The Thomas Worthington High School field hockey team enters the postseason after winning the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division championship.
Senior attacker Devan Chakroff scored the only goal as the Cardinals edged Olentangy Liberty 1-0 in their league finale Oct. 2. They finished 7-0 in the COFHL-West and were 13-0-1 overall before playing Watterson on Oct. 8.
"We persevered and never gave up (against Liberty)," coach Terri Simonetti Frost said. "My players moved extremely well to the ball and made numerous defensive interceptions, which allowed us to attack offensively. We did not let Liberty generate their offense and held them to two shots and zero offensive corners."
The Cardinals' only blemish on their record through 14 games was a 1-all tie against defending state champion Columbus Academy on Sept. 19.
Thomas is the top seed in the district and Academy is seeded second. The Cardinals open the postseason Tuesday, Oct. 15, at home against Dublin Scioto, which they beat 11-0 on Aug. 28.
Thomas would play host to Granville or Olentangy in a district semifinal Oct. 22. If the Cardinals reach a district final Oct. 26 at Dublin Jerome, they would face Columbus School for Girls, Jerome, Liberty or Olentangy Orange.
The district champion advances to a state semifinal Nov. 1 at Upper Arlington, where it will play the Gates Mills district champion.
Among the top teams from that district are Shaker Heights and Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, which the Cardinals beat 3-0 and 1-0, respectively, on Sept. 28.
Through 14 games, the only other contests Thomas had played that were decided by two goals or fewer were a 1-0 win over Toledo St. Ursula Academy on Sept. 14 and a 2-0 win over Bexley on Sept. 30.
Sophomore midfielder/attacker Hana Sinno and senior midfielder Nina Devine scored against Bexley.
"I am extremely proud of my girls for coming to practice every day and working hard, playing each game to the best of their abilities," Simonetti Frost said. "But most importantly, I am proud of them for always playing together as a team."
Wolves getting set for tourney opener
Kilbourne is seeded ninth in the district and will play host to 10th-seeded Hartley in the first round Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The winner will play at Academy or 15th-seeded Lancaster in a district semifinal Oct. 22. If the Wolves reach a district final Oct. 26 at Jerome, they would face third-seeded Bexley, fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman, sixth-seeded Watterson, New Albany or Upper Arlington.
Kilbourne, which lost to New Albany 5-1 on Oct. 7 and was 6-7 overall and 3-4 in the COFHL-East before playing Lancaster on Oct. 9, earned its first league victory by beating Hartley 4-0 on Sept. 19. Entering the week, its other league wins had come against Granville (3-1 on Sept. 23) and CSG (2-1 on Sept. 25).
Senior attacker Cassie Frontz had two goals against Hartley and sophomore attacker Amy Kruzan scored two against Granville.