The Marysville High School girls soccer team turned in a benchmark performance in coach Jim Daugherty's first year with the program when it tied Dublin Coffman at 1 on Sept. 4.
As the Monarchs huddled following the OCC-Central Division game at Coffman, members of the team yelled, "We love you coach."
"That makes me feel very good," said Daugherty, whose team was 4-0-1 overall before playing Delaware on Sept. 6. "It's rewarding when you see players achieve what they want to achieve (and) get close to their potential."
Last season, Coffman won the OCC-Central at 6-0-1 and reached a Division I regional final, where the Shamrocks lost to Dublin Jerome 1-0.
Coffman was ranked first in ThisWeek's Super 7 poll last week.
"I'm so happy," senior defender Katy Turner said. "Having last season being up and down with our record (finishing 8-9-1), it's really nice to have a constant season. We work together really well. In our book, we all feel like we won that game (against Coffman), so we're just happy."
Coffman's Brynn Schlemitz gave the Shamrocks the lead when she scored off a corner kick from Amanda Stratton with 5 minutes, 54 seconds to play in the first half.
The Monarchs tied it with 28:53 remaining in the game when junior Abby Jaggers scored on a header off a pass from junior Kaela Kovanda. It was the first goal allowed this season by Coffman goalkeeper Quynh Vo.
Junior goalie Kendra Steepe kept the Monarchs in the game, as she finished with nine saves.
"When you play the No. 1 team in central Ohio and you come out with a tie, you're happy with the result," Daugherty said. "The players are working hard and that's all I can ask for. I told them at the beginning of the year I don't care about the results, if the effort is there, we'll be happy with the results, and so far the effort has been there."
The Monarchs outscored their first five opponents 25-5 and were 1-0-1 in the OCC-Central after the Coffman game. Marysville defeated Westland 12-0 in its league opener Aug. 28.
Football team to open league play
The football team begins OCC-Central play Friday, Sept. 14, at Westland.
After a 30-10 loss to Jonathan Alder on Aug. 31, the Monarchs were 0-2 before playing Dublin Scioto on Sept. 7.
Jonathan Alder scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to extend a 16-10 lead.
Quarterback Kyle Hites rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries and scored the Monarchs' touchdown on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. He completed nine of 20 passes for 111 yards with one interception.
"There was no question that Jonathan Alder was going to be a good football team and we didn't come out ready to play in the first quarter, and that's where it bit us in the tail," coach Morgan Cotter said. "We were playing catch-up the rest of the game."
Through two games, Hites had rushed for 266 yards on 33 carries and completed 20 of 36 passes for 224 yards.
Jimmy Applegate led the team in receiving with seven catches for 102 yards.
Westland was 1-1 before playing Hilliard Bradley on Sept. 7.
The Cougars opened with a 32-27 win over the Columbus Crusaders on Aug. 24 before losing to Mifflin 53-38 on Aug. 31.
Through two games, senior quarterback Jalen Brown had completed 14 of 27 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 504 yards on 54 carries. Brown replaced junior Myles Fowler, who was expected to be the starting quarterback but broke the ring finger on his left hand in a preseason scrimmage.
Mike Jackson had rushed for 156 yards on 36 carries.
Westland has lost 27 consecutive OCC games.
"I know Westland put in a whole new offense and they've done some other things, so they're going to be improved," Cotter said. "We really have to focus on what we're doing. We have to take each game and (determine) how (to) adjust what we do to put our kids in the best situation. It's just focusing on us getting better and finishing games. We spend a lot of time on what can we do for our kids."
Girls golf team showing improvement
Girls golf coach Sue Wyman was pleased with her team's progress as the season neared the midway point.
The Monarchs finished 11th (370) in the 16-team Lima Central Catholic Lady Thunderbird Invitational on Sept. 1 at Hawthorne Hills, behind champion Pickerington North (324).
Hannah Hunt led Marysville with an 88 followed by Mackenzie Edgar (89), Emma Romine (94), Morgan Emmons (99), Deanna DeHoff (103) and Abby Ketterman (103).
The Monarchs were second (363) in the third OCC-Capital tournament Sept. 4 at The Links at Groveport behind champion Coffman (320).
Ketterman led the Monarchs with an 86 followed by Edgar (89), Hunt (92), Emmons (96) and Romine (102).
"We're a young team holding our own while playing some very experienced teams," Wyman said. "We are getting stronger every day as team. It would be great to get all our golfers on the team score a great round (on) the same day."