Broehm sparking Reynoldsburg girls
A few months removed from an injury to her left knee that sidelined her for much of the summer of 2011, Katie Broehm scored 15 goals for the Reynoldsburg High School girls soccer team last season and was named first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division.
The versatile junior has been even better this season, according to coach Dana Ortman.
The Raiders reached one of their preseason goals when they earned a home game in the Division I district tournament during the tournament draw Oct. 7. They play host to Hilliard Darby in the first round on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Reynoldsburg, which was seeded 22nd while Darby was seeded 25th, was approaching its goal of winning 10 games as it took an 8-5-2 record into its regular-season finale Oct. 9 against Groveport.
Broehm had 10 goals and seven assists through 15 games despite splitting time between midfielder and sweeper. She ranked second on the team in goals behind junior forward Alex Thorn, who had 11 goals and three assists.
"Last year, I was recovering from my (torn anterior cruciate ligament) injury and this season I finally feel back to 100 percent," Broehm said. "I was still weak and slow last year and had a brace on."
While Broehm and Thorn have led the Raiders offensively, Ortman has been particularly impressed with his defense.
Reynoldsburg, which is looking to secure its first winning season since 2008 when it went 12-4-3, had seven shutouts through 15 games, including three during a five-game winning streak that it rode into its OCC-Ohio contest against Groveport.
In addition to Broehm, Kelsey Johnson, Aimee Ortega and Ceri Goff have been other key contributors on defense, according to Ortman.
"Our goal was to get 10 wins and host a playoff game, and a lot of it has been our defense," Ortman said.
"Our defense is just solid. We've put Katie in back against tough teams and, if we need her more on offense, we put her in the middle. She sees the field really well and she makes her teammates better. ... She is the ultimate team player. She leads by example on and off the field."
"We've just been working hard and playing together," Broehm said. "We know we're not the best team, obviously, but we keep our heads up."