First-year coach Chad Snider targeted a .500 record for the Dublin Scioto High School boys soccer team.

First-year coach Chad Snider targeted a .500 record for the Dublin Scioto High School boys soccer team.

Ultimately, the Irish fell short, finishing 7-9-2 after a 4-0 loss to second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22. They also went 2-4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish sixth behind champion Dublin Jerome (7-0).

Despite missing out on his goal, Snider was pleased with the progress made.

"Overall, I think the boys did really well from start to finish," he said. "They have come a long way. They had to adjust to a new coaching style, and I think from the beginning to the end they improved dramatically."

Scioto will lose only three seniors in Andrew Berrigan, Evan Boswell and Ismail Elnagger.

Boswell and Elnagger missed significant time with injuries. Berrigan played well in goal, recording three shutouts, including a 4-0 win over Teays Valley in the second round of the district tournament Oct. 18.

As many as 14 juniors could return.

"Having a team of seniors is huge," Snider said. "If we can get a couple to step up and be leaders, it would be really huge."

The juniors are Tim Clark, Justin Esposito, Nick Gastaldo, Chris Green, Louis Gresham, Ronny Majica, Brian Martin, Tim Pirkl, Matt Shadoan, Brandan Shambaugh, Jacob Shuster, John Starr, Tony Villa-Cruz and Naoto Yajima.

As a team, the Irish scored 30 goals and surrendered 24. Green was the team leader in goals (9), followed by Shadoan (6) and Villa-Cruz (5).

Shadoan, a midfielder, was first-team all-OCC. Gresham, a defender, was named second-team. Villa-Cruz, also a defender, received honorable mention.

Scoring may be a strength of next year's team, but keeping the ball out of the net will be Shambaugh's job. Shambaugh started this season in goal before suffering an injury and making way for Berrigan.

Shambaugh played well in the first six games before the injury, posting a 2-1-2 record and registering one shutout, 3-0 over Westerville South.

"He has the varsity experience, it's just a matter of getting him back on the field," Snider said. "He will be a major factor in any success we may enjoy."

Freshman Ryan Hanson earned playing time as a forward and midfielder.

"On paper they look good," Snider said of next year's team.

"It will come down to whether they want it. It will depend on their work ethic and how much they want to get better from the previous year."

At a glance

•Record: 7-9-2 overall, 2-4-1 (sixth) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Andrew Berrigan, Evan Boswell and Ismail Elnagger

•Key returnees: Chris Green, Louis Gresham, Matt Shadoan, Brandon Shambaugh and Tony Villa-Cruz