Teamwork and depth helped the Bexley High School boys soccer team win its first seven games.
The Lions improved to 7-0 overall by defeating Bloom-Carroll 1-0 on Sept. 9 on a goal by Ted Schoedinger. Goalkeeper Ben Ziegler had eight saves.
"I really think the whole crux of it is that we're playing for a common goal and playing for each other," coach Jay Scott said. "There has been no selfish play. The guys are backing each other up and they are looking for one another to find the open guy so he can shoot. They're not concerned about being the one to score the goal."
That unselfish play was on display when eight players scored in an 8-0 victory over London on Sept. 6 that improved the Lions to 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio Division. Nick Cory, Noah Gosnell, Grant Heilman, Zander Hirsch, Tyler Lehman, James Powers, Isaac Roe and Owen Rupp all scored against the Red Raiders.
Hirsch, Miles Joseph and Powers all scored as Bexley defeated Whitehall 3-1 on Aug. 30 in its league opener.
"This is my second season (as head coach) and I was an assistant here for seven seasons before that, and this is the most talented team I have been around," Scott said. "Just the amount of talent on this team is really astounding. We don't have huge guys -- Bexley doesn't grow them big -- but we do a lot with the talent that we have.
"Bexley always has kids that are highly skilled, but the way these kids work with each other is amazing. They are the best team I have coached here as a collection of players. They all lend something to the team."
Tennis team looks for
consistency in singles
The girls tennis team was 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Grandview on Sept. 12.
Despite the Lions' record, coach Shelby Cheses would like to see her singles players take steps forward.
"We're doing what we need to do to survive," Cheses said. "We're winning matches, but we're struggling a bit in singles. They are having a tough time finding their rhythm."
The Lions defeated Worthington Christian 3-2 on Sept. 7 in league play. Haley Wilson won at first singles and Stephanie Lehman won at third singles, and the second-doubles team of Maxine Giller and Olivia Williams clinched the victory.
They also defeated London 5-0 on Aug. 24 in their league opener.
Bexley lost to Columbus School for Girls 4-1 on Sept. 5 in the opening round of OTCA team tournament play.
Girls soccer team
earns first victory
The girls soccer team won its first game, defeating London 7-0 on Sept. 6 in its MSL-Ohio opener.
Morgan Bowers scored three times and Maggie Bunker had two goals for the Lions, who were 1-3 overall before playing league-foe Zanesville Rosecrans on Sept. 13.
Goalie Makayla Burzynski had five saves against London.
"They have been working to grow as a team as we implement our new systems," first-year coach Ryan Leven said. "You could see the growing pains in the first few games, but we have seen them develop chemistry with their teammates and we're seeing things start to come about."
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 16 -- Central Ohio Invitational at Three Creeks Metro Park
Sept. 20 -- Arrowhead Invitational at Whetstone
*Sept. 14 -- Home vs. New Albany
Sept. 16 -- Home vs. Cincinnati Ursuline
*Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Granville
Sept. 14 -- Heath at Westchester
Sept. 16 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club at Granville
Sept. 18 -- MSL-Ohio postseason tournament at Westchester
Sept. 20 -- Canal Winchester and Westerville North at Westchester
Sept. 14 -- Columbus School for Girls at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 16 -- MSL-Ohio postseason tournament at Airport
Sept. 16 -- Home vs. Hamilton Township
Sept. 14 -- At Big Walnut
Sept. 16 -- Home vs. Johnstown
*Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy
*Sept. 18 -- At Whitehall
Sept. 19 -- At Wellington
*Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Grandview
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Academy