The records may appear different, but the Marysville High School girls soccer team is in the same position it was a season ago.

The records may appear different, but the Marysville High School girls soccer team is in the same position it was a season ago.

That's good news because last season the Monarchs reached a Division I district semifinal before losing to the eventual district champions, Upper Arlington, 4-0.

"Last year at this point we were 5-2-2 and this year we're 5-4-1," coach Joe McSwords said before his team played a non-conference game last Saturday against Worthington Christian. "We're in the same spot. We have to keep believing in each other and don't get frustrated in little things if we're going to win games before the seeding meeting, get central Ohio believing Marysville is a threat and have another postseason run."

In its first 10 games, Marysville lost four by an average of 2.8 goals, but McSwords said that is misleading. In a 3-1 loss to Thomas Worthington on Sept. 16, Marysville led 1-0 with 27 minutes to play.

"Teams are capitalizing on our mistakes," McSwords said. "We've got to capitalize on theirs."

In their five wins before last Saturday, the Monarchs allowed two goals and posted three shutouts. Defender Sutton Hinderer has led the defense from her center midfield position, according to McSwords.

"She doesn't get all the accolades because she usually makes the assist to the assist or makes the transition move from the defense to offense," he said. "She's been the backbone of our defense."

Offensively, Kaela Kovanda and Cassidy Jaggers led Marysville with four goals in 10 games followed by Abby Jaggers with three and Alexis Hites, Anna Mogelnicki, and KyLee Tuchfarber with two goals apiece.

Beginning Tuesday, Marys-ville has five games remaining, three of which are against OCC-Cardinal Division opponents in Dublin Jerome (Tuesday), Westerville North (Oct. 5) and Dublin Scioto (Oct. 12). The Monarchs' lone conference win came against Westerville South (3-0 on Sept. 21).

"OCC-Central Division, with Upper Arlington, is the toughest division," McSwords said. "Ours is the second toughest, and we're pleased with the fact we are competitive in this league."

•The boys soccer team beat the defending Division III state champions, Worthington Christian, 2-1 in the season's second game Aug. 26. Since then, the Monarchs are 1-5-1.

"We had a great game against Worthington Christian," coach Marc Kirsch said. "We have to continue to focus on the positives there. We've had some tough games since, and we've had to battle back from early deficits and it leaves us vulnerable in the back."

In nine games, Marysville has scored 10 goals. In the second half of last Tuesday's game against Westerville South, the Monarchs showed an ability to create scoring opportunities. They didn't finish, but the chances were there, Kirsch said.

Logan Whitley scored the second-half goal as Marysville tied the Wildcats at 1. The Monarchs are averaging 1.11 goals scored and 1.67 allowed.

"Even though we haven't won a ton of games our defense is playing well," Kirsch said. "Zach Kisor is a sophomore and playing well, and we moved Alex Spalding to midfield and his brother, Adam, to defense."

Marysville is 0-3-1 in the OCC-Cardinal. Beginning Tuesday at home against Dublin Scioto, the Monarchs have three conference games remaining including Oct. 5 at home against Westerville North and Oct. 12 at Dublin Scioto.

"Our schedule is extremely difficult and won or lose, these games will get us prepared for the postseason," Kirsch said.

•The football team lost its OCC-Cardinal opener to Olentangy Liberty 23-20 in overtime on Sept. 17 to fall to 2-2 overall.

"We learned you can't win them all," Marysville linebacker Nathan Hodnichak said. "You can't look back on last week, you've got to look ahead to the next one. You can't focus on the loss because you'll lose the next one."

Hodnichak was reiterating a philosophy held by coach Jeff Gafford. Early in his career when he was coach at Franklin Heights, Gafford said he allowed a loss to fester for more than one week.

"(The Olentangy Liberty game) was a painful loss," Gafford said. "I learned a long time ago never to let one loss cause another. I enjoy and look forward to a great challenge each and every week."

Beginning last Friday, four of Marysville's final six games are at home. On Friday, the Monarchs play host to Westerville Central, who entered last Friday's game against Westerville North winless. Marysville won last year's meeting 27-17.

As a team, Marysville surpassed 1,000 yards rushing after four games. Before last Friday, the Monarchs averaged 6.8 yards per carry led by Chris Bailey with 530 yards and five touchdowns on 79 carries and Chris Coburn's 212 yards and six touchdowns on 51 carries.

Last season, Marysville also started 0-1 and won only two of its seven conference games. In 2008, Marysville started 0-2 before winning four of its final five games beginning with a 26-23 win over Westerville Central in overtime.

"Half the teams start the conference 1-0 and half start 0-1," Gafford said. "It doesn't mean that's the way you've got to finish."


At a glance

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

BOYS GOLF

Last Monday - Finished first (161) ahead of Fairbanks (175) and Hilliard Darby (180) Last Thursday - Played Delaware Last Saturday - Played at Darby Invitational Saturday - Watterson Invitational at Clover Valley Oct. 5 - Division I sectional tournament at Granville Golf Club

BOYS SOCCER

*Last Tuesday - Tied Westerville South at 1 *Tuesday - Home vs. Dublin Jerome Saturday - Home vs. Hilliard Bradley

Of note: The Monarchs are 3-5-1 overall and are 0-3-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 18 - Boys: Finished first (77) at seven-team Marysville Invitational; Girls: Finished first (22) at seven-team Marysville Invitational Last Saturday - Competed at Blue Devil Invitational at Sharpsville (Pa.) Senior Saturday - London Invitational

FOOTBALL

*Sept. 17 - Lost to Olentangy Liberty 23-20 in overtime *Last Friday - Played Olentangy *Friday - Home vs. Westerville Central

Of note: The Monarchs were 2-2 overall and were 0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Friday.

GIRLS GOLF

Last Wednesday - Match vs. Dublin Jerome and Upper Arlington postponed because of bad weather. No make up date has been announced. Last Saturday - Competed at Marysville Invitational Wednesday - Dublin Jerome, Hilliard Darby and Olentangy Liberty at Marysville Golf Club Oct. 5 - Division I sectional tournament at Raymond Memorial. Marysville is seeded fourth.

GIRLS SOCCER

*Last Tuesday - Def. Westerville South 3-0 Last Saturday - Played Worthington Christian *Tuesday - At Dublin Jerome Thursday - Home vs. Hilliard Darby Saturday - Home vs. Reynoldsburg

Of note: The Monarchs were 5-4-1 overall before last Saturday and are 1-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.

GIRLS TENNIS

*Last Tuesday - Lost to Dublin Scioto 5-0 Last Wednesday - Home vs. Buckeye Valley postponed because of bad weather. No make up date has been announced. *Monday - Home vs. Dublin Jerome Tuesday - Home vs. Lancaster Thursday - At Marion Harding Saturday - OCC-Cardinal tournament at Olentangy Liberty

Of note: The Monarchs are 3-8 overall and are 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Last Tuesday - Lost to Dublin Scioto 25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22 *Last Thursday - Lost to Olentangy Liberty 25-11, 25-6, 25-13 Last Saturday - Competed at home Round Robin Invitational *Tuesday - At Olentangy *Thursday - At Westerville Central

Of note: The Monarchs were 2-9 overall before last Saturday and are 1-6 in the OCC-Cardinal.

*OCC-Cardinal contest