As Jordan McElravey goes, so does the Groveport Madison High School girls soccer team.

Through 11 games, the senior forward had a school-record 25 goals, which represented 69.4 percent of the Cruisers' 36 goals.

McElravey set the previous single-season scoring record last year when she had 19 goals to give her 40 for her career, which tied 2000 graduate Natalie Contosta. She entered the week with 65 career goals.

"This has been an absolutely great year for me and for the team," McElravey said. "We've got (10) seniors and we're finishing strong. We're playing together and I've been able to make shots when my teammates are relying on me to make them.

"I want to set the scoring record so high that it will be difficult to break. I'm pretty competitive. My teammates are making good passes to give me opportunities."

McElravey is left-footed and thinks that gives her an advantage at times.

"I think that many goalies don't have balls coming at them from the left foot and that could be a part of it," she said. "But I also think I read goalies pretty well and can react quickly whether they come out after me or sit back. Plus, I've been playing for a dozen years or so and I can make shots from weird angles that might catch them off guard."

McElravey scored six goals in an 8-2 win over Franklin Heights in the OCC-Capital Division opener Sept. 12 and scored all of the Cruisers' goals in a 6-1 win over Westland on Sept. 9. She also scored five in the season-opening 8-0 win over Briggs on Aug. 24.

McElravey scored the Cruisers' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Columbus School for Girls on Sept. 23.

"Jordan is having a fabulous season," first-year coach Mark Coyer said. "She's squeezing shots in from all angles. She loves attacking, bringing it down from the outside and shooting from the wings. She can make difficult shots and she's got a rocket shot."

The Cruisers were 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Capital before playing host to New Albany on Sept. 26 in their only game this week. Their next game is a league contest Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Newark.

"The funny thing is that we're getting progressively better despite being hit with a bunch of injuries," Coyer said. "We lost (sophomore forward) Emilie Sithixay for the season with an ACL injury and we're just getting (senior center midfielder) Ashlyn Harper back from an MCL strain.

"(Freshman) Lyla Khanthachack has filled in for Ashlyn and is a good distributor, and we move (senior) Chloe Sikora from goalkeeper to forward at times with (sophomore) Alissa Blackstone getting time in goal."

The Cruisers are on pace for their best record in years. They finished 7-10 last season, matching their highest win total since going 7-10-1 in 2010.

"Everyone is doing their jobs and, when we work well together, we can be pretty good," McElravey said. "Lyla and Sydney (Wermter) are doing great in the midfield, Chloe and Alissa are doing well in goal and Ashley (Stauffer) has played well (at sweeper). Everyone is contributing."

Football team set
to start league play

The football team will begin OCC-Capital play Friday, Sept. 29, at Franklin Heights.

Coach Bryan Schoonover will get reacquainted with first-year Falcons coach Cory Fenner, who previously served as an assistant on Schoonover's staff.

The Cruisers enter the contest 0-5 after losing to Central Crossing 27-7 on Sept. 22, while the Falcons are 2-3 after falling to Grove City 55-23 that same night.

Franklin Heights beat the Cruisers 35-7 last season en route to finishing 10-2 after losing to eventual state runner-up Massillon Perry 66-28 in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal. It was the Falcons' first winning season since 2001 and their first postseason berth since 1989.

However, Franklin Heights lost several key players to graduation as well as coach Tennyson Varney, who is now at Grove City.

The Falcons opened 0-2, losing by a combined score of 90-33 to Eastmoor Academy and Harvest Prep, but rebounded to beat Briggs 20-17 on Sept. 8 and Westland 41-28 on Sept. 15.

Against Westland, quarterback Cody Little was 13-for-18 passing for 256 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. He accounted for 364 of the Falcons' 416 total yards and had a hand in all of their scores.

His touchdown tosses against Westland were to receivers Ray McDonald (85 and 6 yards), Mike Mosely (24 yards) and Kesean Reeves (30 yards). McDonald had three catches for 101 yards in the contest.

Chris Hampton is the Falcons' top running back operating behind a line anchored by Parker McGlothlin (6-foot-1, 300 pounds) and Jaden Proffitt (6-1, 260), both of whom are two-way starting linemen. Also on the offensive line are Jacob McGinnis (6-2, 380) and Kenyatta Jackson (6-0, 250).

Defensively, Hampton and D.J. Harris are key linebackers and Little leads the secondary.

Against Central Crossing, Groveport trailed 13-7 at halftime and after three quarters, but the Comets pulled away with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The Cruisers' lone score came on a 22-yard pass from quarterback Jacob Huffman to Jaylin Chaney. The touchdown was set up by a Comets turnover.

Nanthavong, Cooper
to golf at sectional

Junior Preston Nanthavong and sophomore Ricky Cooper of the boys golf team will compete in a Division I sectional Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Clover Valley.

The top four individuals not on one of the four qualifying teams advance to the district tournament Oct. 10 at Apple Valley.

Last season, Nanthavong shot an 80 in the sectional at Darby Creek to earn the fourth individual district-qualifying spot and then carded a 91 at Apple Valley to place 67th of 72 golfers. Cooper shot a 136 at sectional a year ago.

Nanthavong played at Clover Valley in the first round of the OCC-Capital tournament Aug. 8, shooting an 81. In the final round Sept. 13 at Apple Valley, he shot a 75 and Cooper carded a 116. Cooper has yet to compete at Clover Valley this season.

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Groveport Madison cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 30 -- Panther Invitational at Pickerington North

Oct. 4 -- Backwoods Two-Mile Fest at Thornville Sheridan

BOYS GOLF

Oct. 3 -- Division I sectional at Clover Valley

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Fairfield Union

*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Newark

GIRLS SOCCER

*Oct. 3 -- At Newark

GIRLS TENNIS

Sept. 28 -- Hartley at Ohio Dominican

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 28 -- At Canal Winchester. The Cruisers lost to the Indians 25-3, 25-19, 25-15 on Sept. 7.

*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. New Albany. The Cruisers lost to the Eagles 25-21, 25-19, 25-7 on Sept. 12.

*League contest