The Westerville North High School girls soccer team was looking to rebound from two consecutive tough losses as it entered last Tuesday's game against OCC-Cardinal Division-rival Westerville South.

The Westerville North High School girls soccer team was looking to rebound from two consecutive tough losses as it entered last Tuesday's game against OCC-Cardinal Division-rival Westerville South.

After a hot start to the season, the Warriors were 5-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing South. They hadn't won in four games, and had scored one or fewer goals per game in going 1-2-2 in their previous five.

"We have virtually no margin for error in league games," coach Tim Lawrence said. "It's so tough because a tie could do us in. We feel we have the talent to win the league, but we're up against a lot of competition."

The losses were to Dublin Coffman 1-0 on Sept. 18 and Medina 2-1 last Saturday. Still, Lawrence likes what he saw from his team ahead of a critical five-game stretch run.

"I really like the offensive creation Ashley Davis brings, and some of the younger players like Renee Perry and Ashley Mitko have stepped up," he said. "When you add the experience of our captains, it really makes for a nice mix and keeps our game balanced."

In goal, Joie Cosby had allowed seven goals through 10 games. Over the past two seasons, Cosby had allowed 19 goals in 19 games as the starting keeper.

•The boys team appears to have things headed in the right direction after a difficult start to the season.

The Warriors were 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing South last Tuesday. They snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over league-rival Dublin Scioto on Sept. 9 and earned a 2-0 victory over New Albany last Saturday.

North went 3-9-4 overall last year, so it has plenty of chances to surpass that victory total.

"I think things are starting to come together and we finally have a team that gives a full 80 minutes during a game," senior midfielder Austin Cummings said. "Before, our squad didn't always seem like we had the right mindset and we'd only contribute our best effort for the first 15 minutes, or just the second half. We realize now that if we come ready to play we can be a dangerous team."

Scoring goals was a problem for the Warriors early in the season. Through five games they were 1-4 and had scored just one goal. Multiple-goal performances against the Irish and Eagles could be a sign that the offense is coming around.

"One thing we really need to work on is shutting down (opponents') set plays," Cummings said. "That was the difference in the Coffman game. They executed their set plays and we didn't. That all comes back to talking and letting guys know what's going on during the game, which is something we've been working on a lot during practice."