Expectations will again be high for the Pickerington High School North girls soccer team next season.

Expectations will again be high for the Pickerington High School North girls soccer team next season.

A season after reaching a Division I state semifinal before losing to eventual champion Cincinnati St. Ursula 1-0, the Panthers finished 12-7 overall after falling to Watterson 2-0 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 21.

"I thought we had a pretty successful season considering we lost a lot (to graduation) and had a pretty young group coming back," said coach Greg Van Kannel, whose team was seeded eighth in the district and opened by beating Hamilton Township 11-0 on Oct. 14 and Thomas Worthington 4-0 in a second-round game Oct. 16. "I thought we got better as the season went on and we were in every game we played. We played well."

North won its sixth consecutive OCC title by finishing 6-1 in the Ohio Division to finish in front of Gahanna and Grove City, which tied for second at 5-1-1. Reynoldsburg (4-2-1) was fourth followed by Pickerington Central (3-3-1), Lancaster (2-5), Newark (1-6) and Groveport (0-7).

Senior defender Lauren Eberts was OCC-Ohio Co-Player of the Year along with Reynoldsburg's Taylor Jennings-Sargent.

Senior forward Kaitlyn Holland led the team with 11 goals and 10 assists and was second-team district and first-team all-league. Sophomore midfielder Shelby Olszewski was first-team all-league. She had eight goals and senior midfielder Katie Kaiser had eight assists.

Senior defender Holly Simms, junior defender Abby Fannin and junior defender Ali Prestifillippo were second-team all-league and junior midfielder Morgan Hendrickson was honorable mention all-league.

Sophomore goalkeeper Allyson Baldwin averaged five saves per game.

"There was a lot of pressure on the girls to win because we expect to compete for a district championship," Van Kannel said. "I think setting the goals high is something good. There's nothing wrong with that."

Along with Eberts, Holland, Kaiser and Simms, other seniors included Erin Avary, midfielder Brittany Engell, forward Megan Gridley, midfielder Carlie Sanders and midfielder Chelsea Smith.

Juniors expected to return include forward Erika Bruestle, midfielder Andrea Castle, defender Bry Ducey, Fannin, Hendrickson, goalkeeper Caitlin Hughes, forward Nadja Kolliesuah midfielder Courtney Potts, Prestifillippo and defender Becca Russell. Others expected to return are sophomores Baldwin, forward Berly Bentley, forward Zena Kolliesuah, midfielder Shelby Lozan and Olszewski as well as freshman midfielder Becca Glenn.

•The North boys team finished 13-3-2 overall after falling to Dublin Coffman 1-0 in overtime in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22.

The Panthers finished second in the OCC-Ohio at 5-1-1 behind Gahanna (5-0-2) and ahead of Pickerington Central and Grove City, which tied for third at 4-2-1. Reynoldsburg was fifth at 2-1-4 followed by Lancaster (1-5-1), Groveport (1-6) and Newark (0-6-1).

"We were pleased with the season we had, but when you have a record as good as we had, you would like to have accomplished more as far as winning championships," said sixth-year coach Darrin Monhollen. "But going 13-3-2 is a very solid record."

North will lose 12 seniors including captains Anthony Evans (goalie), Kyle Hilborn (forward) and Tyler Sparks (midfielder). Senior midfielder Eric Lott was the team's scholar athlete.

Hilborn was first-team all-league and third-team all-district, scoring 10 goals with seven assists. Evans and Sparks (4 goals, 6 assists) were second-team-all-league.

Other seniors were midfielder Corey Becker (6 goals, 3 assists), forward Zach Crist, defender Huy Chu, midfielder Garrison Lister, midfielder Tyler Orr, defender Jon Pennell, forward Collin Prince and midfielder Andrew Reeb.

The Panthers expect to return eight starters next season, including leading scorer Keegan Ross. The junior forward scored 13 goals with two assists and was first-team all-district and all-league.

Junior defender Sean O'Neill (4 goals, 1 assist) was second-team all-league and junior midfielder Jared Haggit (6 goals, 4 assists) was honorable mention all-league.

"A lot of people thought we were a year away from being a solid team, but we had a good year and will be returning a lot last year," Monhollen said.

Other juniors expected to return are forward Tyler Brozovich, midfielder Scott Hartley, stopper Nick Justus forward Zach Justus, midfielder Patrick Lynch, sweeper Nick Macioce, defender Blake Monge keeper Michael Mulroy, midfielder Brian Neilon, forward Moses Stephen, defender Andrew Whitcomb and defender Jesse Whitehead.

Also expected back is sophomore midfielder Tony Boerio, who scored nine goals with four assists.

At a glance


•Record: 13-3-2 overall, 5-1-1 (second) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Corey Becker, Huy Chu, Zach Crist, Anthony Evans, Kyle Hilborn, Garrison Lister, Eric Lott, Tyler Orr, Jon Pennell, Collin Prince, Andrew Reeb and Tyler Sparks

•Key returnees: Jared Haggit, Scott Hartley, Nick Justus, Zach Justus, Tony Macioce, Brian Neilon, Sean O'Neill, Keegan Ross and Tyler Sparks


•Record: 12-7 overall, 6-1 (first) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Erin Avary, Lauren Eberts, Brittany Engell, Megan Gridley, Kaitlyn Holland, Katie Kaiser, Carlie Sanders, Holly Simms and Chelsea Smith

•Key returnees: Allyson Baldwin, Abby Fannin, Becca Glenn, Morgan Hendrickson, Katie Kaiser, Shelby Olszewski, Ali Prestifillippo and Becca Russell