After finishing 4-12-2 last season, the Marysville High School boys soccer team turned things around this fall.
The Monarchs went 8-5-4 overall and 3-2-2 in the OCC-Central Division.
"I was very happy with how the boys played," said coach Marc Kirsch, whose team is losing 13 seniors. "We had a great work rate all season long and great team chemistry."
Marysville lost to Reynoldsburg 2-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 20 at home. Senior midfielder Cory Roeth scored for Marysville, which had a first-round bye.
"The season ended faster than I thought and hoped it would," Kirsch said. "We played very well. We dominated the entire game. We had many more chances than they did and just couldn't score that game."
Roeth finished with eight goals and three assists and was first-team all-league and third-team all-district.
"When we look back at our success during the season, it was definitely a turnaround season from last year," Roeth said. "It was a bittersweet feeling to end the season the way we did, but it was a pretty successful season."
Senior midfielder Zach Kisor was first-team all-league and his brother, sophomore midfielder Luke Kisor, led the team in assists with six.
Seniors Nick Kallinicou (midfielder), Cody Seiter (midfielder/forward) and Drew Alleman (midfielder/forward) scored six goals apiece. Kallinicou was second-team all-league and Seiter was honorable mention all-league.
Junior defender Ethan Jenkins was special mention all-league.
Senior Brandon Sabido (48 saves) and junior Corey Mankins (47) split time in goal.
Other players eligible to return next season are juniors Clay DuVal (defender), Ryan Husband (forward) and Aaron Miller (midfielder) and sophomore Andy Latimer (midfielder/forward).
In the league, Marysville tied Hilliard Davidson for fourth, behind Olentangy Liberty (6-1), Dublin Coffman (5-2) and Thomas Worthington (4-1-2) and ahead of Upper Arlington (2-4-1), Westland (1-5-1) and Central Crossing (0-7).
Girls soccer team also improves
After going 8-9-1 last fall, the girls soccer team finished 9-4-4 overall under first-year coach Jim Daugherty.
The Monarchs lost to Olentangy Orange 1-0 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 18 at home. Marysville had a first-round bye.
"My message all year was it's a process of getting better and working hard," Daugherty said. "As long as you play hard and you work hard, I'm happy. We didn't get the result (in tournament game), but I couldn't really be upset with them because I thought they played well. We just couldn't score that day."
Marysville finished fifth in the OCC-Central at 2-2-3, behind Coffman (6-0-1), Davidson (6-1), Liberty (5-2) and Thomas (3-3-1) and ahead of UA (2-4-1), Central Crossing (0-6-1) and Westland (0-6-1).
The Monarchs tied Coffman at 1 on Sept. 4.
Junior forward Abby Jaggers, who had 18 goals and six assists, was first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Junior defender/forward Kaela Kovanda, who had eight goals and six assists, was second-team all-league.
Sophomore defender Lauren Hampton was special mention all-league and junior goalkeeper Kendra Steepe (95 saves) was honorable mention all-league.
"Everyone worked together because everyone was really good friends," said midfielder Anna Mogielnicki, who was one of six seniors.
"There was no drama. Everyone worked really well together."
Other players eligible to return next season are juniors Kacie Eckenrode (midfielder), Ally Heeb (midfielder), Mackenzie Hinderer (midfielder) and Tiffany Spears (forward), sophomores Tess Cox (midfielder), Cassie Fisher (midfielder), Parker Myers (midfielder) and Erin Sweeney (defender) and freshmen Kayla Penrod (goalie) and Lindsay Sullivan (midfielder).
Football team loses to Davidson
The football team closed the season with a 14-7 loss to visiting Davidson on Oct. 26.
The Wildcats were seeded seventh in the Division I, Region 3 playoffs and played second-seeded Coffman in a first-round game Nov. 3.
Marysville finished 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Central.
After a scoreless first half, Marysville's Dalton Driscoll recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Davidson's E.J. Jennings scored on touchdown runs of 5 and 1 yard later in the third quarter.
Marysville drove to the Davidson 25-yard line late in the game, but turned the ball over on downs.
"We just have to learn how to finish," coach Morgan Cotter said.