With Katz Kadlic and J.R. O'Toole among its key players the last three seasons, the Wellington School boys soccer team captured two district championships and had a district runner-up finish.

The legacy that has been built during that time is something that players such as junior midfielder/forward Eli Dulle believe will continue.

"After losing in the district final last year in a narrow game, we learned the importance of our resilience as the game plays out," Dulle said. "In our last few matches, this lesson has proven important as the room for error in the tournament is very small. A strength of ours this year has been our ability to maintain possession, which can be attributed to the vast amount of starters that returned."

Wellington lost 7-2 to Grandview in a Division III regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Gahanna to finish 14-5-1 overall.

The Jaguars lost to Worthington Christian 1-0 in a district final last season but avenged that loss by beating the Warriors 3-2 on Aug. 21 and 1-0 in a district final Oct. 27 at Westerville North.

Against Grandview, Dulle and junior midfielder Freddie Lin scored but the Bobcats scored the game's final five goals, with Manny Day scoring six of Grandview's goals.

"They played with (Day) high and he played a great game and got loose," coach J.J. Bain said.

Wellington is losing nine seniors, led by Kadlic (center back) and O'Toole (goalkeeper), both of whom were named first-team all-MSL-Cardinal Division as the Jaguars won the league title at 7-0-1.

Dulle was MSL-Cardinal Player of the Year, and he, Kadlic and O'Toole were joined on first-team all-league by Lin.

Juniors Adenola Atekoja (forward), Ahmet Ozer (forward) and Nick Robinson (defender) and sophomore Jordan Livits (forward) were second-team all-league and sophomore midfielder Eoin O'Carroll was honorable mention all-league.

Others eligible to return include junior defender Julian Shuttleworth and freshman midfielder Henry Lin.

"What I was telling the team is that this group of seniors has been with the rise of the program the last four years and they really pushed the group forward," Bain said.

"Even the ones that didn't get a lot of minutes in the games were really important in helping prepare us in practice and just the general mentality of being a mature young man, and I think the senior class brought that better than anything."

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