The Whitehall-Yearling boys soccer team is giving valuable experience to its younger players as it continues to adapt to playing its home games on a new turf field.
The Rams are 1-2-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division and have been competitive in four of the five games.
"The team is playing well, but we just need to score," senior goalkeeper and forward Jared Alvarez said. "Other than that, the team is solid."
Whitehall lost at home to Grove City 2-0 on Sept. 5 in a game that was scoreless until the final two minutes of the first half.
Trailing 1-0 and looking for the equalizer, Whitehall attempted to assert more offensive pressure, but allowed a second goal.
Alvarez started in goal before being moved to forward with 15 minutes remaining in the game. He finished with five saves and allowed the first goal.
"I try to help the team, but I feel I'm more effective in the back and that's why I stay in the back," he said.
Edwin Gutierrez replaced Alvarez and allowed the second goal and finished with two saves.
Whitehall had two solid scoring chances in the closing minutes, but Grove City goalie Casey Thompson turned away each opportunity and finished with three saves.
"We were passing well," Alvarez said. "We just couldn't keep possession of the ball, but we played well."
Whitehall opened league action Aug. 31 by playing Bexley to a scoreless tie.
"Bexley is a rival," Alvarez said. "We haven't beaten them in a while, so getting a tie was special."
The Rams tied Delaware at 1 on Aug. 29, lost to Olentangy Berlin 5-0 on Aug. 22 and defeated Walnut Ridge 7-1 on Aug. 20.
"We're trying to win the league, but overall we're trying to make the team a solid unit and just have fun," Alvarez said.
Tennis coach likes team's work ethic
Despite his team being winless entering the week, girls tennis coach Anthony Paletta has been pleased with the Rams' work ethic.
Whitehall was 0-6 overall before playing Franklin Heights on Sept. 11. The Rams are 0-4 in the MSL-Ohio.
"I feel we are much stronger and confident compared to last year," said Paletta, whose team finished 0-13 last fall.
"We are building on our matches and creating process goals for continuous improvement. I have 15 girls on my roster right now. I have a lot of younger ladies (whom) we can work with and develop into strong players by senior year."
Paletta said he has been impressed with the efforts of Cali Justice and Leslie Gonzalez at first doubles and Lyric Boyer and Shaye Parsley at second doubles.
Izzy Simmons has played first singles.
Girls volleyball team seeking first win
The girls volleyball team was 0-8 overall and 0-3 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Columbus Academy on Sept. 10.
Entering that match, the Rams had won only one set this season in a 25-17, 18-25, 23-18, 25-9 loss to Whetstone on Aug. 21.
Below are the coming schedules for the Whitehall-Yearling cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 18 -- Arrowhead Invitational at Whetstone
Sept. 14 -- At Fairfield Union
Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Logan
Sept. 16 -- Home vs. Franklin Heights
*Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Bexley
*Sept. 12 -- At Grandview
Sept. 16 -- At Hartley
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy
*Sept. 17 -- At Buckeye Valley