The Reynoldsburg girls soccer team took momentum into its OCC-Ohio Division opener Sept. 10 against Gahanna.
After losing to Worthington Kilbourne 3-0 on Aug. 29, the Raiders beat Central Crossing 11-0 on Sept. 3 and tied Delaware at 1 on Sept. 5 to move to 5-1-1.
Junior outside midfielder Cassidy Collins scored five goals and freshman forward Maya Johnson added two against the Comets.
Against the Pacers, Collins scored and senior goalkeeper Alexis Sheffield made 12 saves.
"I've been pretty happy," coach Sam Abate said. "I keep telling them that we need to play soccer, which is that we need to start being more organized and coordinated. So far, so good."
Collins had 14 goals through seven games, and junior forward Ryanne Buck had 10.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Reynoldsburg will play at Grove City, which it has lost to in each of the past six seasons. The teams played to a scoreless tie in 2012.
"The things we want to work on (involve) possessing the ball," Abate said. "When we have the ball, we have to be able to spread out so we can possess the ball and be organized. When we don't have the ball, we have to stay confident."
Boys soccer team blows past Comets
After falling 3-1 to Upper Arlington on Aug. 29, the boys soccer team bounced back with a 5-0 victory over Central Crossing on Sept. 3.
It marked the second time this season that the Raiders scored at least five goals. They beat Groveport 5-3 on Aug. 16.
Reynoldsburg was 3-1-1 before opening OCC-Ohio action Sept. 10 at Gahanna.
The Raiders also were leading Westerville South 2-1 late in the first half in a game that was suspended Aug. 27 because of bad weather. The completion date has not been announced.
Against Central Crossing, senior forward Nick Wallace had two goals and seniors Jackson Harms (def-ender/midfielder) and Nate Russell (defender) and junior forward John Hayes also scored. Juniors Brady Frydl and Seth Utt split time in goal.
Wallace had six goals through five games, including the only score in a 1-all tie with Licking Heights on Aug. 20.
Junior forward Veron Fongeh had three goals.
Volleyball team hopes for better health
According to second-year coach Brittney McKenna, among the girls volleyball team's top goals this season was to "take it game by game" as the squad tries to bounce back from a 5-19 finish last fall that included going 1-9 in the OCC-Ohio.
Reynoldsburg was 2-7 overall and 0-2 in the league before playing Pickerington Central on Sept. 10.
It opened with a 22-25, 25-15, 19-25, 25-17, 15-10 loss to Newark on Aug. 20 and also lost in five sets to Westerville South 18-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-12 on Aug. 27.
In addition to losing those two tight matches, senior Jessica Ricks, who has committed to UNC Charlotte, has missed time with injury.
The Raiders also had injuries earlier this season to two other key players.
Below are the coming schedules for the Reynoldsburg cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 14 -- Galion Festival at Ammans Reservoir
Sept. 16 -- Lancaster Invitational at Lancaster Country Club
Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Westland
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Logan
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Grove City
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Logan
*Sept. 17 -- At Grove City
Sept. 17 -- At Big Walnut
Sept. 18 -- At Delaware
*Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
Sept. 14 -- At Olentangy Berlin with Mount Vernon
*Sept. 17 -- At Lancaster