Coach Chris Turner couldn't be happier with the performance of his Johnstown-Monroe High School girls soccer team.
The Johnnies were5-1 overall and 2-0 in the LCL after beating Licking Valley 5-1 on Sept. 5.
Junior midfielder Becca Gordon scored twice with one assist and junior midfielder Paige Cannon, freshman midfielder Alissa Rowe and sophomore midfielder Alissa Emily Perez all scored once. Senior midfielder Paige Turner and junior midfielder Kylie Workman both had one assist. Senior goalkeeper Taylor Thomas had four saves and sophomore goalie Hannah Miller added one save.
"We seem to be on quite a roll right now," said Turner, who also leads the boys program. "We have good team chemistry and we're really working well together."
The Johnnies defeated Buckeye Valley 4-2 on Sept. 3, as Workman scored twice. Becca Gordon had a goal and two assists, and sophomore defender Jasimine Donnelly also scored. Junior forward Olivia McGee had an assist and Thomas had five saves.
"The girls are working the ball very well through the midfield and targeting the forwards really well," Turner said. "Defensively, we have been shutting down teams pretty effectively and we haven't allowed a lot of shots on goal in the past few games."
On Aug. 31, Johnstown defeated Marietta 3-0 as Gordon scored twice and Rowe scored once. Freshman midfielder Courtney Phelps had an assist and Thomas had six saves.
The Johnnies opened LCL play Aug. 29 with a 4-2 win over Lakewood. Their lone loss came Aug. 24, a 2-1 setback at Elyria Catholic on a goal as time expired.
"Becca Gordon is playing phenomenal right now," Turner said. "She has been holding down the left side, drawing a lot of defenders to her. She has a strong left foot and really goes to the goal."
Football team to face Lancers
The football team was 0-1 before playing Fairfield Union on Sept. 6.
The Johnnies round out their non-league schedule at home against Lakewood on Friday, Sept. 13. The Lancers played Liberty Union on Sept. 6 and lost their opener to Thornville Sheridan 34-7 on Aug. 30.
Johnstown defeated Lakewood 62-7 last season and has won the last four meetings. The Johnnies won 56-13 in 2011, 42-13 in 2010 and 42-6 in 2009.
The Lancers are in the LCL-Big School Division, while Johnstown is in the Small School Division. Only LCL crossover games in weeks four through 10 count in the league standings.
The Johnnies lost their opener to Chillicothe 20-7 on Aug. 30 thanks in part to three turnovers, two of which turned into touchdowns.
Coach Mike Carter said the loss might have been the wake-up call the Johnnies needed.
"We had some really great practices on (Aug. 31) and (Sept. 2), and I don't think we would have grown as much if we would have won," Carter said. "The kids came hungry and ready to practice. We went hard both days and we were supposed to be done at 11 (a.m. Sept. 2) and we stayed past 1 (p.m.). This team grew a lot in the past couple days."
Senior quarterback Josh Kirkpatrick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Zack Fleming in the third quarter to give Johnstown a 7-0 lead against Chillicothe. But the Johnnies mustered only five first downs and 70 yards of offense, including 60 rushing.
"It all comes down to playing fundamental football," Carter said. "We have to get better running, blocking and tackling.
"But Chillicothe was big and fast. ... Playing a tough schedule exposes what you need to work on daily, and we definitely saw a lot of things we needed to do."
Boys soccer team looking for focus
The boys soccer team was 3-2-2 overall and 1-0-2 in the LCL after playing Licking Valley to a scoreless tie on Sept. 5.
The Johnnies lost to Wellington 2-0 on Sept. 3. Senior goalie Jesse Bowman had 10 saves.
On Aug. 29 in LCL play, the Johnnies tied Lakewood at 1. Freshman midfielder Max Cannon scored off of an assist from freshman defender Blake Burton and Bowman had four saves.
"We're struggling right now," Turner said. "We have to come into games focused and we didn't do that (against Wellington and Lakewood)."
Grace Mast leads way in Granville race
The girls cross country squad did not have enough runners for a team score Aug. 31 in the Granville Invitational at Bryn Du Mansion, but sophomore Grace Mast finished 36th in 22 minutes, 7.9 seconds.
Senior McCalah Mast (73rd, 23:06.8) was next for the Johnnies, followed by freshman Erica Cox (98th, 24:21.2) and junior Alexis Hercenberg (104th, 24:36.5).
Junior Kaleb Walker (123rd, 20:25.9) and freshman Kyle Matoszkia (124th, 20:28.8) led the boys team, which finished 16th (503) of 21 teams behind champion Olentangy (76).
Freshman Paul Lang (136th, 21:12.2) was next for the Johnnies, followed by junior Sam Wirth (138th, 21:13.9), freshman David Dennis (139th, 21:15.9), junior Steven Harper (157th, 22:14.2), junior Kaleb Matoszkia (171st, 23:42.1) and freshman Mason Work (175th, 24:00.9).
Boys golf team drops first LCL match
The boys golf team was 14-1 in the LCL after falling to Granville 147-160 on Sept. 3 at Granville Golf Course and defeating Lickign Valley 152-203 on Sept. 5 at Longaberger.
Sophomore Dalton Hastings (38) led the Johnnies against Granville, followed by junior Steven Thiel (40), sophomore John Carlisle (41) and freshman Brandon Estep (41).
Hastings shot a 38 to lead the Johnnies past Watkins Memorial 164-166 on Aug. 29 at Clover Valley. Carlisle and junior Kaden Welch both had 41, followed by Estep and Thiel with 44s.
Girls golf team falls to Granville
The girls golf team was 1-10 in the LCL after losing to Licking Valley 184-231 on Sept. 5 at Longaberger.
On Sept. 3, the Johnnies lost to Granville 211-250 in an LCL match at Granville Golf Course. Sophomore Ashley Arnold led the Johnnies with a 56, followed by senior Laiken Valentine (63), sophomore Katie Grunkemeyer (65) and freshman Karleigh Green (66).