The Whetstone High School girls soccer team had its six-game winning streak snapped but entered the week without a loss.

The Whetstone High School girls soccer team had its six-game winning streak snapped but entered the week without a loss.

The Braves entered the week 7-0-2 overall and 5-0 in the City League. They played Grandview to a scoreless tie Sept. 14 and had the same outcome against Coshocton on Sept. 18 before beating Beechcroft 6-0 on Sept. 19.

"We have never beaten Grandview and we had never held them to less than three goals," coach Phil Labuhn said. "Coshocton beat us 5-4 last year, so we're happy with those results, although winning would obviously have been better.

"We're 2-0-2 in non-league games and we're playing teams that should help prepare us for the (Division I district tournament). We still need to step up our offense, but our defense has been so strong."

Whetstone was scheduled to have an eight-day layoff between its game against Beechcroft and a home game against Circleville on Saturday, Sept. 28, but Labuhn was hoping to add a non-league game during that stretch. The Braves were going to play Caledonia River Valley on Sept. 19 when it appeared as though Beechcroft would not be fielding a team this year, but River Valley was bumped in favor of Beechcroft because a league game against the Cougars originally had been scheduled for that date.

Whetstone also must make up a City game against Beechcroft that was not played Aug. 22 because the Cougars didn't have a full team at the time. The Braves are playing each league opponent twice this season for a total of 10 games.

"We're going to be devoting all those practices to the offensive side of the ball," Labuhn said. "I'm excited about where we are. Our goal was to get better in every match and I think we've done that."

Whetstone held Grandview to just two shots on goal but could muster only two shots of its own, though each team had one shot hit a post. Against Coshocton, goalkeeper Cecelia Bulgrin had four saves and the Braves had seven shots on goal.

"In both of those games, our defense was a total team effort," Labuhn said. "Maddy O'Malley, Hannah Shook, Kalie Mascarello and Hannah Davey did a great job in front of Bulgrin, but our midfielders -- Liz Jackson, Rita Knasel, Alex Kohler and Emma Van Dommelen -- all were big contributors on defense as well."

Against Beechcroft, Shook had two goals, Jackson, Knasel, Kohler and defender Sydney Carroll each scored one and Bulgrin had one save.

Boys soccer teamseeks consistency

Boys soccer coach Larry Howell is looking for his team to be more consistent.

"We're playing well in spurts, then not playing well in spurts," he said. "We've just been inconsistent and we really have struggled to put together back-to-back good efforts."

Whetstone was 2-6 overall and 2-4 in the City-North before playing Brookhaven on Sept. 24. The Braves lost their first two games before earning a 6-1 win over Northland on Sept. 10, as midfielder Sidney Musuni had three goals and forward Collin Tuttle scored two. Midfielder Burt Pajor added a goal and midfielder Sergio Orozco had four assists.

Whetstone lost to Centennial 3-0 on Sept. 12 but rebounded to defeat Brook-haven 2-0 on Sept. 17 before falling to Beechcroft 7-1 on Sept. 19. Against the Bearcats, Tuttle and midfielder Justin Tartler scored and goalie Luke Green-Lauber had eight saves.

"We played one good half against Big Walnut (a 3-1 loss on Sept. 7), but used the momentum to play extremely well against Northland," Howell said. "We stubbed our toe against Centennial, played well against Brookhaven and played well for most of the first half against Beechcroft before giving up a late goal and trailing 2-1 at halftime. Then we just fell apart in the second half (against Beech-croft) and lost our composure with some calls that went against us."

Howell said some matchups for his defense have been more difficult than others.

"We've had a lot of trouble matching up against quicker teams," he said. "But it's a learning process. I have been happy with the play of Sergio Orozco and Justin Tartler. I think they've both been playing well."

Golf team gettingready for sectional

The boys golf team will compete in the 13-team Division I sectional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Turnberry.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley. Among the teams competing at the sectional site are top-seeded Pickerington North, seventh-seeded Olentangy and eighth-seeded Mount Vernon.

Whetstone is seeded 34th of 39 teams in the district.

"There's no doubt that Dylan Matthews, Carson Matthews and Quentin Pruneau all have the ability to advance (individually to district), but they have to be worthy that day," coach Tom Philip said. "If they don't play to their ability, they won't be rewarded because there are too many good golfers in this district."

Whetstone had not lost any City League matches entering the week and will conclude league-match play Thursday, Sept. 26, against Briggs, Centennial and Marion-Franklin at Mentel Memorial. The league tournament will be held Oct. 9 at Airport.

Football team setto face Bearcats

The football team will look to snap a two-game losing streak Friday, Sept. 27, when it plays at Brookhaven.

Both teams enter the contest 2-2 overall. Whetstone is coming off a 14-8 loss to Beechcroft in its City-North opener Sept. 20. That same night, Brookhaven held off Northland 29-28 in overtime in its league opener.

The game against Beech-croft marked the second in a row in which Whetstone led at halftime, only to lose. The Braves were ahead 8-6 at halftime, but the Cougars scored on a 79-yard drive in the third quarter.

Whetstone, which dropped 10 passes in the contest, including two in the end zone, totaled only 70 yards rushing on 22 carries and quarterback Ramroth Finnegan was 10-for-24 passing for 78 yards. Wide receiver Tony Cordetti scored on a 4-yard pass in the second quarter.

Through four games, Finne-gan is 53-for-120 passing for 819 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing with 187 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.

Running back Melek White has 182 yards rushing and two scores on 28 carries, and the Braves' top three receivers are Chris North (12 catches for 117 yards), Trent Harper (9 catches for 219 yards) and David Simmons (9 catches for 145 yards).