The Watterson High School boys soccer team is hoping it finally has turned the corner with the regular season winding down.
The Eagles ended a nine-game winless drought by defeating Ready 7-0 on Sept. 25 in a CCL contest. It was their first victory since opening with a 4-0 win over Jonathan Alder on Aug. 17.
The next nine games resulted in five losses and four ties.
"We played aggressively and wanted to score goals (against Ready)," senior Jack Nyhus said. "We've had a long, tough season with a lot of ties and I think we were hungry."
Nyhus is a center back who, according to coach Ed Mikula, has been among the team's bright spots.
Watterson was 2-6-4 overall before playing Worthington Christian on Oct. 1 and finished 1-3 in the CCL. Through 12 games, the Eagles were shut out four times and held to one goal six times, including a 3-1 loss to Tree of Life on Sept. 29.
Senior center midfielder Kyle Hanley was leading the team in goals through 12 games with five, followed by senior forward Peter Ganz with four and senior forward Max Hansell, junior center back Max Graham and freshman midfielder Trent Maisano with two apiece.
Two other freshmen, midfielders Sean Nyhus and Alex Spiers, also have been key contributors, according to Mikula.
Watterson lost to Marysville 5-0 on Sept. 22 at Mapfre Stadium.
"We changed our system and went back to what has been successful for us in the past, and I think the boys adapted well to that and felt comfortable," Mikula said. "We've just used our midfielders a lot differently and repositioned the boys and gave a different perspective, and I think that's helped because it opened up the field for them.
"We got to play in Mapfre Stadium the other day and that had its challenges against Marysville. We haven't kept that momentum that we came out of our first game with. We hit those ties and it started to wear on people. I want to see (our) record go up a little. I want the boys to be successful and I think (the way we played against Ready) I want to see that a lot more."
Girls soccer team captures CCL title
The girls soccer team wrapped up the CCL championship with an 8-0 victory over Ready on Sept. 27.
The Eagles, who finished 4-0 in the CCL, were 10-0-2 overall after playing Gahanna to a scoreless tie Sept. 29. They will play Thursday, Oct. 4, at Dublin Scioto and Saturday, Oct. 6, against Rocky River at Otterbein.
Watterson was seventh in Division I and Rocky River was 10th in Division II in last week's state polls.
Against Ready, Sammy Francis and Becca Marino both scored two goals.
Golf teams begin postseason play
On Oct. 2, the boys and girls golf teams began their respective postseasons.
The girls competed in a sectional at Westchester, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cooks Creek.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams qualify for the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 on Ohio State's Gray Course.
The Eagles also will be competing in the CCL postseason tournament Saturday, Oct. 6, at NorthStar.
The boys competed in a Division I sectional at Denison Golf Club, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
The Eagles were runners-up (319) in the CCL postseason tournament Sept. 23 at Apple Valley behind St. Charles (297) to forge a second-place tie with Hartley in the final league standings.
Watterson and Hartley both went 5-3 in the CCL to finish behind St. Charles (8-0), which won its 11th consecutive league title.
Carson Trafford led the Eagles on Sept. 23 with a 77, followed by Fred Gilbert (79), Michael Reis (80) and Patrick Sellers (83).
Tennis team set for sectional
The girls tennis team is competing in a Division I sectional Thursday, Oct. 4, at Reynoldsburg. The semifinals and finals will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Reynoldsburg.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 11 and 13 at Reynoldsburg.
In first-round singles matches, Caroline Goodlive will face Reynoldsburg's Nandi Rowe, Layne Geswein will play Gahanna's Abby Slates and Liza Draught will face Franklin Heights' Umayma Omar.
In doubles, Rachel Weithman and Caroline Bouchard have a first-round bye and Sam Vogel and Abbey Giesler will face a team from Franklin Heights in the first round.
Volleyball team gets big win over DeSales
The girls volleyball team will learn its Division I district tournament drawing Sunday, Oct. 7.
After beating DeSales 25-21, 21-25, 26-24, 19-25, 15-10 on Sept. 27 and before facing Columbus School for Girls on Oct. 2, the Eagles were 9-7 overall and 5-2 in the CCL. A win over CSG gives Watterson a share of the CCL title along with DeSales and Hartley, both of which finished 6-2 in the league.
The Eagles had won three of their previous four matches before losing to Toledo St. Ursula Academy 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 on Sept. 22.
Through 42 sets played, Grace Jenkins led Watterson in kills with 132 and Olyvia Kennedy had 128, while Kari Mercer had 179 digs and Sydney Taylor had 119. Sophie Mangold led the Eagles in assists with 240.
Below are the coming schedules for the Watterson field hockey, boys soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 6 -- At Hudson
Oct. 10 -- At Thomas Worthington
Oct. 4 -- At Hilliard Bradley
Oct. 6 -- At Upper Arlington
Oct. 6 -- Home vs. Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown
Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Cristo Rey
Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Central Crossing