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Girls Soccer

Seniors pushed South to winning campaign


The Westerville South High School girls soccer team enjoyed its first winning season since 2005, going 11-5-1 overall.

Coach Brandi Tanler credited her seven seniors for making it happen. In 2005, South finished 9-8-2.

"We had a very successful season and I am very proud of the girls," Tanler said. "We have seven seniors and they all played a key role in our success this season. The seniors took over the team and pushed everyone to be the best they could be and learned how to win games. I couldn't ask for a better group of seniors."

Senior forward Mikaela Couch was first-team all-district and all-league, and senior defender Dominique Dosky was first-team all-league and third-team all-district. Senior goalkeeper Cara Calland was second-team all-league, senior defender Samantha Roth was special mention all-league and senior forward Casey Kusan was honorable mention all-league after missing most of the 2012 season with an ACL injury to her right knee.

The Wildcats' season ended with a 3-0 loss at sixth-seeded Watterson in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22. The Eagles went on to win a district title and were regional runners-up.

After a first-round bye in the district tournament, the 13th-seeded Wildcats defeated 16th-seeded New Albany 1-0 on Oct. 19 at home. Roth scored and Calland had 14 saves.

After losing to Westerville Central 3-1 on Sept. 23, the Wildcats won six consecutive games before their tournament loss to Watterson.

South defeated Westerville North 3-0 on Oct. 7.

The Wildcats went 4-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish third behind Dublin Jerome (5-1-1) and Hilliard Bradley (5-2) and ahead of Central (3-1-3), Canal Winchester (3-3-1), North (2-3-2), Hilliard Darby (1-5-1) and Dublin Scioto (0-6-1).

Eligible to return for the Wildcats are juniors Lauren Frank (midfielder), Charley Goodwin (midfielder), Karen Hernandez (defender), Tricia Roederer (midfielder) and Asia Williams (defender), sophomores Desiree Clark (midfielder), Chloe Marburger (defender), Kambra Crist (midfielder), Maisha Lyshe (midfielder) and Toni Lytus (defender) and freshman Gabby Couch (forward).

Central girls team had 'solid season'

The Central girls team finished 11-3-4 overall.

"It was a solid season, led by a great group of girls," coach Devon Cannon said.

The Warhawks lost to 14th-seeded and visiting Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in double overtime in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22.

Junior goalie Rachel Wozniak had six saves.

"We played well," Cannon said. "We dominated the game. It's just how soccer goes sometimes."

After a first-round bye, the fifth-seeded Warhawks defeated 38th-seeded Licking Heights 13-1 in the second round Oct. 15 at home.

Central defeated South 3-1 on Sept. 23 and played North to a scoreless tie Sept. 16.

Senior forward/midfielder Alex MacLeod was first-team all-district and all-league, and senior midfielder/defender Brista Phillips was first-team all-league and third-team all-district.

Junior defender Kenna Pollard was second-team all-league, senior defender Allison Ruman was special mention all-league and freshman defender Kennedy Wells was honorable mention all-league.

MacLeod and junior forward Mariah Moarefdoust each had eight goals.

Junior goalie Trisha Hogue had 52 saves and Wozniak had 17.

Others eligible to return are juniors Valerie Brown (defender), Marissa Conkins (midfielder), Nicole Dollar (midfielder/defender), Brooke Frasure (midfielder), Taylor Hosey (defender), Taylor Howell (forward), Bailey Pence (midfielder/defender) and Allison Ubry (midfielder/defender) and freshmen Madyson Burtner (midfielder) and Quinn Libby (forward).