As the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys soccer team advances deep into the Division I tournament, with so many injuries on the offensive attack it's had to rely on its experience around the net.

As the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys soccer team advances deep into the Division I tournament, with so many injuries on the offensive attack it's had to rely on its experience around the net.

The Wolves improved to 18-2 overall Tuesday by defeating Upper Arlington 1-0 in a regional semifinal at Dublin Coffman.

Kilbourne realizes it might need another shutout to take down Dublin Jerome in a regional final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dublin Scioto.

"We're deep, deep, deep into our bench and we're still playing well," Kilbourne coach Jon Sprunger said of his team which was ranked seventh in the final state poll. "There's a core group of kids back this year and the longer these kids play together, the stronger they get and the more confident they get. They just understand each other."

Jerome, ranked fourth in the state, improved to 16-1-3 with a 3-2 overtime win over Dublin Coffman in the other semifinal Tuesday.

All three goals against the Shamrocks, who finished the season at 12-5-3, came off set pieces.

But Jerome coach Nathan Maust already has seen what Matt Wiet can do for the Wolves.

"Kilbourne's an extremely skilled team, and Wiet's got an excellent throw-in that he uses to set up goals for them, so we'll have to out-possess them and limit their opportunities,"Maustsaid. "We need to keep possession of the ball in the midfield, and when they do get opportunities, we'll need to win balls in the air."

The Celtics held Kilbourne scoreless in a 2-0 victory on Oct. 2.

The Wolves in their last five games have allowed just one goal, thanks in part to the strong play of Paul Hendricks in goal.

"We know to get this far you're going to be facing a strong team," Kilbourne midfielder Ben Gentry said. "Jerome beat us earlier in the season, but I don't think we capitalized on some opportunities that we should have."

With the wind at its back last Tuesday in the first half, Kilbourne failed to convert as many as four corner kicks, but finally found the net on a set piece with 11:29 to play.

Gentry was in the battle for the ball in front of the goal as it bounced off UA goalkeeper Drew Sandbo. Chase Tourville found an opening to score.

"That's what Kilbourne's specialty is," said Golden Bears coach Curt Bixel, whose team ended the season at 11-7-2. "They win on set pieces. They dump the ball in, and they just fight for it. It ended up turning the game for them."

UA, favored by the wind in the second half, picked up its offensive attack with a different lineup.

The Wolves, who defeated the Golden Bears 2-0 on Sept. 2 in an OCC-Central Division contest, weathered the storm.

Daniel Palmer nearly tied the game with about 26 minutes left, but his shot from about 20 yards out sailed just high of the goal.

"I think Arlington in the last three weeks had become a very difficult team to beat," Sprunger said. "I was very concerned about their offensive push and their ability to transition. When you've got guys who are big, strong and fast, sometimes game plans don't work."