After finishing a disappointing 3-9-6 overall a year ago, the Westerville Central High School girls soccer team hopes to chart a new course this season.
"Every team is different," said coach Bobby Weimer, who is in his fourth season. "Kids are motivated by different things. This team has to find its own personality and hopefully (last season) is going to be a motivational factor, but it's nothing that we've talked about."
The Warhawks are out to a strong start, as they are 4-0 heading into their game Thursday, Aug. 30, at New Albany.
Central opens OCC-Buckeye Division play Sept. 10 at Westerville North.
The Warhawks played solid defense in their first four games, defeating Logan 6-1 on Aug. 17, Worthington Kilbourne 2-0 on Aug. 21, Licking Heights 3-1 on Aug. 23 and Pickerington Central 3-0 on Aug. 27.
"I'm happy with the results, but we need to be more consistent in how we play," Weimer said. "We haven't really put a full 80 minutes together. It's been spotty and inconsistent and not completely what we're looking for."
Senior Payton McCarthy has replaced 2018 graduate Arianna Kellum in goal, earning the win in each of the first four games while totaling 14 saves. Kellum was first-team all-league last season.
Senior defender/midfielder Abby Pence scored two goals against Logan.
Central lost the core of its starting lineup to graduation, but Weimer is hoping the returning players have sufficient experience to step in.
Senior midfielder/forward Malia White has the most playing experience over the past two seasons.
"We definitely have some things to work on (such as) better communication," White said. "We haven't played the strongest teams, so we're in that zone where we can beat good teams, but we can't perform to our best. We want to get to that next level."
Junior defender Kendel Seabury is another key returnee.
"This year, since we lost a lot of technical players last year, we're a lot more tactical," Seabury said. "We have to play a little more direct. We play more together as a team because a lot of us have played together longer."
Also back are seniors Jordin Benedict (midfielder), Chloe Johnson (defender), Peyton Maxwell (defender) and Elisa Summanen (defender), juniors Maria Givens (midfielder), Nya Olmsted (defender/midfielder), Kate Schimmel (defender/forward) and Lindsay Schultz (midfielder) and sophomores Claire Lewis (defender), Margaret Owsiany (forward) and Lauryn White (midfielder).
Other players are seniors Michayla Brenning (defender/midfielder) and Alex Michaelson (midfielder/forward), junior Anna Bardwell (defender/midfielder) and freshmen Taylor Hickman (goalie) and Megan Schimmel (midfielder/forward).
Last season, Central went 1-3-1 in the OCC-Buckeye to tie Westerville South for fifth behind champion Olentangy Orange (4-1).
Boys soccer team again has high goals
The expectations haven't changed for the boys soccer team in coach Dave Pence's 16th season.
Pence said his team can challenge for OCC-Buckeye and Division I district titles.
"It's going to take us a little bit to get used to playing together, but we're going to be fine," he said. "Our goals are always the same. We want to win the league title. We want to get to a district final and beyond and those are still our goals. Those don't change year in and year out."
The Warhawks were 1-1-1 before playing Pickerington Central on Aug. 28. They lost to Upper Arlington 3-2 on Aug. 17, tied Watkins Memorial at 1 on Aug. 21 and defeated Kilbourne 2-1 on Aug. 23.
Senior goalie Jacob Borcila is back after tying the single-season shutout record of nine last year. He was first-team all-district and all-league and second-team all-state.
Also back are senior midfielder Blake Barna (second-team all-league) and junior midfielder Michael Nguyen (special mention all-league).
Other returnees are senior Stephen Gerardi (midfielder), juniors Aaron Milleren (midfielder), Alex Perrini (forward), Tyrone Rukoro (defender) and Zach Smith (defender) and sophomore Enrique Monzalvo (midfielder).
Other players are seniors Christian Bryson (defender), Andrew Jaicks (defender), Maxwell James (defender) and Adam Yusuf (forward), juniors Vinny Gargano (midfielder) and Mohamed Farah (midfielder), sophomores Elhadj Bah (forward) and Kyle Stewart (forward) and freshmen Jack Fowler (goalie) and Brad Leonard (defender).
Gargano and Yusuf are transfers from South.
"We're still trying to figure out what we're going to do and who's going where," Pence said. "We've moved people around every game. We played our best game (against Kilbourne). We played more of a team-type game instead of an individual game."
Last season, the Warhawks went 9-4-5 overall and 2-0-3 in the league to finish second behind Liberty (4-0-1).
