The inaugural season for the Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer team is bound to include its fair share of bumps in the road.

The inaugural season for the Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer team is bound to include its fair share of bumps in the road.

Coach Tony Earp knows the best days for his team, which has no seniors, are probably a year or two in the future.

That doesn't mean the team is lowering its expectations in year one.

"When we step into a season, even if we're young, our goal is to win, and we want to win a state championship," Earp said. "When we step on the field, that's our goal. We're going to have a big year. We're not going to play like we're young."

Bradley is the first high school head coaching job for Earp, who played on the Ohio State soccer team from 1999-2002. Earp coached the junior varsity at Dublin Scioto in 2006 and currently works at SuperKick, a soccer training facility in Lewis Center.

The Jaguars opened the season last Monday against Zane Trace and continue today at Bexley, Saturday vs. Lexington and Tuesday vs. New Albany.

Bradley competes in the OCC-Capital Division. Last season, Delaware won the league at 4-0-2, followed by Mount Vernon (4-1-1), Olentangy Orange (2-1-3), New Albany (2-2-2), Big Walnut (1-2-3), Watkins Memorial (1-4-1) and Franklin Heights (0-6). Franklin Heights will not field a team this season.

Earp said the preseason has gone well for his team, adding that the players have "taken a lot of pride in the fact that they're the first class to come through." With such a young roster, the Jaguars are at a size disadvantage against most teams they play, but Earp believes his players have the speed and technical ability to overcome that.

"Individually, we're talented," Earp said. "I think we've got a couple very special players who individually can play. I think the test on whether or not we'll be successful will be if we can kind of work the ball together and kind of play as a group. That's always a challenge for a first-year group."

Leading the way at forward for the Jaguars will be sophomore Ray Olavarria and junior Herman Paniaguer. Olavarria was one of the top offensive players for Darby last season. Also expected to contribute at forward are junior Brandon Thompson and sophomore Sam Darling.

Sophomore A.G. Basiakos leads the midfield, which also features juniors Michael Rico and Kyle Wright, sophomores Spencer Gates, Alex Ken, Daniel Ordonez, A.J. Reyes and Sam Rasmassen and freshmen Ben Fitzpatrick and Billy Petikas.

Defensively, the Jaguars use a combination of juniors Spencer Adams, Troy Fleischman, Kevin McGinnis and Zachery Castle and sophomores Ivan Rodriguez, Tanner Sheffield and Craig Shimer.

Sophomore Matt Parthun is expected to start in goal, with freshman Joe Krochmal as the backup.

•The girls team might lack the depth to be an elite team this season, but coach Dan Hoover said he believes his team will not be a pushover.

The Jaguars have only one player with significant varsity experience, but most players have played club soccer together.

"We want to be competitive in every game we play," Hoover said. "We want to be very competitive in the OCC. And we want to make sure we're improving every day, improving every practice and developing as a team."

Like Earp, Hoover is in his first year as a high school head coach. For the past several years, he coached at various levels for the Hilliard FC club and has been an assistant on the Davidson boys team.

Bradley opened last Tuesday against Westerville North and continues Saturday at home against St. Marys Memorial and Tuesday at New Albany.

The Jaguars compete in the wide-open OCC-Capital. Last season, Big Walnut won the title at 6-0, followed by Orange (4-1-1), New Albany (4-2), Watkins Memorial (2-3-1), Delaware (1-3-2), Mount Vernon (2-4) and Franklin Heights (0-6). Franklin Heights won't field a team this season.

Hoover knows his team will be undersized, but believes it will have the skill to hang with most teams and enough speed to cause problems. However, the Jaguars must stay healthy because their varsity roster only has 14 players.

Offensively, the Jaguars rely on junior forward MacKenzie Gill, who lettered at Darby last season. Also expected to see action at forward are sophomore Erin Banaag and freshman Kirsten Tindal.

Sophomores Casey Gross and Katie Lindsey are expected to be key players at center midfield. Among the other players contributing in the midfield are sophomores Mia Cherwien, Kaitlyn Hall, Alicia Wolfe and Morgan Tucker.

Junior D.J. Meister should start in goal and he'll have help on defense from Wolfe, sophomore Caitlyn Cole and freshmen Nicole Tindal, Lauren Bailey and Amanda Fodor.

In addition to learning to play together, a key will be making sure that opposing teams don't steer the Jaguars away from their style of play.

"We have to stay within our game plan of ball possession and not get into more of a direct style of play," Hoover said. "We play possession. We feel that if we can keep our time of possession up, we're going to be successful."



Aug. 24 -- vs. Chillicothe Zane Trace Aug. 27 -- at Bexley Aug. 29 -- vs. Lexington Sept. 1 -- vs. New Albany Sept. 8 -- at Darby Sept. 15 -- at Big Walnut Sept. 17 -- at Jonathan Alder Sept. 22 -- vs. Mount Vernon Sept. 24 -- vs. Olentangy Sept. 29 -- vs. Delaware Oct. 1 -- at Reynoldsburg Oct. 3 -- vs. Marysville Oct. 6 -- at Olentangy Orange Oct. 13 -- vs. Watkins Memorial Oct. 15 -- at Westerville Central


Aug. 25 -- vs. Westerville North Aug. 29 -- vs. St. Marys Memorial Sept. 1 -- at New Albany Sept. 3 -- vs. Jonathan Alder Sept. 8 -- vs. Darby Sept. 10 -- vs. CSG Sept. 12 -- at Fairbanks Sept. 15 -- vs. Big Walnut Sept. 17 -- vs. Lancaster Sept. 19 -- at Gahanna Sept. 22 -- at Mount Vernon Sept. 29 -- at Delaware Oct. 3 -- at Olentangy Oct. 6 -- vs. Olentangy Orange Oct. 8 -- at Grove City Oct. 13 -- at Watkins Memorial