Delaware Christian’s boys soccer team cruised to a season-opening win Saturday afternoon, blanking visiting Northside Christian 3-0.
The Eagles’ effort was a balanced one as three different players — Grant Bishop, Daniel Fisher and Isaac Houser — accounted for the goals.
“I am very pleased with the overall team play,” DCS coach Levi Witt said. “We still have much to improve on, but this first game is a good building block.”
The defense was also productive, allowing the visitors just two shots on goal, both of which were handled by junior keeper Brady Gregory.
•Orange 2, Westerville Central 2
Buckeye Valley showed glimpses of its potential after a tough start, putting up quite a fight in Saturday’s 2-1 non-league loss to host Bexley in the season opener for both teams.
“They (Bexley) scored both in the first 10 minutes,” BV coach Bradd Smiley said. “After that we settled down and played well.”
After the Lions’ early surge, Maddie Oberle collected a pass from Aspara Som and deposited the ball into the back of the net to cut the Barons’ deficit in half.
The equalizer never came, but the young squad proved it can play against solid competition.
“I have 25 girls this year, and 20 of them are freshmen and sophomores,” the coach said. “It’s going to be an exciting year … I know we surprised Bexley.”
Freshman keeper Hayley Cowan was solid after allowing the early goals, finishing with 11 saves in the BV net.
•Westerville Central 1, Orange 0
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Liberty finished fourth and Olentangy closed 10th Saturday, representing themselves quite well at the OHSAA Preseason Invitational
The Patriots nabbed the top-five finish thanks to a score of 113. The Braves, meanwhile, slipped into the top 10 with a score of 315.
Claire Wiles and Emma Bower, a senior and freshman, respectively, led Liberty. Wiles finished fifth among the 211 girls in action with a time of 19:03.90. Bower, meanwhile, was right behind her, finishing sixth in 19:05.36.
Olentangy was boosted by junior Kendall Supinger, who finished 42nd overall in 20:52.32.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Olentangy got its season off to a solid start Saturday, finishing sixth at the always-competitive OHSAA Preseason Invitational
The Braves, led by sophomore Anthony Sasso, finished with 192 points. Sasso closed 18th among the 194 athletes in action, finishing the five-kilometer course in 16:55.53.
•Olentangy def. Lakewood 26-24, 25-22, 25-17
at Marysville Spike-Off
•Orange def. Indian Lake 25-10, 25-14
•Orange def. New Albany 27-25, 20-25, 25-23
•Marysville def. Orange 17-25, 25-21, 25-20
•Jonathan Alder def. Hayes 25-9, 25-16
•Hilliard Darby def. Hayes 25-15, 25-17
•Indian Lake def. Hayes 25-19, 26-24