Having a new coach won't change expectations for the Hartley High School girls soccer team.

Having a new coach won't change expectations for the Hartley High School girls soccer team.

Billy Blake takes over for Keith Scarlett, who left to coach the women's soccer team at Eastern Oregon University. Scarlett compiled a 57-20-16 record in five seasons with the Hawks.

Blake has 12 years of head-coaching experience, including eight at the varsity level. He spent the last two seasons at Dover and coached West Springfield (Va.) before that, where he won two Class AAA state titles.

"Overall, the goal is to win a state championship, and we're looking to do that in the next five years," Blake said. "We want to go deeper into the playoffs this year than last year. Hopefully we can make a run at the regional tournament."

Last season Hartley finished 10-5-2 overall after losing to New Albany 1-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

The Hawks have big expectations because so many players return, including senior Amanda Setser (goalkeeper), junior Deanna Mascia (forward) and sophomores Molly Mackessy (forward) and Jessica Skelly (forward/midfielder). The rest of the starting positions had not determined by last weekend. There are 10 sophomores on the team, with Setser being the only senior.

Blake utilizes a possession-oriented style of play that emphasizes communication.

"We'll continue to shift our formation because we want to be a very fluid team," he said. "We know we won't see too many high-scoring games with the way we play."

As for the CCL, Blake wants the Hawks to aim for a league title but knows the competition is tough. The Hawks were fifth (1-3-1) in the CCL last year, behind Watterson (5-0), DeSales (4-1), Ready (2-2-1) and Worthington Christian (1-2-2) and ahead of Columbus School for Girls (0-5).

Worthington Christian is no longer in the CCL.

"I'm pretty confident we can beat DeSales, beat Ready and beat Watterson," Blake said. "However, it's going to come down to those moments where there's a critical five-minute period in the game. Can the younger players handle it?

"I'm hoping to finish near the top of the league. The girls are not afraid of those teams anymore."

•With a strong finish last season and having returned a lot of key players, the boys soccer team is looking to make a strong showing in the CCL and contend for a Division II district title.

Last season, the Hawks were district runners-up, losing to DeSales 6-0 in a district final after beating Jonathan Alder 1-0 in overtime in a district semifinal and Granville 4-3 in overtime in the second round.

In the CCL, Hartley finished fourth (1-2-2), behind DeSales (5-0), Worthington Christian (4-1) and St. Charles (2-2-1) and ahead of Watterson (1-3-1) and Ready (0-5).

"We're building off of our experience from last year," second-year coach Chris Kowalski said. "We got a taste of what it's like to play in October, and it tasted good. It's great that we peaked when we did last year, but we're a more seasoned team this year."

Leading the Hawks are seniors Aric Lindsay (forward), Adam Maxfield (defender) and Pad McGurr (midfielder) and junior Justin Alexander (goalkeeper). Other starters include seniors Eric Heinmiller (midfielder) and Brent Wahle (midfielder).

The league again figures to be tough with DeSales, the defending Division II state champion, and Watterson. Worthington Christian, the defending Division III state champion, is no longer in the CCL but the Hawks kept the Warriors on their schedule, with the teams meeting on Aug. 31.

"I think it's a wide-open race," Kowalski said. "DeSales has won every year I've been here, and until somebody unseats the kings, they own that throne, so they're the favorites going in."

Kowalski wants the players to look forward, rather than dwell on last season. With 11 seniors, Hartley has the experience and skill for a long postseason run.

"I hope that they have some short-term memory," he said. "That success last year, I hope we can use the experience to benefit the way we play. But as far as I'm concerned, it means nothing. This year is a new slate. Past success guarantees you nothing for the present state."

Schedules

BOYS SOCCER

Aug. 26 - vs. Canal Winchester

Aug. 28 - vs. Chillicothe Zane Trace

Aug. 31 - at Worthington Christian

Sept. 2 - at Johnstown

Sept. 4 - at Columbus Academy

*Sept. 9 - at Watterson

*Sept. 14 - at St. Charles

Sept. 18 - vs. Big Walnut

*Sept. 21 - vs. DeSales

Sept. 23 - at Jonathan Alder

Sept. 25 - vs. Grandview

Sept. 28 - vs. Centennial

*Oct. 7 - vs. Ready

Oct. 11 - vs. Hamilton Township

Oct. 14 - at Fairbanks

Oct. 16 - at Bexley

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 26 - at Newark

Aug. 28 - vs. Chillicothe Zane Trace

Sept. 2 - vs. Zanesville Rosecrans

Sept. 6 - at Bellville Clear Fork

*Sept. 9 - vs. Watterson

Sept. 11 - at Canal Winchester

Sept. 13 - vs. Wellington

Sept. 16 - vs. Worthington Christian

Sept. 18 - vs. Reynoldsburg

*Sept. 21 - at DeSales

*Sept. 28 - at Ready

*Oct. 5 - vs. Columbus School for Girls

Oct. 7 - at Watkins Memorial

Oct. 9 - at Grandview

Oct. 11 - at Upper Arlington

Oct. 16 - at Bexley

*CCL game


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hartley cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Wednesday - Competed at New Albany Invitational in opener

Saturday - At Pickerington Classic at Pickerington North

BOYS SOCCER

Today - Home vs. Canal Winchester in opener

Saturday - Home vs. Chillicothe Zane Trace

Tuesday - At Worthington Chr.

GIRLS SOCCER

Today - At Newark in opener

Saturday - Home vs. Chillicothe Zane Trace

Tuesday - Home vs. Springfield Central Catholic

GIRLS TENNIS

Aug. 18 - Defeated Briggs 5-0 in opener

Today - At New Albany

Saturday - At Teays Valley

Monday - At Whitehall

*Tuesday - At DeSales

VOLLEYBALL

Saturday - At Big Walnut in opener

Monday - Home vs. Westerville North

*CCL contest