The Dublin Jerome High School boys soccer team continues to show that it should be considered a contender for a Division I state tournament berth later this fall.
Last week, the Celtics were ranked fourth in the area coaches poll, behind Olentangy Liberty, Coffman and St. Charles. In the state poll, Liberty was ranked first and Coffman was second, while St. Charles also received votes.
The Celtics aren't scheduled to play St. Charles during the regular season, but they lost to Coffman 2-1 on Sept. 14 and tied Liberty at 1 on Sept. 21.
The Patriots beat Cleveland St. Ignatius, which was third in last week's state poll, 2-0 on Sept. 23 and were 8-0-1 before playing Westerville North on Sept. 26.
Jerome was 6-1-4 overall and 2-0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Hilliard Bradley on Sept. 26. The Celtics, who have won back-to-back league and district titles, will play host to St. Ignatius on Saturday, Sept. 30.
"If (the loss to Coffman) is something that catapults us, we're willing to take that," coach Nate Maust said. "I think (the players) learned (in that game) that they've got to play through the whistle."
Against Liberty, Blake Wyse scored and goalkeeper Erik McGwire made four saves.
Wyse, a senior forward, joins seniors Chris Dowling (midfielder), Carter Patchett (midfielder/forward) and Zach Ziolo (forward) as lynchpins on offense.
"Our style is controlled and not panicky, and we've had strong senior leadership," Maust said. "For us, it's about the midfielder being constantly connected with our front and back and being composed in small spaces and tight spaces."
Girls soccer team
in league title chase
The girls soccer team was 7-3 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Bradley on Sept. 26.
Bradley also was 3-0 in the league entering the contest.
The Celtics defeated Hilliard Darby 2-1 in a league game Sept. 19, as Rachel Butler and Riley Mullady each scored and goalie Jess Walsh made seven saves.
The win represented a bounce-back performance for the Celtics after their 2-1 loss to Coffman on Sept. 14.
In a 2-0 win over Upper Arlington on Sept. 21, Nicole Ogden scored off a pass from Butler in the first half and Butler assisted on a goal by Emma Sears in the second half.
Jerome, which went 6-0 to win the OCC-Cardinal last season, concludes its league schedule with games Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Delaware and Oct. 10 at home against Scioto.
Girls volleyball team
taking steps forward
The girls volleyball team returns to OCC-Cardinal action Thursday, Sept. 28, at Darby on a three-match winning streak.
After losing to Liberty 25-20, 25-18 in the Worthington Kilbourne Invitational on Sept. 16, the Celtics beat Mount Vernon 25-20, 15-25, 25-20 and Westerville Central 25-20, 25-20 later that day in the same event.
The Celtics then improved to 5-9 overall and 2-6 in the league with a 25-19, 28-26, 25-21 victory over Thomas Worthington on Sept. 19.
Seniors Mackenzie Mangette and Taylor King and juniors Lauren Gilbert and Kendall Poach have been the team's top attackers, while Gilbert, seniors Stephanie Cline and Maddie Prenger and juniors Ria Jotsinghani and Shefali Srinivasan have been leading the defense.
Below are the coming schedules for the Jerome field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 28 -- At Hilliard Lynx
*Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Hartley
Sept. 30 -- Jerome Honorary Invitational at Tartan Fields
Oct. 3 -- Division I sectional at Darby Creek. Top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 10 at Apple Valley.
Sept. 28 -- New Albany and Grove City at Rattlesnake Ridge
Oct. 3 -- Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial. Top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 10 at Cooks Creek.
Sept. 30 -- Home vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Delaware
*Oct. 3 -- At Delaware
Oct. 3 -- At Bexley
*Sept. 28 -- At Hilliard Darby. The Celtics beat the Panthers 11-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 on Aug. 31.
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley. The Celtics lost to the Jaguars 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 on Sept. 5.