When Erik Ekis took over the Dublin Scioto High School boys soccer team prior to this season, his main objective was to turn around a program that has struggled in recent years.
Ekis' goals are team-oriented with little concern for personal achievements.
That's why when he was informed the Irish's 3-0 victory over Delaware on Sept. 4 was his 200th career win, he displayed little emotion.
"I don't keep track of those things," Ekis said. "There are important numbers in soccer and that's not one of them to me. Coaches don't win games, players win games. I've never set foot on a single field for any of those games. I've been blessed with fantastic teams and players who understand their roles. I embrace the team-first attitude."
Scioto is 3-1-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. The Irish opened league play with a 2-1 win over first-year Olentangy Berlin on Aug. 28.
Scioto's game at Centennial was postponed Sept. 10 because of unplayable field conditions..
Zach McQuade and Tanzim Chowdhury scored against Berlin and goalkeeper Ben Bolyard had six saves. Against Delaware, Braden Cunningham had two goals and Chowdhury scored one, with Bolyard (4) and Declan Farrell (1) combining for five saves.
"We're thrilled with the way the boys are playing right now," Ekis said. "We're gaining confidence. We're playing better soccer for longer stretches of time, but we also know that much greater challenges await and we have to keep getting better."
In his previous coaching stops, Ekis registered 100 wins as DeSales girls coach from 1997-2001, 51 as Westerville North boys coach from 1991-94 and 47 as Westerville Central girls coach from 2003-05.
Ekis picked up win No. 201 in the Irish's 6-0 victory over Big Walnut on Sept. 6.
Girls volleyball coach also reaches milestone
Girls volleyball coach Jackie Wilson also reached a milestone Sept. 4 as she earned her 100th career win in a 25-14, 25-16, 25-8 victory at Thomas Worthington.
The Irish were 7-1 overall before playing Olentangy on Sept. 11 and are 5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Scioto lost to Delaware 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19 on Aug. 23.
Through eight matches, Karleigh Rothe led the Irish in kills with 57, followed by Lauren Erickson (53), Natalie Hutras (51) and Ashleigh Rothe (50).
"They're the most selfless group of girls I've ever coached," Wilson said. "They're incredibly coachable. If I give them a game plan, they execute it. If we have to change something on the fly, they're able to execute a quick change and they're super competitive."
Girls soccer coach earns first win
First-year girls soccer coach Kevin Masterson earned his first win at Scioto in a 2-0 victory over Delaware on Sept. 4.
The Irish are 2-2-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Rachel Fullerton scored both goals against the Pacers and goalie Brianna Rogers had 11 saves.
Softball coach resigns after seven seasons
Citing it was time for a change, Larry Howell stepped down after seven seasons as softball coach.
The Irish went 48-117 under Howell, with their lone winning season coming in 2017 when they finished 13-10.
"It was probably easier than I thought it was going to be," Howell said of resigning. "I always said when it quit being fun, it was time to walk away. I enjoyed my kids, I enjoyed the girls immensely. It was just everything else became detrimental to the program, so it was time to walk away."
Howell also serves as girls bowling coach and boys soccer coach at Whetstone.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 15 -- Otterbein Invitational
Sept. 17 -- At Lancaster
Sept. 19 -- At Hartley
Sept. 15 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 18 -- Grove City at Pinnacle
Sept. 17 -- Marysville at Rolling Meadows
Sept. 19 -- Delaware at Oakhaven
*Sept. 13 -- At Hilliard Darby
Sept. 15 -- At Reynoldsburg
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Olentangy
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Darby
Sept. 15 -- At Centennial
Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Gahanna
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Coffman
*Sept. 13 -- At Jerome
Sept. 15 -- Home vs. Mount Vernon, Teays Valley and Upper Arlington