Pacers handle Rams in season opener


Orange, Olentangy also nab hard-fought wins

By Ben Stroup

bstroup@aimmedianetwork.com

Hayes’ Hannah Rafeld found the back of the net off a feed from Ashley Smiley and the Pacer defense took care of the rest, parlaying a 1-0 halftime lead into a non-league win over host Madison Comprehensive Saturday afternoon.

Ahdrin Bordner finished with 14 saves in the Hayes goal.

Orange 3, Westerville Central 2

The Olentangy Orange girls soccer team started the season in style, rallying past host Westerville Central 3-2 Saturday afternoon.

Down 2-0 at the break, the Pioneers put it all together in the second half. Megan Cochran, Camila Hall and Bailey Hurley scored the Orange goals while Hannah Sargent, who finished with four saves, and the defense blanked the Warhawks the rest of the way.

Olentangy 1, Thomas Worthington 0

The Braves picked up a win in their first contest of the season, knocking off the visiting Cardinals 1-0 in non-league action Saturday in Lewis Center.

Stephanie Burzynski scored an unassisted goal for the only tally of the game, while Kelsey Hill finished with three saves in the Olentangy net.

Also: Bexley 4, Buckeye Valley 1.

BOYS SOCCER

Jack Brooks and Zach English found the back of the net while sophomore keeper Nick Cutler finished with three saves in his debut as Orange battled to a 2-2 draw with host DeSales, the defending Division II state champs, Saturday in Columbus.

BOYS GOLF

Olentangy had three players in the 70s Saturday, finishing 5th with a 313 at the Kent Miller Invitational at Hiawatha.

Ryan Wright led the way with a 76 — one of the 10 best rounds among individuals. Jake Gerard (78) and Matt Homza (79) also finished in the 70s, while Garrett Varanelli smoothed out the team’s top four with an 80.

Big Walnut, led by Austin Schone’s 79, finished ninth among the 24-team field with a combined 319 — its best round of the season. Jake Wilson, Parker Imertreijs and Nick Dimitroff all shot 80s for the Golden Eagles.

Orange, boosted by Spencer Gifford’s 77 and Alex Cabungcal’s 79, finished 11th with a 325 while Grant Godfrey and David Kelley, who finished with respective rounds of 78 and 84, led the Pacers’ 22nd-place performance (359).

GIRLS GOLF

Olentangy junior Kara Raines fired an 82, finishing sixth out of 66 golfers at the Midwest Classic Saturday in Canton.

The Braves shot a combined 384 at the event.

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Orange, Olentangy also nab hard-fought wins