Even though he enjoyed coaching the New Albany High School boys soccer team the previous five seasons, Chad Schuler chose to take over as coach of the girls squad this season after Tony Macerollo resigned.

Even though he enjoyed coaching the New Albany High School boys soccer team the previous five seasons, Chad Schuler chose to take over as coach of the girls squad this season after Tony Macerollo resigned.

Schuler, whose inherited team finished 9-5-3 last year, said he's already enjoying his new program.

"The biggest change going from boys to girls is the speed of the game," Schuler said. "Some guys just use their speed and athleticism, and the girls game is more of a chess game. I'm really enjoying being more involved in the tactical side of the game."

The Eagles are coming off a 5-0-1 season in the OCC-Capital Division for their first league title since moving to the OCC in 2006.

Completing the OCC-Capital standings were Olentangy Orange (5-1), Big Walnut (4-2), Hilliard Bradley (3-3), Delaware (1-4-1), Watkins Memorial (1-5) and Mount Vernon (0-4-2).

"Hilliard Bradley and Olentangy Orange are both big schools with a lot of girls in their programs, so I expect both of them to be tough to beat," Schuler said.

New Albany beat Hartley 1-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament last year before losing to ninth-seeded Westerville Central 4-0.

Five starters have returned in senior forwards Jordyn Albritton, Sydney Curley and Jordan Mazzi and senior midfielders Taylor Cameron and Katie Lackey.

Rounding out the roster are seniors Stephanie Lee (forward), Sarah Litterst (defense) and Ashley Siegesmund (forward), juniors Delaney Barrett (defense), Taylor McClaren (defense), Jill Singer (defense) and Megan Tolnar (midfield), sophomores Erica Blankenmeyer (forward), Meghan Jayes (goalie), Emma Johnson (forward), Emily Makowski (midfield/forward) and Chrissy Harris (defense) and freshman Vanessa Eastwood (midfield).

"We have eight seniors with good varsity experience and a lot of first-year varsity players who are playing like veterans," Schuler said. "We're playing a completely different system and the girls are still getting used to it.

"We're very attack-minded. We want to bring the fight to other teams."

•The boys team, which finished 5-12-1 a year ago, is led by four players who have at least two years of varsity experience in seniors Jack Buck (midfield/forward), Trent Guy (midfield), Braden Passias (midfield) and Kyle Wisniewski (defense).

Guy was first-team all-league and Buck was second-team all-league last season.

Filling out the roster are seniors Andrew Adom (midfield/forward), Rob Bradbury (defense), Ryan Little (midfield) and Eric Macchi (midfield), juniors Alek Buck (defense), Chad Coomes (defense), Chad Guy (midfield/defense), Derek Moon (midfield), Evan Schneider (defense), Jake Schroeder (midfield), Oliver Sybert (goalie), George Troutman (midfield) and Tyler Washington (midfield/forward), sophomore Nathan Loos (midfield/forward) and freshman Anthony Flowers (goalie).

"The kids get along and have an excitement to win," said first-year coach Ben Arthurs, who was an assistant boys soccer coach at DeSales from 2003-08. "Our defense is strong. We've got some depth in the back."

In the OCC-Capital, the Eagles tied Hilliard Bradley for sixth at 1-5, behind Olentangy Orange (5-0-1), Mount Vernon (5-1), Big Walnut (4-1-1), Watkins Memorial (2-3-1) and Delaware (1-4-1).

New Albany opened the Division I district tournament with a 2-0 win over Delaware before losing to eighth-seeded Dublin Coffman 2-0.

"Olentangy has a lot of talent, but we're going for first place in the OCC this year," Arthurs said.

Schedules

BOYS

Aug. 24 - vs. Thomas Worthington Aug. 26 - at Westerville North *Aug. 31 - vs. Hilliard Bradley Sept. 2 - at Central Crossing *Sept. 7 - at Watkins Memorial *Sept. 14 - vs. Olentangy Orange Sept. 16 - at Olentangy Sept. 18 - at Upper Arlington *Sept. 21 - at Franklin Heights Sept. 23 - vs. Olentangy Liberty *Sept. 28 - vs. Big Walnut Sept. 30 - vs. Grove City *Oct. 5 - at Delaware Oct. 7 - at Westerville Central *Oct. 12 - vs. Mount Vernon Oct. 16 - vs. Granville

GIRLS

Aug. 26 - vs. Central Crossing *Aug. 31 - at Hilliard Bradley *Sept. 7 - vs. Watkins Memorial Sept. 9 - vs. Westerville South *Sept. 14 - at Olentangy Orange Sept. 16 - vs. Olentangy *Sept. 21 - vs. Franklin Heights Sept. 23 - at Pickerington Central *Sept. 28 - at Big Walnut Sept. 30 - at Grove City *Oct. 5 - vs. Delaware Oct. 7 - at Westerville Central Oct. 9 - at Gahanna *Oct. 12 - at Mount Vernon Oct. 14 - vs. Watterson Oct. 16 - vs. Granville

*OCC-Capital game