INDIAN HILL – Last year, Cincinnati Country Day took coach Theresa Hirschauer deeper in the state tournament than she’d ever been in her 26 years as coach.
The Indians advanced to the regional final game against Miami Valley Conference rival Summit Country Day and lost that contest 4-2.
This year’s installment would like to add to foundation built by that 2014 team. The playoffs are about a month away but the Indians already have a good start with their 4-0-1 record.
“We have a great combination of returning players and freshmen,” the coach said. “They’re a very tight group and they love playing together. Our best soccer is ahead of us.”
If that sentiment holds true, the rest of the city should be on alert. The Indians have allowed only one goal this year, a 3-1 win against Mariemont.
The defense, which includes two freshmen, has played very well. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have junior goalkeeper Olivia Robinson patrolling the box. She was an All-MVC selection and had nine shutouts last season.
She has four already this season.
“She’s the best goalkeeper in the league and one of the best in the city,” Hirschauer said. “When we tied McNicholas (to open the season), that was the best she’s played in her career.”
As the season progresses, one of the keys for CCD will be scoring to help this vaunted defense. Not only that, Hirschauer also said the scoring distribution needs to be better.
Last year, Lauren Buczek did the bulk of the scoring with 25 goals.
Through Sept. 11, the distribution has been better. Olivia Brown has six goals and Buczek has four. Five other players have scored at least one goal for the Indians this season.
“Olivia doesn’t care if she gets a goal, an assist or sets somebody else up,” the coach said. “That’s what makes it nice, when your all-state player is doing what makes the team better.”
The Indians play Seven Hills, Madeira and Roger Bacon this week. The season rolls along with matchups against Clark Montessori and St. Bernard as well as virtual playoff locks Summit and Badin.
“We want to be playing our best soccer when October rolls around,” she said.