The ninth-seeded Westerville North High School girls soccer team's season ended last Saturday with a 2-1 loss in overtime to second-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a Division I district final at Bexley.

The ninth-seeded Westerville North High School girls soccer team's season ended last Saturday with a 2-1 loss in overtime to second-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a Division I district final at Bexley.

Although it wasn't their desired result, the Warriors, who finished 11-4-5 overall after taking second at 3-1-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division behind Dublin Jerome (6-1), played their best soccer in October to earn three tournament wins for the second consecutive year.

"We did peak at the right time," coach Tim Lawrence said. "Davidson is obviously an outstanding team. It would be nice to be playing (last Wednesday in a regional semifinal), but the girls played hard and played some really good soccer late in the year."

The Warriors started their run at the end of the regular season when they beat Olentangy 5-0 to close league play. After breezing past their first two tournament opponents by a combined score of 16-0, North traveled to sixth-seeded DeSales and beat the Stallions 1-0 on Oct. 21.

A strong offensive attack emerged late in the year, but the Warriors struggled to score throughout the season. North averaged fewer than two goals per game. The Warriors won five of their first six games, then idled with a 1-2-3 stretch in September.

"We won the district last year, and there's no question that the expectations were high," Lawrence said. "Without a few ties in the conference we would've been better, but the girls progressed and got it together when it counted late in the year."

North will lose six seniors in Natalie Bagby, Ashton Campbell, Joie Cosby, Monica Craigmile, Ashley Davis and Nycole Henderson. Davis and Cosby were all-district and will play collegiately, with Davis at Northern Iowa and Cosby at Ohio University. Cosby, a three-year starter in goal, allowed 13 goals in 20 games.

"It's pretty obvious we'll have some holes to fill next year," Lawrence said. "All of our seniors contributed a good amount of leadership, especially near the end of the year. At the same time, hopefully we'll have a mixture of younger players and more experienced players again next season."

Fourteen letterwinners are expected back, half of whom started. They include junior defenders Amanda Case, Emily Wilkin and Abby Wood and junior midfielder Rita Finy. The sophomore class is strong, led by two-year starting defenders Ashley Miltko and Renee Perry. Sophomore forwards Genelle Castro and Spenser Foust saw playing time this year, along with defender Molly Hash. Kendal Hotsinpiller looks to take over in goal.

Freshman Rachel Davis, Maggie Gibson, Allie Sieradski and Hope Wood also are expected to return.

At a glance

•Record: 11-4-5 overall, 3-1-3 (second) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Natalie Bagby, Ashton Campbell, Joie Cosby, Monica Craigmile, Ashley Davis and Nycole Henderson.

•Key returnees: Amanda Case, Genelle Castro, Rachel Davis, Rita Finy, Spenser Foust, Maggie Gibson, Molly Hash, Kendal Hotsinpiller, Ashley Miltko, Renee Perry, Allie Sieradski, Emily Wilkin, Abby Wood and Hope Wood