The DeSales High School boys soccer team is distancing itself from last season's Division II state championship.

The DeSales High School boys soccer team is distancing itself from last season's Division II state championship.

When asked about what last season could mean for this year, senior midfielder G.J. Cook echoed the same sentiment as fourth-year coach Dominic Romanelli, that success one season doesn't mean anything the next.

"He pretty much told us to do the opposite of Italy," Cook said, referring to the 2006 World Cup champion, which failed to make it out of round-robin play at this year's tournament. "Just because we won one, we still have to come together as a team this season. We have a lot of new juniors that are first-year players."

DeSales defeated Bay Village Bay 1-0 in the state final last year. The Stallions finished 19-1-3 overall and 5-0 in the CCL, winning the league title for a fourth consecutive season. Worthington Christian was second in the CCL at 4-1, followed by St. Charles (2-2-1), Hartley (1-2-2), Watterson (1-3-1) and Ready (0-5).

Worthington Christian is no longer a member of the CCL.

Even though DeSales lost 10 seniors from last year's team to graduation, it returns an experienced lineup. It is up to those returnees to help the new players adapt to the varsity level as well as the expectations.

"It can be a lot of pressure," senior midfielder Angelo Pagani said. "Two consecutive state semifinals (in 2007 and '08) and then a state championship - the bar is set high for us."

Pagani, who was first-team all-CCL last season, is being counted on to be one of the team's leaders this season. He's in his third year on varsity and anchors the Stallions' defense. Also on that defense are senior John Acomb, senior Junior Besingi and junior Eric Niehaus.

Senior Michael DiCesare and his brother, junior Matt DiCesare, are expected to play the outside midfielder spots. Michael DiCesare was first-team all-CCL last season and has been on varsity since he was a freshman.

Seniors Dakota Rock and Zack Grady are the forwards, Cook and junior Pete Ryan are the outside midfielders and junior A.J. Tresoline is the goalkeeper. Senior Nick Vitullo also is expected to contribute in the field.

"We've come out a little shaky (during preseason scrimmages)," Michael DiCesare said. "For a lot of the younger players, it took until halftime. It's just some nerves and confidence right now with some of the younger guys. They have the skill."

•The girls soccer team lost just one senior from a year ago when it played for a Division I district championship.

"We've been able to move through the big picture stuff a little quicker and focus a lot more on becoming more detailed and versatile when defending and attacking within our system," said fourth-year coach Joshua Brader, whose team was 12-5-2 overall last season and 4-1 in the CCL. "It's been fun taking what we learned last year and making it more complex."

The Stallions' lone loss in the CCL was a 1-0 setback to a more experienced Watterson team. Watterson won the league title at 5-0, followed by DeSales, Ready (2-2-1), Worthington Christian (1-2-2), Hartley (1-3-1) and Columbus School for Girls (0-5).

Leading the Stallions are seniors Allie Shimer and Melinda Stemen and junior Maura Hulme, each of whom was first-team all-CCL last season. Junior Jordan Barnett returns after making second-team all-league a year ago.

Also on the team are seniors Bella Carfagna, Elle Murray, Megan Shannon, Sam Strain and Mary Wickert, juniors Lindsey Bowman and Alex Elliot and sophomores Hannah Clark, Courtney Klosterman and Alvi Shivley.

Last season ended with the Stallions, seeded fifth, losing to top-seeded Upper Arlington 1-0 in a district final.

•The girls tennis team returns one of its two players who comprised a Division II state championship doubles team last season.

Sophomore My Linh Li returns after she and her sister, 2010 graduate Kim My Li, won the doubles state title last season by defeating Bexley's Corinne Rauck and Maddie Morton 6-2, 6-7(7-9), 6-2 in the state final.

"I am hoping that having My Linh on the team will give the whole team a desire to get better," second-year coach Pablo Russo said. "They have the best competition to get better in practices. They see what it takes to win at a high level."

The Stallions finished third in the CCL last season at 3-2, behind Watterson (5-0) and Columbus School for Girls (4-1) and ahead of Hartley (2-3), Worthington Christian (1-4) and Ready (0-5).

