Playing its best late in the season seems to be the standard for the Westerville North High School girls soccer team.

Playing its best late in the season seems to be the standard for the Westerville North High School girls soccer team.

Entering their match with Olentangy Liberty last Tuesday, in which they had a chance to clinch a fourth consecutive appearance in a district final, the eighth-seeded Warriors had won five consecutive, outscoring opponents 22-3.

"Tournament time is always big for us and we've had a great history of doing really well in the postseason," said defender Amanda Case, whose team was 11-3-3 overall before last Tuesday. "We're coming in on a winning streak and really excited to get a chance at a deep run."

With fellow seniors Emily Wilkin and Abby Wood, Case is part of a defensive trio that has limited opponents to one goal or fewer in 12 games this season. Since she replaced an injured Kendal Hotsinpiller midway through the season, goalkeeper Kayla Angermeier has shined with a 1.09 goals-against-average. The sophomore is 9-3-1 as a starter.

The Warriors offense has gotten a lift with the return of attack-midfielder Ashley Miltko. The two-year starter has taken on a leadership role after missing the first five games with sickness, scoring in an 11-0 win over Hamilton Township on Oct. 20.

North defeated Granville 2-1 in double overtime on Oct. 22 in a second-round game.

"It was a slow climb for Ashley and she's really turned the corner for us late in the year," coach Tim Lawrence said. "As a team, we're finally healthy with some fresh legs and in a good position to battle some very competitive teams in our region."

The Warriors beat their final three OCC-Cardinal Division opponents to post a 6-1-1 record in the league, behind Liberty (6-0-1) and ahead of Westerville Central (4-1-2), Dublin Jerome (3-2-2) Dublin Scioto (1-3-3), Marysville (1-4-2) Olentangy (1-5-1) and Westerville South (0-7-0).

•The North boys have weathered their fair share of ups and downs as they continued tournament play in a district semifinal last Wednesday.

After starting the season with four consecutive losses, the Warriors had won four in a row before last Wednesday.

Wes Kramer and Joe Bilardello both scored and Dylan Thompson made nine saves in a 2-0 victory over Mount Vernon in a first-round game Oct. 20.

The Warriors finished fourth in the OCC-Cardinal with a 3-2-2 record, placing them behind Dublin Jerome (6-0-1), Olentangy Liberty (6-1-0) and Dublin Scioto (4-1-2) and ahead of Westerville Central (3-3-1), Marysville (2-5-0), Olentangy (1-6-0) and Westerville South (0-7-0)

"We're playing completely different than that team that struggled early on," senior Matt Dodrill said. "We're finishing strong and taking advantage of the majority of our opportunities. We'd like to continue this streak we're on and make some noise in the tournament."

At a glance

Below are recent results for the Central, North and South soccer teams:

CENTRLAL BOYS

Last Monday -- Defeated Westerville South 3-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

Last Wednesday -- Played Westerville North in a district semifinal. The winner plays Olentangy Orange of Lancaster in a district final 3 p.m. Saturday at Upper Arlington. That winner will play a regional semifinal 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dublin Jerome. Possible opponents are Olentangy Liberty, Upper Arlington, Jerome and Pickerington Central.

Of note: The Warhawks were 10-6-1 before last Tuesday.

CENTRAL GIRLS

Oct. 20 -- Def. Lancaster 6-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

Oct. 22 -- Def. New Albany 4-0 in the second round.

Last Tuesday -- Played DeSales in a semifinal. The winner will play Upper Arlington or Marysville in a district final noon Saturday at Wellington. That winner will play a regional semifinal Wednesday against the winner of the Logan district at a site to be determined.

Of note: The Warhawks were 12-4-2 before last Tuesday.

NORTH BOYS

Oct. 24 -- Def. Mount Vernon 2-0. Wes Kramer and Joe Bilardello scored. Dylan Thompson made nine saves.

Last Wednesday -- Played Westerville North in a district semifinal. The winner will play Olentangy Orange of Lancaster in a district final 3 p.m. Saturday at Upper Arlington. That winner will play a regional semifinal 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dublin Jerome. Possible opponents are Olentangy Liberty, Upper Arlington, Jerome and Pickerington Central.

Of note: The Warriors were 7-8-2 overall before last Tuesday.

NORTH GIRLS

Oct. 20 -- Def. Hamilton Township 11-0. Maggie Gibson scored two goals and the Warriors led 7-0 at halftime.

Oct. 22 -- Def. Granville 2-1 (2OT). North outshot the Blue Aces 28-2.

Last Tuesday -- Played fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal. The winner faces third-seeded Pickerington North or 11th-seeded Dublin Scioto at Grandview at 1 p.m. Saturday. That winner plays in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Upper Arlington. Possible opponents include Dublin Coffman, Gahanna, Watterson and Dublin Jerome.

Of note: The eighth-seeded Warriors were 13-3-3 overall before last Tuesday.

SOUTH BOYS

Oct. 21 -- Def. Watkins Memorial 1-0 in the first-round of the Division I district tournament.

Last Monday -- Lost to Central 3-1.

Of note: The Wildcats ended the season at 2-12-3 overall.

SOUTH GIRLS

Oct. 20 -- Def. Canal Winchester 5-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

Oct. 22 -- Lost to Dublin Coffman 5-0 in the second round.

Of note: The Wildcats ended the season 4-10-1 overall.