After playing several close contests, the Olentangy Orange High School field hockey team earned its first win, beating Dublin Scioto 4-0 on Sept. 23.
Attackers Cailey Lower and Olivia Kamer and midfielders Eily Cogan and Carley Dudley scored, while goalkeeper Cierra Beaumier had five saves.
The Pioneers improved to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division.
"Overall, we started off strong with confidence going into the season, but we've struggled since," coach Erin Otten said. "The girls couldn't get the wins they wanted right off the bat, even though the games were very close. Hartley was 3-1 (on Aug. 21), Columbus School for Girls was 2-0 (on Sept. 3) and Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame was 1-0 (on Aug. 31), so the girls let their confidence levels drop."
The Pioneers play a league game Monday, Sept. 30, at Upper Arlington before wrapping up the regular season Oct. 9 at home against Olentangy in a league contest.
"We have been on the upswing," Otten said. "The lack of confidence really slowed down their play and they started playing sloppy. However, we've really refocused our energies and are playing much better within the last week."
Through eight games, defen-der Taylor Collett had 29 interceptions, defender Jaimey Dudley had 23 interceptions and Beaumier had 97 saves.
Attacker Hannah Kimball and defender Mackenzie Siebert each had one goal.
"Senior captains Taylor Collett and Jaimey Dudley ... play fearlessly and with tremendous skill," Otten said. "Their experience and leadership definitely show on the field."
Patriots continue to play well
Liberty went 3-0 last week to improve to 6-1-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the COFHL-West.
The Patriots defeated Scioto 6-0 in a league game Sept. 17, as midfielder Dani Bursinger scored three goals, attacker Gaby Perez scored twice and attacker Claire Buckey scored once.
Liberty tied Watterson at 2 on Sept. 19 and defeated Kettering Fairmont 6-0 on Sept. 21.
Against Fairmont, attacker Meg Partin scored three goals, Bursinger scored twice, attacker Karri Stadulis scored once and goalie Maddie Passarella had four saves.
The Patriots' biggest highlight has been tying 2012 state runner-up Watterson, coach Marianne Flannery said.
"This was a great game, a very intense game against one of the strongest programs in the state," she said. "Watterson is known for a very strong defense, so the fact that we scored two goals on them is something we are proud of. The game was our best team game, with well-executed passing and effective communications."
The Patriots wrap up league play by playing Thursday, Sept. 26, at Olentangy, Monday, Sept. 30, at Dublin Coffman and Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Thomas Worthington.
"We have a very tough segment of our season (coming up) ... so if that segment of games doesn't get us ready for the state tournament, I don't know what will," Flannery said."
Braves end week with victory
Olentangy went 1-1 last week, losing a COFHL-West game to Thomas 7-0 on Sept. 16 and defeating Granville 2-1 on Sept. 19.
The Braves were 3-5-1 overall and 1-3 in the COFHL-West before playing Upper Arlington on Sept. 25.
Against Granville, attacker Rachel Dannenhauer and midfielder Kasia Placek scored and goalkeeper Maddie Barnes had 13 saves.
"The team ... is becoming more cohesive on the field as of late," coach Allison Neff said. "Our center midfielder, Kasia Placek, has become a major game-changer for us. She controls the ball in the midfield and creates more opportunities for us to score. Our center forward, Mary Tarantine, has created several breakaways and has the most caused turnovers on the team. Our goalie, Maddie Barnes, has over 80 saves this season thus far."