Also on the team are seniors Christie Brugler, Amy Siebold, juniors Kyra Hess and Kerri Moore and sophomores Izzy Ocampo and Sarah Schockling.


Schedules

BOYS SOCCER

Aug. 24 - vs. Westerville North Aug. 28 - at Bay Village Bay Sept. 2 - at Olentangy Sept. 4 - vs. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit at Crew Stadium *Sep. 9 - at Ready Sept. 11 - vs. Dayton Carroll Sept. 16 - vs. Hilliard Davidson Sept. 18 - vs. Olentangy Liberty *Sept. 21 - at Hartley *Sept. 28 - at Watterson Sept. 30 - vs. Upper Arlington *Oct. 5 - vs. St. Charles Oct. 7 - vs. Dublin Coffman Oct. 9 - at Youngstown Mooney Oct. 14 - at Dublin Jerome

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 26 - at Hilliard Darby Aug. 28 - at Toledo St. Ursula Aug. 31 - at Chillicothe Unioto Sept. 2 - vs. Hilliard Davidson *Sept. 9 - vs. Ready Sept. 11 - vs. Fayetteville-Perry *Sept. 14 - at Columbus School for Girls Sept. 16 - at Pickerington North *Sept. 21 - vs. Hartley Sept. 23 - vs. Worthington Kilbourne Sept. 25 - vs. Beavercreek Oct. 2 - at Granville *Oct. 5 - at Watterson Oct. 9 - vs. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit Oct. 14 - vs. Dublin Jerome Oct. 16 - at Hilliard Bradley

GIRLS TENNIS

Aug. 19 - vs. Canton Central Catholic Aug. 23 - at Hilliard Bradley Aug. 25 - vs. Columbus Academy Aug. 26 - at Teays Valley *Aug. 31 - vs. Hartley Sept. 1 - at Pickerington North *Sept. 7 - at Watterson Sept. 9 - vs. Dublin Jerome *Sept. 14 - at Ready Sept. 16 - vs. Dublin Scioto *Sept. 21 -at Columbus School for Girls Sept. 23 - at Dublin Coffman Sept. 25 - at Rocky River Magnificat Sept. 27 - at Westerville North Sept. 30 - at Bexley *Oct. 5 - at Worthington Christian Oct. 12 - at Pickerington Central

*CCL contest


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales cross country, boys golf, girls golf and volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Wednesday - Competed at New Albany Invitational Sept. 4 - At Circleville Invitational

BOYS GOLF

Aug. 9 - Finished 15th in Mount Vernon Inv. behind Centerville (303) Aug. 13 - Finished 14th (325) Three W's Inv. behind Dublin Jerome (298) Aug. 16 - Finished fifth (345) at Gahanna Inv. behind Pickerington North (301) Aug. 18 - Finished second (321) in six-team CCL preseason Inv. behind St. Charles (291) Last Friday - Finished fourth (321) at 26-team New Albany Inv. behind Dublin Jerome (300) Last Tuesday - Competed against Grove City Saturday - At Mount Vernon Inv. at Hiawatha Tuesday - St. Charles at NorthStar

GIRLS GOLF

Aug. 9 - Finished third (338) at Early Birdie Tournament behind Dublin Coffman (310) and Marysville (323) Aug. 13 - Defeated Hilliard Darby 176-216. Aly McGinnis (38) was medalist. Aug 16 - Finished 10th (396) at 11-team Gahanna Inv. behind Watterson (347) Aug. 17 - Def. Columbus School for Girls 175-216. Sarah Chapman (38) was medalist. Aug. 19 - Finished first (342) at seven-team MOGGL Tournament ahead of runner-up Pickerington North (357) Last Monday - Finished first (173) ahead of Centerburg (222) and Clear Fork (232). Chapman (38) was medalist. Saturday - MOGGL Tournament at Foxfire Tuesday - Watterson at TBD

GIRLS TENNIS

Aug. 19 - Lost to Canton Central Catholic 3-2 in opener Last Monday - Lost 5-0 to Hilliard Bradley Today - At Teays Valley *Tuesday - Home vs. Hartley Wednesday - At Pickerington North

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Saturday - At Teays Valley vs. Rey-noldsburg and Teays Valley in opener Tuesday - At Shekinah Christian

*CCL contest