The Hilliard Darby High School girls soccer team did not win as many games as coach Amy Martin was shooting for.

The Hilliard Darby High School girls soccer team did not win as many games as coach Amy Martin was shooting for.

It finished 5-10-2 after losing to top-seeded Pickerington North 3-0 in the second round of the Division I district tournament on Oct. 21.

However, Martin said the Panthers played well enough to earn respect from their opponents.

"We were competitive this season, even in the games we lost, and we erased our reputation of being an easy team to beat," Martin said. "We tied two teams - Marysville (at 0 on Sept. 30) and Big Walnut (at 1 on Oct. 9) - who beat us last year.

"We also played real well in close losses to Worthington Kilbourne (2-1 on Aug. 31) and Thomas Worthington (2-0 on Sept. 28)."

Darby was sixth in the OCC-Central Division at 2-5, behind Davidson (6-0-1), Dublin Coffman (5-0-2), Upper Arlington (5-1-1), Thomas Worthington (3-3-1) and Worthington Kilbourne (3-3-1), and ahead of Westland (1-6) and Central Crossing (0-7).

The Panthers opened the district tournament on Oct. 19 at home with a 2-0 victory over Centennial.

Junior outside midfielder Audrey Wolfe scored both goals.

"We played well in both tournament games," Martin said. "We beat Centennial with our ball skills and footwork. We lost to a great team (Pickerington North), but we played well. We had some runs and breakaways and we put six shots on goal, but we weren't able to capitalize on them."

Darby will lose three senior starters in central midfielders Abby Kennedy and Chelsie Waldron, and outside defender Carly Pries.

Waldron was special mention all-league.

Starters who are expected to return include Wolfe, junior defenders Kelsey Demjan and Tyler Kohli, sophomore defenders Ashleigh Riddle and Tess Walters, junior goalkeeper Alex Hoferkamp, junior forwards Kacie Goodwin and Ellen Ransome, junior midfielder Mikey Castle and sophomore midfielder Sydney Palsgrove.

Riddle was first-team all-league, Hoferkamp was second-team all-league and Demjan was honorable mention all-league.

"Our seniors will be missed, but we made tremendous strides and we have a nice crew coming back," Martin said.

•The sixth-seeded boys team finished 9-5-3 after losing to Dublin Scioto 3-2 in its Division I district tournament opener on Oct. 23.

"We were definitely disappointed in losing that early in the tournament because that was a game that we felt like we never should have lost," coach John Ulry said. "But when you consider that we finished 6-10-3 the previous year, improving that much in one year was phenomenal."

During the regular season, Darby nipped Kilbourne 3-2 on Aug. 31 and beat UA 2-0 on Sept. 14. The Panthers also tied both Coffman (at 3 on Sept. 21) and Davidson (at 9 on Oct. 12).

The Panthers went 4-1-2 in the OCC-Central to finish runners-up behind Thomas (7-0). Kilbourne (4-3), Coffman (3-2-2), UA (3-3-1), Davidson (2-2-3), Central Crossing (0-6-1) and Westland (0-6-1) followed.

"We had two good victories over established and successful programs, and we tied two of the top teams in our area," Ulry said.

The Panthers will lose four senior starters in midfielder Tyler Boshane, goalkeeper Seth Ervin, defender Jake Ingle and forward Kyle Smrecansky.

Ervin was first-team all-league and special mention all-district, Also all-league were Boshane and Smrecansky (second team) and Ingle (honorable mention).

Expected back on defense are juniors Johnny Antos, Chris Johnson and Ted Jones, and sophomore Zach Kuebler. Freshman Nate Kohl and sophomore Jacob Atkinson return at forwards, along with sophomore midfielder A.J. Gaietto. Johnson was first-team all-district and all-league. Kohl (second-team) and Jones (honorable mention) were all-league.