. The contest marked the fourth time this season in which the Jaguars held a 1-0 lead, only to have to settle for a draw.

"We were brilliant in the first half and then came out flat against Davidson in the second half, so we need to be more consistent," Billman said. "We should have won our games against Westerville Central (2-all tie on Sept. 10), Worthington Kilbourne (1-all tie on Aug. 20) and Olentangy (scoreless tie on Aug. 22). We just need to find a way to finish one more scoring chance or make one more defensive stop in these kind of games.

"We've had so many ties that our kids are starting to ask what the season record for most ties is, but I don't want to find out because I want to start winning more games."

During a recent three-game stretch, Bradley played Beavercreek to a scoreless tie on Sept. 12, beat Canal Winchester 1-0 in a league game Sept. 17 and tied Davidson.

At the time of those matchups, Beavercreek was 7-0-1 and ranked first in the Division I state poll, Canal Winchester was 5-0-3 and leading the OCC-Cardinal at 2-0-1 and Davidson was 8-1.

"This is another game where our kids stepped up big against a good team," Billman said, referring to the contest against Davidson. "We've played good competition all season ... so I'd say our season is going real well, especially after going 3-10-4 last year. We beat both Dublin Jerome (8-2 in a league game Aug. 28) and Dublin Coffman (2-1 on Aug. 29) and those were the biggest highlights of the year so far, along with shutting out Beavercreek."

With defenders Isiah Harris, Alex Helderman, Nick Valdes and Seth Westendorf and goalkeeper Jorge Morales leading the way, Bradley had allowed 12 goals and had posted four shutouts through 12 games.

"Our defenders are playing on their heads right now," Billman said. "Shutting out Beavercreek was big because they were the No. 1 team in the state and had scored a lot of goals before playing us."

Midfielder Robert Castillo had a team-high eight goals through 11 games. Midfielder Tyler Dillow scored against Davidson and had the winning goal against Canal Winchester.

"We deserve more wins than we have, but we can still win our league title if we win out, and that's a good position to be in," Billman said. "... We can't have any more ties in (league) games."

Davidson boys clinchshare of Hilliard Cup

The Davidson boys team clinched at least a share of the Hilliard Cup with the tie against Bradley and a 1-0 win over Darby on Sept. 5.

Bradley also can earn a share of the title and community bragging rights with a win over Darby on Oct. 8. The Wildcats would win the trophy outright if the Jaguars lose to or tie the Panthers.

Coach Michael Mundey likes what he has seen from his team, particularly given that the Wildcats lost three starters to injury during a 3-0 victory over Pickerington North on Sept. 12.

Defenders Rylee Moore and Brandon Woo and midfielder Spencer Bumpus sat out the next three games: a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati Elder on Sept. 14, a 3-2 win over Upper Arlington in an OCC-Central game Sept. 17 and the tie with Bradley.

Starting in place of the injured players were midfielder Chris McMahon and defenders Jake Felicity and Kyle Heinlen.

McMahon had a goal and an assist against UA and defender Scott Harmanis scored against Bradley.

Davidson, which defeated Sylvania Southview 4-1 on Sept. 21, was 9-1-1 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Central before playing Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 24.

"The encouraging thing is we're pretty deep and all of our guys are contributing and helping us continue to play well while we have three starters out with injuries," Mundey said. "We actually dominated Elder, but their goalkeeper made 15 saves and they scored late in the game, so we were unlucky not to win that game.

"We came out a little flat in the first half (at Bradley) and our guys were still a little out of sorts as they get used to playing new positions, but we executed our game plan really well in the second half."

Led by Harmanis, goalie Philip Ferguson and defender Ryan Schoener, Davidson had allowed only five goals through 11 games and had six shutouts.

"Ryan and Scott are leading our defense and Philip is making quality saves," Mundey said. "Andrew Chiou is playing well in the midfield and Ryan Lang has done the job every game at forward. (Midfielders) Jake Etnyre and Robert LeFevre are giving defenses problems as wingers, and those two are doing about three-fourths of our scoring."

Mundey is hoping to have Bumpus and Moore back in the lineup Tuesday, Oct. 1, for a league game at Thomas Worthington. Woo, however, likely will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury, Mundey said.

"We've got to stay healthy and have some luck go our way in order to win the OCC," Mundey said.

"Our guys are starting to believe they can do it and they're all contributing."

Bradley girls snaplosing streak

The Bradley girls team beat Canal Winchester 3-0 on Sept. 17 to end a two-game losing streak and was 5-4-1 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville North on Sept. 24.

Forwards Jenna Fodor and Macie Kill and defender Katie Fleischman each had a goal against Canal Winchester and goalie Coryanna Fraley had two saves.