Girls Soccer: Dublin Scioto expects to be in mix for league championship
Dublin Scioto girls soccer Kevin Masterson was impressed with his team's preseason as it looks to improve on its 7-11 record from a year ago.
"There's been a lot of good work," said Masterson, who is in his third season. "There's been some good chemistry taking place and I'm looking forward to seeing what this results in and can it turn into some wins."
Scioto opened with a 2-1 loss to Grove City on Aug. 27, as junior forward Rachel Fullerton scored and senior goalie Abbey Topetzes had 10 saves.
"We're really looking to Abbey for some strong on-the-field leadership," Masterson said.
The Irish began OCC-Capital Division play Sept. 1 by defeating Westerville South 3-0.
Scioto went 2-5 in the OCC-Cardinal last season to finish fifth behind co-champions Jerome and Hilliard Bradley (6-1).
Along with South, the Irish are joined in the OCC-Capital by Big Walnut, Canal Winchester, Delaware, Franklin Heights, Westerville North and Worthington Kilbourne following the latest conference realignment.
"Every year I want us to be in the OCC conversation, and with as many returnees we have, we should be there," Masterson said. "We should be right in the mix of an OCC conversation and I hope that we really get through the second round (of the Division I district tournament) and make some noise in the (semifinal) and we find ourselves in a district championship."
Returning players who received all-league recognition are junior midfielder Tiffany Trinh (first team), Fullerton (second team), junior defender Kylie Nettles (special mention) and sophomore midfielder Kiarah Richardson (honorable mention).
Senior defender Marian Krier, who also returns, is expecting improvement.
"The past few years we've been working on connecting more as a team and being there for one another," Krier said. "(Against Grove City) everyone was on the same page. No one was getting on each other. We were all playing for each other, which is what we've been working on for the past two to three years."
Along with Topetzes, other returnees are senior Camryn Snyder (midfielder), juniors Natalie Beasley (midfielder), Devin Keidel (forward), Sammi Norrod (midfielder), Cameron Robinson (midfielder) and Mya Swearengin (forward) and sophomore Madison Fullerton (defender).
The roster also includes senior Zahraa Ibrahim (midfielder), sophomores Elena Charria (midfielder), Morgan Jarvis (midfielder) and Lizzy McQuade (midfielder) and freshman Maddy Johnson (goalie).
"I'm super excited," Masterson said. "I know the girls are excited to play. The competition will be great."
Celtics look to grow through season
After losing 12 players to graduation, Jerome has six seniors, including one of the top returning players in the OCC-Cardinal in midfielder Nicole Ogden.
The Celtics, who went 10-5-2 overall and shared the league title at 6-1 last fall, lost their first three games this season. They begin league action Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Thomas.
"We didn't start out the season the way we would have liked," sixth-year coach Kelly Giroux said. "We have a younger team and a new team, so it's definitely a fresh start. Some of the younger kids (have college potential), so it looks good for the future."
In addition to Ogden, who was first-team all-league, others who received all-conference recognition were senior midfielder Kirsten Mitchell (second team), sophomore forward Sophia Penegor (special mention) and junior defensive midfielder Maya Fuller (honorable mention).
Seniors Ellie Browning (defender/forward) and Piper Lockwood (midfielder/forward) and sophomore Ava Watson (defender/midfielder) also are returnees.
Sophomore Jaylee Strickland is at goalie, and freshman Ella Fuller is starting at outside back.
The other seniors are Meredith Wheeler (defender), who is out with an injury, and Claire Deffett (midfielder/forward).
Others looking to contribute include juniors Peyton DeWalt (defender), Ellie Mahan (midfielder/forward) and Alexa Swecker (midfielder/forward), sophomores Jen Hicks (defender) and Megan Michels (midfielder) and freshman Darian Mitchell (midfielder).
Lost to graduation were OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year and Louisville freshman Riley Mullady and goalie Natalie Coontz, who is playing at Ohio Wesleyan.
'Rocks expect to stay among best
Losing its leading scorer in Simone Rivard-Roberts as well as the OCC-Central Player of the Year in Emma Barthel to graduation from a team that reached a Division I state semifinal isn't dampening Coffman's hopes for this season.
