When he points to the progress the Reynoldsburg High School girls soccer team made this season, coach Dana Ortman looks beyond goals scored, league placement and victories - although those mean something to him.

When he points to the progress the Reynoldsburg High School girls soccer team made this season, coach Dana Ortman looks beyond goals scored, league placement and victories - although those mean something to him.

Rather, Ortman points to situations such as the Raiders' 1-0 loss at Marysville in a Division I district tournament first-round game Oct. 19.

"They had beaten Delaware 10-0 earlier this year (the Pacers defeated Reynoldsburg 3-1 on Aug. 23) and we were able to hang right with them. In that situation, I'll take a 1-0 game," Ortman said. "We sent an extra stopper back to help clog up the area in front of our goalie (sophomore Catherine Gundelfinger) and give us better chances defensively. It worked a few times; we trailed 1-0 against Gahanna using that and 2-0 to Pickerington Central (in the regular season). But (when Marysville scored) our goalie had a beat on it but our back defenders collided and they got the ball past us.

"Last year, who knows what happens in that game? This year, all that extra experience paid off in a lot of situations."

The Raiders, who finished 6-11 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Ohio Division, improved by four victories from 2010. They scored 42 goals, after scoring 25 a year ago, and gave up 43. They were seventh in the league in 2010 and fifth this year, behind Gahanna (7-0), Pickerington North (5-1-1), Pickerington Central (5-2) and Grove City (4-2-1) and ahead of Lancaster (1-4-2), Newark (0-5-2) and Groveport (0-5-2).

The improvement was noticed. Ortman was named the league's Coach of the Year and sophomore forward Katie Broehm was named first-team all-league with 15 goals and seven assists for a team-high 37 points. Gundelfinger, who finished with 129 saves, received second-team honors.

The team's only senior, defender Sara Rutherford, had six goals and four assists and forward Alex Thorn scored five goals.

"You could really see the improvement with the forwards," said junior midfielder Christa Zellefrow, who scored four goals. "Katie and Alex Thorn scored a lot of our goals, and we had a lot of other girls scoring, too. Just having that year of experience helped tremendously. We heard a lot of compliments from other teams, too; a lot of coaches said they want to play us because we're so competitive and we provide good competition. That's a big compliment to us."

Zellefrow is the only junior. The Raiders also expect to return two sophomores in defender Kelsey Johnson and midfielder Rachel Streib.

"We're already excited for next year. I know I'm eager for my senior year," said Zellefrow, who is almost fully recovered from a sprained ankle that kept her out of action for a few games in late September. "I'm really looking forward to having a team full of juniors to work with, and we'll have another year under our belts."

•The boys team at least partially erased the memories of a three-game losing streak to end the regular season by beating visiting Westerville Central 2-0 in a Division I district tournament second-round game Oct. 22.

The Raiders improved to 7-7-3 and advanced to visit eighth-seeded Dublin Jerome in a district semifinal Oct. 26. That winner advanced to a district final at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at Wellington against third-seeded Upper Arlington or Olentangy.

The district champion would play Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto, Hilliard Davidson or Westerville North in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Coffman. The Raiders played none of their potential district final or regional semifinal opponents during the regular season.