The New Albany High School girls soccer team has struggled mightily in road games this season, going 0-4-1 while being outscored 6-0.

The New Albany High School girls soccer team has struggled mightily in road games this season, going 0-4-1 while being outscored 6-0.

Coach Chad Schuler said it's critical that the Eagles show improvement when they play an OCC-Capital Division game Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Delaware.

After all, the Eagles will need to win outside of their stadium to advance far in the postseason.

The Division I district tournament draw is Oct. 9 at Hilliard Davidson.

"We've been a lot better at home than we've been on the road this year," said Schuler, whose squad beat Delaware 4-0 at home last season. "With this team it seems to be a mental thing. We just don't play with the same confidence in away games as we do at home. We're working hard on mental preparation for away games because we definitely need to be able to show well on the road to get a better seed and win in the tournament."

The Eagles fared much better in their first four home games, scoring 13 goals while going 3-0-1.

Even though New Albany was shut out five times in its first nine games, Schuler said it wasn't because of a lack of scoring opportunities.

Leading the Eagles in goal-scoring through nine contests were Megan Glass (four), Megan Tolnar (three), Emily Makowski (three) and Delany Barrett (two).

Danielle Dixson scored New Albany's other goal.

"Our strength is that we're getting a lot of quality scoring chances every single game," Schuler said. "In our loss at Marysville (1-0 on Sept. 17) we had several great chances. In our games against Westerville South (scoreless tie Sept. 10) and Pickerington North (3-0 loss Sept. 8) it was the same thing. The chances are there for us. The next step is putting those shots into the back of the net instead of shooting wide or right at the goalie.

"I think we're going to have a game where we put six goals on the board, even against a quality opponent, and that will be a watershed moment where things will begin to roll our way from that point on."

After New Albany's Sept. 20 game at Watterson was canceled, Schuler added a game against Sylvania Northview on Saturday, Oct. 1, at home.

Northview beat Bowling Green 4-0 on Sept. 21 to improve to 6-2 heading into a game Sept. 28 at Perrysburg.

Last year, Northview finished 14-5 after losing to Perrysburg 3-2 in overtime in a Division I district final.

"We've already improved our schedule by adding Pickerington North and Perrysburg, and adding Sylvania Northview just made it even better," Schuler said. "Our losses to Perrysburg (1-0 on Aug. 27) and Pickerington North showed where our weaknesses were and helped us get better in those areas. We'd rather go 6-10 during the regular season and go on to win a district championship than go undefeated and then lose in the second round of the tournament like we did last year.

"We've played a lot of different people in different spots of our lineup, and I think we've found the lineup that's going to work best for us moving forward."

•The boys team defeated Franklin Heights 6-0 in an OCC-Capital game Sept. 20 to win for the third time in four games and stretch its unbeaten streak to six games.

Garrett Greco, Zag Kawari and Tyler Washington scored in the first 15 minutes before coach Ben Arthurs pulled his starters for the rest of the contest.

"We knew their history, but we were mentally prepared to take the game seriously and we put three goals away early," Washington said. "We're starting to get on a nice streak after a slow start."

The Eagles play Thursday, Sept. 29, at Grove City before playing a league game Tuesday, Oct. 4, at home against Delaware.

New Albany beat Grove City 6-0 and Delaware 2-0 a year ago.

Washington said the Eagles are eager to make a strong impression heading into the Division I district tournament draw Oct. 9 at Davidson.

"Grove City and Delaware always have solid teams and these are games we need to win to keep our momentum going," Washington said. "These games are crucial because we want to pump our record up and get a good seed to show teams that they don't want to face us in the tournament."