It was certainly a rebuilding year for the Hilliard Darby High School girls soccer team in the first year under coach Amy Martin. But the Panthers picked up a postseason win and some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

It was certainly a rebuilding year for the Hilliard Darby High School girls soccer team in the first year under coach Amy Martin. But the Panthers picked up a postseason win and some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

They scored a major win for the program by upsetting 10th-seeded Davidson 1-0 in the first round on Oct. 20. Sami Atkinson scored the goal on an assist from Bo Goodwin.

Davidson had beaten Darby 4-2 in the regular season on Oct. 15.

"Even aside from winning a tournament game, just beating Davidson in a big rivalry game was one of our season goals," Martin said. "It really brought up our confidence, and it brought up our team morale."

On Oct. 22, the Panthers' season ended with a 4-1 loss to 12th-seeded Gahanna in the second round.

Darby finished 4-14 overall and placed sixth in the OCC-Central Division at 0-5, behind Upper Arlington (5-0), Dublin Coff man (4-1-1), Worthington Kilbourne (2-1-2), Davidson (2-2-1) and Thomas Worthington (1-2-2).

The Panthers lose four seniors. Sami Atkinson was a three-year starter at center midfield, and she was captain along with fellow seniors Leah Spangler and Kalee Seagle. Spangler started a second season on defense, but Seagle missed the entire season with an injury. Senior Kate Hoferkamp started two seasons in goal, but missed the first half of this season with an injury.

The Panthers expect to return key players at all positions, including juniors Abby Kennedy (defense) and Carly Pries (defense), sophomores Tyler Kohli (defense), Audrie Wolfe (forward), and Goodwin (midfield) and freshmen Ashleigh Riddle (midfield) and Rachel Harrichman (goalie).

Other letterwinners expected to return are juniors Korinne Culley (forward), Riley Bennington (midfield/forward), Chelsie Waldron (midfield) and Kelly Beisner (midfield/forward), sophomore Jenna Seagle (midfield/defense) and freshman Emily Church (midfield).

Martin said she is excited about the future of the program, which lost several players to Bradley this season. Martin is the fourth coach in five years at Darby, and she said having some stability in the offseason training program should pay off.

"I definitely would like us to improve our footwork, our speed, our agility and our strength," Martin said. "We're going to have a good, solid offseason. The girls haven't really had an offseason with as many coaches as they've had. The consistency hasn't really been there. I think that's going to take our play to the next level."

•The Bradley girls advanced to the second round of the Division I district tournament in its inaugural season before losing to DeSales 5-0 on Oct. 22.

The Jaguars beat Whetstone 2-0 in the first round on Oct. 20. Mackenzie Gill and Erin Banaag both scored and the Jaguars did not allow a shot on goal.

After an 0-4 start, the Jaguars rebounded to finish 10-8 overall. In the OCC-Capital, Bradley placed fourth at 3-3, behind New Albany (5-0-1), Olentangy Orange (5-1) and Big Walnut (4-2) and ahead of Delaware (1-4-1), Watkins Memorial (1-5) and Mount Vernon (0-4-2).

"I think it was a success," coach Dan Hoover said. "Anytime you have a winning record with a new program, as thin as we were, you have to look at that and say it's a good thing. Hopefully we learned a lot from a maturity standpoint that will help us for next year."

Bradley will not lose any seniors. Every player on the Jaguars' roster saw extensive playing time since the team only had between 12 and 14 players. With fewer than 30 players in the entire program, Bradley looks to build its numbers next season.

Leading the way this season was Gill, a junior who finished with 24 goals, which led the Central District as of last Tuesday. Sophomore midfielders Caitlyn Cote, Casey Gross, Katie Lindsey and Morgan Tucker all played a key role in controlling possession and distributing the ball to Gill.

Junior D.J. Meister is expected to return as the starting goalie, and freshmen defenders Amanda Fodor, Nicole Tindal and Lauren Bailey all will be in their second season as starters.

Also expected back next season are sophomores Banaag (forward), Mia Cherwien (midfield), Kaitlyn Hall (midfield) and Alicia Wolfe (defense/midfield) and freshman Kirsten Tindal (forward).

•The Davidson girls had a string of four consecutive trips to a district final snapped with the loss to Darby.

The Wildcats finished the season 8-7-2 overall and were fourth in the OCC-Central standings at 2-2-1.

Coach Joe Divida said although he still thinks this year's team had the talent to make another deep playoff run, a lack of experience ultimately limited its success.

"I may have underestimated the learning curve, just on an emotional and a mental level," Divida said. "When it's all said and done and I've looked back on it a little bit, I would kind of say it was a year where we learned a lot of things."

Davidson, which struggled with injuries most of the season, loses just four seniors. Alyssa DePaola was a four-year starter in the midfield, and was joined by senior Jessica Baran. Jamie Caton was a two-year starter at forward and was one of the top scorers with six goals. Heather Coonfare was a two-year starter on defense.

The future of the program still looks positive. The Wildcats started as many as six freshmen or sophomores this season, including sophomores Susan Anderson (goalie), Courtney Hall (forward), Monica Lince (midfield/forward) and Kelly Grinter (midfield) and freshman Lauren Bates (forward). Hall was one of the top scorers with five goals, and Anderson is a two-year starter in goal.

Juniors Katie Holland (midfield/forward) and Kaitlyn Reynolds (midfield/defense) are two-year starters, and Holland led the team with eight goals.

Others expected to return include juniors Tessa Kilgore (defense), Olivia Pabisinski (forward), Mallory Sodders (defense/midfield), Meghan Gallagher (midfield/forward), Stephanie Varn (midfield) and Ashley Weethee (defense).

At a glance


•Record: 10-8 overall, 3-3 (fourth) in OCC-Capital

•Seniors lost: none

•Key returnees: Caitlyn Cote, Mackenzie Gill, Casey Gross, Katie Lindsey, D.J. Meister and Morgan Tucker


•Record: 4-14 overall, 0-5 (sixth) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Sami Atkinson, Kate Hoferkamp and Leah Spangler

•Key returnees: Kacie Goodwin, Rachel Harrichman and Jenna Seagle


•Record: 8-7-2 overall, 2-2-1 (fourth) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Jessica Baran, Jamie Caton, Heather Coonfare and Alyssa DePaola

•Key returnees: Susan Anderson, Lauren Bates, Kelly Grinter, Katie Holland, Monica Lince and Kaitlyn Reynolds