Boys Soccer: Terry Smith working to rejuvenate Dublin Coffman

JARROD ULREY
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Midfielder Lucas Sarver (right), who was named second-team all-league last season, is among 14 seniors for the Coffman boys soccer squad, which fell in a Division I district semifinal last fall.

With nearly two decades of experience as a head coach in the OCC, Terry Smith knew exactly the type of program he was inheriting when he left Marysville after seven seasons to become Dublin Coffman's boys soccer coach in June.

Although the Shamrocks went 10-8-1 and had their season end in a Division I district semifinal last fall, they've been accustomed to a much higher level of success in recent years.

Coffman went 60-15-8 in four seasons under former coach Brian Stoddard. That included a state semifinal appearance in 2017 and district titles in each of his first three seasons.

"It's a good program," Smith said. "My job is to come in here and rekindle what fell apart last year. It wasn't where they wanted it to be last year, so now I'm coming in to tighten some things up.

"We're not trying to change the culture already here, (but) we're trying to get them back to that mindset of winning where they've been for the longest time."

Coffman, which opened with a 1-all tie against Massillon Jackson on Aug. 29 and lost to New Albany 2-0 on Sept. 1, plays its OCC-Central Division opener Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Olentangy Liberty.

After finishing third (3-2) in the league last year behind Hilliard Davidson (5-0) and Upper Arlington (4-1), Coffman is joined in the OCC-Central by Liberty, Hilliard Bradley and Olentangy Orange as well as the Wildcats and Golden Bears after the latest conference realignment.

Smith coached Davidson from 2003-12, leading it to the state title in 2007 and to district titles in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Marysville went 60-38-23 under Smith, including a district runner-up finish in 2017.

Smith's first team at Coffman has 14 seniors, including forward Ryan Sommerfeld and midfielder Lucas Sarver, who both were second-team all-league last fall, and goalie Trent McConnaughey, who was honorable mention all-league.

Senior Jered Harper is the backup goalie.

The other seniors are Jack Bailey (forward), Felipe Cruz (midfielder), Andrew Fisher (forward), Melvin Flores Nonato (forward), Michael German (forward), Ian Kwiatkowski (midfielder), Justin Moore (midfielder), Braden Shoaf (defender), Roshan Singri (midfielder) and Ryan Youngpeters (forward).

The roster also includes juniors Alex Anderson (defender), Zak Boroff (midfielder), Hunter Burris (midfielder), Colin Kuehn (forward), Coy Ragland (defender) and Soshi Tanaka (midfielder), sophomores Jack Jennings (defender) and Andre Roberts (midfielder) and freshman Zach Rollins (forward).

Celtics relying on large senior class

With 13 seniors among his 17 players, 17th-year coach Nate Maust expects Jerome to be one of the area's most experienced teams.

Having so many seniors is a luxury he enjoys.

"The last couple years Jerome has gotten really big classes," Maust said. "We've got 13 seniors, 11 juniors who are still in the program, which is really good, and 16 sophomores."

After finishing 12-6-1 overall and being a Division I district runner-up last fall, Jerome was 3-1 before playing Bradley on Sept. 8. It opens OCC-Cardinal action Tuesday, Sept. 15, at home against Thomas Worthington.

The Celtics tied Bradley for fourth (3-3-1) behind champion Scioto (5-1-1) last season in the OCC-Cardinal, which now includes Hilliard Darby, Marysville, Olentangy and Olentangy Berlin along with Jerome and Thomas after the latest conference realignment.

The top returnees are senior midfielders Devin Howard, Crossen Schoch and Ethan Smythe, senior goalie Nitin Sanga and senior Simon Cole, who starts at center back but also plays other positions.

Senior Nick Campagni is a returning starter on defense.

Junior center back Jacob Honner and sophomore forward Jackson Hospel also are playing key roles.

Seniors Andrew Butcher (defender/midfielder) and Harry Jones (forward) and junior David Kish (forward) are other key players.

Others on the team are seniors Luke Grytza (forward), Charlie Kane (forward), Silas Kayuha (midfielder/defender), Luke Laufenberg (defender) and Andrew Rozsits (midfielder/forward) and junior Kyle Chonko (goalie).

"I'm really glad that these guys get a chance and that everybody gets a chance this fall," Maust said. "The kids have done their part and they're super motivated to play. It's a good group.

"When we went to play New Albany (on Aug. 21), a couple guys got off the bus and said, 'Man, this is the first competitive game we've played in seven months.' "

--Jarrod Ulrey

Scioto looks to defend OCC title

Coming off a banner 2019 season, Scioto is looking to build a new identity while aiming to capture a second consecutive league title and make another postseason run.

Scioto, which finished 16-2-1 overall, reached a Division I district final before losing to Westerville Central 1-0 in double overtime.

