Coach Rick Ey has high expectations for his veteran St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team.

Coach Rick Ey has high expectations for his veteran St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team.

The Cardinals lost only four seniors from last season, when they finished 10-7 overall. They lost to Westerville North 3-2 in two overtimes in their Division I district tournament opener.

St. Charles won its first CCL title last season since 2005 by going 3-1 to finish ahead of DeSales and Watterson (both 2-1-1), Hartley (1-1-2) and Ready (0-4).

Senior forward Alex Polko was the leading scorer with 12 goals, and senior midfielder Vaal Ngalla added six goals.

"We have quite a bit of experience back and the strength of our team is definitely that experience," said Ey, who is in his sixth season leading the program. "We were young last year and the players learned a lot.

"We have Alex and Vaal back for us and we have some good defenders back. We have a ways to go, but these guys can play. I feel like we're fairly deep and I feel pretty comfortable with this team."

The Cardinals were 1-1 before playing Aug. 28 against Canal Winchester. They lost their opener against Westerville Central 1-0 on Aug. 21 as senior goalkeeper John Colosimo had five saves.

On Aug. 25, St. Charles defeated Thomas Worthington 2-0 as Ngalla and sophomore midfielder Niko Strickler scored. Colosimo had five saves.

Aside from Ngalla and Polko, returning starters include seniors Will Evans (defender/midfielder) and Daniel Huss (defender) and juniors Connor Colvin (midfield), Drew Hicks (midfielder) and Niklas Weislogel (defender).

Returning letterwinners include seniors Jonathan LaForge (midfielder), Noah Sweet (midfielder) and Trey Ward (defender) and juniors Alex Macias (midfielder), Jack Rademacher (midfielder) and Zach Zebula (defender). Strickler also was a letterwinner last season.

The roster is rounded out by seniors Nathan DeVictor (defender) and Alex Miller (defender), juniors Ben Carlisle (defender), Alex Polinsky (midfielder) and William Walther (midfielder/forward), sophomore Jack Engert (midfielder/forward) and freshmen Will Bolton (midfield) and Andrew Weislogel (defender).

"We have looked good at times, but we have had trouble following through on our scoring opportunities," Ey said. "We played good defense against a good (Westerville Central) team, which brought a lot of pressure against us. But we need to work on finishing, and our speed of play needs to improve."