Just how good is the Jonathan Alder High School girls soccer team? That’s a question many across the state might be asking these days.
The Lady Pioneers continue to win matches including a 5-0 shutout of host Marion Harding Monday, but despite getting all the way to a Division II regional semifinal a year ago and returning a large number of those kids this season, Alder is still not getting any love in the state polls.
Alder (10-2-1 overall, 5-0-0 in MOAC Red Division) clinched at least a tie for a championship in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division with the win over the Presidents. The team has just two losses and a tie coming at the hands of Division I standouts DeSales, Pickerington Central and Worthington Kilbourne (tie). But a quick glance at the latest state poll the Lady Pioneers are nowhere to be found.
Alder will continue to work hard. The team will play at Grandview Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. Will travel to Highland, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. and close out the regular season at New Albany Wednesday, Oct. 12.
In the win over Marion Harding, Riley Gruenbaum, Maggie Ridder, Nora Squires, Kristen Beachy and Hannah Headlee all scored.
The Pioneers currently have four athletes among the top five scorers in the MOAC. Gruenbaum is tops (15 goals, six assists), followed by Brynn Williams of Harding (15 goals, two assists), and then a trio of Alder players including Headlee (10 goals, nine assists), Sophia Thomas (eight goals, 13 assists) and Lily Hess (seven goals, 13 assists).
Squires is among the top keepers with 58 saves.
Jonathan Alder 5,
Marion Harding 0
The Pioneers (8-3-2) are on the verge of a MOAC championship as it sits with a unblemished mark in league play (6-0-0). Second-place Pleasant has just one loss in league play, a 3-0 decision at the hands of the Pioneers.
Alder will host Bishop Hartley Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:15 p.m., will head to Highland Monday, Oct. 10 and will host rival Fairbanks Thursday, Oct. 13.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.