The Watterson High School girls soccer team scored only 12 goals while starting 3-3-3 and had scored only four of those goals in the six games that it lost or tied.

The Watterson High School girls soccer team scored only 12 goals while starting 3-3-3 and had scored only four of those goals in the six games that it lost or tied.

But coach Alyx Portier said the Eagles' lack of offensive production through nine games wasn't due to a lack of quality scoring opportunities.

"We've outshot every team we've played and we've outshot most of them badly, but we just haven't put away our chances," Portier said. "We're playing a really tough schedule, but if we start finishing more of those chances, we'll get the results we're looking for."

Portier wants her squad to maintain an offensive mindset when it plays a crucial CCL game Tuesday, Oct. 4, at DeSales.

Watterson was 2-0 in the CCL heading into a league game against Columbus School for Girls on Sept. 27. DeSales is 2-0 in the CCL with league games remaining at home against Watterson and CSG on Oct. 11.

Ellie Ganz played a major role in Watterson's first three victories. She had a goal and two assists and Zoe Dinehart had three goals in a 4-1 win over Olentangy Orange on Sept. 15.

Ganz and Maggie McCarthy scored in a 2-0 league victory over Ready on Sept. 13, and Ganz and Kathryn Sullivan scored in a 2-0 league win over Hartley on Sept. 8.

"We have to come out focused, get to the ball first and be aggressive in terms of scoring," Portier said. "I want us to play with a sense of urgency so we'll be ready to finish any chance we get. But it's also important that we stay composed and take care of the defensive end of the field as well."

The Watterson-DeSales game has determined the CCL champion each of the past nine years. The Eagles and Stallions played to a 1-all tie last season and tied atop the CCL with 3-0-1 records.

In 2009, Watterson won the CCL title outright for the first time since 2002 after beating DeSales 2-1.

The Stallions defeated the Eagles 2-1 in 2008 and 5-0 in 2007 en route to winning the CCL after the teams battled to ties and shared the league title in 2005 and 2006.

DeSales also defeated Watterson 2-1 in 2003 and 2-0 in 2004 on the way to winning the CCL those years. The Eagles beat the Stallions 1-0 in 2002 to win the league championship, breaking a three-year CCL title drought.

"Both teams deserved to be CCL champions last year, but it was a bittersweet experience because it was much nicer to win it by ourselves," Portier said. "DeSales is our longtime rival and we've got a good history between us where we seem to play for the CCL championship just about every year."

The Stallions defeated Worth-ington Kilbourne 1-0 on Sept. 22 to improve to 6-2-2 overall heading into a game Thursday, Sept. 29, at home against Granville.

DeSales is led by senior midfielders Alex Elliott and Danielle Kaylor, senior forward Megan McCabe and senior goalkeeper Becca Fitzgerald-Dowling.

"DeSales always has great players and is well-coached," Portier said. "It's going to be a very physical, competitive game. Their field is wider than our field, and they play on turf, so the ball will bounce different and roll faster than it does on grass. But we'll make adjustments. The only thing that matters is that we give a great effort."

With Brittany Maisano, Andrea Regrut and Bryn McQuade starting on defense, Watterson gave up 11 goals in its first nine games and shut out 2010 Division I state runner-up Pickerington North en route to a scoreless tie on Aug. 23.

"We've been pretty solid defensively, but I'd like to see us continue to improve in the back," Portier said. "Bryn McQuade is a freshman, but she's stepped up and helped our back line a lot while playing sweeper. Allie Demboski has played really well in the midfield, too."

•The girls tennis team lost to New Albany 4-1 on Sept. 22 to drop to 5-5 overall.

"It was a painful week," coach Rebecca Hancart said. "We didn't get to play Upper Arlington (on Sept. 19) because of the rain and then we didn't play very well against New Albany."

But Watterson was 3-0 in the CCL heading into its league finale against Ready on Sept. 27 and already had clinched at least a share of its third consecutive CCL title, as the rest of the teams in the league had at least one loss.

This is Hancart's fourth and final season coaching Watterson because her husband, Ray, has accepted a new job and moved to Copley, near Akron. Hancart and her daughter, Samantha, are staying with her husband's parents and will move to Copley after Watterson's season ends.

"We've already sold our house and bought a new one, but I stayed in Columbus to finish out the season because I really like the girls," Hancart said. "It's been an up-and-down season, but beating DeSales (4-1 on Sept. 6) one more time to win another CCL title has made it all seem worth it."