Worthington Kilbourne High School girls soccer coach Courtney Irwin believes her team hit rock bottom with a 5-0 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Sept. 21. Two days later, the Wolves began to climb their way back up.

Worthington Kilbourne High School girls soccer coach Courtney Irwin believes her team hit rock bottom with a 5-0 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Sept. 21. Two days later, the Wolves began to climb their way back up.

Kilbourne defeated DeSales 1-0 on Sept. 23 as senior Kelsey Whittamore scored and goalkeeper Devin Tabata had 12 saves. The Stallions, who had entered the game 7-0-1, had been ranked first in the Division I area coaches poll and fourth in the state poll last week. The Stallions fell to fifth in the area poll and are unranked in the state.

Irwin said she was just glad to see her team's hard work finally show up with a marquee win.

"So far this season, we've had a lot of heart but a lot of inexperience," she said. "(In the first eight games), we (had) a great work ethic but we just (couldn't) quite put it together just yet."

Kilbourne was shut out five times through nine games, including a 1-0 loss to Olentangy Liberty on Aug. 24, a 2-0 loss to Upper Arlington on Sept. 7 and a 2-0 loss to Dublin Jerome on Sept. 18. UA (third), Liberty (fifth), Davidson (sixth) and Jerome (ninth) all were ranked in the area coaches poll last week.

"Our team has improved so much from day one," senior defender Katie Wiet said. "We've been able to push those top teams. We're only going to get better."

Wiet wasn't sure what to expect from her team offensively this year. Kilbourne returned only two forwards - Whittamore and junior Frankie Perito - from a year ago when the Wolves scored 25 goals and were shut out seven times.

Complicating matters further, senior center midfielder Sammi Adams tore an ACL in the loss to UA and is out for the rest of the season. Senior Danielle Reymann has been moved from defense to share the center midfielder role with senior Lauren Rossi.

"(Losing Adams) was quite sad," Wiet said. "It's her senior year and then to have a season-ending injury like that is so hard. She's standing on the sidelines with us. It's great to have her here, but at the same time it's so sad she can't finish her senior year on the field with us."

Injures have hampered an offense that was young to begin with. Five of the nine players Irwin listed as midfielders or forwards at the beginning of the season are freshmen or sophomores. Wiet said the team's six seniors have been trying to shepherd the newcomers through their first varsity season.

"The underclassmen are very new to high school soccer," Wiet said. "That transition can be difficult, but they're doing very well and handling it well."

"These girls work hard day in and day out to make the team better," Irwin said. "We're hoping we haven't hit our peak yet. We're trying to get some things together for the postseason."


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Kilbourne and Thomas boys and girls soccer teams:

KILBOURNE BOYS

*Sept. 21 - Defeated Hilliard Davidson 3-0

Sept. 23 - Lost to Westerville Central 2-1. Loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak.

Last Saturday - Tied Copley at 1

*Last Tuesday - Played Central Crossing

Today - At Olentangy Orange

*Saturday - Home vs. Dublin Coffman

Of note: The Wolves were 5-4-2 overall and 3-1 in OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

KILBOURNE GIRLS

*Sept. 21 - Lost to Davidson 5-0

Sept. 23 - Def. DeSales 1-0. Devon Tabata had 12 saves.

*Last Tuesday - Played Central Crossing

*Saturday - At Coffman

Of note: The Wolves were 3-5-1 overall and 2-2 in OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

THOMAS BOYS

*Sept. 21 - Def. Westland 6-0

*Last Tuesday - Played Hilliard Darby

*Tuesday - At Central Crossing

Of note: The Cardinals were 10-1 overall and 4-0 in OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

THOMAS GIRLS

*Sept. 21 - Def. Westland 3-1

Sept. 23 - Tied Westerville North at 1

*Last Tuesday - Played Darby

Today - Home vs. Olentangy Orange

*Saturday - Home vs. Central Crossing

Oct. 7 - At Olentangy Liberty

Of note: The Cardinals were 4-4-2 overall and 2-2 in OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central game