Westerville Central High School boys soccer coach Dave Pence believes his team's challenging schedule during the regular season has prepared it for the Division I district tournament.

Westerville Central High School boys soccer coach Dave Pence believes his team's challenging schedule during the regular season has prepared it for the Division I district tournament.

The Warhawks were 6-2-6 overall and 3-1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Dublin Jerome on Oct. 8.

Central remained in the league title chase, trailing Hilliard Bradley (4-0-2) and Canal Winchester (4-1-1).

"Every year (athletics director) Andy Ey asks, 'Who do you want to play?' And I say, 'We'll play anybody,'" Pence said. "Some of the best soccer in the state is in central Ohio. We'll play against anybody and that's what prepares us (and) makes us a better team at the end of the season."

Central is seeded ninth for the district tournament and plays host to 36th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the first round Wednesday, Oct. 16. If the Warhawks win, they will play host to 33rd-seeded Hamilton Township on Oct. 19.

Before playing Jerome, Central had not lost since a 2-1 setback against Canal Winchester on Sept. 3. The Warhawks were 4-0-6 in that span.

Central played defending Division I state champion Olentangy Liberty to a scoreless tie Sept. 26 at home. Goalkeeper Jeremy Shown had seven saves.

Last week, Liberty was first in the Division I district poll and fourth in the state poll behind top-ranked Mason. The Warhawks were eighth in the district poll.

Central played Gahanna to a scoreless tie Sept. 5, tied Bradley at 2 on Sept. 10 and played New Albany to a scoreless tie Sept. 28.

Bradley was second, Gahanna was third and New Albany was seventh in the district poll, and Bradley was ninth in the state.

"Obviously you'd rather get a win than a tie, but when you're playing a quality team like Liberty or Gahanna that are perennial powerhouses, both those games we were happy with a tie," Pence said. "It would have been better to get the win, but the most important thing to us is that we compete and that we play well and give ourselves a chance to win."

The Warhawks defeated Hilliard Darby 2-0 on Oct. 1 and Worthington Kilbourne 2-1 on Oct. 3.

Against Darby, forwards Chewy Gordon and Bradley Annis scored and Shown had four saves.

Midfielder Abdi Mohamed and defender Jacob Gates scored against Kilbourne.

"We've played a very tough schedule," Pence said. "I challenge anybody in the Central District that's played a tougher schedule than what we've played. We've played all the top teams -- Liberty, Gahanna, Bradley, St. Charles, New Albany. You name it, they've been on our schedule and we've played everybody well."

Central girls prepfor district tourney

The Central girls team is seeded fifth for the Division I district tournament and will play host to 38th-seeded Licking Heights on Oct. 17 in a second-round game.

Both teams have a first-round bye.

The Warhawks were 7-2-3 overall and 3-1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing first-place Jerome on Oct. 8. The Celtics were 5-1 in the league.

Central defeated Darby 1-0 on Oct. 1, as midfielder Allison Ubry scored and goalie Tricia Hogue had four saves.

The Warhawks lost at Hilliard Davidson 1-0 on Oct. 3. Central appeared to have tied the game with 14 minutes remaining when Ubry scored on a rebound against goalie Rachel Teater, but the goal was nullified because of goalie interference.

Hogue had five saves.

"I don't think the bounce-back part will be an issue for this group," coach Devon Cannon said. "They're experienced enough to take a loss and be able to play well again. I'm not too worried about how they feel after this."

South girls endJerome streak

The South girls team snapped Jerome's 20-game league winning streak, defeating the host Celtics 2-1 on Oct. 1.

Forward Mikaela Couch and defender Asia Williams scored, and goalie Cara Calland had eight saves.

The Celtics hadn't lost in the league since Oct. 5, 2010, 1-0 to Dublin Scioto.

"That was definitely a big win," coach Brandi Tanler said. "So far, we're their only loss in the conference (before Oct. 8), so it was a huge win for us. It just shows how good of a team we really are when we play well."

South defeated Delaware 3-0 on Oct. 3, as Couch scored two goals and Williams scored one. Calland had six saves.

The Wildcats were 9-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the league after defeating Westerville North 3-0 on Oct. 7.

"The end of the season is when you want to be playing your best and right now we're playing real well," Tanler said. "We're clicking as a team offensively and defensively, so that helps. Earlier in the year we were giving up a lot of goals, but now our defense is tightening up and we're looking good right now."