Ryan Fahy is back where he belongs for the Central Crossing High School boys soccer team, and the Comets are off to the best start in program history.
After being the starting goalkeeper as a freshman and sophomore, Fahy moved into the field as a defender last year. With his return to goalie this fall, the Comets were 4-2 before playing Upper Arlington on Sept. 12 in their OCC-Central Division opener.
"Getting back in goal was different and I wasn't really looking forward to it at the beginning of the year, but as the season has gone on I just love it," Fahy said. "I really missed it, and goalie is my best position, too."
Coach Tyler Gleason said the move last season allowed the Comets to be more versatile in the field. Also, 2017 graduate Brandow Gonzalez could hold his own in goal.
"We had another kid who was good and we wanted to use Ryan's athleticism in the field," Gleason said. "He has experience in goal and he has confidence. I think the game has slowed down for him a lot."
Fahy also has wrestled for the Comets, including going 24-18 last winter and qualifying for the Division I district tournament at 132 pounds. He said a benefit of wrestling helps his play in goal.
"Wrestling helped out a lot with my hand strength and stuff like that," he said. "It's good to have strong fingers when you get tips. When you get hit with the ball, your fingers can flex back if you have good, strong hands.
"I love (soccer and wrestling) a lot, but they are two different things. I love the team effort of soccer. I love being a part of this team and the community that we have. When it comes to wrestling, it's just me out there on my own."
The record start is quite an improvement from last season, when the Comets finished 2-13-2. Fahy said it's a matter of knowing his teammates from playing together over the years.
"We're all stepping up to the plate right now," he said. "We're 4-2 right now and usually at the end of the season we have only one or two wins and like one tie, so I'm really proud of what this team is doing.
"We have better relationships as a team. We're together a lot (and) that helps. We have good junior and senior classes and we weren't very good as freshmen or sophomores, but just practicing together has helped a lot. Getting that connection down has made things a lot better."
Gleason likes what he sees from all of his players, but especially his underclassmen.
"A lot of it is that we have experienced players," he said. "Even the younger kids who are contributing are exceptional; they are just small.
"I think the kids have an understanding of what we want, and to be honest, I think one of the biggest parts is having kids who have played club soccer. That goes such a long way in high school because club soccer is a much more advanced game."
Patrick logs top time
in cross country
C.J. Patrick turned in the boys cross country team's best time of the season in the McGowan Invitational on Sept. 9 at Watkins Memorial.
He finished 63rd in 17 minutes, 16.2 seconds as the Comets were 17th (446 points) behind champion Olentangy Liberty (93) as 32 teams scored.
Greg Patrick (85th, 17:30.1), Avery Wright (89th, 17:35.7), Dominic Manson (102nd, 17:48.9), Kyle Buerkle (112th, 17:56.9) and Michael Fry (113th, 17:57.1) also participated.
Zoey Calafatis paced the girls team by finishing 72nd (21:13.9) as Central Crossing was 22nd (632) behind champion Liberty (80) as 28 teams scored.
Lilly Dimmerling (118th, 22:10.1) was next, followed by Kaylee Watson (128th, 22:28.7), Jennifer Pena-Zamora (144th, 23:07.7) and Mallory Lalonde (182nd, 26:17.9).
The Comets next compete in the Bob Reall Invitational on Sept. 23 at Lancaster.
girls soccer team
The girls soccer team has used a standout defense to move to 5-1-1 before beginning OCC-Central play Sept. 12 against UA.
The Comets allowed only six goals in their first seven games, including three shutouts. They gave up two goals in a 2-1 loss to Canal Winchester on Aug. 29, then answered that setback by going 2-0-1 in their next three contests.
Goalie Brittany Hanson had 10 saves in a 3-1 win over Lancaster on Aug. 31.
Haylee Fryman scored four goals and Karlee Cammarata and Jaylyn Lewis both scored twice in a 10-0 win over Groveport on Sept. 5.
Kennedy Edwards scored and Hanson had 10 saves as the Comets tied Westerville South at 1 on Sept. 7.
Davern earns medalist
honor at Hickory Hills
Caleb Davern earned medalist honors for the boys golf team in the Grove City Invitational on Sept. 9 at Hickory Hills.
Davern shot a 68 to outdistance runner-up Nick Ward (74) of Vincent Warren.
The Comets finished 12th (374) of 12 teams behind champion Hilliard Davidson (329).
Cole Jamison (95), Brandon VonIns (99), Jackson Phillips (112) and Cole Spencer (126) also competed.
The Comets played in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Central tournament Sept. 13 at Darby Creek. Davern led the league with a three-round average of 70.33.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 16 -- Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills
Sept. 14 -- At Logan
*Sept. 19 -- At Marysville
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Marysville
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Circleville
*Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman
*Sept. 19 -- At Westland