Westerville North High School girls soccer coach Tim Lawrence had a simple and positive message for his team following its scoreless tie Sept. 22 at Thomas Worthington.

Westerville North High School girls soccer coach Tim Lawrence had a simple and positive message for his team following its scoreless tie Sept. 22 at Thomas Worthington.

"We haven't lost in our last five games and we're getting better," Lawrence told his team. "We're heading in the right direction."

The Warriors entered their game with Westerville South on Sept. 27 on a five-game unbeaten streak.

North is hoping to continue to gain momentum as it prepares for the Division I district tournament. The Warriors are looking to advance to their first district final since 2008, when they lost to Hilliard Davidson 2-1 in overtime.

Senior defender Rachael Davis was a freshman on that team.

"We're peaking at the right time of the season," Davis said. "We just need to keep working hard to reach our goals."

Before Sept. 27, North, which was ranked sixth in last week's district poll, hadn't been beaten since a 3-0 loss to Davidson on Sept. 8.

The Warriors' unbeaten streak has kept them in the OCC-Cardinal Division race.

North was 1-1-2 in the league before playing South.

Senior goalkeeper Kayla Angermeier has played a key role in the team's success, allowing nine goals in 10 games with four shutouts.

"We have a lot of stuff to work on," Angermeier said. "We have trouble scoring goals, but we keep getting better each game. We had our slump at the beginning (of the season), but we're getting better."

Senior Allie Sieradzki entered this week leading the team in scoring with seven goals and an assist, followed by junior Abbey Miltko with two goals and two assists.

"We have to get better around the goal," Lawrence said. "Thomas' (goalkeepers Makenzie Howell and Rachel Chizever) made a couple nice saves, but we had a couple looks there that we have to be able to put away. In games like this, that's going to be the difference."

The Warriors played well against the two Dublin teams in the OCC-Cardinal, tying defending league champion Scioto at 1 on Sept. 13 and losing to Jerome 1-0 on Aug. 30. Jerome was first in the league at 4-0 before playing Marysville on Sept. 27. The Celtics were ranked second in the district last week behind Dublin Coffman and 10th in the state, also behind top-ranked Coffman.

North will get a chance to gauge its progress when it plays host to Coffman on Thursday, Sept. 29, and visits Watterson on Saturday, Oct. 1. The Eagles were third in last week's Division II district poll.

"It would mean a lot to the team, beating the No. 1 team," Davis said of playing Coffman. "We usually play up to the level of our competition and if we work hard, we can get a result."

"We're playing well," Lawrence said. "We've played good soccer. We're now giving up less than a goal a game. We're creating some decent (scoring) chances. (Our) defense has been good (and our) goalkeeping has been solid, so right now I'm pretty happy where we're at."

•The North boys team has had a challenging schedule as it prepares for the Division I district tournament.

The Warriors defeated Worthington Christian 4-2 on Sept. 17 and lost to Olentangy Liberty 2-1 on Sept. 20, Scioto 3-1 on Sept. 13 and Centerville 2-1 on Aug. 27.

As of last week, Worthington Christian was ranked first in the Division III state poll, Liberty was fifth in Division I, Centerville was sixth in Division I and Scioto was 10th in Division I.

"While we are not happy with the (five) losses on our record (entering this week), we do realize that three of those losses have come against state-ranked opponents," coach Mark Price said. "We are confident that playing such a brutal schedule will have the boys ready to play come tournament time."

Price said there has been an emphasis on defense in recent practices.

"We plan to commit ourselves to defending," he said. "It is a goal of ours every season to get to seven shutouts. We would like to see 2-0 or 1-0 score lines, not the 4-2 type of scores that we have seen.

"On the positive side, we are starting to click on offense and have been able to find the back of the net more often over the past few games."

Before playing Sept. 27 against South, North's lone shutout was a 1-0 win over DeSales in the opener Aug. 23.