The Marysville High School boys soccer team lost its one-goal lead against Thomas Worthington on Sept. 11 with eight minutes remaining in the game.

The Marysville High School boys soccer team lost its one-goal lead against Thomas Worthington on Sept. 11 with eight minutes remaining in the game.

"After that goal, I heard some players say they didn't want to lose this game," coach Marc Kirsch said. "The next thing you know we scored a goal. There is passion coming out of the guys and good things are coming out of it."

Nine days earlier, Marysville lost to Olentangy 4-2 at home. The Monarchs were sorely disappointed as they dropped four of their first six games.

"They don't like to lose," Kirsch said. "Simple as that. They thought they should have beaten Olentangy and against Thomas they were getting dominated in the first half, but came out and played an incredible second half."

Since then, Marysville won four consecutive games over Westerville Central (2-1 on Sept. 9), Thomas (4-2 on Sept. 11), Westerville South (3-1 last Tuesday) and previously undefeated Jonathan Alder (4-0 last Thursday). Marysville was 6-4 overall before last Saturday's game against Hilliard Davidson, the defending Division I state champion.

"At the beginning of the year, they were playing hard but weren't giving everything they had," Kirsch said. "Now, I've got guys selling out and doing anything they can for the team. It's become about the team in the last week and a half. We've grown as a team and pushed team defense."

That team defense has helped spark the offense led by Tyler DeLorenzo, Aaron Hembree and Zach Zeune to score 13 goals in the four games before last Saturday.

"Attacking-wise, we've put a few things together," Kirsch said. "All in all, the main thing is the guys are putting everything into it now."

Sparking the improved defensive play is goalkeeper Jeremy Watson. Entering the season, Marysville needed to replace eight graduates, including its goalkeeper, Kyle Buchannan. Last season, Buchannan had 44 saves as the Monarchs gave up 1.56 goals per game. Watson won the open competition to take over.

"He's come a long way this year," Kirsch said. "He's worked extremely hard and is becoming very good at being a goal keeper.

"He had some weaknesses with balls that were up in the air. In soccer, you have players running at you with the ball in the air and your entire body is exposed. He's done well with those balls lately and it's helped us out. Against Westerville South (last Tuesday) they had a throw-in in the middle of the box every single time and Jeremy was solid on every single one of them."

The win over South improved Marysville to 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division with league games remaining Tuesday at home against Dublin Jerome, Sept. 30 at home against Westerville North and Oct. 7 at Dublin Scioto. Jerome is first at 4-0 ahead of Westerville Central at 3-1 and Olentangy and Marysville at 2-2.

Marysville will play Saturday at home against Dublin Coffman. With the regular season finale Oct. 9 at home against Big Walnut, Kirsch will continue to focus on fundamentals and team-first ideas.

"We're trying to continue to push," he said. "It's all about the team and selling out to do whatever you can to help out the team. It's on the field, off the field and all decisions are for the betterment of the team."

•The girls tennis team is continuing to adjust to having players in new positions, as Marysville is 5-8 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal entering Tuesday's league finale at Scioto.

"We've been struggling a little bit," said coach Stephanie Schupp, whose team defeated Kenton 5-0 last Thursday. "On a whole, we're doing pretty well, but with people in new positions it's been a learning experience."

After a home match Wednesday against Marion Pleasant, Marysville travels to Liberty on Saturday for the OCC-Cardinal tournament.

"Dublin Jerome is the favorite," Schupp said. "I think they have the edge, but Liberty will be a contender and possibly Scioto and Westerville Central."

Last season, Marysville finished 1-4 with 11 points in the OCC-Central behind Thomas Worthington (5-0, 60), Pickerington North (4-1, 51), Westerville Central (3-2, 35) and Delaware (2-3, 23) and ahead of Central Crossing (0-5, 2).

At the league tournament, Marysville will feature Samantha Cowgill at first singles, Carly Sampsel at second singles, Sarah VanVoorhis at third singles, Ashley McDonald and Alex McNany at first doubles and Shelby Lundstrom and Melena Starling at second doubles.

"We want to at least improve on last year's standings," Schupp said. "Last year we came in fifth out of six. I'd like to beat some of these teams we've been close with and hopefully finish better than last year."

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Marysville girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys golf and girls golf teams:

GIRLS SOCCER

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to Westerville South 2-1

Last Thursday -- Tied Olentangy Orange at 1

Last Saturday -- Played Reynoldsburg

*Tuesday -- At Dublin Jerome

Of note: The Monarchs were 5-4-2 overall before last Saturday and are 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.

VOLLEYBALL

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to Dublin Scioto 16-25, 25-17, 20-25, 20-25

*Last Thursday -- Defeated Olentangy Liberty 25-14, 25-23, 26-24

Last Saturday -- Competed in home Round Robin Invitational

*Tuesday -- At Olentangy. Marysville won 15-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-12 on Aug. 28.

*Saturday -- Home vs. Westerville South. Marysville won 25-21, 25-20, 25-12 on Sept. 4.

Of note: The Monarchs were 11-1 overall before last Saturday and are 7-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.

*OCC-Cardinal contest

BOYS GOLF

Last Wednesday -- Finished seventh (362) in fourth round of OCC-Cardinal tournament at Granville behind champion Dublin Jerome (288). Overall, Jerome was first at 28-0 ahead of Liberty (22-6), Olentangy (20-8), Westerville North (12-16), Marysville (11-17), Westerville Central (10-18), Scioto (8-20) and Westerville South (0-28). Individually, Eli Demidovich finished 20th.

Last Saturday -- Competed in Granville Invitational

Monday -- At Marysville Golf Club vs. Delaware

Thursday -- At Marysville Golf Club vs. Olentangy

GIRLS GOLF

Last Wednesday -- Finished first (171) ahead of Olentangy (195) and Orange (215). Tess Fraser was medalist with a 38.

Tuesday -- At Marysville Golf Club vs. Thomas Worthington

Wednesday -- At fourth round of OCC-Capital tournament at Bent Tree

Sept. 29 -- At 24-team Division I sectional at Mill Creek. The Monarchs are seeded fifth.