Reynoldsburg High School girls soccer coach Dana Ortman can't find enough compliments to bestow on goalkeeper Catherine Gundelfinger.

Reynoldsburg High School girls soccer coach Dana Ortman can't find enough compliments to bestow on goalkeeper Catherine Gundelfinger.

Gundelfinger would rather talk about her team's progression than her own.

Neither can be denied, even with the Raiders being 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Ohio Division. They were riding a three-game losing streak before playing Groveport on Sept. 27.

"She plays hard. She has a take-no-prisoners attitude," Ortman said of Gundelfinger. "She's made numerous out-of-this-world saves. She's been a rock and she oozes leadership. She's still a sophomore and still learning, but we pinch ourselves at how lucky we will be for the next two years. She's tough now. She'll get better with more experience."

Gundelfinger, a second-year starter, has been tested all season. She had 15 saves in a season-opening 3-1 loss at Delaware on Aug. 23, had 17 in a league-opening 5-1 loss at Grove City on Aug. 30 and added 13 in an 11-0 loss to defending league champion Pickerington North on Sept. 13. She averaged 8.7 saves per game in the seven games before facing Groveport.

"I think I'm getting better at judging the opponents' shots," Gundelfinger said. "At first, I wasn't good at that. But I also have a goalie coach, Tim Mathias, this year. I've never had a goalie coach before. That's pretty big for me. But the defense has helped tremendously. I can always trust them. We've had some tough games lately, but we've kept our heads up."

The Raiders lost to Westerville North 2-0 on Sept. 15 but two nights later beat Lakewood 3-1. They lost three more competitive games last week - 1-0 at Lancaster on Sept. 20, 2-1 at Watkins Memorial on Sept. 22 and 2-0 at Chillicothe on Sept. 24.

"It was big for them to play tough against (Westerville) North. They started to believe they could play with really good teams," Ortman said. "Then we had a heartbreaker against Lancaster and the same thing (against Watkins Memorial). But we're taking some positives. We'll do that and move forward."

The Raiders won't be doing that at full strength, however.

Sophomore midfielder Rachel Streib took an elbow to the back of the neck against Watkins Memorial and is expected to be sidelined at least another week. She lay on the field for about 25 minutes before leaving in an ambulance.

Earlier in that same game, junior midfielder Christa Zellefrow sustained an ankle injury. She is expected back next week.

"It hurts not having them," Gundelfinger said. "It's hard for us, but we're making arrangements and other girls are playing well."

The Raiders have road games Thursday, Sept. 29, at Central Crossing and Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Gahanna before ending the regular season with home games against Pickerington Central (Oct. 11) and Marion Harding (Oct. 13).

"I've said all along I want this to be a building year. We had two wins last year; now we've doubled that," Ortman said. "I want to get to .500, win a playoff game and see what happens. I think we can achieve that."

•The boys team went 1-1-1 last week, following up a 3-1 OCC-Ohio loss to Lancaster on Sept. 20 with a scoreless tie against Watkins Memorial on Sept. 22 and a 4-2 win at Delaware on Sept. 24.

The loss to the Golden Gales was the Raiders' first in the league and followed a 1-0 win over Pickerington North on Sept. 13.

Reynoldsburg has three home games next week leading to the Division I district tournament draw Oct. 9 at Hilliard Davidson. The Raiders play host to Gahanna on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Dublin Scioto on Oct. 6 and Jonathan Alder on Oct. 8.