The Westerville Central High School boys soccer team made up for a disappointing regular-season record with a postseason run that ended last Saturday in a Division I district final.

The Westerville Central High School boys soccer team made up for a disappointing regular-season record with a postseason run that ended last Saturday in a Division I district final.

The Warhawks lost to top-seeded Dublin Jerome 3-2 in the final as Brian McGue scored all of Jerome's goals. McGue broke a 1-all tie with 1 minute, 28 seconds left and he scored again with 19 seconds remaining to put Central ahead 3-1.

Trent Morris scored with 3.4 seconds left for Central. Channing Doerman scored the Warhawks' first goal to make it 1-all in the opening half.

Central finished 6-10-3 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. The Warhawks rebounded from a seven-game losing streak by beating eighth-seeded Grove City 3-2 in the second round of the tournament Oct. 18 and then downed Brookhaven 1-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 22.

"The record was disappointing," coach David Pence said. "But we talked about how people aren't going to remember the record, but they are going to remember where you finished in the tournament."

Central started the season carrying the momentum of a district championship in 2007 and it appeared the Warhawks would have some difficulty replacing the graduates, especially on the back line where senior Tyler Gordon was the lone returning player.

The Warhawks opened 3-1-1, defeating both of their Westerville counterparts for the first time in the same season. Central defeated South 2-0 on Aug. 26 and took care of North 2-0 on Sept. 2. But the schedule started to wear on the Warhawks.

Central played eight of the teams which were seeded in the top 10 for the Division I district tournament. The best result for the Warhawks was 1-all tie against Upper Arlington on Aug. 19. UA was seeded 10th for the tournament and won a district title.

Two of those top 10 teams the Warhawks played as part of their OCC-Cardinal schedule. They fell to top-seeded Dublin Jerome 3-0 on Oct. 7 and to third-seeded Olentangy Liberty 3-2 on Sept. 30.

The Warhawks were fifth in the OCC-Cardinal behind Jerome (7-0), Liberty (4-2), Olentangy (3-3-1) and North (3-3-1) and ahead Dublin Scioto (2-4-1), Marysville (2-5) and South (2-5).

Central will lose 10 seniors in Jeff Bennett, Corey Bentley, Jim Crum, Pablo Freitas, Tyler Gordon, Phil Manella, Andrew Slack, Alex Sunnyway, Cameron Williams and Bryan Willett.

Expected to return are juniors Eric Blum, Alex Ferrara, Graham Fugazzi, Nick Holtom, Eric Humphreys, Keaton Morris and Trenton Morris and sophomores Emmanuel Appiah, Jake Marburger, Zach Ross and Marc Simonds.

Doerman, a freshman, also is expected back.

Appiah, one of the team's top scorers, is expected to provide even more punch next season from the midfield, where he likely will be joined by Blum and Trenton Morris. Humphreys will be in his third season at goalkeeper, and he will play behind a seasoned defense that will include Marburger, Keaton Morris and Holtom. Doerman is expected to be one of the top forwards.

•The 12th-seeded girls team fell to fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman 2-0 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 21.

The Warhawks, who were in the second year of what has become a three-year building process, shook off an up-and-down start to finish 13-9 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Cardinal after winning five of their last seven games.

"We made a lot of strides from the beginning of the year," coach Michael Conover said. "We returned quite a few players and added a lot of sophomores. We'll be able to pick up where we left off this year. We were targeting double-digit wins. We're satisfied with that."

All but four of the Warhawks are expected back. Central will lose seniors Mackenzie Bowman, Alyssa Nacke , Michelle Parrish and Jennifer Persaud.

The Warhawks were young, but had some experience. In 2007, the Warhawks dealt with several injuries that thrust bench players and junior varsity players into major roles. During this season, those players were given major roles, with many becoming starters. Next season they will be expected to be leaders.

"Going into next year we feel like we were a fully experienced varsity team," coach Michael Conover said. "We felt like we competed well in a 1-0 loss to Davidson (Sept. 2) and a 2-1 loss to Pickerington North (Aug. 28). Next year, our experience should give us the advantage."

Expected top returnees include juniors Rachael MacLeod and Megan Harpe, both of whom were captains this season, as well as junior Paige Sterling, who is expected to anchor the defense at sweeper.

Sophomore Dominique Brown should anchor the midfield and Bronwyn Huddleson is expected back at goalkeeper.

Others expected to return are juniors Morgan Lineberry and Hillary Puckett, as well as sophomores Emily Bennett, Erin Fitzpatrick, Meredith Lineberry, Aubrey Schirtzinger, Kayla Schlatterbeck, Mackenzie Spicer and April Tausch. Freshmen Andrea Lowe, Sara Persaud and Taylor Wells also should return.

At a glance

BOYS

•Record: 6-10-3 overall, 3-4 (fifth) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Jeff Bennett, Corey Bentley, Jim Crum, Pablo Freitas, Tyler Gordon, Phil Manella, Andrew Slack, Alex Sunnyway, Cameron Williams and Bryan Willett

•Key returnees: Emmanuel Appiah, Eric Blum, Channing Dorman, Nick Holtom, Eric Humphreys, Jake Marburger, Keaton Morris, Trent Morris and Mark Simonds

GIRLS

•Record: 6-8-3 overall, 3-1-1 (third) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Mackenzie Bowman, Alyssa Nacke, Michelle Parrish and Jennifer Persaud

•Key returnees: Dominique Brown, Megan Harpe, Bronwyn Huddleson, Rachael MacLeod and Paige Sterling