With the way the season has gone so far, the Wellington School girls soccer coach Billy Thompson knows his team can't get off to a slow start when it visits Logan Elm on Saturday and plays host to Canal Winchester on Tuesday.

With the way the season has gone so far, the Wellington School girls soccer coach Billy Thompson knows his team can't get off to a slow start when it visits Logan Elm on Saturday and plays host to Canal Winchester on Tuesday.

The Indians, 5-3-1 overall after tying Circleville at 2 on Sept. 24, have gone 2-0-1 and outscored opponents 15-5 in the last three games.

"If things don't go well for us early on, it can get ugly for us quickly," said Thompson, whose team was 2-6 after losing to Ready 3-2 last Saturday. "There have been moments in each of our games where things have fallen apart for us. The teams we're playing are pretty strong and they have been taking advantage of those moments when we are not on top of our game."

Thompson has never had this kind of a start in his nine years with the Jaguars. Wellington has been shut out four times and has been held to just six goals through eight games.

However, the Jaguars have faced five teams who were ranked in the top seven of the Division II area poll Sept. 21. In addition to playing the seventh-ranked Silver Knights, Wellington defeated fifth-ranked Grandview 2-0 on Sept. 14 and lost to second-ranked Jonathan Alder 6-0 on Sept. 17, third-ranked Worthington Christian 1-0 on Sept. 24 and sixth-ranked Columbus Academy 2-1 on Sept. 8.

"I know our record looks bad, but we're actually playing pretty well right now," Thompson said. "As tough of a stretch as this has been, everyone is out there giving it their all. Our overall organization of the defense has been one of the areas where we've seen the most improvement.

"If we can be a little more consistent for the whole game, we're going to be fine."

•The boys soccer team will not be intimidated by visiting Worthington Christian when the two square off today. The Warriors, the Division III state runners-up a year ago after losing to Toledo Ottawa Hills 1-0 in the final, were ranked first in the Division III state poll Sept. 21.

Worthington Christian is 4-0-4 overall after tying Westerville South at 2 on Sept. 24 and Columbus Academy at 1 last Saturday. The Warriors have outscored their two Division III opponents 13-1.

"Our kids thrive on that game," Galvin said. "A lot of our guys play club soccer with their players and we all know the history of their program. It's fun to try for that upset. That game gives us a chance to see what we're going up against in the postseason. If we can hang with them, maybe we can get the upset."

Wellington will enter the game 4-2-2 after losing to Grandview 3-0 on Sept. 22 and defeating Gahanna Christian 8-0 last Friday.

The Jaguars had been playing without Leo Pedicelli, who missed two games after suffering a concussion during a 1-all tie with Fairbanks on Sept. 15. He played sparingly against the Bobcats.

Since the OHSAA added a third division in boys soccer in 2000, Worthington Christian won the 2006 state championship, was state runner-up in 2008 and in 2000 and was a state semifinalist in 2007, 2005, 2003 and 2002. The Warriors are 13-0 against the Jaguars and have outscored Wellington 48-5 since 1998.

The Jaguars, however, appear to be narrowing the gap, losing 1-0 in 2007 and 2-1 last season after Wellington led 1-0 at the half.

"Last year at halftime the atmosphere was electric," Galvin said. "They had been dominating us, but our goalie (Ryan McLaughlin) made some great saves and then we scored 30 seconds before the end of the first half. We gave them a scare, and we have confidence that we can hang with them.

"If you want to be a great program, you have to beat a great program. We play five other teams who are in the top five (of the district), so this should be another test."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Wellington boys golf, boys soccer, girls golf, girls soccer and girls tennis teams:

BOYS GOLF

Sept. 22 -- Defeated Worthington Christian 154-165. Josh Taylor (36) was medalist.

Sept. 24 -- Def. Worthington Christian 145-117. John Miller (35) was medalist.

Last Saturday -- Finished eighth (327) behind champion St. Charles (303) in 19-team Hilliard Invitational at Heritage

Last Tuesday -- Competed in Division III sectional tournament at Darby Creek. The top two teams and the top two individuals from a non-qualifying team advanced to the district tournament Tuesday at Cumberland Trail.

Today -- Home vs. Granville and Academy (Champions)

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 22 -- Lost to Grandview 3-0

Last Friday -- Def. Gahanna Christian 8-0. Jeremy Guinn and Omead Sinai scored twice.

Last Tuesday -- Played Canal Winchester

Today -- Home vs. Worthington Christian

Saturday -- Home vs. Logan Elm

Monday -- Home vs. Centennial

Oct. 8 -- At Northridge

Of note: The Jaguars were 4-2-2 overall before last Tuesday.

GIRLS GOLF

Sept. 21 -- Match vs. Hilliard Darby and Hilliard Bradley postponed because of bad weather. It has not been rescheduled.

Sept. 23 -- Match vs. Centerburg postponed because of bad weather. It has not been rescheduled.

Sept. 24 -- Finished fifth (174) behind champion Columbus School for Girls (149) in MOGGL at Golf Club of Dublin. The scores were based on seven holes. Annie Miller (31) was second.

Last Wednesday -- Competed in Division II sectional at Mill Creek

GIRLS SOCCER

Sept. 21 -- Lost to Granville 5-1

Sept. 24 -- Lost to Worthington Christian 1-0

Last Saturday -- Lost to Ready 3-2. Dara Love and Missy Gyurscik scored.

Last Tuesday -- Played Circleville

Saturday -- At Logan Elm

Tuesday -- Home vs. Canal Winchester

Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Mansfield Christian

Of note: The Jaguars were 2-6 overall before last Tuesday

GIRLS TENNIS

Sept. 21 -- Match at Granville postponed because of bad weather. It has not been rescheduled.

Sept. 23 -- Lost to Upper Arlington B 3-2. Nisha Crouser (first singles) and Jacquelyn Pfeiffer (third singles) won.

Last Friday -- Def. Worthington Christian 4-1

Last Saturday -- Wellington Cup postponed because of bad weather. It has not been rescheduled.

Last Wednesday -- Played Columbus School for Girls

Today -- At Hamilton Township

Monday -- Home vs. Bexley

Wednesday -- Home vs. Watterson in match rescheduled from Sept. 24 because of bad weather

Oct. 8, Oct. 10 -- Division II sectional tournament

Of note: The Jaguars were 6-3 overall before last Wednesday.