Grove City High School girls soccer coach Josh Keller hopes his team eventually can match the achievement of the Greyhounds' 1983 squad.
For being the only team in program history to win an OCC-Ohio Division championship, the Greyhounds planned to recognize the 1983 squad during halftime of their game Oct. 2 against Pickerington Central.
"We're very proud," said Keller, who is in his ninth season. "I've always held it up as a symbol to our players. This has only happened once in the history of Grove City. We constantly refer back to it and we're always wanting to get to that point that we can put a year on that banner along with 1983."
The Greyhounds were 5-4-3 overall and 1-1-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Central.
Junior forward Kennedy Fulks' mother, Michelle, was a senior forward on the 1983 team.
"We really want to see it happen again," Michelle Fulks said. "My friends who were on that team are in the same place I am, they would love it if Kennedy was involved in that."
Grove City was looking to end a three-game losing streak, which included a 4-1 league loss to Gahanna on Sept. 20, when it played Central. Gahanna and Pickerington North entered the week tied for first in the OCC-Ohio at 2-0-1.
Jenna Slabaugh scored and goalkeeper Madison Evans had three saves against Gahanna.
"This is not for a lack of effort," Keller said. "We played a fantastic game at Gahanna, but the score doesn't reflect it because we didn't convert the opportunities. I thought we played them incredibly tough. We controlled the ball (with) great passing. We just couldn't put the ball in the net."
The Greyhounds lost to Hilliard Darby 7-1 on Sept. 27.
Grove City has been hit hard by injuries, including the loss of junior goalie Anna Guy (shoulder) and senior goalie Autumn Hawkins (wrist). Keller expected to learn their status for the remainder of the season this week.
Anjuli Anderson scored against Darby while Ashleigh Mastilak (8 saves) and Evans (2 saves) played in goal.
"The injury bug has got us big time," Keller said. "These girls aren't quitting. They're up for the challenge. We have a lot of injuries right now. We have a young team and with the injuries added in it's next man up, and it's a good opportunity for some young kids to get some experience. It's only going to help them in the future. Injuries are part of the game."
Boys soccer team remains in title chase
The boys soccer team was 4-3-6 overall and 1-0-2 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Pickerington Central on Oct. 2.
Pickerington North was 3-0 in the league before playing Reynoldsburg on Oct. 2.
The Greyhounds close league play Tuesday, Oct. 9, against visiting North.
Grove City tied Gahanna at 2 on Sept. 25 as Nick Isaac and Colin Mountain scored and goalie Casey Thompson had six saves.
Thompson had three saves in a 2-0 loss to Darby on Sept. 27.
Volleyball team going strong
The girls volleyball team was 14-2 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Reynoldsburg on Oct. 2.
Grove City defeated Pickerington North 25-15, 25-21, 16-25, 22-25, 15-12 on Sept. 25 and Lancaster 25-14, 27-25, 25-15 on Sept. 27.
Through 16 matches, Molly Michalak had 219 kills, Kelli Schultz had 213 assists, Emily Scholl had 162 digs, Emily Parrett had 42 blocks and Cierra Dunn had 37 aces.
Golf teams open postseason play
The boys and girls golf teams opened the postseason by competing in Division I sectionals Oct. 2.
The boys competed at Darby Creek, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Apple Valley. At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
The girls competed at Royal American, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cooks Creek. At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
The boys also compete Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Grove City Invitational at Hickory Hills.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*Oct. 9 -- At North
Oct. 4, 6 -- Division I sectional at Hilliard Bradley. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 11 and 13 Reynoldsburg.
*Oct. 4 -- At Gahanna. The Greyhounds defeated the Lions 18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-16 on Sept. 13.
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central. The Greyhounds defeated the Tigers 25-16, 25-19, 25-27, 27-25 on Sept. 20.