Carlos Bonilla believes his return to the sideline as coach of the Reynoldsburg High School boys soccer team after a one-year hiatus was a success.

Carlos Bonilla believes his return to the sideline as coach of the Reynoldsburg High School boys soccer team after a one-year hiatus was a success.

The Raiders finished 8-4-7 overall after a 3-2 overtime loss to Marysville in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22 after defeating Westerville North 2-1 on Oct. 15 and 11th-seeded Delaware 2-1 in a shootout Oct. 18 in the first two rounds.

Reynoldsburg went 2-1-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division to place fifth behind Gahanna (5-0-2), Pickerington North (5-1-1), Grove City (4-2-1) and Pickerington Central (4-2-1) and ahead of Lancaster (2-4-1), Groveport (1-6) and Newark (0-6-1).

The Raiders were 7-8-2 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Buckeye last season under Dave Winter, losing their last four games and going 0-5-1 in their last six.

"(The season) exceeded my expectations because you're only as good as your last game and this team finished last year with losses, and we had so many first-year varsity starters this year," said Bonilla, who had compiled an 84-63-19 record and guided the Raiders to OCC championships in 2001 and 2002 in his first coaching stint from 1998-2006. "We lost only three games in the regular season and we were competitive in every game. The credit goes to the players."

Reynoldsburg will lose seniors Joe Berry (defender), Andrew Broehm (midfielder), Chris Chang (defender), Tommy Fee (defender), Yosafe Gola (midfielder/forward), Taylor Gustavson (goalie), Derek Jordan (forward), Matt Lahman (midfielder), Patrick Morey (midfielder/ defender), Kristijan Nocevski (midfielder), Taylor Roteff (forward), Joe Taylor (midfielder) and Matt Taylor (sweeper).

Jordan led the team with 10 goals and Broehm was second with six. Fee and Gustavson, who had eight shutouts, were three-year varsity players.

"You don't replace a Gustavson, a Fee, a Roteff, a Jordan, a (Matt) Taylor and a Broehm," Bonilla said. "You just hope the younger kids were paying attention, learned from them and will try to emulate them.

"I've known (the seniors) a long time and coached them in youth leagues. I wanted to win really bad for them."

The Raiders led Marysville 2-0 in the second half only to watch the Monarchs score two goals in a span of 47 seconds in the final seven minutes to force overtime. Marysville scored the winner with 7:32 remaining in the first 15-minute overtime.

"That stings," Bonilla said. "With such a large senior class, I think it will be hard for them for awhile. But I want the younger guys to remember the feeling and use it as a motivator to have the best season they can have next year."

Expected to return are juniors Abrham Gebremedhin (midfielder), Michael Mullins (midfielder), Ryan Max (midfielder), Ray Ring (defender/midfielder), Cole Tiger (stopper) and Jason Watkins (midfielder) and sophomores Cody Knotts (midfielder) and Gage Ward (goalie) as well as freshmen Trevor Flowers (forward), Troy Marshall (midfielder/ forward) and Caleb Wilson (midfielder).

Flowers was tied with Roteff for third on the team with four goals.

•The girls team finished 12-4-3 overall after a 2-0 loss to top-seeded Upper Arlington in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 21. The 11th-seeded Raiders defeated Olentangy 1-0 on Oct. 14 and Big Walnut 1-0 on Oct. 16 in the first two rounds.

They went 4-2-1 in the OCC-Ohio to place fourth behind North (6-1), Gahanna (5-1-1) and Grove City (5-1-1) and ahead of Central (3-3-1), Lancaster (2-5), Newark (1-6) and Groveport (0-7).

Twelve victories is the program's highest win total since 2003, when the Raiders finished 14-4.

"I think (the season) exceeded my expectations," coach Mark Wise said. "I'm always cautiously optimistic and so I was hoping that we'd finish a little better than .500. This is the second-best season (in the eight years) I've been coaching in terms of wins and losses."

This season also marked the first time since 1999 that Reynoldsburg advanced past the second round of the tournament.

"We met two of three goals," Wise said, referring to getting past the second round of the tournament and finishing with a winning record.

The third goal was to win the OCC-Ohio championship. That didn't happen, but the Raiders handed Pickerington North its only loss in league play 1-0 on Sept. 9.

"To beat Pickerington North -- that was a special night," Wise said. "We never thought we'd do that. Nobody would have predicted that."

Reynoldsburg will lose seniors Jessica Caldwell, Ashley Everts, Melanie Marx, Ashley Ross and Rachel Timblin from the midfield. Also lost will be forwards Bethany Roberts and Abby Timblin, as well as defenders Leah Sasfy and Patty Stuthard. Roberts (16) and Marx (7) were second and third on the team in goals.

Expected to return are juniors Brittany Berry (midfielder), Caroline Boone (defender), Kelsea Corns (goalie), Crystal Ferrer (midfielder), Erica Gibson (defender), Jessica Gibson (midfielder), Kristy Gorgias (defender), Kayla Hodnett (midfielder), Taylor Jennings-Sargent (forward) and Aiesha Sarnor (midfielder).

Jennings-Sargent led the team with 18 goals.

"The junior class had to be the most patient group of kids in a long time because they've had to be behind this year's senior class," Wise said. "Next year I'm hoping for a year similar to this year."

At a glance

•Record: Boys -- 8-4-7 overall, 2-1-4 (fifth) in OCC-Ohio; Girls -- 12-4-3 overall, 4-2-1 (fourth) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Boys -- Joe Berry, Andrew Broehm, Chris Chang, Tommy Fee, Yosafe Gola, Taylor Gustavson, Derek Jordan, Matt Lahman, Patrick Morey, Kristijan Nocevski, Taylor Roteff, Joe Taylor and Matt Taylor; Girls -- Jessica Caldwell, Ashley Everts, Melanie Marx, Bethany Roberts, Ashley Ross, Leah Sasfy, Patty Stuthard, Abby Timblin and Rachel Timblin

•Key returnees: Boys -- Trevor Flowers, Cody Knotts, Ryan Max and Cole Tiger; Girls -- Brittany Berry, Caroline Boone, Kelsea Corns and Taylor Jennings-Sargent