The Canal Winchester girls soccer team outscored its first nine opponents by a combined 18 goals, but the Indians were not satisfied given their lofty goals.
The Indians had a 26-8 scoring edge on their opponents before playing Franklin Heights on Sept. 24, but 19 of those goals came in two games, a 10-0 win over visiting Westland on Aug. 27 that was shortened to one half because of bad weather and a 9-0 home victory over Groveport on Sept. 17.
Canal Winchester was 3-2-4 overall and 1-0-1 in the OCC-Capital Division before playing Franklin Heights.
"We have a lot of players who are capable of scoring, but we've struggled to find consistency so far in that department, which was not a problem I anticipated having," coach Alex Wentz said after the win over Groveport. "We have a lot of scoring experience back, so I thought we'd have more rhythm. We're working on it. Nights like (Sept. 17) are good for building confidence."
Lexi Snider had a team-leading seven goals and Lindsey Davis added four through nine games in front of a defense led by fourth-year starter Sydney Byrd and goalkeeper Keely Snode.
Rounding out the starters on defense are Cassie Kolonchuk, Angela Postage and Payton McKinlay. Tori Auld starts as a defensive midfielder.
Canal Winchester began league play with a 1-all tie at Big Walnut on Sept. 10. Snider scored the Indians' goal, and two nights later at Olentangy Liberty, Davis and Snider scored within the game's first 33 seconds but the team was shut out from there in a 2-all tie.
The Indians played to two more 1-all ties last week at home, against Olentangy Orange on Sept. 19 and Dublin Coffman on Sept. 21.
"Lexi is scoring the goals we need in the big games, which is what we expect and need from a player of her experience and caliber," Wentz said. "We just need a few more girls to step up and hit some big goals."
In addition to their ties, the Indians had played three one-goal games before Sept. 24.
Without overlooking any coming games, Canal Winchester already has one eye set on an Oct. 3 visit to two-time defending league champion New Albany.
"We have to take care of business (in other games), but we're feeling good. We've had a lot of close games," Wentz said. "(With) one or two different bounces, we could have beaten Pickerington North (a 2-1 loss on Sept. 3). We were up 2-0 on Olentangy Liberty, we just couldn't hang on. I hope we peak in the right games and are ready for the (Division I district) tournament."
Klamoricks leading cross country teams
While sophomore Allena Klamorick has been the girls cross country team's top runner in each of its five meets so far this season, her older brother has been part of a competitive back-and-forth atop the boys team.
Reece Klamorick, a senior, led the boys team for the second time this year and the first time in three weeks during the Celtic Clash on Sept. 21 at Dublin Jerome. He placed 43rd (17 minutes, 37.7 seconds) to lead a tight pack as the Indians finished 10th (267 points) of 24 teams as Chillicothe Unioto won (44).
Both races were run at night, with the girls at 9:30 p.m. and the boys 30 minutes later.
Also scoring for the boys team were Drew Kotwis (44th, 17:38.1), Nate Hoffman (45th, 17:38.7), Michael McKeon (73rd, 17:59.4) and Ian Lewis (79th, 18:07.3).
Kotwis has led the Indians twice and McKeon was their top runner once.
In the girls race, Allena Klamorick placed sixth (19:34.2) as Canal Winchester finished 11th (283) of 22 teams, behind champion Buckeye Valley (98). She was followed by Bonnie Butler (22nd, 20:33.7), Alyssa Weller (39th, 21:05.7), Brooklyne Redmon (120th, 23:18.5) and Marissa Klamorick (134th, 23:33).
Golf teams prep for sectional
The golf teams will participate in Division I sectionals Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The boys team will play at Turnberry. Other teams at the site include New Albany -- which recently won its ninth consecutive OCC-Central championship -- and OCC-Ohio champion Pickerington Central.
The girls team will compete in a sectional at Blacklick Woods that also includes defending Division I state champion New Albany.
Below are the coming schedules for the Canal Winchester cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 28 -- Panther Invitational at Pickerington North
Sept. 28 -- Match Play Challenge at High Lands
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional at Turnberry. Top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
Sept. 26 -- Lancaster at Valley View
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional at Blacklick Woods. Top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Westerville North
Sept. 26 -- At Hilliard Davidson
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Grove City
Sept. 30 -- Grandview at McKinley Park
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Franklin Heights. The Indians defeated the Falcons 25-13, 25-10, 25-10 on Sept. 10.
Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg
Sept. 30 -- Home vs. Chillicothe Zane Trace