The Grandview Heights High School girls soccer team has had its share of shots ricochet off the goal post. Through 10 games, those shots were not ending up in the back of the net.

The Grandview Heights High School girls soccer team has had its share of shots ricochet off the goal post. Through 10 games, those shots were not ending up in the back of the net.

For coach Mike Merna, it is a perfect example of the missed opportunities that seem to be a constant for the Bobcats.

"We keep getting chances," Merna said. "We hope it continues and the law of averages work in your favor. We just haven't gotten breaks."

Through 10 games, Grandview was 5-3-2 overall and, aside from a 4-0 loss to Bexley on Sept. 23, Merna has been left to wonder, "What if?" The Bobcats tied Wellington at 2 on Sept. 4 and played Fisher Catholic to a scoreless tie five days later.

"Both of those ties should have been wins," Merna said. "We're creating chances and doing good things up until the final decision or final shot. Since we haven't been good finishing those opportunities, we have the record we have."

Inconsistencies in Grandview's play partly stem from injuries to three key players in senior midfielder Danielle Clark, junior defender Emily Lachey and sophomore midfielder Alex Toothman. Clark returned to the lineup on Sept. 23, but Lachey and Toothman are not expected to play the remainder of the season.

"Alex has a pulled leg muscle and Emily has been dealing with concussions," Merna said. "Emily was a big part of our defense and Alex played a lot last year.

"We've been shuffling a lot of kids in and out trying all kinds of combinations. Whoever we put in there has done well, but it has hurt our consistency."

Offensively, Grandview has converted some of its opportunities. Through 10 games, Jordan Fitzgerald led the Bobcats with eight goals, followed by Sarah Meier with six. Before last Tuesday, Grandview was averaging 2.7 goals, which is an improvement on last year when it averaged 1.8.

"We can be optimistic about our chances," Merna said. "We can work on improving that part of the game and it'll take us from being a good team to being a very good team."

•The football team missed an opportunity to get a leg up on the MSL-Cardinal Division last Friday, as it lost to visiting West Jefferson 21-7.

The Bobcats dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Cardinal with five games remaining, beginning Friday at home against winless Millersport.

"If West Jeff doesn't lose, there isn't a thing we can do about it," coach Jason Peters said. "We got to control what we can control."

Grandview can control penalties and that is what doomed the Bobcats last Friday. West Jefferson scored two touchdowns in a four-minute span of the second quarter to take a 14-0 halftime lead. Grandview rallied in the second half and appeared to pull within one score with five minutes remaining, but an 81-yard touchdown run by Tyler Mosier was called back because of holding.

"We play great defense, physical football and control the line of scrimmage," Peters said. "But we've got to fix the little things."

Grandview's five remaining opponents are a combined 8-17. Only two of the final five opponents have a record above .500 — Licking Heights (Oct. 8) at 4-1 and Harvest Prep (Oct. 29) at 3-2.

Stopping the run and running the ball have keyed Grandview to this point. Defensively, the Bobcats are allowing 3.8 yards per carry and allowing an average of 17.4 points.

"We feel real good where we're at on defense," Peters said. "We take away the run from people and we held West Jefferson to about 150 yards rushing, which was probably one of their lowest totals in the last few years. We're also holding our own in the passing game and not allowing anything over the top."

Offensively, Grandview has surpassed 1,000 yards rushing, led by Jason Frank's team-high 409 yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries.

Quarterback Oliver Rouch has played the past two games after missing the first three with a separated shoulder, rushing for 152 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries and completing 11 of 25 passes for 143 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

"He's getting better," Peters said of Rouch. "He's come a long way in two weeks. He has work to do to get better and we've also got to get better as a team."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview Heights cross country, football, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:


Last Saturday — Boys: Finished eighth (235) at 16-team Pickerington Central Invitational, behind champion Olentangy Orange (40); Girls: Finished fourth (120) at 13-team Pickerington Central Invitational, behind champion Heath (54)

Saturday — Erin L. Nance Fall Classic at London Country Club


*Last Friday — Lost to West Jefferson 21-7

*Friday — Home vs. Millersport

Of note: The Bobcats are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in MSL-Cardinal.


Sept. 21 — Finished second (369) at eight-team MSL-Cardinal tournament, behind Licking Heights (354)

Sept. 23 — Lost to Bexley 159-171

Last Tuesday — Competed at Division III sectional tournament at Darby Creek. The top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament on Monday at River Greens.


*Sept. 23 — Defeated Fisher Catholic 2-1

Last Saturday — Tied Hartley at 0

Last Tuesday — Played Worthington Christian

*Today — Home vs. Liberty Union

*Tuesday — Home vs. Harvest Prep

Of note: The Bobcats were 7-0-2 overall before last Tuesday and are 1-0 in MSL-Cardinal.


*Sept. 23 — Lost to Bexley 4-0

Last Saturday — Def. Ready 1-0

Last Tuesday — Played Fairbanks

*Today — Home vs. West Jefferson

Of note: The Bobcats were 5-3-2 overall before last Tuesday and are 2-1-1 in MSL-Cardinal/Ohio.


Sept. 21 — Def. Buckeye Valley 4-1

*Sept. 23 — Def. Fisher Catholic 5-0

Last Monday — Match vs. Centennial postponed because of bad weather

*Last Tuesday — Played Fisher Catholic

Last Wednesday — Played Hamilton Township

Saturday — MSL-Cardinal/Ohio tournament at Columbus Academy

Tuesday — At Jonathan Alder

Of note: The Bobcats were 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio before last Tuesday.


*Sept. 21 — Lost to Fisher Catholic 25-10, 25-16, 25-15

*Sept. 23 — Def. West Jefferson 25-15, 25-23, 25-15

*Last Tuesday — Played Licking Heights

*Today — Home vs. Harvest Prep

Monday — Home vs. Worthington Christian

*Tuesday — At Liberty Union

Of note: The Bobcats were 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the MSL-Cardinal before last Tuesday.

*MSL-Cardinal or MSL-Cardinal/Ohio contest