Since his team won just six games in each of the past two seasons, coach Benjamin Au doesn't expect his Ready High School girls soccer team to be considered one of central Ohio's better squads by most opponents.

Since his team won just six games in each of the past two seasons, coach Benjamin Au doesn't expect his Ready High School girls soccer team to be considered one of central Ohio's better squads by most opponents.

The Silver Knights hope they can use that to their advantage.

"I think we're going to be overlooked, but we're going to surprise a lot of people," said Au, who is in his second season. "We have 17 kids this year, which is a bit of an increase. It's looking positive."

Expected to lead the Knights, who open Aug. 26 at Marion Pleasant, are seniors Delaney Cutteridge (forward), Annie Mesewicz (midfielder) and Rachel Neff (midfielder) and sophomore Morgan Ritterbeck (midfielder).

Also back are juniors Maria Menke (defender) and Haley Meyer (goalkeeper) and sophomores Kim Lloyd (forward/goalie), Natalee Patel (defender) and Payton Ritterbeck (forward/midfielder).

Neff had 12 goals and five assists last season and made first-team all-CCL along with Mesewicz. Morgan Ritterbeck was second-team all-league.

New to the team are sophomores Dani Hall (forward), Kelly Huber (midfielder), Azul Lopez (forward) and Kate Wolfe (defender) and freshmen Bridgette Bowman (midfielder), Erica Saldana (defender), McKenna Wheaton (defender) and Emily Wilkinson (forward/midfielder).

Huber was part of Watterson's program a year ago.

Ready lost three players to graduation after finishing 6-11-1 overall, including Angelique Bowman (midfielder/defender) and Ashlyn Szabo (midfielder/defender).

In addition, junior Caterina Scott (midfielder/forward) decided to play club soccer this fall after finishing with 15 goals and two assists a season ago.

Girls golfers want to build on last year

During the first round of the Mid-Ohio Girls Golf League tournament Aug. 6 at Minerva Lake, the girls team finished last (450) of 11 squads behind champion Newark Catholic (353).

Although the Knights went 0-31 in the league a year ago, second-year coach Dan DeCrane believes the performance in this year's MOGGL opener is reason for optimism.

"We shot 44 strokes lower than our first MOGGL last year, so really we're much further along compared to last year," DeCrane said.

On Aug. 11 at Wyandotte, Ready finished last (449) in the second round of the MOGGL.

Of Ready's five players from its inaugural season a year ago, four are back. In addition, the Knights have three new players.

Alicia Lundy-Morse, who shot 105 during the first round of the league tournament, leads a senior class that also includes returnees Ryann Scarberry and Catie Woods.

Also back is sophomore Rebecca Xu.

Senior newcomer Christine Kingrey is a transfer from Mechanicsburg who has proven to be one of the team's top players early on.

Rounding out the roster are junior Erin Sullivan and freshman Eva Grace.

The only player lost from last season is 2015 graduate Kate Ferguson.

"We're really trying to build off of last year," DeCrane said. "The program is in its second year and they're like sponges, trying to soak everything in. Last year it was more like their eyes were wide open. They saw the competition and the ins and outs of the game of golf and I've seen a lot of improvement from year one to year two."

Tennis team should feature more depth

With four returnees and the addition of a player who was out with an injury last season, the girls tennis team is planning to take a step forward under second-year coach Dan Skuce.

That includes in the CCL, where the Knights finished last (0-4) a year ago behind champion Columbus School for Girls (4-0).

Ready finished 6-10 overall.

"I do know we're going to have a pretty good season," said Skuce, whose team opens Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Westland. "We've got (mostly) seniors and two juniors, so I've got a lot of experience. My first five players are interchangeable and we've got some depth. Even my second-doubles team is going to be decent. I'd be disappointed if we didn't finish at least third in the CCL, which would definitely be a step up from last year."

Seniors Allie Leidinger, Ellie McAndrew and Dawn Ritter and junior Kyra Bailey are back after being key players last season. In a Division II sectional last fall, Ritter lost in the second round in singles, Leidinger and McAndrew lost in the first round in doubles and Bailey and 2015 graduate Ashley Wright lost in the second round in doubles.

The only other players not back are 2015 graduate Mallory Green, who lost in a singles quarterfinal at sectional, and senior Elizabeth Wolf, who lost in the first round in singles and has transferred.

Junior Leah Ruth, who did not play last season because of an injury, is expected to be another key player.

Also on the team are senior returnee Andrea Duarte and seniors Abby Ellis, Emily Genders and Claire Sapp, who are new to the team.