The Woodridge High School boys soccer team is three matches away from a perfect regular season.
When first-year coach Nate Rausch took over the program he was taking over a team that posted a 2-14-0 record last season.
The 2011 season is a distant memory for the Bulldogs, who are 12-0-0 in 2012 heading into a matchup with visiting Waterloo at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Senior forward Mitch Hepburn is Woodridge’s top scorer with 24 goals and seven assists.
"Mitch is one of our high caliber players," Rausch said. "He is a very humble kid and likes to make everybody around him better. He is not a selfish of type of player that worries about his stats. He wants everyone else to get their share of achievements and accolades. He is a very coachable and likeable kid."
Woodridge is 6-0-0 in the Portage Trail Conference-County Division.
Rausch said senior goalkeeper Daniel Arguelles has eight shutouts for Wooridge. The starting defenders are seniors Kyle Sprietzer and Sterling Galehouse, and juniors John Belluardo and Andrew Volchko.
Sophomore forward Matt Tannous has six goals for the Bulldogs and senior midfielder Marc Abouabadallah has four goals. Other starters at midfield are senior Dan Meckler and sophomores Ian Mullins, Chase Edwards and Nick Cochrun.
“This late in the season we are just polishing everything off,” Rausch said. “The guys are working hard and deserve everything they get.”
Rausch, 25, graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 2005. His assistant, Adam Pfeiffer, is also 25 and is a 2005 Wadsworth High School graduate. Rausch and Pfeiffer both played soccer in high school and then together at Hiram College.