The Worthington Christian boys soccer team made sure it took advantage of an opportunity last Saturday.

The Worthington Christian boys soccer team made sure it took advantage of an opportunity last Saturday.

The Warriors defeated Heath 11-0 in the second round of the Division III district tournament to improve to 12-1-4 and advance to face Fisher Catholic in a district semifinal last Wednesday.

Worthington Christian spent most of the game against an overmatched Heath team working on possession, as coach Dan Roads knows the Warriors will need to strike a balance between offensive creation and possession the ball if they are to go deep in the tournament. The play of juniors Connor Holland and Trent Smith at center-midfielder has been encouraging in the latter aspect.

"In games like (Heath), it's a good time to go over stuff and get everyone some touches," Roads said.

"We were just moving the ball around and playing a little bit more possession soccer. We wanted to try and work on that and stay on top of our game because we always need to work on passing the ball around.

"(Holland and Smith) really like to play possession. They're best friends and they're only juniors, so we get to see them next year as well. We're really excited about them."

If the Warriors advanced to a district final, they will play at 1 p.m. Saturday at DeSales against Bloom-Carroll or Fairbanks.

The Bulldogs were 11-6 overall and the Panthers were 12-3-3 before last Wednesday.

Against Heath, Brett Elder scored three goals and Albert Miller scored two, as the Warriors won their second in a row after falling 4-1 to DeSales on Oct. 13.

If Worthington Christian wins a district title, it will play Grandview, Wellington, Columbus Academy or Madison Christian in a regional semifinal Tuesday at Wellington.

Last season, the Warriors defeated Bloom-Carroll 1-0 in a district final and Columbus Academy 1-0 in a regional semifinal before beating Minford 4-0 in a regional final. They then defeated Cincinnati Mariemont 2-1 in double overtime in a state semifinal before losing to Toledo Ottawa Hills 1-0 in the state final.

"We're doing pretty well," Roads said. "Hopefully, we learned from some of our mistakes against DeSales and go from there."

•Despite having just one senior, the girls soccer team showed dramatic improvement under first-year coach Sarah Wiechman.

The Warriors won their first four games and defeated Tree of Life 3-0 in the first round of the Division II district tournament Oct. 19 before falling 4-0 to Fisher Catholic in the second round Oct. 21 to finish 9-6-3 overall.

In its final season in the CCL, Worthington Christian went 1-2-2 to place fourth behind Watterson (5-0), DeSales (4-1) and Ready (2-2-1) and ahead of Hartley (1-3-1) and Columbus School for Girls (0-5).

The Warriors were 3-14 and 0-5 in the league last season.

"They had 11 seniors last year, so we knew it was going to be a rebuilding season," Wiechman said. "For what it was, we did do well this year."

The Warriors lose only one senior in outside-back Madison Mikhail. Juniors Tobie Weston (sweeper), Mackenzie Clapper (center-midfielder) and Jessie Cermelj were tri-captains and should be back to lead the team again next year. Clapper finished with 11 goals and Cermelj had seven goals and 11 assists. All three expected returnees made first-team all-league.

According to Wiechman, a focus on improving their fitness level helped the Warriors be more successful.

"I set pretty high expectations and expect the girls to work hard," she said. "I did a lot of things with fitness, which they kind of lacked the last couple years. Since we didn't have a lot of girls come out, I knew they had to be fit. We had great team chemistry, and they all got along well."

Worthington Christian's Bethany Homoelle spikes the ball Oct. 22 during a Division IV district tournament match against Shekinah Christian.


At a glance

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

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday -- Finished 15th (435) in 19-team Division III district meet at Watkins Memorial, behind champion Liberty Union (46). Michael Stomps was 60th (19:43.22), followed by Nathaniel Beum (70th, 19:59.44), Tim Webb (100th, 21:20.87), Josh Beatty (106th, 21:55.7), Michael Sauder (107th, 21:57.53), Tommy Bohrer (118th, 23:33.56) and Luke Howard (123rd, 23:44.51).

BOYS SOCCER

Last Saturday -- Defeated Heath 11-0 in second round of the Division III district tournament Last Wednesday -- Played Fisher Catholic in district semifinal. Winner advances to a district final Saturday (1 p.m.) at DeSales against Bloom-Carroll or Fairbanks. The district champion advances to a regional semifinal Tuesday at Wellington against Grandview, Wellington, Columbus Academy or Madison Christian. The regional final is Nov. 7 at Warsaw River View.

Of note: The Warriors were 12-1-4 overall before last Wednesday.

VOLLEYBALL

Oct. 22 -- Lost to seventh-seeded Shekinah Christian 25-6, 25-23, 25-13 in second round of the Division IV district tournament at Olentangy Liberty

Of note: The Warriors finished 6-18.

*CCL contest