"Last season is behind us," senior defender Shea Adesso said. "We're looking forward to a new season, new teammates, getting our identity. We look forward to getting better and growing as a team."

The Irish, who won the OCC-Cardinal at 5-1-1, are competing in the OCC-Capital after the latest conference realignment. They're joined by Big Walnut, Canal Winchester, Delaware, Franklin Heights, Westerville North, Westerville South and Worthington Kilbourne.

"There are strong teams in our division," said third-year coach Erik Ekis, who shared league Coach of the Year honors with Olentangy Berlin's Josh Diehl. "Everybody is good. Everybody is growing, developing and improving."

Scioto, which opened by tying Watterson at 1 on Aug. 25, began league play by defeating South 2-0 on Sept. 1 at home.

Senior Jesus Arellano, who plays both midfield and forward, scored both goals against the Wildcats.

Also back are junior Jayden Lunsford (midfielder/forward) and senior Braden Cunningham (forward). Lunsford was first-team all-league and Cunningham was on the second team.

Other returnees are seniors Andrew Berkebile (midfielder), Max Edling (goalie) and Jacob Johnson (defender), juniors Vince Kawana (defender) and Devan Smith (defender) and sophomore Jeb Smoot (goalie).

Ekis expects Edling and Smoot to split time in goal.

The roster also includes seniors Sina Khoshnaw (midfielder), Ben Kirchhoff (forward), Tyler Lloyd (forward), Luis Marquez Ramirez (forward), Bonheur Mugisha (forward), Luis Marquez Ramirez (forward) and Durvon Watts (defender), juniors Alan Abdelnour (midfielder) and Micah Kapukha (forward), sophomores Dillon Bunner (midfielder), Finn Daugherty (forward), Roble Gure (midfielder) and Jordie Tshimanga (defender) and freshman Jordan Bautista-Sierra (defender).

"They're great kids to be coaching," Ekis said. "They work very hard. They're nice guys, but they're real competitive. We're just going to try to work hard and have some fun and make sure we appreciate the opportunity to play."

A key loss to graduation was defender Zack McQuade, who shared league Player of the Year honors with Kilbourne's Chris Guerra. McQuade also was first-team all-district and second-team all-state.

--Frank DiRenna

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At a glance

DUBLIN COFFMAN

*Coach: Terry Smith, first season

*Top players: Jack Bailey, Trent McConnaughey, Lucas Sarver, Roshan Singri, Braden Shoaf and Ryan Sommerfeld

*Key losses: Hussein Ali, John Fuchik, Connor DesRoches, David Urrea Partida and Cade Williams

*Last season: 10-8-1 overall

*2019 OCC-Central standings: Hilliard Davidson (5-0), Upper Arlington (4-1), Coffman (3-2), Marysville (2-3), Westland (1-4), Central Crossing (0-5)

*2019 postseason: Defeated Briggs 6-0; lost to Scioto 3-0 in Division I district semifinal

DUBLIN JEROME

*Coach: Nate Maust, 17th season

*Top players: Andrew Butcher, Nick Campagni, Simon Cole, Jacob Honner, Jackson Hospel, Devin Howard, Nitin Sanga, Crossen Schoch and Ethan Smythe

*Key losses: Tyler Dring, Vishal Kumar, Yong Mu Lee, Jacsen Luthy, Manny Morales, Connor Moser, Eric Sunderhaus and Antony Yang

*Last season: 12-6-1 overall

*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Scioto (5-1-1), Worthington Kilbourne (4-0-3), Olentangy Berlin (4-1-2), Jerome and Hilliard Bradley (3-3-1), Thomas Worthington (2-3-2), Hilliard Darby (2-5), Delaware (0-7)

*2019 postseason: Def. Big Walnut 4-0; def. DeSales 3-2; lost to Kilbourne 4-1 in district final

DUBLIN SCIOTO

*Coach: Erik Ekis, third season

*Top players: Shea Adesso, Jesus Arellano, Andrew Berkebile, Braden Cunningham and Jayden Lunsford

*Key losses: Declan Farrell, Collin McKenzie, Zack McQuade, Marshall Smilonich, Jayden Tharp and Gavin Wigg

*Last season: 16-2-1 overall

*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Scioto (5-1-1), Kilbourne (4-0-3), Berlin (4-1-2), Jerome and Bradley (3-3-1), Thomas (2-3-2), Darby (2-5), Delaware (0-7)

*2019 postseason: Def. Canal Winchester 3-0; def. Davidson 2-1 (OT); def. Coffman 3-0; lost to Westerville Central 1-0 (2OT) in Division I district final

Senior midfielder Devin Howard is among the top returnees for the Jerome boys soccer team and 17th-year coach Nate Maust.