Despite a change of leadership, the Tree of Life Christian School boys soccer team entered the week in contention for another MOCAL title.

Despite a change of leadership, the Tree of Life Christian School boys soccer team entered the week in contention for another MOCAL title.

Under first-year coach Scott Crawford, the Trojans were 4-4-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the MOCAL before playing Gilead Christian last Tuesday. They have a league game Tuesday at home against Grove City Christian before closing out MOCAL play Oct. 13 at Madison Christian.

The contest against Madison Christian could determine the MOCAL championship, as the Eagles were 3-0 in the league entering the week.

"We have a really young team this year, but they've improved drastically and right now we're playing our best soccer of the season," Crawford said.

Tree of Life was looking to bounce back from a 5-0 loss to Grandview last Saturday. The Bobcats were ranked second behind Worthington Christian in the Division III area coaches poll last week.

In league play, the Trojans defeated Gahanna Christian 4-0 on Sept. 1 and Northside Christian 4-0 on Sept. 3 and tied Delaware Christian at 4 on Sept. 11.

The Trojans also defeated Northridge 2-1 on Sept. 19 and Ready 5-1 on Sept. 24.

Junior goalie Ryan Severance, senior defender Derek York and sophomore defender Jordan Hanson have anchored the defense.

Key offensive threats have been senior forward Spencer Preston, senior midfielder Nick Cannell, sophomore forward George Boamah and freshman midfielder David Burton.

•The girls soccer team is 3-5 heading into today's game at Groveport.

The Trojans are relatively young. Their only senior, Lisha Badea, is second on the team in scoring with five goals and two assists. Sophomore Emma Russell leads the team with six goals and four assists.

Junior goalie Alyssa Dearth has made 50 saves.

The Trojans, who play a non-conference schedule, defeated London 2-1 on Aug. 29, Madison Christian 5-1 on Sept. 3 and Columbus East 4-0 on Sept. 17.

"We are a younger team than in the past, so every game and practice presents many learning opportunities," coach Mark Sherrod said. "The freshmen this year are a great group of girls, who are enthusiastic and willing to work hard and are fast learners, so the future of the girls program is looking good."

•The volleyball team was 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the MOCAL before playing Fairfield Christian last Tuesday.

Tree of Life won its first six matches under first-year coach Amy Watson.

The Trojans opened their league schedule with three wins, beating Gahanna Christian 25-18, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20 on Sept. 1, Fairfield Christian 27-25, 25-18, 25-11 on Sept. 3 and Delaware Christian 27-29, 20-25, 25-15, 26-24, 15-8 on Sept. 8.

Key players for the Trojans have been senior setter Kelsey Reed, junior outside hitter Amani Crews, junior middle hitter Kelly Huston and sophomore middle hitter Victoria Thompson.

Crews and Reed are captains.

"The skills that I'm trying to teach them are advanced skills, and they're working really hard at accomplishing them," Watson said. "They're trying to work as a team to achieve success. With our low numbers, it's really hard to sub because we have 13 girls between (junior varsity) and varsity, but so far from these 13 girls the passion and energy that they give is exactly what I'm looking for."

•The cross country team finished 17th (431 points) in the Tiger Invitational at Pickerington Central last Saturday.

Junior Connor Zehr finished 87th in 21 minutes, 41.20 seconds.

Other runners on the team are senior Chase Mauger, junior Paul Phillips, sophomore Zach Tomcik, and freshmen Ben Kincaid, Rich Ugland and Samantha Marshall.

"We are a very young team, but listen and apply ourselves well," coach Debbie Morgan said. "The new runners' times are decreasing as the season progresses. This season we are looking for each runner to run their personal-best time in each race."

•The future looks bright for the golf program, as there are no seniors on the boys or girls teams.

Freshman Mark David Wright has led the boys team, as he entered the week with a nine-hole average of 41. He shot a 46 in the weather-shortened Harold L. Miller Invitational last Saturday at Pine Hill. Team scores were not available.

Junior Josh Green and freshman Joseph Paliobagis have been battling for the team's No. 2 spot. Junior Nicholas Paliobagis, sophomore Chris Steward and freshman Tyler Pridgen round out the team.

"We're doing a lot better than we did last year," boys coach Scott Holahan said. "There's tremendous improvement. We have three freshmen on the team and two of them are products of the middle school team from last year."

Freshman Lindsay Augustyniak has been the top golfer on the girls team. Also on the team are sophomores Emily Gray, Natalie Kells and Danielle Kelly.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Tree of Life boys golf, boys soccer, cross country, girls soccer and volleyball teams:

Boys golf

Sept. 21 -- Lost to Village Academy 190-193. Mark David Wright shot a 39.

Last Saturday -- Finished fifth at Harold L. Miller Invitational at Pine Hill. Team scores were not available.

Boys soccer

Sept. 19 -- Defeated Northridge 2-1

Sept. 24 -- Def. Ready 5-1

Last Saturday -- Lost to Grandview Heights 5-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Gilead Christian

Saturday -- Home vs. Bloom-Carroll

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Grove City Christian

Of note: The Trojans were 4-4-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the MOCAL before last Tuesday.

Cross-country

Last Saturday -- Finished 17th (431 points) at Tiger Invitational at Pickerington Central

Saturday -- At Centerburg Invitational

Girls soccer

Sept. 17 -- Def. Columbus East 4-0

Sept. 19 -- Lost to Fisher Catholic 5-1

Last Saturday -- Lost to Columbus Academy 5-0

Today -- At Groveport-Madison

Saturday -- Home vs. Bloom-Carroll

Of note: The Trojans are 3-5.

Volleyball

*Sept. 24 -- Lost to Gahanna Christian 25-20, 25-21, 25-17

*Last Tuesday -- Played Fairfield Christian

*Today -- At Delaware Christian

Saturday -- Home vs. Linden McKinley

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Grove City Christian

Of note: The Trojans were 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the MOCAL before last Tuesday.

*MOCAL contest