During the past three weeks, the boys soccer teams representing the Westerville high schools have watched the OCC-Cardinal Division title slip further out of reach.

During the past three weeks, the boys soccer teams representing the Westerville high schools have watched the OCC-Cardinal Division title slip further out of reach.

Central, a district finalist last year, has been the only team from Westerville ranked in the Division I area coaches poll this season.

Based on that, the Warhawks appeared to have the best shot of brining a league title to Westerville, but before league play resumed last Tuesday, it was the schools from Dublin that were in control of the league.

Jerome, which won the league title last year, was the frontrunner again with Dublin Scioto a close second.

Central, North and South have been left searching for a little more consistency.

"We're up and down," said Central coach David Pence on Sept. 24, two days after losing to Scioto 3-1. "If we're going to win games we have to play more consistent."

Before last Tuesday, Jerome led the OCC-Cardinal at 4-0 ahead of Scioto (3-0-1), Olentangy Liberty (3-1), Central (2-1-1), Marysville (2-2), North (0-2-2), Olentangy (0-4) and South (0-4).

The Warhawks made a statement by beating Upper Arlington 2-1 on Sept. 24, but they could make even bigger statements today at Olentangy Orange or Tuesday at home against Liberty. Both of those teams were ranked in the area coaches poll. Orange was second and Liberty was eighth, one spot behind Central.

Besides the win over UA, another feather in the Warhawks' cap came in losing to Gahanna 2-1 on Sept. 17. Gahanna, the second-ranked team in the state poll behind Cleveland St. Ignatius, had shut out its first six opponents before giving up a goal, as Emmanual Appiah scored.

The loss to Scioto was a tough one for the Warhawks because that would've dropped the Irish into a tie with Central. North played Scioto to a scoreless tie on Sept. 15.

"Scioto has a good team," Pence said. "I know that our team did not play well. (Scioto) could have beaten us a lot worse. I was impressed with their speed and their aggressiveness. Now we just have to see how we can bounce back."

Central did against Upper Arlington.

"Right now it's just finding the mentality that you have to have," Pence said. "I know that our boys are capable of having it. We're always capable of making a run in the tournament."

North has had an impact on the league without notching a win in its first four league games. The Warriors not only tied Scioto, but they tied Central 1-all on Sept. 8.

With what North has done in league play, the Warriors now see themselves as a wild card heading into the final part of the season.

"At the start we were more focused on making sure we could get a good seed (for the Division I district tournament)," midfielder Matt Dodrill said. "That's kind of out of the picture now, but we have confidence we can win against anyone."

Against Scioto, the Warriors had a goal with under a minute to go waived off by a foul. A 2-1 loss to Jerome, which was third in the area poll at the time, didn't feel so bad after the Celtics throttled North 7-0 last season.

The Warriors also have drawn a measure of confidence after tying Central, a team the Warriors haven't beaten since 2005, and a team they lost to 2-0 last year.

South hasn't had much success in the league, but the Wildcats did snap a five-game losing streak with a 2-all tie against Worthington Christian on Sept. 24. Worthington Christian was the top-ranked team in the Division III state poll going into the game.

The Wildcats have league games left against Olentangy on Tuesday and Liberty on Oct. 13.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules of the Central, North and South boys soccer teams:


*Sept. 15 -- Defeated Marysville 1-0

Sept. 17 -- Lost to Gahanna 2-1. Emmanual Appiah scored.

*Sept. 22 -- Lost to Dublin Scioto 3-1

Sept. 24 -- Def. Upper Arlington 2-0. Jake Marburger and Keaton Morris scored.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Olentangy

Today -- At Olentangy Orange. Teams tied 1-all last year.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty. The Warhawks lost 3-2 last season.

Of note: The Warhawks were 5-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.


*Sept. 15 -- Tied Dublin Scioto at 0

*Sept. 22 -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 3-0

Sept. 24 -- Def. St. Charles 1-0

Last Saturday -- Lost to Dublin Coffman 1-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville South

Today -- Home vs. Gahanna. The teams tied 2-all last year.

*Tuesday -- At Marysville. The Warriors won 3-2 last season.

Of note: The Warriors were 2-7-2 overall and 0-2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.


*Sept. 15 -- Lost to Dublin Jerome 7-0

Sept. 17 -- Lost to Lexington 5-2

*Sept. 22 -- Lost to Marysville 4-1

Sept. 24 -- Tied Worthington Christian at 2

*Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville North

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Olentangy. The Wildcats won 2-1 last year.

Of note: The Wildcats were 1-7-3 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Cardinal game