The Grove City High School boys soccer team entered the week with a major goal -- the OCC-Ohio Division championship -- still within reach.
The Greyhounds were 4-2-5 overall and 1-0-1 in the league before playing Gahanna on Sept. 25. The Lions were 1-1 in the league, with Pickerington North entering the week in first place at 2-0.
Grove City has two league games remaining: Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Pickerington Central and Oct. 9 at home against North.
The Greyhounds and Rey-noldsburg played to a 2-all tie Sept. 19 as the Raiders twice rallied from one-goal deficits.
Nick Isaac and Colin Mountain scored for Grove City, and goalkeeper Casey Thompson had 11 saves.
"We battled," coach Bryan Mulvany said. "A couple of mental errors (led to) a tie game. It's not effort, so that's what I'm good with. If it was an effort issue then we have a problem. We don't have an effort issue. We just have to clean some stuff up."
Reynoldsburg entered the week 0-1-1 in league play.
"It's just little things that we need to work on," senior midfielder Logan McCrary said. "It's little things that could take us from a beatable team to a team that's very hard to beat. We're in a good spot right now. We have to take training sessions a little more serious and then try to implement that into the game and we'll be hard to beat."
Grove City is seeking its first league title since 2004, when it won the OCC-Cardinal. Mulvany was a senior defender on that team.
Last season, the Greyhounds placed second (3-1-1) behind North (5-0). In 2016, Grove City and Central tied for second (3-1-1) behind North (4-1).
The Greyhounds snapped a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory at Groveport on Sept. 22. Isaac, Randy Ith and McCrary scored, and Thompson had five saves.
Senior forward Will Isaac, who has been out while recovering from a left ACL injury suffered during the spring club season, might be cleared to play for the final week of the regular season and the postseason.
"It's going to be whatever his doctors say is the best decision for him," Mulvany said. "I know he'll want to go, but we'll have to protect him from himself."
Girls soccer team seeking league title
The girls soccer team also entered the week in the hunt for a league title, as it was 5-2-3 overall and 1-0-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Gahanna on Sept. 25.
Sofie Galiffo, Alexia Jones and Alissa Schiff scored in a 3-1 win at Reynoldsburg on Sept. 19.
Grove City lost at Hilliard Davidson 6-0 on Sept. 22.
Girls volleyball team enjoying stellar year
The girls volleyball team was 12-2 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Pickerington North on Sept. 25.
The Greyhounds defeated Pickerington Central 25-16, 25-19, 25-27, 27-25 on Sept. 20.
Through 14 matches, Molly Michalak led the team in kills (184), while Kelli Schultz led in assists (184), Emily Scholl led in digs (135), Cierra Dunn led in aces (34) and Emily Parrett led in blocks (21).
Cross country teams compete at Jerome
The boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Celtic Clash on Sept. 22 at Dublin Jerome.
The boys finished seventh (196) of 11 teams behind champion Jonathan Alder (53) as Zach Elliott was sixth of 97 runners in 16 minutes, 40.6 seconds.
The girls finished eighth (189) of nine teams behind champion Jonathan Alder (49) as Madeline Zezuto was 20th (20:45.7) and Lindsay Donaldson was 22nd (20:52.1) of 81 runners.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 29 -- Pickerington Central Invitational at Turnberry
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional at Darby Creek. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional at Royal American. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
Sept. 27 -- At Hilliard Darby
*Oct. 2 -- At Central
Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Darby
*Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Central
Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Hartley
Oct. 1 -- At Watkins Memorial
*Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Lancaster. The Greyhounds defeated the Golden Gales 23-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-13 on Sept. 4.
*Oct. 2 -- At Reynoldsburg. The Greyhounds defeated the Raiders 25-4, 25-8, 25-13 on Sept. 5.