New Albany High School girls soccer coach Chad Schuler was hoping his team could match its 2010 regular season, when it went 14-0-2 and outscored opponents 59-2 while recording 15 shutouts.

New Albany High School girls soccer coach Chad Schuler was hoping his team could match its 2010 regular season, when it went 14-0-2 and outscored opponents 59-2 while recording 15 shutouts.

The Eagles' hopes of another undefeated regular season came to an end in their second game, when they lost at Perrysburg 1-0 on Aug. 27.

But considering New Albany lost to a 2010 Division I regional finalist that wasn't on last season's schedule, Schuler said there's no cause for concern.

"Of course, the goal was to go undefeated again, but we didn't have games that were this tough on our schedule last year when we went undefeated," Schuler said. "We sought out tougher opponents to help get us used to playing games at this level before we get to the tournament, and this game helped us identify some stuff that we need to get better at, mainly in the midfield and in our attacking third."

Goalkeeper Amanda Miller made eight saves before Perrysburg scored with six minutes left in regulation.

The Eagles had four shots on goal.

"The encouraging thing was we had three legitimate scoring chances, and we just as easily could have won this game 1-0," Schuler said. "The girls definitely know what it's like to compete with one of the top teams in the state now, and our goal is to continue to play at this level."

The Eagles opened Aug. 23 with a 4-1 win over Grove City, after falling behind 1-0 in the first half.

Megan Tolnar scored two goals, Delany Barrett and Emily Makowski each scored one goal and Meghan Jayes had five saves.

Even though New Albany gave up as many goals in its first two games as it allowed in the regular season last year, Schuler said he feels good about the way his squad is playing heading into an OCC-Capital Division contest on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Watkins Memorial.

The Eagles beat Watkins Memorial 9-0 last year.

"We're playing real well defensively," Schuler said. "We're asking our midfielders to be active. We want them to attack and put back lines under more pressure. Danielle Dixson has been a great asset in the midfield. She has an amazing work ethic on both the offensive and defensive side. Emily Makowski has given us good minutes up top. We need to get her the ball more often when she's in dangerous areas."

•The boys team went 0-2-1 during its first week of action, but coach Ben Arthurs was pleased with the way his players competed against strong opponents.

The Eagles lost to Thomas Worthington 1-0 in their opener Aug. 23, despite seven shots on goal.

New Albany also lost to Olentangy Liberty 1-0 on Aug. 27, despite six shots on goal.

The Eagles tied Westerville North at 1 on Aug. 25. Tyler Washington scored on a penalty kick to give New Albany a 1-0 lead, but the Warriors scored with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

"We had great performances in all three games, even though our record doesn't reflect it," Arthurs said. "We just had one defensive breakdown in each game that cost us."

Arthurs said senior captains Alek Buck (defense), Chad Coomes (defense) and Derek Moon (midfield) have helped keep the rest of the players confident, calm and focused.

The Eagles play host to Upper Arlington on Thursday, Sept. 1, and Watkins Memorial in an OCC-Capital contest Tuesday, Sept. 6.

New Albany tied UA at 2 and lost to Watkins Memorial 2-0 last year.

"We had close games with Upper Arlington and Watkins Memorial last year, and I feel like we're a better team this year," Arthurs said. "I'm proud of the way we've been playing in the midfield and defensively. We still haven't scored a regular goal yet, but once we find the net that first time, I think we'll score more regularly in the future."