The Westland High School girls soccer team is looking for more small victories as the season winds down.
The Cougars were 1-12 overall before playing Briggs on Oct. 4 and are 0-4 in the OCC-Central Division.
"We want to work on the little stuff and continue to help them improve and focus on what matters, treating each other right and try to move forward as fast as we can," first-year coach Mike Schwarten said. "We're trying to find the right positions for our girls, too."
Westland closes league play Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Central Crossing. The Comets are 7-5-1 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Central.
The Cougars' small victories include scoring more goals than last season. After scoring eight goals last year, Westland had nine entering the game against Briggs.
"We've moved past our goals total from last year, so we've improved on the shots we've taken (and) how many goals we've scored," Schwarten said.
Senior Fernanda De La Fuente said the program has improved since Schwarten took over.
"The team is getting better," she said. "We're improving a lot from the beginning of the season. We broke the (mark) from last year for how many goals we have in the season. We have a lot of girls stepping up. It's sad (the season is) almost done."
The Cougars close the regular season Saturday, Oct. 14, against visiting Ready, and the Division I district tournament begins Oct. 16.
Westland scored its first goal against OCC-Central foe Hilliard Davidson since 2011 in a 14-1 loss Oct. 3.
Junior Shelbey Barnhill scored against the Wildcats and led the team with five goals through 13 games, followed by junior Valentina Torres-Osorio with three.
Sophomore Mackenzie Hall and junior Aleysha Martinez-Guerrero have split time in goal. They combined for 18 saves against Davidson.
Junior Bailey Monhollen, who saw time in goal last year, has missed action this season with an injury.
"We want to score more goals, continue to improve and start to look towards next year with a more positive light," Schwarten said. "I have no regrets I took the job. It's been extremely tough at times. When we lose like we lost (Oct. 3), it's very hard for me, but I know the job we're doing for these young women is instrumental for their future and they appreciate it."
preps for Comets
The football team will seek its first win over Central Crossing when it plays host to the Comets on Friday, Oct. 13.
The Comets lead the series 8-0, including a 43-35 win last season and a 42-35 victory in 2015.
"In my three years here, we've had three very good games, especially the last two years," coach Kyle Goebbel said. "They were real high-scoring games, back-and-forth-type games, and we just weren't able to get it done in the fourth quarter."
The Cougars are 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central after losing to Marysville 27-6 on Oct. 6.
Westland lost to visiting Upper Arlington 42-7 on Sept. 29. Quarterback Tyquwone Workman passed for 177 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown to Daunte Campbell in the fourth quarter.
Central Crossing is 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central after losing to Dublin Coffman 35-0 on Oct. 6.
The Comets opened league play with a 40-0 loss at Davidson on Sept. 29. They managed just 95 total yards.
Trevor White is in his first season as coach after leading Beechcroft the previous three years.
"The biggest thing is always turnovers," Goebbel said. "On defense, our Achilles heel has been third down. We get them in third down, third and long, and we don't get the job done. We don't get off the field. Offensively, we can't go three and out. We have to put drives together and put the ball in the end zone."
Before playing Marysville, Workman had passed for 486 yards and three touchdowns, and Campbell had 24 receptions for 366 yards and four scores.
Boys golf team
Boys golf coach Brad Kramer called this season one of his most enjoyable in his 13 years with the program.
"We had a good time," Kramer said. "They all got better. Out of all the groups I've ever had, this is the group that really enjoyed golf. It was a fun year. They're really nice kids. I don't think I smiled as much as I did this year. The kids didn't take it overly serious, but they just went out and tried their best."
The Cougars competed in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Darby Creek with just two golfers because three players had other commitments.
Junior Eli Epling, who entered the season with the most experience on the team, shot 124 and sophomore Corey Daugherty shot 125.
Other golfers were junior Raven Huertas, sophomore Andrew Lim and freshman Brandon Fernandez.
"They wanted to practice more and more," Kramer said. "I'd get done (with practice) and they'd ask (if they could) practice some more. They just love golf. They really like the game and it's given them a new avenue, so it was fun."
Westland went 0-20 in the OCC-Central to finish sixth behind UA (18-2), Coffman (16-4), Davidson (14-6), Marysville (8-12) and Central Crossing (4-16).
Girls tennis team
competes at sectional
The girls tennis team competed in a Division I sectional Oct. 6 and 7 at Hilliard Bradley.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district Thursday, Oct. 12, at Bradley and Saturday, Oct. 14, at UA.
Below are the coming schedules for the Westland cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 14 -- OCC-Central meet at Hilliard Darby
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Central Crossing
Oct. 12 -- Home vs. Teays Valley
*Oct. 10 -- At Central Crossing
Oct. 14 -- Home vs. Ready
Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Whitehall
*Oct. 10 -- At Central Crossing. The Cougars defeated the Comets 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-16 on Sept. 19.