Dublin Scioto High School boys soccer coach Chad Snider was hoping his team could close what has been a disappointing season with a positive effort in the Division I district tournament.
The 35th-seeded Irish were 2-14 overall before playing 19th-seeded Olentangy Orange in the first round Oct. 18.
The winner plays host to 47th-seeded Newark in the second round Saturday, Oct. 21, with that winner likely visiting top-seeded Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 25. The district final is Oct. 28.
The Patriots were ranked first in last week's state poll.
"We ended up having a lot of issues that we didn't expect," Snider said. "There were a lot of outside forces that influence our kids. We weren't working well as a whole unit, so it's been troublesome to get them to play as a unit. If they would play as a unit, they are very formidable for anybody."
Scioto went 0-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish seventh behind champion Jerome (5-0-1). The Celtics were 10th in the state poll.
The Irish defeated Beechcroft 3-2 on Sept. 23 and closed the regular season with a 7-1 win over Horizon Science Academy on Oct. 12. Ty Snyder and Gavin Wigg both scored two goals against Horizon Science.
"It was a nice team effort in the second half," Snider said.
Snider has been pleased with the play of midfielder Will Stephens and defender Hayden Gill.
"We moved Hayden back on the defense just because we needed to plug holes and he's been solid," Snider said. "He's been a workhorse and aggressive, everything you could ask out of a player. We give Will free rein and he's free to roam wherever we need him."
Snider said junior goalkeeper Ben Bolyard also has played well.
"We've gotten better, we've done a lot of good things," Snider said. "At the beginning of the season, we were struggling with scoring. But in the last few games, we started getting two, three goals a game. That helps us immensely, but we still have some simple defensive mistakes that we need to clean up."
Girls soccer team defeats Newark
The 20th-seeded girls soccer team improved to 8-6-3 overall with a 4-2 win over 24th-seeded Newark in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 16 at home.
Brianna Jordan, Sabrina Veliev, Allie Vogel and Brooke Woolum scored for the Irish.
Scioto plays host to 28th-seeded Lancaster in the second round Thursday, Oct. 19, with that winner likely visiting top-seeded Pickerington North in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24. The district final is Oct. 28.
Runners getting set for district meet
The boys and girls cross country teams are preparing for the Division I, district 2 meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at Watkins Memorial.
In the boys race, the top five teams and top 20 runners advance to the regional meet Oct. 28 at Pickerington North. In the girls race, the top six teams and top 24 runners qualify for regional.
Scioto tuned up for district by competing in the OCC-Cardinal meet Oct. 14 at Hilliard Darby.
The boys finished fourth (83 points) in the league meet, behind Thomas Worthington (35), Jerome (61) and Darby (81) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (108), Hilliard Bradley (143) and Delaware (224).
Cesar Arellano placed third of 70 runners in 15 minutes, 52.49 seconds, while Tyler Mielke finished sixth (16:22.07) and Sam Thomas was ninth (16:53.97).
The girls finished sixth (110) in the league meet, behind Thomas (47), Darby (74), Bradley (88), Jerome (94) and Kilbourne (101) and ahead of Delaware (158).
Audrey Bannister placed second of 67 runners in 18:48.85 to lead the Wildcats, followed by Shiana Cochran (17th, 21:05.98).
Girls volleyball team opens with win
The 25th-seeded girls volleyball team opened the Division I district tournament with a 25-11, 25-22, 25-27, 25-9 win over 28th-seeded Logan on Oct. 16 at home.
Scioto was 11-12 overall before playing 32nd-seeded Thomas in the second round Oct. 18, with that winner likely playing top-seeded Coffman in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Whitehall. The district final is Oct. 28 at Whitehall.
Girls tennis team closes season
Junior Ashley Lambillotte and sophomore Nicole Santoso both went 1-1 in singles in the Division I district tournament Oct. 12 at Bradley to cap the girls tennis team's successful season under first-year coach Sean Gilbert.
Lambillotte beat Big Walnut's Macie Kercsmar 6-0, 6-1 in the first round before losing to Watterson's Claire Ghidotti 6-0, 6-2 in a quarterfinal. Santoso defeated Liberty's Elizabeth MacDowell 7-6, 6-3 in the first round before dropping a 6-0, 6-0 decision to Centennial's Zoey Weil in a quarterfinal.
"The girls represented Scioto very well," Gilbert said. "We're already on the map, but we're hoping to get up there with one of the elite programs, where teams will have to bring their A game when they're playing us, which is a good thing."
Scioto competed in a sectional Oct. 6 and 7 at Bradley, where Lambillotte finished second and Santoso placed third as the top four advanced to district.
Others eligible to return next season include sophomores Maddy Baughman, Sydney Davis, Peyton Shaffer, Maggie Szabo, Alexandra Tanner and Julia Trotti.
Scioto finished 11-7 overall and went 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie Bradley and Thomas for second, behind Jerome (6-0) and ahead of Darby (2-4), Delaware (1-5) and Kilbourne (0-6).