Early in the season, the Wellington School boys soccer team struggled to play well for an entire game. But according to coach Michael Byrne, that wasn't the case in a 1-all tie against Tree of Life on Sept. 22.

Early in the season, the Wellington School boys soccer team struggled to play well for an entire game. But according to coach Michael Byrne, that wasn't the case in a 1-all tie against Tree of Life on Sept. 22.

"Our confidence is starting to grow now," Byrne said. "We have been stressing improving every game. At the beginning of the year, we'd have a good half or a good 10-minute stretch. But against Tree of Life, we finally put together two good halves."

The Jaguars won only one of their first four games and were outscored 12-5 in those contests. However, they were 3-2-1 in the six games before facing Worthington Christian on Sept. 27.

Worthington Christian was ranked first in the Division III state poll last week. Tree of Life was ranked 10th in the same poll.

"They've continued to buy into what we are teaching them in practice," Byrne said. "We're going to continue to get better toward the end of the year."

According to Byrne, the players have grasped the importance of being versatile. In contests against high-caliber teams, Byrne moves Cameron Kirk from forward to stopper.

"He gets into tackles well, so it's nice to have him in the back," Byrne said. "He really likes playing up top and scoring, but it's a sacrifice he makes for the team.

"One of the things I have tried to stress with the guys is whatever position you're placed in, you need to do the best job you can. I think they're starting to believe in that as they start to get the results."

Wellington is looking to continue improving when it travels to Northside Christian on Friday, Sept. 30, and visits Logan Elm on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Jaguars entered the week needing four more wins to have their best finish since going 8-11 in 2006. To accomplish that, Byrne said his team has to keep its focus.

"It's one of the things where you hope they don't have a mental or physical letdown," Byrne said. "That's always been a danger when you have a good performance."

•Concluding with the Wellington Cup in Sept. 24, the girls tennis team played four matches in a six-day span.

However, beginning with a match against Thomas Worthington on Sept. 27, the Jaguars play only three matches in the nine days leading up to the Division II sectional tournament, which is being held Oct. 6 and 8 at Columbus School for Girls.

"I think the girls have gotten stronger, but we are just running a little low on energy. We've been playing a lot," said coach Rob Postma, whose team finished second in the Wellington Cup with 69 points, behind Hartley (81) and ahead of Watterson B (64) and Village Academy (55). "With the weather being what it is, it seems like we're playing match after match after match without a lot of practice time.

"The slow down is going to be great. We're going to be able to practice and give the girls some rest from playing so many matches."