Wellington School girls soccer coach Lindsey Smith likes how her team battled through adversity during the season's first half.
The Jaguars were 5-1-3 overall after beating Fairbanks 2-0 on Sept. 24 and 1-0-3 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing Grandview on Sept. 26.
"We've battled a few injuries early in the season," Smith said. "That being said, the team is showing a lot of grit, and each night new players are stepping up to help get the job done. We battled Worthington Christian (on Sept. 10) and Columbus Academy (on Sept. 15) to 1-1 draws. These are two of the top teams in Division III girls soccer and while we're striving for the win, we should also be proud of the tie against these very strong programs."
Through eight games, Addie Shock had five goals and one assist, Maddie Morosky had four goals, Catherine Zallanta had two goals and two assists and Jamie Murphy had two goals.
Wellington closes league action Monday, Oct. 1, at home against Bexley.
The Division III district tournament drawing is Oct. 7. In last week's area coaches poll, Worthington Christian was first, followed by Academy, Grandview, Wellington and Fairbanks.
Shock scored with less than five minutes remaining to forge the tie against Worthington Christian and had the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory over Hartley on Aug. 30.
Goalkeeper Eli Burkhardt had 62 saves through eight games.
Boys soccer team rounding into form
The boys soccer team bounced back from a stretch in which it lost three of four games by beating Granville 4-1 on Sept. 18.
The Jaguars were 6-3-1 overall before facing Hartley on Sept. 25 and are 4-0-1 in the MSL-Cardinal after tying Zanesville Rosecrans at 1 on Sept. 22.
"(We) just (need to) clean up ... how we cohesively attack and in our ability to deal with the counter attack," coach J.J. Bain said.
Wellington, which squandered a 2-1 lead in a 4-2 loss at Grandview on Sept. 12, was first and the Bobcats were second in last week's area coaches poll.
Through nine games, Eli Dulle had seven goals and eight assists, Ahmet Ozer had six goals and five assists, Adenola Atekoja had five goals and four assists and Freddie Lin had four goals and three assists.
"Ehmet Ozer, Eli Dulle and Freddie Lin have really been doing a great job offensively," Bain said. "We just didn't play as consistently as we needed (against Grandview). This was easily a game we could have won. I think we're going to have a really good team by the end of the year"
Golf teams open postseason play
The postseason is underway for the boys and girls golf programs.
The girls team competed in a Division II sectional Sept. 25 at Bent Tree, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Monday, Oct. 1, at Darby Creek.
At district, the champion and highest-placing individual not on the qualifying team advance to the state tournament Oct. 12 and 13 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
On Sept. 18 in the final round of the MSL-Ohio girls tournament at Airport, Wellington shot a 457 to finish third behind Worthington Christian (373) and Bexley (375).
The boys team captured the MSL-Cardinal title, including shooting a 295 in the final round of the league tournament Sept. 18 at Denison Golf Club as Garrett Thesing was medalist with a 71.
The Jaguars will compete in a Division III sectional Thursday, Sept. 27, at Turnberry against a field that includes defending state champion Worthington Christian.
In league play, Jack Doody averaged 74.2, followed by Carsten Judge (74.5), Aidan Schumer (75.5), Thesing (75.6) and Jay Briggs (84.5).
"(Our) team is in a good position," boys coach Craig Mosier said. "We've played a lot of good golf and they've each done a really good job of stepping up and shooting a great score and contributing to wins. (Winning the league) was fun. It was great seeing the guys competing against each other."
Tennis team moves on to district final
The girls tennis team will face Columbus Academy on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Division II district championship match of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament.
The winner advances to the state tournament Oct. 21 at Reynoldsburg.
The Jaguars were 7-2 before facing Bexley on Sept. 25.
Wellington will begin the individual postseason with a Division II sectional Oct. 4 and 6 at Academy or Columbus School for Girls.
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls tennis teams:
Sept. 27 -- Division III sectional at Turnberry. Top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club. At district, the champion and low-scoring individual not on that qualifying team advance to state Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar.
Sept. 29 -- Jerome Honorary Invitational at Hickory Hills
*Sept. 29 -- At Fisher Catholic
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Bexley
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Grove City Christian
Sept. 29 -- At Lancaster
*Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Bexley
Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Ready
Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Bloom-Carroll