The Grove City High School girls soccer team didn't mind losing a home game in its Division I district tournament opener because the Greyhounds received an unexpected chance to take advantage of their speed on turf.

The Grove City High School girls soccer team didn't mind losing a home game in its Division I district tournament opener because the Greyhounds received an unexpected chance to take advantage of their speed on turf.

The Greyhounds cruised past Central Crossing 6-1 on Oct. 20 in a second-round game that was moved to the turf field at Grove City Christian. The change was prompted by a rain-soaked field at Grove City.

The ninth-seeded Greyhounds advanced to play in a district semifinal Oct. 25 on the turf at second-seeded Dublin Coffman. A victory would send them to their first district final at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, against seventh-seeded Hilliard Bradley or Westerville Central at Westerville South, which also has a turf field.

"I think we play well on turf and we're built for speed," said coach Josh Keller, whose team was 11-4-2 before playing Coffman. "We haven't played as many games on turf as we would like."

By beating Central Crossing, the Greyhounds reached their first district semifinal since 2006, when they lost to third-seeded Coffman 4-0. They also reached a district semifinal in 2005, losing to third-seeded Pickerington North 8-0.

"One of our goals was to make it to (a) district (semifinal) and we were able to do that," Keller said. "It only took one game since the district was split into a three-division alignment, but we'll take it. It may be cliché, but in the postseason you just survive and move on. That's what we need to keep doing."

Grove City and Central Crossing both had first-round byes before their contest. Stacia Green had three goals for the Greyhounds, Ashley Artrip added two and Maddy Kruki had the other. Nicole Sprow had three saves.

"Making it to (a district semifinal) means a lot to these girls because it gives them a chance to play on a bigger stage," Keller said. "We made it to the 'Sweet 16' in central Ohio and we want to move on."

Grove City has never played Bradley, which was 12-3-2 after defeating Newark 7-1 in a second-round game Oct. 20.

The Greyhounds have not played Central since at least 2005. The Warhawks were 7-9-1 after beating Marysville 3-0 on Oct. 20 in a second-round game.

The district champion will play Wednesday, Nov. 2, in a regional semifinal at Coffman against Pickerington North, Watterson, Dublin Scioto or Thomas Worthington.

North, which was 12-2-3 overall before Oct. 25, tied Grove City at 1 on Oct. 11. Watterson, which was 8-5-4 overall before Oct. 25, lost to Grove City 1-0 on Sept. 1.

The Greyhounds have not played Thomas since at least 2005. The Cardinals were 11-3-3 before Oct. 25.

In the last meeting with Scioto, Grove City won 3-2 in 2007. The Irish were 13-2-2 before their district semifinal.

•The Grove City boys team finished 6-10-1 after losing to Olentangy 2-1 on Oct. 20 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament. The game was postponed Oct. 19 because of weather-related field conditions and moved to Grove City Christian.

The Greyhounds trailed 1-0 at halftime and had only four shots in the contest.

"We were passing up shots, trying to get the perfect shot," said coach Jamie Dato, who completed his fourth season. "In the first half, our passes were dying in the midfield and weren't getting to the scoring end."

The Greyhounds went 2-5 in the OCC-Ohio Division, tying Lancaster for fifth. Gahanna (7-0) won the league, followed by Pickerington Central and Pickerington North, which tied for second at 5-2. Reynoldsburg (3-3-1) was fourth, followed by Grove City and Lancaster, Groveport (1-4-2) and Newark (1-5-1).

Seniors for the Greyhounds were Zach Brenner (forward; 10 goals, one assist), Sam Coachman (forward; 10 goals, two assists), Kyle Coffey (defense), Harve Crabtree (goalkeeper), Michael Duffy (midfield), Ricky Heery (defense), Alec Hutchison (forward), Nick Mara (defense), Garrett Salyer (forward; five goals, five assists) and Joey Swavely (midfield).

"The seniors made a huge contribution to the team with them being our starting forwards, two of our midfielders and two of our defenders and our goalie Harve Crabtree, who got a concussion against Davidson (6-0 loss on Oct. 8) and wasn't able to play after that," Dato said. "They were the key to any success we had."

Juniors expected back are Nick Criss (midfield), Zach Crossen (defense), Brayden Davis (forward), Taisto Laine (goalkeeper), Andy Ray (forward), Joey Scarberry (forward), Jared Stephenson (midfield) and Bryton Wise (defense). Sophomores expected to return are Tyler Dunn (midfield), Alex Farcas (keeper), Chandler Heery (forward), Scottie Luchini (midfield) and Josh Townley (midfield).

"Nick Criss started in the midfield and Taisto Laine started in goal for us," Dato said. "We had three sophomore midfielders play a lot (against Olentangy) in Tyler Dunn, Scottie Luchini and Josh Townley.

"We have a good solid nucleus coming back, but they need to jell. We have the opportunity to be better next year with a good amount of work in the offseason."

•The Central Crossing girls team finished 5-10-2 overall after losing to Grove City in the district tournament.

"If there was an award for the most improved team in the OCC, we would have to get it," said coach Amy Williams, who completed her first season in her second stint with the program. "We didn't win a game last year and finished 5-10-2 this year and scored 35 goals. We were able to beat some teams that were really hardcore against us last year."

Sophomore forward Haleigh Cook, the team's leading scorer, had the goal in the tournament game against Grove City, which had beaten the Comets 9-0 on Sept. 1.

Seniors included captains Marissa Cajigal (defense) and Reagan Townsend (defense) as well as Clarissa Davis, a goalkeeper who moved in from Groveport. Regina Lynn (forward) and Guadaloupe Tovar (midfield) also were seniors.

"We had an outstanding group of seniors," Williams said. "I was here when they were freshmen and then they didn't have a sophomore season because of the failed levy. They came back as juniors under a new coach and then they played strong to finish out their senior year. They have been through a lot, but they were standouts in the classroom and on the soccer field."

Central Crossing finished seventh (1-6) in the OCC-Central behind Coffman (6-0-1), Hilliard Davidson (5-0-2), Thomas (4-1-2), Upper Arlington (3-2-2), Hilliard Darby (2-3-2) and Worthington Kilbourne (2-4-1) and ahead of Westland (0-7).

Juniors expected to return are Kathy Chatfield (forward), Megan Johnson (defense) and Dania Revalla (midfield). Sophomores expected back are Natalie Bolanos-Cruz (midfield), Alexis Bachstetter (defense), Anna Brandon (midfield/defense), Cook, Olivia Downing (forward), Abra Eggleton (midfield) and Alexis Som (midfield).

Shannon Krum (defense/midfield), Leyshka Soto (defense) and Dana White (midfield) are freshmen.

"We have sophomore Haleigh Cook, who was our leading scorer, (coming back)," Williams said. "We also had some big contributors who were freshmen. Dana White played every minute of every game until she was hurt in the second half (of the district game)."

•The Central Crossing boys team finished 3-12-2 overall after losing to Davidson 4-0 on Oct. 19 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament at Bradley.

The Comets finished 0-7 in the OCC-Central behind UA (6-0-1), Kilbourne (3-0-4), Coffman (5-1-1), Davidson (3-2-2), Thomas (3-2-2), Darby (2-3-2) and Westland (1-6).