About the only thing that didn't line up with how good the Worthington Christian High School girls soccer team felt about its performance last Saturday might have been the scoreboard.

About the only thing that didn't line up with how good the Worthington Christian High School girls soccer team felt about its performance last Saturday might have been the scoreboard.

Although the host Warriors didn't score in a 1-0 loss to fourth-seeded Fisher Catholic in the third round of the Division II district tournament, they created numerous opportunities and believed they controlled the overall play.

It ended a season in which Worthington Christian was a program-best No. 3 seed for the postseason and finished 12-3-2.

"We probably played one of our best games ever, and we probably dominated for about 90 percent of the game," coach Sarah Wiechman said. "We just had one breakdown in the back. It was pretty unfortunate, but you can't win if you can't score.

"Our passing was, for the most part, pretty accurate but we just couldn't hit the back of the net. We had shots on goal that went a little left, a little right, a little over."

The Warriors opened the postseason with a 4-1 second-round win over Lakewood on Oct. 20. Lauren Canady, Mackenzie Clapper, Allie Custer and Tobie Weston all scored in that game.

Goalkeeper Molly Landis made two saves last Saturday, but allowed a second-half goal to the Irish, who improved to 13-3-1 and played last Wednesday in a district semifinal against Columbus Academy.

Last Saturday was the final game for 10 Worthington Christian seniors.

"They weren't that disappointed because they know they played very well," Wiechman said. "It's unfortunate we lost, but they could leave knowing they played their best."

•The boys soccer team played Tree of Life in a Division III district semifinal last Wednesday after beating Gahanna Christian 6-0 in a second-round game last Saturday.

If the Warriors beat the Trojans, they could meet Fairbanks for the third time in four years in a district final. Worthington Christian beat the Panthers 3-1 for a 2007 district title and 2-0 last year on the way to winning the state title.

The Warriors are the No. 2 seed and Fairbanks is seeded fourth.

"We've played Fairbanks (two of the last three years) in the same game, and they know how to get into a district final," coach Dan Roads said. "We definitely know they have a good team if we're able to get back into that game."

Last Saturday, Brett Elder scored two goals and Sam Condon, Josh Petrel, Alex Richards and Reid Smith also scored.

It was the Warriors' first win after they went 0-1-1 during the final two games of the regular season.

"We played pretty well," Roads said. "Gahanna Christian put up a good fight. It was 2-0 at the half and they were looking like they were going to put some pressure on us. It's a fun game for us playing another small Christian school. It was a good start to the tournament and a great start to what hopefully is a long tournament run."

•Although the boys and girls cross country teams' seasons are over, coach Loren Hughes is excited for the future.

At the Division III district meet last Saturday at Watkins Memorial, the boys team finished 13th (349) out of 21 teams behind champion Liberty Union (67). The top four teams and individuals not on a qualifying team in the top 16 individuals advanced to the regional meet Saturday at Pickerington North.

Freshman Matt Watterson finished 30th of 147 runners in 17 minutes, 56.14 seconds at district. He was followed by juniors Michael Stomps (52nd, 18:43.0) and Sam Van Dyke (74th, 19:19.64), sophomore Michael Sauder (95th, 20:00.73), freshman Josh Dray (103rd, 20:26.96) and sophomores Josh Beatty (111th, 20:43.43) and Phil Withrow (115th, 21:00). Dray, Sauder and Watterson all ran personal-bests for the boys team, which also had three runners in the open race.

"We were very excited for our team," Hughes said. "Our training has improved and our boys all peaked at the right time. After looking at the results of last year's district meet, we were 7:30 faster, and they all raced smarter. We really had some strong finishes."

The girls didn't score in the nine-team Division III, district 2 race but had three runners among the race's 65 competitors in freshmen Valerie Mauger (32nd, 22:50.64) and Sarah Sharp (36th, 23:17.72) and senior Ellie Billman (40th, 23:52.88). Mauger and Sharp both ran personal-best times.

Loren Hughes and her husband, Nathan, will coach the boys and girls track and field teams in the spring as well.

"We didn't have any senior boys, so they all should be back next year," Loren Hughes said. "We had two girls who should run next year who were in junior high as well as a sophomore who didn't come out this year, so we're looking forward to that."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Worthington Christian boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:


Last Saturday - Defeated Gahanna Christian 6-0 in second round of Division III district tournament.

Last Wednesday - Played Tree of Life in district semifinal. Winner plays Saturday (2 p.m.) at DeSales vs. fourth-seeded Fairbanks or sixth-seeded Horizon Science in district final. Winner plays in regional semifinal Tuesday (7 p.m.) at a site to be determined against Grandview, Columbus Academy, West Jefferson or Bloom-Carroll. Winner plays Nov. 6 (3 p.m.) at Warsaw River View in regional final.

Of note: The Warriors were 11-4-2 before last Wednesday.


Oct. 20 - Def. Lakewood 4-1 in second round of Division II tournament

Last Saturday - Lost to fourth-seeded Fisher Catholic 1-0 in third round of Division II tournament. Worthington Christian was the No. 3 seed.

Of note: The Warriors ended 12-3-2.


Oct. 21 - Def. Granville Christian 26-24, 25-17, 25-13 in second round of Division IV tournament

Last Saturday - Lost to second-seeded Fisher Catholic 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 in third round of tournament. Worthington Christian was the No. 7 seed.

Of note: The Warriors finished 14-10.