Hilliard Bradley girls soccer coach Becky Alcox has a luxury not afforded most high school coaches.
The Jaguars have a pair of Division I college recruits that rotate at goalkeeper in seniors Emily Keck and Macy Enneking. Keck has committed to North Carolina-Charlotte and Enneking is an Iowa recruit.
"It definitely makes you rest a little easier on those tackles where you hope (the goalie gets) back up," said Alcox, whose team is 6-3-4 overall." You know you have someone who can go in who was equally talented."
Keck has 53 saves on the season and Enneking has 18. Whoever is not in goal is the biggest fan of the other.
"I think it's awesome to be able to train with each other and push each other," said Keck, who has 31 career shutouts. "It's good to look at what the other one is doing while they are on the field. You're able to see what your team is doing when you are not in there."
"It's super-nice because we're both going Division I, and we both know the challenges," said Enneking, who has 18 shutouts and has scored five goals with six assists in her career. "We're able to push each other and make each other better."
The duo have combined to post five shutouts this season and have allowed just one goal six times. They have allowed 11 goals in 13 games.
"I don't ever have to correct them because they know their mistakes, and they go to each other for the feedback," Alcox said. "They are the first person to congratulate the other after a big save. They are their own biggest fans and they push each other constantly. It's a unique relationship that most coaches aren't lucky enough to have."
Enneking plays the field when not in goal and has scored one goal.
"(Playing in the field) definitely helps my foot skills and it helps me kind of visualize what the field players see things," Enneking said. "So when I'm in goal, I can tell when (opponents) are more comfortable shooting or crossing.
"I like playing goal. There isn't as much pressure in the field. In goal, whether it is or not, you feel like everything is your fault. We're so hard on each other because we want to be better."
Keck has been playing in goal since she was 9 years old and enjoys the thrill of being behind the defense.
"I like being that last line of defense on the field," said Keck, who has a 4.4 GPA and wants to major in biomedical engineering. "There is a lot more pressure, but I wouldn't want anyone else behind me."
The Jaguars are 4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, tied with Dublin Jerome atop the league. Darby and Olentangy Berlin are next at 3-2.
"I think we have had an awesome season," said Enneking, who has a 4.1 GPA and would like to have a dual major in anthropology and neuroscience. "We're definitely showing up and the freshmen have come in and played their roles on the team."
Alcox said the two have been rotating starts, but hinted that might change in the Division I district tournament, depending on the opponent.
"This year, they have decided to rotate," Alcox said. "One game one of them starts and the other starts the next. We have talked about being more strategic come tournament time based on their strengths and weaknesses.
"There are subtle differences. Macy is really good on set pieces and Emily is good with her quick reaction time. ... They are both good on shots over their heads. It's fantastic how they are almost in slow motion the way they play."
Volleyball team earns share of league title
The girls volleyball team defeated Jerome 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 26-24 on Sept. 26 to clinch at least a share of its first league championship since 2013.
The Jaguars were 17-1 overall before playing Davidson on Oct. 1 and are 13-0 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into the league finale Thursday, Oct. 3, at Dublin Scioto. The Irish are 12-1 in the league.
Bradley lost a set in league play for the first time this season against Jerome. Allie Holland had 21 kills against the Celtics, while Anna Alford had six blocks and Riley Speelman had 38 assists and five blocks.
Boys runners take 10th in Meet of Champions
The boys cross country team finished 10th (299 points) of 21 teams in its home Midwest Meet of Champions on Sept. 28 behind champion Cleveland St. Ignatius (79).
Gabe Paynter (30th, 17 minutes, 5.7 seconds) led the Jaguars, while Joshua George (47th, 17:37.1), Evan Corea (69th, 17:59.1), Haydon Spaulding (74th, 18:04.3) and Caden Burkhart (79th, 18:07.7) also scored.
The girls team only had four runners and did not post a team score. Kate Hittie (84th, 21:48.9), Amber Figueroa (133rd, 23:36.1), Samantha Hosni (142nd, 24:03.0) and Byann Rasul (156th, 25:30.9) competed.
The Jaguars don't compete again until the OCC-Cardinal meet Oct. 12 at Davidson.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 1 -- Competed in Division I
sectional at Darby Creek. Top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
Oct. 1 -- Competed in Division I
sectional at Mentel Memorial. Top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto
Oct. 7 -- At Lexington
*Oct. 3 -- At Scioto
Oct. 5 -- At Loveland
Oct. 3, 5 -- Division I sectional at home. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 10 and 12 at Reynoldsburg.
*Oct. 3 -- At Scioto. The Jaguars defeated the Irish 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 on Sept. 5.
Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Davidson