After losing to the Olentangy Orange High School girls soccer team 1-0 on Sept. 30, Thomas Worthington emerged as a different team.

After losing to the Olentangy Orange High School girls soccer team 1-0 on Sept. 30, Thomas Worthington emerged as a different team.

In their tournament opener, the Cardinals scored three goals in the first 15 minutes and headed for a 3-0 victory over the Pioneers.

"After losing to Orange in the regular season, it feels good to come back and win," said senior Rebecca Sheldon, who had two goals and an assist in the victory. "We just have a lot better team chemistry and all-around better skill level than we had at the beginning of the season."

With the victory, the Cardinals returned to a district semifinal for the first time since 2007, playing second-seeded Dublin Coffman last Tuesday. The winner advances to a district final against either Hilliard Davidson or Watterson. The Cardinals lost to the Wildcats 1-0 on Sept. 7 but did not play Watterson.

Since the loss to Orange and before playing Coffman, Thomas has outscored its last six opponents 26-2, including a 9-0 win over Hamilton Township in the first round of the tournament.

Coach Tim Barton said it was important for his team to get off to an early quick start.

"We caught Orange right at the beginning of the game," Barton said. "Once you build up a 2-0 or 3-0 lead, it takes your opponent right out of their game."

•The Thomas and Kilbourne boys teams played in a district semifinal last Wednesday having come off impressive victories to open the Division I district tournament.

The Wolves buried Northland 7-0 and the Cardinals routed Marion-Franklin 19-0 in the first round of the tournament last Saturday.

Thomas coach Brian Parsons said the landslide wins are a mixed bag.

"It's tough," said Parsons whose team has 12 shutouts. "You have to get creative. You don't want your kids to take the foot off the throttle but you have to use some discretion. Sometimes a game like that can get a little chippy, but Marion-Franklin is a very classy team and it wasn't like that way at all."

Parsons pulled his starters after Thomas built an 8-0 lead in the first 10 minutes and used the rest of the game to allow players who had been called up from the junior varsity for the tournament to get acclimated to the varsity level.

The victory over Northland snapped a four-game losing streak for Kilbourne. However that slump included a 2-1 loss to third-seeded Olentangy Orange on Sept. 30 and the loss to the second-seeded Cardinals.

The winner of last Wednesday's semifinal will face Olentangy Liberty or Dublin Coffman in a district championship 4 p.m. Saturday at Westerville Central.

The Wolves, who have played in district finals seven of the previous nine seasons, lost to the Patriots 3-1 on Sept. 2 and the Shamrocks 3-1 on Oct. 5. The Cardinals, who haven't been to a district final since 2007, knocked off Liberty 2-0 on Sept. 9 and Coffman 4-1 on Sept. 14.

•The Kilbourne girls team finished 5-10-2 overall after losing to Gahanna 1-0 (3-2 in a shootout) in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 21, but coach Courtney Irwin hopes the seeds the team's six seniors planted will help the team next season.

The Wolves lose senior goalkeeper Devin Tabata and defenders Danielle Reymann and Katie Wiet from the defense, Lauren Rossi and Sammi Adams from the midfield and Kelsey Whittamore from the forwards. Adams sustained an ACL tear in a 2-0 loss to Upper Arlington on Sept. 7 and missed the rest of the season.

"Our seniors were very accepting of the younger players," Irwin said. "They looked out for them but set really high expectations. They pushed the younger players to work to the best of their abilities and to never be satisfied."

The Wolves tied Thomas for fourth in the OCC-Central Division at 3-3-1 after the two schools played at 1-all tie on Oct. 12 to finish behind Hilliard Davidson (6-0-1), Coffman (5-0-2) and Upper Arlington (5-1-1) and ahead of Hilliard Darby (2-5), Westland (1-6) and Central Crossing (0-7).

Irwin expects juniors Marissa Elliott and Meredith Ulle to vie for Tabata's goalkeeper spot. Juniors Grace Barker and Emily Limpert and sophomores Paige Martinski and Hannah Vincent are also expected to return to the defense.

Junior Jaclyn Tout and sophomore Lindsey Bauer should return as forwards while sophomores Naomi Barker and Selena Fushimi-Karns and freshmen Celeste Fushimi-Karns and Kelley Zebrowski should return to the midfield.

"I'm hoping the kids who are coming back next year absorbed everything the seniors did and will carry on the tradition of always striving to be the best," Irwin said.

At a glance

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

KILBOURNE BOYS

Last Saturday - Defeated Northland 7-0 in first round of the Division I district tournament

Last Wednesday - Played Thomas Worthington in a district semifinal. Winner plays Dublin Coffman or Olentangy Liberty in a district championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Westerville Central. Winner faces third-seeded Olentangy Orange, Upper Arlington, Westerville North or Westerville South in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dublin Jerome.

Of note: The Wolves were 7-8-2 overall before last Wednesday and finished 4-3 (fourth) in OCC-Central.

THOMAS BOYS

Last Saturday - Def. Marion-Franklin 19-0 in first round of district tournament

Last Wednesday - Played Kilbourne in a district semifinal. Winner plays Dublin Coffman or Olentangy Liberty in a district championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Westerville Central. Winner faces third-seeded Orange, UA, Westerville North or Westerville South in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jerome.

Of note: The Cardinals were 16-1 overall before last Wednesday and finished 7-0 (first) in OCC-Central.

THOMAS GIRLS

Oct. 19 - Def. Hamilton Township 9-0 in the first round of the district tournament

Oct. 21 - Def. Orange 3-0 in second round

Last Tuesday - Played second-seeded Coffman in district semifinal. Winner plays fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson or Watterson in a district championship at 5 p.m. Saturday at Dublin Scioto. Winner faces third-seeded UA, Liberty, Gahanna or Jerome in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Upper Arlington.

Of note: The Cardinals were 8-5-5 overall before last Tuesday and finished 3-3-1 (tied Kilbourne for fourth) overall in OCC-Central.

At a glance

KILBOURNE GIRLS

•Record: 5-10-2 overall, 3-3-1 (tied Thomas for fourth) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Sammi Adams, Danielle Reymann, Lauren Rossi, Devin Tabata, Kelsey Whittamore, and Katie Wiet

•Key returnees: Naomi Barker, Celeste Fushimi-Karns, Selena Fushimi-Karns and Frankie Perito