In one half of play last Tuesday, the Marysville High School girls soccer team displayed its potential to coach Joe McSwords.

In one half of play last Tuesday, the Marysville High School girls soccer team displayed its potential to coach Joe McSwords.

The Monarchs trailed Westerville South 2-1 before scoring three goals in the second half to win 4-2 and improve to 6-2-2 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

"It showed me how we handled an adverse situation and overcame it," McSwords said. "No one tried to put on a red cape and carry the whole team by (herself). It was a team effort."

The ability to showcase a team effort means Marysville's opportunities for a deep run the postseason have increased.

"We're a program that is now on the map," McSwords said. "Now we're getting taken seriously."

Through 10 games, Marysville has scored 29 goals led by Sam Fisher with 10 goals and Morgan Westbrook with six. Yet their success finishing begins in the midfield with Alison Rogers, Kylee Tuchfarber and Taylor Spears. Rogers and Tuchfarber led the Monarchs with six assists apiece while Spears has five goals and two assists.

"We're moving the ball offensively and everyone from the outside mids to the midfield is a churning offensive machine," McSwords said. "Alison, Kylee and Taylor are getting a lot of assists and not one person is getting all the goals. We have spreading the wealth."

McSwords saw similar output from his offense last summer as Marysville played 25 games in a two-week span. Once school started in late August, Marysville continued to win and score goals but not at the efficient and smooth pace exhibited in the summer.

"When school happens, everything else comes into play," McSwords said. "The girls get stressed out about boys, cars and homework."

Last Tuesday's performance signaled to McSwords that Marysville has returned to its summer form.

"Right now we're on an upswing getting our chemistry back," he said. "When we start jelling like we did (last Tuesday), we get in the flow and I don't have to change a thing."

•The football team opened league play Sept. 18 with a 17-6 loss to Olentangy Liberty to fall to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal. It was the third consecutive loss for Marysville after winning its opener 39-6 against Marion Harding on Aug. 28.

"Coach (Jeff Gafford) always calls it the man-in-the-mirror test," fullback Nathan Weeks said. "If you can look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you did everything you could, it doesn't matter the outcome. Win or lose, you're satisfied."

Injuries have derailed Marysville, including quarterback Luke Fleming who was expected to return last Friday against Olentangy.

In his place, Chris Coburn performed well. Through four games, Coburn the Monarchs' second-leading rusher with 496 yards on 70 carries and two touchdowns. Weeks has 501 yards on 86 attempts and seven scores.

"We had eight guys coming back on offense and we looked at it as one of our strengths," Gafford said. "For whatever reason, we haven't jelled as we thought we would, but we've shown signs even though we're without some main weapons."

Marysville, which entered last Friday as one of five teams in Division I, Region 3 at 1-3, travels to Westerville Central on Friday.

The Warhawks have turned their program around in one season. Last year, they finished 0-10, but were 2-2 before playing Westerville North last Friday. Central has wins over New Albany (34-28 on Sept. 4) and Canal Winchester (17-13 on Sept. 11).

The Warhawks have run the ball effectively, using the spread offense thanks to quarterback Kyle Stephenson and running back TaQwaun Council. What has cost Central in its two losses has been defending the pass. On Sept. 18, the Warhawks allowed three touchdown passes in a 28-7 loss to Westerville South.

"We just give up too many big passing plays, and that's got to stop," first-year coach John Magistro said.

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedule for the Marysville boys golf, boys soccer, cross country, football, girls golf, girls soccer, girls tennis and volleyball teams:


Last Wednesday -- Finished seventh (345) in the final-round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament won by Dublin Jerome (305)

Last Thursday -- Finished second (163) behind Olentangy (159) and ahead of Jonathan Alder (166) at Marysville Golf Club. Alex Miller was medalist with a 38.

Last Saturday -- Competed at Hilliard Invitational at Heritage

Tuesday -- At Marysville Golf Club vs. Olentangy Orange


Sept. 17 -- Lost to Thomas Worthington 5-2

*Last Tuesday -- Def. Westerville South 4-1

Last Thursday -- Lost to Olentangy Orange 7-0

Last Saturday -- Played Jonathan Alder

*Tuesday -- At Dublin Jerome

Saturday -- At Hilliard Bradley

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


Sept. 19 -- Boys: Finished ninth (256) at the Central Ohio High School Invitational at Three Creeks Metro Park won by Westerville Central (62). Girls: Finished ninth (204) at the Central Ohio High School Invitational won by Dublin Scioto (23).

Last Saturday -- Competed at Pickerington Central Invitational

Saturday -- At Blue Devil Invitational at Sharpsville (Pa.) Senior


*Sept. 18 -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 17-6

*Last Friday -- Played Olentangy

*Friday -- At Westerville Central

Of note: The Monarchs were 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Friday.


Last Tuesday -- Def. Upper Arlington 164-170 at Marysville Golf Club

Last Wednesday -- Finished first (327) in the final-round of the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament. Tess Fraser was medalist with a 73.

Last Thursday -- Finished first (168) ahead of Gahanna (170) and Worthington Kilbourne (183). Fraser was medalist with a 34.

Tuesday -- At Marysville Golf Club vs. Dublin Coffman, Olentangy Orange and Thomas Worthington


Sept. 17 -- Def. Thomas Worthington 1-0

*Last Tuesday -- Def. Westerville South 4-2

Last Saturday -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange

*Monday -- Home vs. Olentangy

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome

Saturday -- At Reynoldsburg

Of note: The Monarchs were 6-2-2 overall before last Saturday and are 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.


*Sept. 17 -- Def. Bexley 3-2

Last Monday -- Home vs. Delaware postponed because of bad weather. No make up date has been announced.

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to Westerville North 5-0

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto

Thursday -- Home vs. Marion Harding

Saturday -- At Olentangy at OCC-Cardinal tournament

Of note: The Monarchs are 5-7 overall and 0-5 in OCC-Cardinal.


*Sept. 17 -- Lost to Westerville North 20-25, 25-27, 25-13, 25-18, 15-13

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to Dublin Scioto 25-19, 21-25, 25-6, 25-21

*Last Thursday -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 25-17, 25-23, 25-18

Last Saturday -- Competed at home Round Robin Invitational vs. Canal Winchester, New Albany and Orange

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Olentangy. On Sept. 3, Olentangy won 25-19, 27-29, 25-21, 19-25, 15-6.

*Thursday -- Home vs. Westerville Central. On Sept. 8, Central won 25-15, 25-20, 25-20.

Of note: The Monarchs were 3-9 overall before last Saturday and are 2-6 in the OCC-Cardinal.

*OCC-Cardinal contest