One of the things Simone Rivard-Roberts appreciates about being a part of the Dublin Coffman girls soccer team is its ability to "fight to the end."

That same spirit is a part of the senior midfielder/forward's persona as well.

Just five games into her junior season, Rivard-Roberts went in for a tackle and hyperextended her left knee.

After getting the OK to re-enter play, she returned to action and a short time later heard the same knee pop. She had torn her ACL, which put her on the sidelines until late April during her club season.

"It's harder to mentally prepare for stuff, but it's so nice to be back," Rivard-Roberts said. "I missed soccer so much, and it's an amazing feeling to be back on the field, especially with this team. High school soccer is so much fun and I get to play with all my friends."

Rivard-Roberts and the Shamrocks have come a long way since she had five goals and two assists as a freshman in 2016, when the team went just 4-6-8.

Coffman improved to 12-2-4 when she had 10 goals and five assists as a sophomore in 2017 and finished 11-4-3 last season, losing to Olentangy Orange 1-0 in a Division I district semifinal each of the past two seasons.

After scoring four goals last season, Rivard-Roberts is starting to hit her stride offensively for a Coffman team that was ranked eighth in last week's Division I state poll.

She had a hat trick in a 7-0 win over Marysville on Sept. 24 and had seven goals and one assist through 12 games, as Coffman was 6-1-5 overall before playing Jerome on Oct. 1.

The Shamrocks are 3-0 in the OCC-Central Division entering a Thursday, Oct. 3, contest at home against Central Crossing and will conclude league play Oct. 10 at Upper Arlington.

Junior forward Addie Vaccari also had seven goals through 12 games, while senior midfielder Kinsey Crabtree and junior forward Catherine Zugaro both had three goals.

Zugaro and senior defender Kendra Siefker both have missed time because of injury.

"Simone, Kinsey Crabtree, Emma Barthel, Lara Schober and Kendra I've had for four years and they've been kind of making it look easy now as seniors," coach Costa Kolarides said. "(Rivard-Roberts) has been getting her confidence back, her steps back and her timing. She's done a really good job trying to stay positive getting back to form. Even as she gets back to form, she's still a dangerous player."

Rivard-Roberts committed to play for Xavier as a sophomore. Kelsey Hunyadi, a 2007 Coffman graduate, is an assistant with the Musketeers and McKenna Schaefer, a 2019 Coffman graduate, is a freshman for Xavier.

Rivard-Roberts is optimistic about what her current team can accomplish the next few weeks.

"Every game gets a little bit better, just reading the game and stuff like that," she said. "We're doing really well. A lot of people are contributing goals and assists, everyone talks and we play pretty strong together. It's a good team."

Field hockey team preps for tourney

The field hockey team has been gaining momentum for the postseason, which begins in two weeks.

The tournament drawing is Sunday, Oct. 6.

After losing to Jerome 3-1 on Sept. 16, the Shamrocks went 4-1-1 over their next six games and were 5-9-1 overall after beating Hartley 1-0 on Sept. 30. They were 0-6 in the COFHL-West Division before playing Olentangy Berlin on Oct. 2 and wrap up league play Monday, Oct. 7, at home against Scioto.

"We lost two games late in overtime, which was tough to recover from," coach Jeff Goliver said. "Getting a couple wins is a step in the right direction as we look forward to the playoffs."

In a 2-1 win over Kettering Fairmont on Sept. 28, senior defender Ashley Crotty and senior forward Ella Haney each scored and freshman goalkeeper Tess Blankenhorn made two saves.

Senior forward Emma Kruse scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Columbus School for Girls on Sept. 23, and she and senior forward Xiaocai Way each scored in a 2-1 victory over Dayton Oakwood on Sept. 21.

"Xiaocai Way, who has been absolutely solid, scored on a beautiful lift to tie up our game late against Oakwood and then Emma Kruse put the game away in the last two minutes," Goliver said. "It was a fun way for the team to earn their first win. The entire defensive unit led by Mia Citino has played very solid and has kept us in several games.

"We're looking to continue to play well defensively and improve our offense by executing when we're near the goal. If we can fix our issues executing on offense, we can see what happens in the playoffs."

Tennis team preps for postseason

If everything goes according to plan, the girls tennis team should have a large group of Division I district qualifiers.

Coffman is competing in a sectional Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Hilliard Bradley, from which the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 10 and 12 at Reynoldsburg. The Shamrocks have one singles entrant and both of their doubles entrants seeded.

In singles, freshman Dasha Chistyakova is the third seed. Also playing singles are senior Hannah Qin and junior Cassi Shough.

In doubles, senior Claire Feit and freshman Emily Yoshino are the top seed and senior Abby Walker and junior Ria Singhal are seeded third.

Coffman lost to New Albany 3-2 on Sept. 26 to drop to 12-6 overall and finished runner-up in the OCC-Central at 4-1, behind Upper Arlington (5-0). The Shamrocks had won five matches in a row before falling to the Eagles, including 5-0 league wins over Hilliard Davidson (Sept. 18) and Westland (Sept. 19).

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Oct. 5 -- Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington

FIELD HOCKEY

*Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Scioto

Oct. 9 -- At New Albany

BOYS GOLF

Oct. 1 -- Competed in Division I sectional at Darby Creek. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.

Oct. 5 -- Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club

GIRLS GOLF

Oct. 2 -- Competed in Division I sectional at Blacklick Woods. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.

Oct. 5 -- Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club

BOYS SOCCER

*Oct. 3 -- At Central Crossing

*Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington

GIRLS SOCCER

*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Central Crossing

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Central Crossing. The Shamrocks beat the Comets 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 on Sept. 12.

Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Watterson

*League contest