Westland High School boys soccer coach Dan Heckler prefers relying on a team concept rather than individual efforts.

Westland High School boys soccer coach Dan Heckler prefers relying on a team concept rather than individual efforts.

Heckler has yet to see that team aspect on a consistent basis this season heading into Tuesday's OCC-Central Division game against Upper Arlington. The Cougars will take records of 3-6 overall and 0-4 in the division into the contest.

Heckler expected better showings in a 2-1 loss to Jonathan Alder on Sept. 18 and a 6-0 setback against Thomas Worthington last Tuesday.

"We're suffering losses that I did not expect and we do not have to have," Heckler said. "We lost 6-0 to Thomas, and there's no reason for that. We have a lot of players who are still learning to put the team ahead of themselves and right now they think they want the glory of offense when what we need is defense. We need to improve greatly on our commitment to defense."

Westland has been outscored 19-1 in OCC-Central play, with its lone goal coming in a 7-1 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Aug. 31.

Junior Roberto Revilla leads the team in scoring with 11 goals followed by junior Nick Ellis with five. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Shepherd, who missed the game against Jonathan Alder with a sprained ankle, has made 73 saves.

"Andrew is our best keeper and he continues to offer support to the team from the sideline when he's out, but he can do it from on the field when he's in goal," Heckler said."

Heckler is hoping to see better team play when Westland faces City League schools Northland on Thursday and Centennial on Saturday. "They're both tough City League schools, they're doing well," Heckler said. "Centennial has been plowing over people this year. If our team plays well I hope to do well against all these schools. I expected to do better against Jonathan Alder, but we lost that game."

Heckler has been impressed with the consistent contributions of senior center midfielder and captain Geovanny Garcia.

"Geovanny has been working hard ever since the season started," Heckler said. "He figures out what the plan is, he offers his opinions on things and when we settle things whether it's his suggestion or not, he implements the team plan. He works hard and he changes the way he plays on the field to fit better with what we need. He's a good leader."

•The girls tennis team is hoping to build on its second win of the season against Central Crossing, a 4-1 victory last Tuesday.

The Cougars defeated the Comets 4-1 on Sept. 2.

In the rematch, winners for Westland were Caitlin Taylor at first singles 6-3, 6-0; Zoya Naumchyk at second singles 6-1, 6-1; Sharelle McCuen 7-5, 6-0 at third singles; and Ali Scudds and Jade Ward at first doubles 6-5, 7-6.

"There is a kind of a rivalry between the two schools, so it's kind of nice when you win," Westland coach Shaela Hinckley said. "All the girls played hard on both teams. It wasn't an uneven match. It was a really good match."

The Cougars have won only one of seven OCC-Central matches, Hinckley has been pleased with her team's performance.

"I like the progress we're making especially against teams like Upper Arlington and Dublin Coffman whose girls have been playing for years," Hinckley said. "They've been playing them and trying, and keeping their spirits up, which really says a lot about their character."

Hinckley noted that there has been an emphasis in practice on serving and baseline play.

"The girls have been working hard and they've really improved their net (play) and their aggressiveness at net, which I like," she said.


At a glance

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

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Wednesday - Competed at Arrowhead Invitational at Whetstone. Boys finished seventh of 14 teams with 250 points as Worthington Kilbourne (39) won the title. Girls didn't post a team score. Watterson (31) won the six-team event. Saturday - At Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club

FOOTBALL

*Sept. 17 - Lost to Hilliard Davidson 70-6. Korey Browning's 13-yard touchdown pass to Devin Norris in the fourth quarter accounted for the Cougars' lone score. *Last Friday - Played Dublin Coffman *Friday - At Worthington Kilbourne. Kilbourne defeated Westland 45-17 in 2008.

Of note: The Cougars were 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Central before last Friday.

GOLF

Last Thursday - Played Westerville South Wednesday - Home vs. Groveport

BOYS SOCCER

Sept 18 - Lost to Jonathan Alder 2-1 *Last Tuesday - Lost to Thomas Worthington 6-0 *Tuesday - Home vs. Upper Arlington Thursday - At Northland Saturday - At Centennial

Of note: The Cougars are 3-6 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Central.

GIRLS SOCCER

Sept. 18 - Lost to Tree of Life 4-3. Keila Herrara scored two goals for Westland with Amanda Snyder adding one. *Last Tuesday - Lost to Thomas 3-1. Snyder scored for the Cougars. Last Saturday - Played Johnstown-Monroe *Tuesday - At Upper Arlington Saturday - Home vs. Franklin Heights

Of note: The Cougars were 2-7 overall before last Saturday and are 0-4 in the OCC-Central.

GIRLS TENNIS

Sept. 16 - Match against Jonathan Alder was cancelled because of inclement weather *Last Tuesday - Defeated Central Crossing 4-1 Last Thursday - Played Grove City Tuesday - At Olentangy Orange Wednesday - At Olentangy Liberty

Of note: The Cougars were 4-7 overall before last Thursday and are 1-6 in the OCC-Central.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 16 - Lost to Hilliard Darby 25-10, 25-22, 25-12 *Last Tuesday - Lost to Central Crossing 25-11, 25-8, 25-9 *Last Thursday - Played Davidson *Tuesday - At Dublin Coffman *Thursday - Home vs. Kilbourne

Of note: The Cougars were 0-10 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Central before last Thursday.

*OCC-Central contest