It's amazing that seemingly identical results can be viewed so differently.

It's amazing that seemingly identical results can be viewed so differently.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School boys soccer team was thrilled to play Dublin Jerome to a 1-all tie Sept. 18, but disappointed to play Pickerington North to a 1-all tie last Saturday.

"There was a difference between the two games, particularly the way we played," coach Dwayne Marshall said. "We didn't pass the ball well against Pickerington North and we wanted to win so bad that we stopped playing our game and became impatient. We started playing long-ball.

"We were prepared and we knew they were a good team, but (Sept. 18) was such a high to tie Jerome, the No. 3 team in the state (in the Division I poll). We had a letdown (against North), we didn't play our game, we didn't play with the same intensity."

North and Gahanna both improved to 2-0-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division before playing last Tuesday and could wind up sharing the championship.

"We're still in the hunt for the league championship, but we've got to keep winning now," Marshall said. "We can't afford to even play another tie in the league. Give North credit, though. They played well and we didn't."

Jon Grooms scored for the Lions, who were 5-0-2 overall before playing league-rival Grove City last Tuesday. Ryan Grimme had four saves as the teams both scored in the first half.

Against Jerome, Justin Wheeler scored as the teams reached halftime tied at 1. Grimme had six saves.

The game against North was rescheduled from Sept. 16 because of power outages. The Lions were scheduled to play St. Charles last Saturday in a non-league game. That has not been rescheduled yet because Gahanna already had four games on tap this week, including today at home against Westerville Central.

The Lions had planned a halftime ceremony Sept. 16 during which the uniform jersey of 1998 graduate Seth Stammler (No. 10) was to be retired. Stammler, who plays for the New York Red Bulls of the MLS, was in town for a game against the Columbus Crew on Sept. 18.

"He couldn't come back another night during this season, so we had the ceremony and reception that night in the library and many of the players from that '98 team came back," Marshall said. "We hadn't won the OCC championship in 15 years when those guys did it in '98. We gave all of them DVD highlights we had made from that season.

"Our players enjoyed watching history with them and you can tell they greatly appreciate the players that came before them. It was a special evening and Seth really enjoyed it, too. He hung around and talked to everyone. He was one of the last ones to leave."

If the schedule had played out as originally planned, the Lions would have had their big night two days before playing Jerome.

"Yes, we probably would've raised our level of play against North with the ceremony and possible league title on the line in front of Seth," Marshall said. "Plus, there was no way the boys would not have gotten up to play Jerome two days later."

Marshall also realizes the Lions will be riding high again this week when they compete in the Strongsville Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. They will play Strongsville on Saturday and Mentor on Sunday.

Strongsville was 7-1-1 before last Tuesday. The Mustangs were third in the Greater Cleveland area poll behind only Lakewood St. Edward and Cleveland St. Ignatius, but not ranked in the state poll. St. Edward was first in the state poll and St. Ignatius was fourth.

Mentor opened 4-2-3. Last season, the Cardinals were denied a chance of playing in a state semifinal as they had to forfeit a regional final to Massillon Jackson for using an ineligible player.

"It's an honor to be invited to play in it because it's only four teams and they try to pick some of the top teams outside of their area to play in it," Marshall said. "Sylvania Northview is the other team. Strongsville is a state powerhouse and our kids know the reputations of the teams we're playing. We'll be up for them."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Gahanna Lincoln boys and girls soccer teams:


*Sept. 9 -- Defeated Pickerington Central 3-0

Sept. 18 -- Tied Dublin Jerome at 1

*Last Saturday -- Tied Pickerington North at 1

Last Saturday -- Game vs. St. Charles postponed. No makeup date has been set.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Grove City

Today -- Home vs. Westerville Central

Saturday -- At Strongsville Invitational vs. Strongsville

Sunday -- At Strongsville vs. Mentor

Of note: The Lions were 5-0-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.


*Sept. 9 -- Def. Pickerington Central 1-0. Jenni Whitt scored. Heather Gogolin had eight saves.

Sept. 11 -- Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 4-0

Sept. 13 -- Lost to Hilliard Davidson 4-1

*Sept. 16 -- Lost to Pickerington North 4-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Grove City

Saturday -- At Mansfield Senior

Of note: The Lions were 7-5 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio game