As the Bexley High School girls soccer team prepared for the Division II district tournament, one first-year varsity player who might not have been as nervous about her first foray into the postseason as others was sophomore Emmy Myers.

As the Bexley High School girls soccer team prepared for the Division II district tournament, one first-year varsity player who might not have been as nervous about her first foray into the postseason as others was sophomore Emmy Myers.

After all, Myers' older sister, Charlotte, is a senior, a four-year starter and a veteran of numerous big games for the Lions the last three seasons.

"She has been a role model for me," said Emmy, a sophomore midfielder and regular varsity substitute this season. "She has helped me a lot. She's told me about different aspects of the game and how hard I have to work."

The Myers sisters and the rest of the Bexley squad faced Jonathan Alder in a Division II district semifinal last Wednesday, with the winner advancing to play second-seeded Columbus Academy or fourth-seeded Fisher Catholic in a district final at 2 p.m. Saturday at Upper Arlington.

The district champion advances to a regional semifinal on Wednesday at Fairborn, where it would face Cincinnati Madeira, Norwood, Camden Preble Shawnee or Springfield Northwestern. Madeira finished atop the final state poll. Bexley finished four.

Bexley, the top seed in the district, beat Academy 3-0 on Sept. 14 and beat Fisher Catholic 3-1 on Oct. 7. The Lions were the only team to beat the Vikings in the regular season. Before last Wednesday, Academy was 15-1-2 and Fisher Catholic was 13-3-1.

Bexley is seeking its 13th consecutive appearance in a district final. It has won five consecutive district championships and 10 overall.

It's games like the district final that Charlotte Myers has been helping Emmy prepare for. Along with talks at home, the two have put in some film work.

"I've looked forward to the tournament for a long time," said Emmy, who scored twice in her postseason debut, an 8-0 victory over Tree of Life in the second round of the tournament on Oct. 20. "We've talked about it and I've seen videos of Charlotte. I'm excited for it."

Charlotte has been excited all year about the opportunity of playing with her younger sister. Two years Emmy's elder, she had not played on a soccer team with her younger sister until this fall, and this likely will be the only time they play on a squad together.

"I knew there was a chance it would happen going into the preseason," said Charlotte, who had a team-high 19 goals through 18 games. "I was pretty sure Emmy could (make the team) because I knew her talent level."

The Myers sisters are not carbon copies of each other on the field. Charlotte uses her strength with the ball on her foot to create offense for herself and others, while Emmy, who had scored five goals through 18 games, plays a game high on finesse.

"They're very different," said coach Scott Dempsey, whose team defeated Ready 1-0 in the third round of the tournament last Saturday behind a goal by Niki Urell to improve to 12-1-5 overall. "We just had Deena and Leah Levey play together for three years and I think they were different, too. It's interesting how different sisters can be as players.

"I know (Charlotte and Emmy) have been excited to play together. It's a situation that has been unique for us and special for them."

Emmy and several of her young teammates have gotten extended opportunities to play this fall. Bexley already had a small senior class of five players, but injuries have ended the season for two and forced other players to the sidelines as well.

"We got a lot younger a lot faster this year, but it's been a good opportunity for our young players to develop," Dempsey said. "We've had a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing that might not have had the opportunity to do so, but they have done well with it."