After 80 minutes last Thursday, the Johnstown-Monroe and Fairbanks high school boys soccer teams seemed to leave the field with nothing but rain-soaked uniforms. But that wasn't the case for Josh Stranges.

After 80 minutes last Thursday, the Johnstown-Monroe and Fairbanks high school boys soccer teams seemed to leave the field with nothing but rain-soaked uniforms. But that wasn't the case for Josh Stranges.

The Johnnies coach said his team got a boost of confidence and an edge in the North Central Soccer League standings after it tied Fairbanks at 1.

"No one likes ties, particularly me, but we did what we had to do to get in position to win the league," said Stranges, whose team has tied Fairbanks in their last five meetings. "We went out and played hard for 80 minutes and played until the very end. That might have been the first time we've done that all season."

The Johnnies are 5-4-1 overall and Fairbanks moved to 6-2-2. Both are 3-0-1 in the NCSL, but Johnstown has a tiebreaker edge by leading in league scoring differential.

The Panthers beat Village Academy 2-0 on Aug, 25 and Pleasant 3-0 on Aug. 27 before blasting Caledonia River Valley 9-0 on Sept. 10 for a 14-goal differential. Johnstown beat Buckeye Valley 2-1 on Aug. 27, River Valley 14-0 on Sept. 3 and Village Academy 5-0 on Sept. 17 for a difference of 20 and a six-goal edge on Fairbanks.

Last season, Johnstown won the title with a 7-0 win over Pleasant in the final regular-season game to give the Johnnies an edge in league scoring differential.

"(Fairbanks) is a very good team because they move the ball well and are very precise in their passing," junior defender Connor Hosey said. "They have been playing together for a while and you can tell that."

Joe Carter scored the only Johnstown goal on an unassisted shot with 8 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the first half. Ryan Rausch tied the score for the Panthers with 32:40 left in the game.

"I set up for the (direct) kick, saw their wall and saw there was an opening in it," said Carter, whose game last Saturday against Madison Christian was moved to Oct. 17 because of a scheduling conflict with a retreat by Eagles. "I was able to take advantage of that and put it in the net."

The Johnnies still were stinging after a 5-0 loss at home to Coshocton last Tuesday. The Redskins scored three times in the final 10 minutes.

"We really took that loss personally," said Hosey, whose team plays Tuesday at home against non-league Grandview and Thursday at home in a league game against Northridge. "Losing 5-0 kind of got into our heads, but we knew we had to play together and work as a team."

Stranges wasn't sure how his team would rebound from the shutout but was pleased with the results.

"We took a lot of positives out of (last Tuesday)," said Stranges, whose team was sixth in the area Division III coaches poll last Tuesday behind top-ranked Worthington Christian. "Instead of getting down on ourselves, we used the loss to our advantage to make us better."

Joe Miller had seven saves last Thursday and Patrick Benton added five. Fairbanks had 12 shots on goal as compared to eight for the Johnnies.

•The boys golf team was seeded fifth for the Division II sectional tournaments with the Johnnies playing Tuesday at the Players Club at Foxfire.

Granville, which has the other sectional site, was the top seed followed by Jonathan Alder, Buckeye Valley and DeSales. Bloom-Carroll was the sixth seed.

"I was pretty pleased with our draw," coach Chris Carlisle said. "Granville chose to play at their site and DeSales, who I thought would be the No. 2 seed also went to Granville, which shocked the heck out of me.

"We're at Players Club with the second seed, Jonathan Alder, and the third seed, which is Buckeye Valley. I was happy not to go to Granville because I don't think we could compete with those two teams on that course."

The top three teams and the top three players not on a qualifying team from both sectionals advance to district Oct. 5 at River Greens in Coshocton.

Last year in the Division II sectional at the Players Club at Foxfire, Cody Green shot an 89 (40-49) to lead the Johnnies, who finished seventh of 12 teams with 368. He missed qualifying as an individual as Austin Steinmetz of North Union and Steve Breymaier of Licking Valley each had 88 to claim the final two spots.

The teams advancing were Bexley (335), Olentangy Orange (347), Amanda-Clearcreek (348) and Jonathan Alder (351).

The Players Club was also the sectional site for the Johnnies in 2005, the year they went on to win the Division III state championship.

"We're familiar with the course and I like our chances there," said Carlisle, whose team competed last Saturday at the Granville Invitational. "It's a very difficult course and it kind of evens out the competition. Plus, it might even be a little cold and rainy, and that adds to it. But that's what can you expect when it's almost into October."

Last Monday, Johnstown finished 13th (348) of 20 teams in the Big Walnut Hank Reppart Invitational at Rattlesnake Ridge behind champion Pickerington North (308). Green led the Johnnies with an 84 followed by Cody Peterman (85), Derek Hastings (88), Zach Williams (91) and Tim Williams (103).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Johnstown-Monroe boys and girls cross country and girls volleyball teams:


Sept. 19 -- Boys: Finished 27th (737) of 32 teams in the Division II race at Galion Cross Country Festival behind champion Bay Village Bay (79). James Platt (88th, 18:20.13) led the Johnnies followed by Jacob Wall (120th, 19:02.09), Drew Jenney (154th, 19:37.34), Jon Holbrook (173rd, 20:04.37) and Bryon Foltz (202nd, 22:21.25); Girls: Finished third (167) of 30 teams in the Division II race at the Galion Cross Country Festival behind champion Rocky River (85). Stephanie Loshbough (ninth, 19:47.11) led the Johnnies followed by Erin Radigan (17th, 20:17.84), Meghan Schulze (31st, 20:41.75), Kaila Cramer (38th, 20:55.11), Brittany Lynch (72nd, 21.48.97), Jessica Turner (109th, 22:44.34) and Katrina Cartwright (163rd, 24:41.52)

Last Saturday -- Competed in Lancaster Bob Reall Invitational

Saturday -- At Pickerington North Panther Invitational

Oct. 10 -- Johnstown Invitational at Tech Lake


Sept. 19 -- Defeated Columbus East 25-12, 25-6, 25-9

Last Monday -- Lost to Harvest Prep 25-18, 25-20, 25-13

*Last Tuesday --Lost to Centerburg 25-21, 25-15, 25-18. Courtney Dingess led with eight kills, Holly Sammons added four kills and Hannah Farley had 18 assists.

*Last Thursday -- Lost to Danville 25-20, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19. Dingess had seven kills, Kaitlyn Mooney added six kills and both Sammons and Kelcey Spang had five kills each. Megan Karnes had five aces and Farley had 18 assists.

Monday -- At Fairbanks

*Tuesday --At Utica

*Thursday -- Home vs. East Knox

Saturday -- Home vs. Northland

*Oct. 6 -- At Northridge

Of note: The Johnnies are 2-11 overall and 0-8 in the MBC.

*MBC contest