Avery Schone knows what it will take to get the Big Walnut girls soccer team's offense rolling.

The Golden Eagles had scored just six goals and were 1-2-3 overall before playing Olentangy on Sept. 12.

"We have trouble putting the ball in the net, and I think it's all about confidence," said Schone, a senior midfielder who led Big Walnut with 13 goals last season. "We have a lot of freshmen on the team this year, so with them playing against juniors and seniors, they don't have that experience yet."

Four players had scored through six games, including Schone and forward Avery Maxeiner with two apiece. Forward Emily Barnett and defender Morgan Bodker each had one goal for the Golden Eagles, who are 1-0-1 in the OCC-Capital Division.

Both of Maxeiner's goals came in a 2-1 victory over New Albany in Big Walnut's OCC-Capital Division opener Aug. 16.

"The model for us is we don't have any clear-cut person who scores all of our goals," said coach Chris Allen, whose team tied Canal Winchester at 1 in a league contest Sept. 10. "With newer players in the attack, it's all about getting everyone on the same page. I think we're still trying to find that to progress forward."

Sophomore Madi Yano and freshman Mya Kaylor are among the young players contributing in the midfield, along with junior Annie Thomas.

Alexis Schone, a senior, is a leader at forward.

"We have good chemistry, but it's the finishing part we haven't gotten down yet," Avery Schone said. "We've had good chances, but we just can't seem to connect."

Big Walnut entered the season with much of its defense intact from last year's group that reached a Division II state semifinal.

Bodker, goalkeeper Peyton Carter and defenders Alyssa Tarney and Haley Krinn all started last season. They've welcomed freshman Carly Hershberger to the back this season.

"We're doing well defensively," said Allen, whose team had allowed seven goals through six games. "Nothing against the teams we've played, but they weren't getting behind us all the time. When they got their chances, they finished them."

Kline excelling for boys soccer team

Senior goalie Ryan Kline has been a bright spot for the boys soccer team, which was 1-5 overall before playing Watkins Memorial on Sept. 14.

Kline had 44 saves through six games.

"We kind of leave him out to dry back there, but he's saved us I don't know how many times," coach Adam Gatton said. "He's been our most consistent player. I hate saying that, because if your goalie is playing well, you're getting a lot of action back there."

Big Walnut has struggled offensively, scoring six goals through six games and being shut out three times, including a 2-0 loss to Canal Winchester on Sept. 10 that dropped the Golden Eagles to 0-2 in the OCC-Capital.

"We've been competitive in every game," Gatton said. "We've had opportunities. We just haven't finished many of them, and that puts extra stress on our defense."

Midfielder Chris Geddis had two goals through six games and Jacob Cunningham, Darwin Marcia, Cody Lumby and Braden Buchs each had one.

Football team preps for Pioneers

The football team will be looking for its first victory over Olentangy Orange since 2014 when it plays host to the Pioneers on Friday, Sept. 20.

The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 6-5, but Orange has won the past four meetings, including 35-7 last season.

The Pioneers were 2-0 before playing Pickerington North on Sept. 13.

Orange quarterback Spencer Hawkins was 17-for-31 passing for 185 yards and rushed 14 times for 43 yards in a 17-14 win over Hilliard Bradley on Sept. 6.

Linebacker Eli Payne recovered a Bradley fumble on the Jaguars' 30-yard line with 5 minutes, 34 seconds left to set up a 30-yard field goal by Jack Behre with 2:16 remaining that gave the Pioneers a 17-7 lead.

Also against Bradley, receiver Zane Lattig had eight receptions for 68 yards and Sam Wyne had three catches for 52 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown.

Big Walnut was 1-1 before facing Shelby on Sept. 13 in its home opener.

The Golden Eagles defeated host Buckeye Valley 48-20 on Sept. 6.

Caden Williams returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, Ryan Coletta scored on a 35-yard interception return in the first quarter and Jonathan Embaugh returned a fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The Golden Eagles also scored a safety in the second quarter, tackling Buckeye Valley punter Andre Ash in the end zone after blocking his punt attempt.

Quarterback Jagger Barnett was 11-for-21 passing for 211 yards, and Tyler Crotinger had 15 carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns.




Below are the coming schedules for the Big Walnut cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:


Sept. 21 -- Celtic Clash at Dublin Jerome


Sept. 16 -- Buckeye Valley at Oakhaven

Sept. 17 -- Eagle Cup with New Albany and Watterson at New Albany Country Club

Sept. 18 -- Columbus Academy at TBA


Sept. 19 -- Worthington Christian at Bent Tree


Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Johnstown

Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Hilliard Darby


Sept. 19 -- At Hilliard Darby

Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Delaware


Sept. 16 -- At Westerville North

Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg

Sept. 19 -- Home vs. DeSales


*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Groveport

*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Canal Winchester. The Golden Eagles defeated the Indians 15-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 on Sept. 3.

*League contest