Most of the students in Madison County went back to school last week, and while most of the sports teams started playing regular season games, this past weekend was relatively quiet.
The Madison-Plains High School soccer team that took the field last week to open the 2014 season did so with boys and girls on the roster.
The Golden Eagles (0-2) are competing as one co-ed team against boys squads this season because there weren’t enough boys or girls to fill out two rosters. There was also no boys team at Madison-Plains High School last season due to the lack of players. There are currently 11 boys and eight girls on the roster this fall.
Plains opened the season Monday, Aug. 18 at one of the better squads in the Columbus City League, Columbus Northland. The talented Vikings wasted no time taking control of the game, scoring four times in the first 10 minutes en route to an easy 8-1 triumph.
Junior James Lawless scored the Eagles only goal on a beautiful cross from senior Bailey Phillips.
The Eagles traveled a short distance to play at neighborhood rival Westfall Thursday, Aug. 21, and again came home with a loss, however this one was much closer
Another slow start plagued Plains as it fell behind early 3-0, but first half goals by senior Sean Foster and senior Brandon Gartin, closed the gap to 3-2 at the half. In the second half, sophomore goalkeeper Casey Swaggerty stopped a barrage of point-blank Mustangs shots, including a penalty kick. She has eight saves in the second half and did not give up a goal. But the Eagles could not muster the tying score and fell 3-2.
This years team of 11 boys and eight girls are led by Senior Captains Sean Foster and Bailey Phillips, and Junior Captain Chris Young, the Golden Eagles are again coached by Chris Kingery.
West Jefferson 1,
The Lady Roughriders (3-0) stayed undefeated with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over host Northeastern Saturday, Aug. 23.
Claire Sterling scored the game’s only goal off a header assisted by Zoey Fisher. Ashtyn Webb was stellar goal turning away 12 Jets shots.
The competition level goes way up when West Jefferson next steps on the field. The team will play at Columbus Academy Thursday, Aug. 28, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Hilliard Bradley 4,
Jonathan Alder 0
The Lady Pioneers (0-1) opened their season at Hilliard Bradley Saturday, Aug. 23.
The Jaguars, considered on of the better Division I programs in Central Ohio, were able to dictate the pace of play and walked away with the victory.
Alder will again be in action Tuesday, Aug. 26, when it travels to play another area powerhouse DeSales, starting at 7 p.m.
Bishop Ready 3,
West Jefferson 1
The Roughriders came up short in a matchup with host Bishop Ready Saturday, Aug. 23.
The Silver Knights won the first game 25-12, but West Jefferson battled back to take the second 26-24. But the momentum ended there as the home team won the final two games 25-16 and 25-19.
The Golden Eagles’ picked up a season-opening victory with a defeat of the visiting Aces.
The home team one the first game 25-16, dropped the second 25-21 but bounced back to claim the third 26-24.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.