New Albany girls endure learning curve
After watching a recent loss again on video, New Albany High School girls soccer coach Chad Schuler had a new perspective.
"I got done watching the film and I felt a little better than I did (at the end of the game)," he said. "I still have a lot of confidence in the girls. Everything's a learning experience. You can't dwell on it. You have to learn from your mistakes."
Schuler was going over what went wrong during a 5-0 loss to Perrysburg on Aug. 25.
The Yellow Jackets scored 25 seconds into the game and carried that momentum to a 3-0 lead after 15 minutes.
"That was unfortunate," Schuler said. "We played the rest of the first half fine."
The Eagles held Perrysburg scoreless until halftime and came out in the second half with a renewed intensity, according to Schuler.
"We had a lot of opportunities," he said. "We hit the bar twice within the first five minutes of the second half. We couldn't get anything to fall. It was frustrating."
New Albany ended up with more shots on goal than the Yellow Jackets. Goalkeeper Meghan Jayes made seven saves while Perrysburg had 13.
After studying the tape, Schuler said he was going to have the Eagles work on defense in preparation for their OCC-Capital Division opener Aug. 28 against Olentangy Orange.
The Eagles play Thursday, Aug. 30, at Pickerington North, and have a league game Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Franklin Heights.
"Our back line and our midfielders were not communicating," he said of the Perrysburg game. "Offensively, we played really well. But that's what we've been working on a lot."
New Albany was 1-1-1 before playing Orange, having tied Hilliard Bradley at 1 in the opener Aug. 18 before defeating Westerville South 1-0 on Aug. 23.
Against Bradley, senior Emily Makowski scored and Jayes made eight saves. Against South, junior Danielle Dixson scored and Jayes had two saves.
"We're going to continue to tweak things a little bit," Schuler said. "We'll ask the girls to really evaluate themselves."
Boys team drops two after opener
The boys team opened by beating Bradley 3-0 on Aug. 18.
Junior forward Alex Zbinovec scored two goals and senior midfielder Nathan Loos had the other.
"We wanted to start on a positive note and really come out strong," coach Ben Arthurs said.
But after that, the Eagles dropped consecutive games, losing 2-0 to Thomas Worthington on Aug. 21 and 1-0 to Worthington Kilbourne on Aug. 23.
"We are, unfortunately, plagued with injuries," said Arthurs, whose team opened OCC-Capital play Aug. 28 against Orange. "We're starting to understand our system. We're finally getting it down. We're just not taking advantage of the opportunities that would allow us to make it happen."
New Albany lost starter Yuval Greenshtein when the junior midfielder sustained a concussion against Thomas.
"It'll be all rest, no stimulation, no playing," Arthurs said. "He'll see the doctor later and hopefully be cleared after that."
Greenshtein could miss two weeks, according to Arthurs, and he joins junior midfielder Loren Albritton on the sidelines.
Albritton is expected to return in mid-September. He had knee surgery in the offseason but had some complications during preseason training.
"He looks great," Arthurs said. "But his knee was swelling up. So he's got to take a rest."
After the consecutive shutouts against the Worthington teams, Arthurs said his squad knows what needs to be done heading into home games Thursday, Aug. 30, against Olentangy Liberty and Tuesday, Sept. 4, against Franklin Heights in a league contest.
"We have to find the open guy," he said. "The way we play, there should always be an open man. Once we find that guy and move the ball according to our play we should be able to find more scoring opportunities. Defensively, we're doing OK. Midfield, we need to be a little more organized and communicate better."