Much has gone according to plan so far for the Olentangy Liberty High School boys soccer team.
During the offseason, Marc D'Auteuil took over as coach for team that went 9-4-4 and reached a Division I district semifinal last season.
The transition has been a smooth one from a results standpoint, and things might only get better because of other additions.
"They feel like they underachieved the last year or two," said D'Auteuil, who guided the Dublin Coffman girls to a 97-21-25 mark from 2009-15 that included state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2014 and the Coffman boys to a district title in 2008. "Until you get into some games it's kind of hard to know what to expect, but they're working hard and they're good kids. We've added three kids (from club soccer) who all have the potential to start, and the seniors are going to do well with the sophomores. We've got a good mix."
Liberty opened with a 4-0 win over Upper Arlington on Aug. 22 and two days later won 3-0 over Hilliard Davidson, which was a district runner-up last season.
Seniors Derek Rubadeux (defender) and Colin McCort (midfielder), both of whom were first-team all-OCC-Buckeye Division and all-district last season, and senior Wesley Collins (defender), who was second-team all-league, are the top returnees. McCort has committed to Bowling Green.
The other seniors are Doug Denoi (midfielder), Ean Dowell (midfielder), John Harmoning (goalkeeper), Cole Paluch (forward), Stephen Psyhogios (midfielder) and Jared Whitfield (forward). Harmoning is a move-in from California.
The only juniors are Nathan Meeker (midfielder/forward), Ashvin Rajmahon (midfielder/forward), Nathan Rothert (midfielder) and Nick Stack (defender).
Sophomores Blake Collins (defender), Ludwig Conrad (forward) and Tyler Harris (defender) played club soccer last fall but should be contributors.
The other sophomores are Jagger Brooker (midfielder), Theren Handlon (goalie) and Nate Logozzo (defender).
Girls soccer team
has high goals
Losing 10 players to graduation from a team that went 15-3-2 overall and won a Division I district championship hasn't put a dent into what the girls soccer team would like to accomplish this fall.
The Patriots have their sights set on battling for the OCC-Buckeye title after finishing second (4-1) behind Olentangy (4-0-1) last year and winning championships in the postseason after having their season end with a 2-1 loss (4-2 shootout) to Gahanna in a regional semifinal.
"We've been having some really big classes and have younger kids ready to step in," third-year coach Kristen McMahon said. "The girls have set really high goals. They want to get to the (state) final at (Mapfre) Stadium. This is one of the best teams I've ever coached."
Liberty opened by tying Coffman at 3 on Aug. 18 and lost to Hilliard Bradley 1-0 on Aug. 22 but beat Oregon Clay 6-4 on Aug. 26. Clay was a district runner-up last season.
The top returnees are seniors Abby Jones (midfielder), Madison Rapier (forward), Olivia Sensky (defender), Brooke Severance (midfielder) and Abby Townsend (forward).
Townsend had 21 goals and eight assists and was first-team all-league and all-district last fall. Jones scored 11 goals to tie for second on the team with 2017 graduate Sarina Dirrig, a first-team all-league and second-team all-district selection who is now playing for Ohio University.
Sensky was second-team all-league and Jones made special mention.
The other seniors are Natalie Amodeo (midfielder), Anna Hadley (forward), Madeline McKain (defender/midfielder) and Sydney Weaver (defender). While Hadley is a move-in from Canada, McKain is expected to miss the season because of concussions.
Junior Riley Cartwright is starting in goal and junior Lyndsey Kijowski is starting at midfielder. Sophomore Caitlin Curmode is a key defender.
Others looking to contribute include juniors Laura Bichsel (forward), Mara Follmer (defender/midfielder), Gia Gaetano (midfielder), Jasmine Hauser (defender/midfielder) and Emily Milisavljevich (defender/midfielder) and sophomores Elise Koshan (midfielder), Emma Lindsey (midfielder) and Addi Moeller (midfielder).
Aug. 22 -- vs. Upper Arlington
Aug. 24 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson
Aug. 29 -- vs. Marysville
Sept. 5 -- at Gahanna
Sept. 8 -- vs. Mason
*Sept. 12 -- at Orange
*Sept. 19 -- vs. Westerville South
Sept. 21 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
Sept. 23 -- at Cleveland St. Ignatius
*Sept. 26 -- at Westerville North
*Oct. 3 -- vs. Westerville Central
Oct. 5 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
Oct. 7 -- at Copley
*Oct. 10 -- at Olentangy
Oct. 14 -- vs. Dublin Coffman
Aug. 18 -- at Dublin Coffman
Aug. 22 -- at Hilliard Bradley
Aug. 26 -- at Oregon Clay
Aug. 29 -- at Marysville
Aug. 31 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
Sept. 5 -- vs. Gahanna
Sept. 9 -- vs. Centerville
*Sept. 12 -- vs. Orange
*Sept. 19 -- at Westerville South
Sept. 21 -- at Pickerington North
Sept. 23 -- at Liberty Township Lakota East
*Sept. 26 -- vs. Westerville North
*Oct. 3 -- at Westerville Central
Oct. 5 -- vs. Hilliard Darby
*Oct. 10 -- vs. Olentangy
Oct. 12 -- vs. Watterson
Below are the coming schedules for the Liberty cross country, boys golf, girls golf, field hockey, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 2 -- Hot Summer Bash at Hilliard Davidson
Sept. 6 -- Davidson at Heritage
Sept. 5 -- Dublin Coffman and Marysville at Darby Creek
*Sept. 2 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange
*Sept. 6 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
*Sept. 5 -- At Westerville North
Aug. 31 -- At Newark
*Sept. 5 -- At Orange