Central lost several key players to graduation, including defender Sam Slocum, who was first-team all-league and second-team all-district.
Girls volleyball team looks for improvement
Third-year girls volleyball coach Gerard Iquina is hoping his team can improve on last season's 11-13 finish.
The Warhawks were 1-2 before playing Pickerington Central on Aug. 28. They beat Central Crossing 25-14, 25-16, 25-12 on Aug. 18 and took Upper Arlington to five games Aug. 21 before losing 10-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 17-15.
Central begins OCC-Buckeye play Tuesday, Sept. 4, against visiting North.
"We want to try and make it to a district final this year," Iquina said. "Last year we made to the semifinals. We are real deep in talent."
The top returnee is senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Avrey Schumacher, who was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district last season.
Junior outside hitter Madison Saunders had a team-high 171 kills and was second-team all-league. Junior setter/right-side hitter Hayle Tillman had 297 assists and 42 aces and was honorable mention all-league.
Senior libero/defensive specialist Mallory Mahoney had 313 digs.
Also back are seniors Danielle Ingram (middle blocker) and Jordan Plas (setter) and sophomore Riley Kindall (outside hitter/right-side hitter).
Other players are senior Esther Holtzclaw (middle blocker), junior Jae Bernard (outside hitter/right-side hitter) and sophomores Josie Curran (right-side hitter/outside hitter) and Ava Hampton (defensive specialist).
Holtzclaw missed last season with an ACL injury.
The Warhawks went 4-6 in the OCC-Buckeye last year to finish fourth behind co-champions Liberty and Orange (both 9-1).
"The Olentangys will definitely be challenging, but we feel we'll be competitive with them and maybe even surprise a couple of them," Iquina said.
Aug. 17 -- vs. Upper Arlington
Aug. 21 -- vs. Watkins Memorial
Aug. 23 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
Aug. 28 -- at Pickerington Central
Sept. 1- at Mansfield Madison
Sept. 4 -- vs. Gahanna
*Sept. 11 -- vs. Westerville North
Sept. 17 -- vs. Olentangy Berlin
*Sept. 20 -- at Olentangy Orange
*Sept. 24 -- at Olentangy
Sept. 27 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
*Oct. 1 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty
Oct. 4 -- at Big Walnut
*Oct. 8 -- Westerville South
Oct. 11 -- vs. Whitehall
Aug. 17 -- vs. Logan
Aug. 21 -- at Worthington Kilbourne
Aug. 23 -- at Licking Heights
Aug. 27 -- vs. Pickerington Central
Aug. 30 -- at New Albany
Sept. 1 -- Worthington Christian at Mapfre Stadium
Sept. 4 -- at Gahanna
*Sept. 10 -- at Westerville North
Sept. 15 -- at Bexley
Oct. 18 -- at Olentangy Berlin
*Sept. 20 -- vs. Olentangy Orange
*Sept. 25 -- vs. Olentangy
Sept. 27 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
*Oct. 2 -- at Olentangy Liberty
Oct. 4 -- vs. Big Walnut
*Oct. 9 -- vs. Westerville South
Aug. 18 -- at Central Crossing
Aug. 21 -- vs. Upper Arlington
Aug. 23 -- at Big Walnut
Aug. 28 -- vs. Pickerington Central
Aug. 30 -- vs. Gahanna
*Sept. 4 -- vs. Westerville North
*Sept. 6 -- at Olentangy Orange
Sept. 10 -- vs. Watkins Memorial
Sept. 11 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
*Sept. 13 -- at Olentangy
Sept. 15 -- Worthington Kilbourne Tournament
Sept. 18 -- at Olentangy Berlin
*Sept. 20 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 24 -- vs. Licking Heights
*Sept. 25 -- at Westerville South
*Sept. 27 -- at Westerville North
*Oct. 2 -- vs. Olentangy Orange
*Oct. 4 -- vs. Olentangy
*Oct. 9 -- at Olentangy Liberty
*Oct. 11 -- vs. Westerville South
Below are the coming schedules for the Central cross country, boys golf, girls golf and girls tennis teams:
Sept. 1 -- Westerville North Classic
Sept. 1 -- Upper Arlington Invitational at Pinnacle
Sept. 4 -- DeSales at Champions
Sept. 4 -- Westerville South at Royal American
*Aug. 30 -- At Olentangy
*Sept. 4 -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty