Hardly anyone was in the stands to see the Westerville North High School girls soccer team lose to Thomas Worthington 2-0 under the lights of a rain-soaked night at Thomas on Sept. 24.

Hardly anyone was in the stands to see the Westerville North High School girls soccer team lose to Thomas Worthington 2-0 under the lights of a rain-soaked night at Thomas on Sept. 24.

The season had been going on for nearly a month and the postseason was still out of sight. The district tournament draw wouldn't happen for another two weeks and somehow the Warriors had to figure out a way to break out of a rut they had fallen into after a hot start.

"We haven't won in over a week," coach Tim Lawrence said as he walked off a sloppy field to the team bus. "We just have to find a way to put one in the back of the net."

North entered the season with some questions as to how offensive-minded players Genelle Castero, Ashley Miltko, Allie Siradzki and Hope Wood would thrive in a system now tailored to their abilities.

They had to make up of for the loss of Ashton Campbell, who led the team in scoring last season.

The Warriors appeared able to absorb the loss as they were unbeaten (6-0-2) in their first eight games. In those contests, North averaged nearly three goals while holding opponents to less than a goal, including five shutouts.

North dismantled OCC-Cardinal Division foe Dublin Scioto 4-0 on Sept. 15, but then the offense started to falter.

A 2-1 loss Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 22 in an OCC-Cardinal game came three days after North played Medina to a scoreless tie.

Two days later against Thomas, things never turned around.

"Being that we don't have any seniors, I guess going (into the season) I was thinking are they going to have the skill and the ability?" Lawrence said. "They were creating opportunities and putting them in the back of the net. When we took our first loss, we struggled a little bit there."

The Warriors are searching for a fourth consecutive appearance in a district final. During the previous three they never were seeded lower than ninth.

This was the part of the season where seeds are determined, and that's why North had to figure out what ailed them.

"We're trying to finish out league play so we can send a good record in for the district seeding," defender Emily Wilkin said. "It's a part of the season where it's rough. It's still a long way to the postseason.

"We have 18 games. We're trying to get people to realize it's not a sprint. It about endurance."

The Liberty loss also was particularly tough in that it put a big dent in North's chances to win even a share of the league title.

The loss dropped North back into a three-way tie for second place in the OCC-Cardinal. Before league play resumed last Monday, Liberty was leading the league at 4-0. Central, North and Jerome were tied for second at 2-1-1 followed by Marysville (1-1-1), Scioto (1-2-1) and South (1-3).

Central tied Scioto 1-all on the same night North lost to Liberty, which may have ended its hopes of winning the title. The Warhawks will play Liberty on Tuesday, but they also will need the Patriots to lose or tie one other league game.

South, which rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Central by beating Scioto 2-1 on Sept. 8, fell out of contention for the league title with consecutive losses to Dublin Jerome (5-1 on Sept. 15) and Marysville (4-2 on Sept. 22).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central, North and South girls soccer teams:

CENTRAL

*Sept. 15 -- Defeated Marysville 3-2

Sept. 17 -- Lost to Hilliard Davidson 3-1

*Sept. 22 -- Tied Dublin Scioto at 1. Taylor Wells scored.

Last Saturday -- Def. Gahanna 3-0. Rachel MacLeod scored two goals and Paige Sterling had the other.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Olentangy

Today -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange

*Tuesday -- At Olentangy Liberty. The Warhawks won 4-0 last year.

Of note: The Warhawks were 5-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.

NORTH

*Sept. 15 -- Def. Dublin Scioto 4-0

Sept. 19 -- Tied Medina at 0

*Sept. 22 -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 2-1. Spencer Foust scored.

Sept. 24 -- Lost to Thomas Worthington 2-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville South

Saturday -- At Watterson. They played to a scoreless tie last year.

*Tuesday -- At Marysville. They tied 2-all last year.

Of note: The Warriors were 6-2-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.

SOUTH

*Sept. 15 -- Lost to Jerome 5-1

Sept. 17 -- Lost to Upper Arlington 6-0

*Sept. 22 -- Lost to Marysville 4-2

Last Saturday -- Def. Mansfield Madison 5-1. Brooke Robbins scored two goals.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville North

Today -- Home vs. Big Walnut

*Tuesday -- At Olentangy. Teams tied 1-all last year.

Of note: The Wildcats were 2-7-1 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Cardinal game