Heading into its second-round game of the state qualifying tournament with Granville on Oct. 22, it appeared the Thomas Worthington High School field hockey team would not have much trouble reaching the second round.

Heading into its second-round game of the state qualifying tournament with Granville on Oct. 22, it appeared the Thomas Worthington High School field hockey team would not have much trouble reaching the second round.

The Cardinals, who finished the regular season 12-2, won four consecutive games entering the tournament and, having reached the state final four the previous two seasons, entered with considerable postseason experience. Granville, on the other hand, is still a young program that has not seen much success. The Aces came into the tournament with an 8-9 record.

Yet minutes into the game, Thomas coach Terri Simonetti-Frost was not pleased with what she was seeing. The Cardinals had come out a little flat, so Simonetti-Frost called a timeout.

"The first eight minutes, they just looked terrible. We just had a lot of breakdowns," Simonetti-Frost said. "I called a timeout and once they refocused, got it together and regrouped, then we starting pushing on offense, making the right passes and making the right choices with the ball. And that's when the goals started going in."

The Cardinals went on to a 9-0 win over the Aces, getting goals from Anna Simmons (3), Libby Lewis (2), Lauren Geiser (2), Tierney Ford (1) and Cami Mullins (1). Marissa Metcalf started in goal and had two saves. She was relieved by Tristan West in the middle of the second half, who also had two saves.

"I think we just kind of lost sight of the game for a second and we had to start focusing, collect ourselves and get our heads in the game," midfielder Kristi Gegas said.

With the win, Thomas advanced to a semifinal game against Olentangy Liberty, which was played last Wednesday. Liberty defeated Kilbourne 3-0 in a first round game Oct. 21 to advance to the semifinal. The Cardinals and the Patriots met once during the regular season with Thomas taking a 5-0 decision Sept. 10.

The winner of last Wednesday's game advanced to the state-qualifying final, which will be played Saturday at Dublin Scioto. Possible opponents in that game are Columbus Academy, Dublin Scioto, Lancaster and Toledo Ottawa Hills.

Kilbourne, which had a first-round bye, had its season end on Oct. 21 in a 3-0 loss to Liberty.

The Wolves, who don't have a lot of depth, were missing starters Angel Burwell and Maddie Taghorn because of the flu. Another starter left the game in the opening minutes after taking a hit to the face.

Without their normal lineup, the Wolves found it hard to get into a rhythm against the Patriots.

"Liberty was tough and they were very aggressive," Kilbourne coach Michele Hazzard said. "Unfortunately, we were bit by the flu bug and a lot of people weren't at the game.

Kilbourne's Emily Cantrell (center) and Briana Savage try to take the ball from Olentangy Liberty's Madeline Rocco on Oct. 21. The Wolves lost the state-qualifying tournament game 3-0.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Kilbourne and Thomas field hockey teams:

KILBOURNE

Oct. 21 -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 3-0 in first round of state qualifying tournament. Of note: The Wolves finished 7-9-1.

THOMAS

Oct. 13 -- Defeated Watterson 1-0 Oct. 17 -- Def. Bexley 1-0 Oct. 22 -- Def. Granville 9-0 in first round of state qualifying tournament Last Wednesday -- Played Olentangy Liberty in state-qualifying tournament semifinal. The winner advanced to the final Saturday at Dublin Scioto against Columbus Academy, Dublin Scioto, Lancaster or Toledo Ottawa Hills.

Of note: The Cardinals were 13-2 before last Wednesday.