Nate Rausch is enjoying his first season as Woodridge boys soccer coach.
The Bulldogs entered Thursday with a 9-0-0 overall record, which includes a 5-0-0 mark in the Portage Trail Conference-County Division.
The perfect start comes after Woodridge finished last season with two wins and 14 losses.
“We have a new coaching staff that brought a new level of confidence and encouraged the kids to play together as a team and not as individuals,” said the 25-year-old Rausch.
Woodridge joins Archbishop Hoban, Copley, GlenOak, Medina, Revere, Twinsburg and Western Reserve Academy to give the area eight undefeated boys soccer teams.
Senior Mitch Hepburn leads Woodridge with 16 goals and six assists. Senior goalkeeper Daniel Arguelles has seven shutouts.
Rausch also relies on seniors Marc Abouabadallah and Kyle Sprietzer and sophomore Matt Tannous.
Rausch played goalkeeper for three years at Cuyahoga Falls High School and graduated in 2005. He proceeded to play goalkeeper at Hiram College for four years. His assistant coach is Adam Pfeiffer, a 2005 Wadsworth High School graduate, who also played at Hiram College.