After having their seasons cancelled in 2009 as the result of a failed levy in the district, the Westland High School boys and girls soccer teams returned to the field this fall and enjoyed some success.

After having their seasons cancelled in 2009 as the result of a failed levy in the district, the Westland High School boys and girls soccer teams returned to the field this fall and enjoyed some success.

The boys team finished 5-10-1 overall and 0-6-1 in the OCC-Central Division, with the tie coming against Central Crossing at 1 on Oct. 12.

The girls team was 4-12 overall and 1-6 in the OCC-Central, with the league win coming against Central Crossing 6-0 on Oct. 12.

•Although it had a home contest for its first-round Division I district tournament game, the boys team was eliminated by Northland in a shootout 3-2 on Oct. 20.

Westland began the season 3-3 before losing five of six.

The Cougars' wins came against Whetstone 2-1 on Aug. 28, Teays Valley 6-2 on Sept. 4, West 9-1 on Sept.11, Northland 5-2 on Sept. 30 and Newark 6-1 on Oct. 7.

Westland finished tied for seventh in the OCC-Central with Central Crossing behind Thomas Worthington (7-0), Hilliard Darby (4-1-2), Worthington Kilbourne (4-3), Dublin Coffman (3-2-2), Upper Arlington (3-3-1) and Hilliard Davidson (2-2-3).

Coach Dan Heckler will look to replace seniors Nabil Ahmed, Jesse Carmack, Geovanny Garcia and goalkeeper Andrew Shepherd. Roberto Revilla and Alfredo Valle-Pacheco are juniors, but had only one year of eligibility remaining because of their ages.

"These guys are all good players, who contributed a lot to the team," Heckler said. "We have a very young team and not many juniors for next year either, so we will miss (the seniors) a lot, but the younger guys who are coming up are eager to jump right in and replace them."

Revilla led the team in scoring with 17 goals and was first-team all-OCC-Central and third-team all-district.

Garcia was second-team all-OCC-Central, and Shepherd, who made 118 saves, was honorable mention.

Heckler expects juniors Nick Ellis, Carlos Martinez, Eduardo Perez and Jason Quintana to provide a solid nucleus next season.

Ellis was second on the team in scoring with seven goals.

"There were things that was I happy with and things that I'd like to see improve," Heckler said. "A lot of guys showed a lot of improvement. A lot of guys learned the value of practice, so they can contribute to the team, improve themselves, so they can make a better contribution. A lot of the guys learned the value the hard way by not practicing. Some guys practiced harder, and some guys practiced less harder. Guys could see the difference."

•The girls team received solid contributions from its senior class and a talented group of underclassmen.

The Cougars' season ended with 12-0 loss to Dublin Jerome in a district tournament game on Oct. 19.

Freshman Keila Herrara led the team in scoring with 23 goals.

"Keila Herrara is a freshman and has some good skills and a lot to build on," coach Pat Ellis said. "The younger players showed a lot of heart and desire to get out there and do everything they can to make themselves better to compete."

Senior Amanda Snyder was second on the team in scoring with 11 goals and was first-team all-OCC-Central.

Other seniors are Emily Akopyan, Cassie Cameron, Danielle Lehar, Stephanie Pakes, goalkeeper Samantha Peters, Paige Turner and Aubrey Wynn.

Peters finished with 87 saves.

Pakes was second-team all-OCC-Central and Wynn was honorable mention.

"The seniors showed tremendous leadership for the younger, less-experienced girls, especially the incoming freshmen and sophomores because they didn't have a chance to see what high school soccer was all about," Ellis said.

The Cougars won their first two games, defeating Hamilton Township 3-0 on Aug. 24 and Whetstone 4-2 on Aug. 28 before losing nine in a row. That streak ended with a 7-0 win against Franklin Heights on Sept. 30.

The victory over Central Crossing came in the regular-season finale.

"I thought Central Crossing would be a little more challenging for us, but then again with them not having sports last fall either, it was a challenge coming back," Ellis said. "Between some of the athletes transferring out and then they just didn't want to come back, they wanted to stay where they transferred to, it puts everybody back to a rebuilding season."

The Cougars finished seventh in the OCC-Central behind Davidson (6-0-1), Coffman (5-0-2), Upper Arlington (5-1-1), Thomas (3-3-1), Kilbourne (3-3-1) and Darby (2-5), and ahead of Central Crossing (0-7).


BOYS SOCCER

•Record: 5-10-1 overall, 0-6-1 in OCC-Central (tied for seventh) •Seniors lost: Nabil Ahmed, Jesse Carmack, Geovanny Garcia and Andrew Shepherd •Key returnees: Nick Ellis, Carlos Martinez, Eduardo Perez, Jason Quintana and Alex Reyes

GIRLS SOCCER

•Record: 4-12 overall, 1-6 in OCC-Central (seventh) •Seniors lost: Emily Akopyan, Cassie Cameron, Danielle Lehar, Stephanie Pakes, Samantha Peters, Amanda Snyder, Paige Turner and Aubrey Wynn •Key returnees: Kelsi Cavanaugh, Christina Cremens and Keila Herrara