The Olentangy Orange High School field hockey team had a season to remember.

The Olentangy Orange High School field hockey team had a season to remember.

The Pioneers won the most games in program history and finished 9-6-1 overall, losing to top-seeded Columbus Academy 4-0 on Oct. 25 in a district semifinal.

"We had a historic season, setting a school record for games won, having a home tournament game for the first time and winning our first postseason game," said second-year coach Anna Karousis, whose 10th-seeded team earned that tournament win by defeating 12th-seeded Columbus School for Girls 2-1 in a shootout Oct. 20. "Our players have pushed themselves to success and already have higher expectations for next year."

Orange was fifth (4-4) in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division behind Thomas Worthington (8-0), Liberty (7-1), Upper Arlington (5-2-1) and Olentangy (5-3) and ahead of Dublin Coffman (3-5), Dublin Jerome (2-5-1), Dublin Scioto (1-7) and Lancaster (0-8).

Goalkeeper Alyssa Menzo (68 saves, 8 shutouts) and midfielders Alex Lowry (2 goals, 2 assists) and Anna Peura (1 goal, 3 assists) led a seven-player senior class.

Junior forward McKenzie Cooper (7 goals, 4 assists) led Orange in scoring. Other scoring threats expected to return are juniors Kendall Baehr (midfielder; 2 goals, 4 assists), Nichole Khayat (midfielder; 4 goals) and Hannah Lower (forward; 5 goals), sophomore Emily Noble (forward; 4 goals, 1 assist) and freshmen Hannah Brown (midfielder; 4 goals, 2 assists) and Averie Ogden (forward; 2 goals).

Also expected back are junior Izzy Altier (defender), sophomores Tyler Bluvol (defen-der), Devyn Fischer (midfielder) and Abby Stedman (midfielder) and freshmen Tatum Gibson (goalie) and Grace Holz (defender).

Girls soccer team endures tough schedule

The girls soccer team played a tough schedule, but that helped it reach a Division I district semifinal.

The 21st-seeded Pioneers finished 5-10-4 overall after losing to fifth-seeded Jerome 1-0 on Oct. 25. They defeated 16th-seeded Zanesville 2-1 on Oct. 18 in the first round and 25th-seeded Pickerington Central 7-0 on Oct. 20 in the second round.

Orange was third (2-2-1) in the OCC-Buckeye behind Olentangy (4-0-1) and Liberty (4-1) and ahead of Westerville Central (1-2-2), Westerville North (1-3-1) and Westerville South (0-4-1).

Midfielder Alaina Foy and goalie Hannah Sargent were second-team all-league to lead a seven-player senior class.

Juniors Delaney Earl (forward) and Cassidy Ryan (defender) were first-team all-league. Junior midfielder Camryn Thompson was special mention and junior forward Taylor Foreman was honorable mention.

Also expected back are juniors Megan Cochran (defen-der), Sami Level (defender), Camila Hall (midfielder) and Avery Lichtenberg (midfielder), sophomores Mackenzie Blendick (forward) and Grace Weidenhamer (midfielder) and freshman Keeley Galloway (defender).

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