Patriots strike early in win over Panthers

The Olentangy Liberty girls soccer team picked up its second straight win following last week’s season-opening draw against rival Olentangy, handling visiting Pickerington North 3-1 Tuesday night in Powell.

The Patriots started fast, taking a quick 1-0 lead when Cammie Dye sent a corner kick into the box two minutes into the game. Madison McCort didn’t get much on it, but managed to deflect it just enough to find the back of the goal and open the scoring summary.

Liberty struck again at the 30:26 mark of the first half, ballooning its lead to 2-0 when Alyssa Unver scored on a nice cross from Mackenzie Borden.

The Panthers clawed back a bit when Olivia McCuen took advantage of some miscommunication on the Patriot back line, beating a pair of defenders before depositing the ball into the back of the net with 8:11 left in the opening half.

The momentum went right back to the Liberty sideline five minutes later, though, when Unver scored her second of the half to make it 3-1.

The teams played a scoreless second half to account for the final margin.

Marysville 2, Delaware Hayes 1

Sara Dudley converted a penalty kick and freshman keeper Josie DeRosa had eight saves, but it wasn’t quite enough as the host Monarchs held off the Pacers for a non-league win Tuesday in Marysville.

Also: Olentangy 9, Lexington 0.


Delaware Hayes picked up its second straight shutout to start the season, blanking host Teays Valley 5-0 Tuesday night.

Chaz Sakala scored off a feed from KC Howard in the fifth minute and the Pacers never looked back.

Isaiah Clark doubled Hayes’ advantage with a goal in the 24th minute and Sam Rosa Jr. set up a Howard goal about 10 minutes later to make it a 3-0 game heading into halftime.

Peyton Fowler scored twice in the second half, assisted by Pray Summers both times, to smooth out the scoring summary.

Big Walnut 1, Newark 0

Owen Couser collected the shutout in goal while Ryan Elliot scored the game’s lone tally to lead the Golden Eagles to a non-league win over the host Wildcats Tuesday night in Newark.


Freshman Meadow Tian broke the school record for the second time this season, this time carding a 66 to lead Olentangy to a first-place finish at Tuesday’s second OCC match of the season at New Albany Links.

Tian had a solid 35 on the front nine and an even better 31 on the back half.

The Braves carded a combined 291 as a team. Kimmy Archer had a 72, Navisha Soni had a 75 and Elizabeth Wang finished with a 78 to smooth out the top four.

Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange finished second and third with respective totals of 337 and 338. The Patriots counted scores from Dakota Riley (73), Chuling Wang (81), Olivia Aronhalt (84) and Mia Chanthasene (99). The Pioneers, meanwhile, were led by Skylar Dean (71), Adeline Ricker (85), Keira Kwak (89) and Lauren Powell (93).


Big Walnut 3, Delaware Hayes 0; Dublin Coffman 3, Olentangy Berlin 0.

Olentangy Liberty’s Audrey Kalmer collects the ball in front of Pickerington North’s Avery Bowden during the first half of Tuesday’s non-league showdown in Powell. Liberty’s Audrey Kalmer collects the ball in front of Pickerington North’s Avery Bowden during the first half of Tuesday’s non-league showdown in Powell.

By Ben Stroup

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