Senior forward Addie Vaccari, senior defender Amanda Bailey, junior midfielder Norah Roush and junior goalie Olivia Alford are the top returnees.
Vaccari finished with 15 goals and 10 assists and was second-team all-league along with Roush, while Alford is in her third season as a starter and was special mention all-league and Bailey was honorable mention all-league.
"It's a different context for sure," fifth-year coach Costa Kalorides said. "We've lost a few starters that have been playing four years for us, so it's a little bit of a transition, but we're fortunate to have some depth from the last few years where we have some players that can fill in and get those roles accomplished."
Coffman was 2-0-1 before facing Grove City on Sept. 3 and opens OCC-Central action Sept. 22 at Olentangy Orange. The Shamrocks won the league last year at 5-0 and are joined in a revamped OCC-Central by Hilliard Davidson, Bradley, Upper Arlington and Olentangy Liberty as well as Orange.
The other seniors are MacKenzie Duff (forward) and Catherine Zugaro (forward), who also were key players last season.
Sophomore Micaiah Parks and freshman Grace Barthel are the other goalies.
Also on the team are juniors Sydney Blake (forward), Kyra Crotty (midfielder), Lizzie Elliott (forward), Julia Flynn (midfielder), Tara Flynn (defender), Neve Meyer (midfielder), Olivia Pricher (defender), Lauren Widman (defender) and Megan Yang (forward), sophomores Ava Cady (forward), Kacey Collier (defender) and Bella Paoletti (midfielder) and freshmen Elle Crenshaw (defender) and Taylor Duff (defender).
"It's weird circumstances, but I'm excited for the season," Kalorides said. "It's good for the kids to have some normalcy again, so from that standpoint I'm pretty excited."
At a glance
*Coach: Costa Kalorides, fifth season
*Top players: Olivia Alford, Amanda Bailey, Kacey Collier, MacKenzie Duff, Lizzie Elliott, Julia Flynn, Norah Roush, Addie Vaccari and Catherine Zugaro
*Key losses: Emma Barthel, Kinsey Crabtree, Simone Rivard-Roberts, Lara Schober and Kendra Siefker
*Last season: 15-2-5 overall
*2019 OCC-Central standings: Coffman (5-0), Hilliard Davidson (4-1), Marysville (3-2), Upper Arlington (2-3), Central Crossing (1-4), Westland (0-5)
*2019 postseason: Defeated Columbus West 9-0; def. Westerville Central 1-0; def. New Albany 3-0; def. Westerville North 3-0; def. Olentangy Orange 3-2 (2OT); lost to West Chester Lakota West 2-1 in Division I state semifinal
*Coach: Kelly Giroux, sixth season
*Top players: Ellie Browning, Maya Fuller, Piper Lockwood, Kirsten Mitchell, Nicole Ogden, Sophia Penegore and Ava Watson
*Key losses: Sydney Browning, Natalie Coontz, Sam DeWalt, Kristen Francis, Sophie Magilligan, Elyse Muresan, Riley Mullady, Katie Razor and Megan Sullivan
*Last season: 10-5-2 overall
*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Jerome and Hilliard Bradley (both 6-1), Olentangy Berlin (4-2-1), Hilliard Darby (3-3-1), Scioto (2-5), Thomas Worthington (1-3-3), Delaware (1-4-2), Worthington Kilbourne (0-4-3)
*2019 postseason: Lost to Gahanna 4-3 in second round of Division I district tournament
*Coach: Kevin Masterson, third season
*Top players: Rachel Fullerton, Marian Krier, Kylie Nettles, Kiarah Richardson, Abbey Topetzes and Tiffany Trinh
*Key losses: Andrea Downing, Amara McCullough, Alexis McKee, Hope Miller and Maddie Salvator
*Last season: 7-11 overall
*2019 OCC-Cardinal standings: Bradley and Jerome (both 6-1), Berlin (4-2-1), Darby (3-3-1), Scioto (2-5), Thomas (1-3-3), Delaware (1-4-2), Kilbourne (0-4-3)
*2019 postseason: Def. Reynoldsburg 1-0 (OT); lost to Berlin 3-2 in second round of Division I district tournament