When the Worthington Christian High School boys soccer team prepares for games, coach Dan Roads doesn't usually worry about whether the opponent has particular star players or a unique system.

When the Worthington Christian High School boys soccer team prepares for games, coach Dan Roads doesn't usually worry about whether the opponent has particular star players or a unique system.

What concerns Roads most always has to do with his own team. For all but a few minutes of the second half of a 2-1 win over Bloom-Carroll last Saturday in a Division III district final, the top-seeded Warriors managed their opponent well and played as well as they expected.

"I believe that if we come out and do things the way we can, we'll be successful," Roads said. "We're not necessarily worried about what (our opponents) bring. We knew (Bloom-Carroll) would be a tough team. They came out and made some adjustments. We got a little sleepy there at the end, but that gave us some lessons. We had great focus in the first half."

The Warriors, who have won four consecutive district championships, were 15-3-1 entering a regional semifinal last Tuesday against Columbus Academy. The winner advances to a regional final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Warsaw River View against Berlin Hiland or Minford.

Hiland was 11-7-1 before playing Minford last Tuesday in a regional semifinal at Philo. The Hawks beat Sardinia Eastern Brown 3-2 in a district final last Saturday. Lance Kinsey and Cody Miller both have seven goals and three assists, Braden Conn has four goals and six assists and Kyle Miller has seven goals and two assists to lead the Hawks.

Minford was 17-2 before playing Hiland. The Falcons, who lost to Steubenville Catholic Central 3-2 in a district final a year ago, avenged one of their two regular-season losses when they beat Wheelersburg 1-0 in a district final last Saturday. Minford had won 12 in a row.

Hiland joined Worthington Christian and Academy in the regional a year ago as well. The Warriors beat the Vikings 2-1 in a semifinal and the Hawks 3-2 in overtime in the final. Worthington Christian then lost to eventual champion Springfield Catholic Central 1-0 in a state semifinal.

The Warriors, who opened the postseason with wins over Grove City Christian (10-0 on Oct. 18) and Horizon Science (10-0 on Oct. 22), built a 2-0 lead last Saturday on goals by Eric Stevenson. His first goal was unassisted with 29 minutes, 13 seconds left in the first half. Then about 13 minutes into the second half, Stevenson scored off a pass from Luke Helmuth.

Bloom-Carroll's Noah Adkins cut it to 2-1 with 6:54 remaining.

"It means a lot (to win the district), especially since it's my senior year," Stevenson said. "I think the biggest factor for us was that we had the wind in the first half. We came out fast."

•The girls volleyball team will lose just two seniors in Alena Moye and Lauren Williams after finishing 3-19.

The Warriors finished last in the CCL at 0-10 behind Watterson (10-0), Hartley (8-2) Ready (6-4), DeSales (4-6) and Columbus School for Girls (2-8).

Worthington Christian beat Grandview 25-15, 24-26, 19-25, 25-22, 16-14 on Aug. 26 and West 25-17, 25-5 on Sept. 17 to improve to 2-2 but lost its next seven. Its only other win came Sept. 20 at Nelsonville-York 25-22, 25-12.

The Warriors fell to Lakewood 25-15, 25-18, 25-23 on Oct. 15 in the first round of the Division III district tournament. Williams made second-team all-CCL.

Junior Gina Boucouras and sophomore Caitlyn Kusan made first-team all-CCL and Kusan was second-team all-district.

Others eligible to return include Kaley Heath, Beth Julca and Lauren Trainer, sophomores Bethany Homoelle, Hope Kusan and Rachel Meeker and freshman Hannah Evans.

"We saw a tremendous amount of improvement," first-year coach Kayla Bolitho said. "We had some injuries and had one girl who was out for eight games. I thought they all pulled together and fought hard for the tournament. They were so young for a varsity team, and for the most part, they didn't back down."

•Of the runners who competed at the CCL and district meets for the boys cross country team, none are seniors.

The boys finished sixth (147) in the CCL meet Oct. 11behind champion St. Charles (34) and the girls were sixth (164) behind first-place Hartley (61).

In the Division III, district 1 meet Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial, the boys were eighth (202) of 12 teams behind champion Grandview (37) and the girls were 11th (255) of 12 teams behind first-place Northmor (79).

Junior Daniel Jeong finished 26th (17:50.1) to lead the boys team at district, followed by freshman Michael Stomps (35th, 18:30.31), juniors Nathaniel Beum (38th, 18:53.19) and Tim Webb (46th, 19:27.59) and freshman Tommy Bohrer (70th, 23:28.93).

The girls team loses four seniors who contributed in Rebecca Albright, Leah Schroepfer, Renae Vagnier and Christy Watterson.

Junior Ashleigh Bennett led the girls team at district by placing 36th (21:54.95), followed by Schroepfer (46th, 22:39.15), Albright (47th, 22:39.55), Vagnier (70th, 24:48.8), juniors Sarah Morford (71st, 25:22.06) and Emily Bowersox (76th, 26:25.65) andWatterson (84th, 28:14.99).

Worthington Christian's Eric Stevenson takes a shot Oct. 22 during a Division I district semifinal against Horizon Science. The Warriors won 10-0 and beat Bloom-Carroll 2-1 in the final last Saturday.