Coach Amy Williams has seen a big change in her Central Crossing High School girls soccer team.

Coach Amy Williams has seen a big change in her Central Crossing High School girls soccer team.

After going 5-11-1 last season, the Comets were 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Upper Arlington on Sept. 15.

Central Crossing defeated league nemesis Hilliard Davidson 1-0 on Sept. 8. In six previous games since 2008, Davidson had beaten the Comets by a combined 63-0, including 10-0 last season.

"That was a really big win for us," Williams said. "It's shown how far we have come. Our only loss has been to (Olentangy) Liberty, and even though it was (an 8-0 loss Sept. 1, the Patriots) beat us 13-0 last year. So we were five goals better."

Claire Fraley scored against Davidson and goalkeeper Brittany Hanson had 25 saves.

"We scored in the first 10 minutes of the (Davidson) game and held (the Wild- cats) off," Williams said. "We have a freshman in goal in Brittany Hanson, who is playing well and had 19 saves against Liberty."

Kortney McGinnis entered the week with seven goals to lead the Comets. She scored five times in an 11-1 win over London on Aug. 31 and twice in a 2-1 win over Columbus School for Girls in the opener Aug. 25.

"We start six freshmen, three sophomores and two juniors," Williams said. "We're getting more confident, and we have been aggressive on the field and playing hard. We're fit and able to run hard until the end of games."

Grove City girls tie second-ranked team

The Grove City girls team is beginning to mesh on the field, as evidenced by a 2-all tie Sept. 10 against Dublin Jerome, the second-ranked team behind Cleveland St. Ignatius in last week's Division I state coaches poll.

Makenzie Swackhammer and Erin Duffy scored for the Greyhounds, who are 3-1-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Ohio. Goalie Xochitl Cajigal had 11 saves.

"We came out and played well and we're getting better," coach Josh Keller said. "We're happy with the way we played (against Jerome), but we can't be satisfied. We need to keep getting better every day in practice and in every game."

Grove City opened with a 2-0 loss against Marysville on Aug. 25 before defeating Hilliard Bradley 6-0 on Aug 27 and tying Davidson at 2 on Aug. 29.

In OCC-Ohio games, the Greyhounds defeated Rey-noldsburg 3-1 on Sept. 1 and Groveport 9-0 on Sept. 8.

Duffy leads the team with seven goals. Erin Hartig and Swackhammer both have three goals, and Charis Friend has two.

Central Crossing boys looking for offense

The Central Crossing boys team scored only three goals in its first five games.

The Comets were 0-4-1 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central before playing UA on Sept. 15.

"Our team has been having trouble putting the ball in the net from a lack of speed in the attack," coach Tyler Gleason said. "We have been playing well defensively, but any mistakes we make have been hurting us."

Central Crossing lost its opener to Lancaster 2-0 on Aug. 25 before tying Logan at 1 on Aug. 29. Tomas Hernandez scored against the Chieftains.

On Sept. 5, the Comets lost to Licking Heights 3-2 despite goals from Higle Mire and Abdi Noor.

In league play, they lost to Liberty 6-0 on Sept. 1 and Davidson 7-0 on Sept. 8.

Grove City boys win first two OCC games

The Grove City boys team won its first two OCC-Ohio games and was 3-3 overall before playing Delaware on Sept. 15.

Braxton LaBarge scored as the Greyhounds defeated Reynoldsburg 1-0 on Sept. 1 in the league opener. Goalie Brayden McCloskey had six saves.

Grove City also defeated Groveport 3-1 on Sept. 8 in OCC-Ohio play.

The Greyhounds won their opener 14-0 against Zanesville on Aug. 22. Chad Pennington and Demree Zinn scored three times apiece, and Andy Beatty and Kenton Hall both had two goals.

Grove City lost to Marysville 4-1 on Aug. 25, to Watkins Memorial 4-3 on Sept. 5 and to Davidson 6-1 on Sept. 10.

"I am fairly pleased with where we are at as a team," coach Bryan Mulvany said. "Two of our (first) three losses were against two of the top teams in the area. If we can continue to grow and get better, the rest of the season should be fun."