Learning to play together better has had some cost involved for the members of the Worthington Christian High School girls soccer team.

Learning to play together better has had some cost involved for the members of the Worthington Christian High School girls soccer team.

During practices, if a player tries to get the attention of a teammate by simply yelling out their name, push-ups are the result.

It's all been about increasing the communication among a roster that features 11 seniors but a new system under first-year coach Stephanie Johnson.

"We've always had problems with our communication on the field, so we've tried to implement it in practice a little more," Johnson said. "We've done a couple different things. You have to say 'through pass' or try to give a little more instruction about where you're at on the field. I think they've heard this all many times before, but it's still hard to do it on a regular basis."

The Warriors snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over Buckeye Valley last Saturday as Ally Krietemeyer and Lauren Canady scored two goals.

Other standouts, according to Johnson, have included forward Angie Wigton and defender Lindsay Price.

"We have to keep working on aggressiveness and getting to the ball first," Johnson said. "Lindsay Price has just really stepped up in the back for us and Angie Wigton, our senior forward, tries to do what she can to get things going on offense.

"It felt great (to beat Buckeye Valley). We needed that boost of confidence. Hopefully it will help us out in our next couple games."

•With Caroline Prior the only player back who was a regular throughout last season, the girls tennis team expected this to be a rebuilding year.

Prior took over at first singles midway through last season and has been steady in that position again this fall.

Jamie Taylor has been playing second singles despite battling a foot injury.

She is one of only two seniors on the team along with Mary Beth Betulias, who also has been out with an injury.

Prior, who earned a win last Saturday over Olentangy's Rachel Piccin (6-4, 4-6, 7-5), is the player most likely to make an impact in the Division II postseason. She was a district qualifier last year.

The top four at each sectional Oct. 3-4Ęwill advance to district Oct. 10-11 at Columbus School for Girls.

"We're extremely young this year, starting mostly freshmen and sophomores, and they're learning to play at a level of juniors and seniors," coach Scott Smart said. "It's been a process of learning. They're learning to make shots to win games and sets and matches.

"Last year, Caroline Prior our No. 1 made it to district, and I look for her to benefit from that experience. I've got a couple freshmen who are getting the hang of it halfway through the season."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and the coming schedules for the Worthington Christian boys and girls cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 13 -- Boys: Finished ninth (223) in 12-team small-school division of Central Ohio Invitational at Three Creeks Metro Park behind champion Bexley (40); Girls: Finished 11th (259) in 12-team field behind champion Bexley (74)

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished eighth (253) in 18-team Centerburg Invitational behind champion Fredericktown (31); Girls: Finished 13th (270) in 17-team field behind champion Canal Winchester (75)

Last Tuesday -- Competed against Columbus Academy

Saturday -- At Dublin Invitational at Dublin Scioto

GOLF

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to St. Charles 153-183 at Highlands

*Sept. 11 -- Lost to DeSales 164-189 at Champions

*Sept. 13 -- Finished 14th (364) in 15-team Bexley Invitational at Westchester behind champion Columbus Academy (303)

Last Monday -- Played Wellington

BOYS SOCCER

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to DeSales 2-1

Sept. 13 -- Defeated Youngstown Mooney 2-1

*Sept. 16 -- Def. Ready 7-0

Sept. 18 -- Lost to Hilliard Davidson 2-0

Last Saturday -- Def. Academy 3-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Hartley

Saturday -- At Jonathan Alder

Tuesday -- At Grandview

Of note: The Warriors were 5-3-1 overall and 1-2 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to Hartley 6-1

Sept. 13 -- Lost to Mansfield Christian 1-0

*Sept. 16 -- Lost to Watterson 6-0

Last Saturday -- Def. Buckeye Valley 7-2

Last Tuesday -- Played Wellington

*Today -- Home vs. DeSales

Saturday -- At Jonathan Alder

*Tuesday -- At Ready

Of note: The Warriors were 2-8 overall before last Tuesday and are 0-3 in the CCL.

TENNIS

*Sept. 9 -- Def. Ready 4-1

Sept. 11 -- Lost to Marion Pleasant 3-2

*Sept. 16 -- Lost to DeSales 4-1

Sept. 18 -- Lost to Wellington 5-0

Last Saturday -- Lost to Olentangy 4-1

Last Monday -- Lost to Buckeye Valley 3-2

*Last Tuesday -- Played Watterson

Today -- Home vs. Granville

Monday -- At Scioto

*Tuesday -- At Hartley

Of note: The Warriors were 3-10 overall and 1-2 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 9 -- Lost to Columbus School for Girls 20-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18

*Sept. 11 -- Lost to Hartley 25-14, 25-8, 25-8

Sept. 13 -- Lost to Madison Christian 25-16, 25-9, 25-15

*Sept. 16 -- Lost to DeSales 25-19, 25-14, 25-18

*Sept. 18 -- Lost to Ready 25-17, 25-17, 25-16

Last Saturday -- Lost to Amanda-Clearcreek 25-22, 25-15

*Last Tuesday -- Played Watterson

*Today -- At CSG

Saturday -- Home vs. West Jefferson

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Hartley

Of note: The Warriors were 2-9 overall and 0-4 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest