In tennis, love means nothing. For the Wellington School girls soccer team, Dara Love has meant nearly everything for the Jaguars' offense.

In tennis, love means nothing. For the Wellington School girls soccer team, Dara Love has meant nearly everything for the Jaguars' offense.

In the past six games, the senior forward has scored all but three goals for the Jaguars, who were 4-5-1 overall after losing to Granville 4-2 last Monday.

"Dara takes a lot of pride in what she does every time she steps onto the field," coach Billy Thompson said. "There's no lull in her energy and mentally she's into every game. That's a great combination to have."

"As a senior, I knew it was my time to step it up," Love said. "(Thompson) told me at the beginning of the season, 'You have the ability to score. If you have the chance, you need to take it.'"

Love's biggest performance came when she scored four goals in a 6-0 win over Bloom-Carroll on Sept. 11.

Games against Worthington Christian and Ready are the only ones she has failed to score a goal. However, against the Silver Knights, she assisted on two goals by Paige Price in a 2-0 victory on Aug. 26.

Carrying the load is nothing new for Love, who scored 19 of the Jaguars' 27 goals last season. As a result, teams are more prepared to stop Love this season.

"That makes what she's doing for even more impressive," Thompson said. "Everyone knows she's our biggest threat. They'll drop extra defender back there to keep her down."

To prepare for the increased attention she's receiving, Love spent a lot of the summer working on her one-on-one dribbling and finishing her shots.

However, Thompson said Love's biggest improvement has come in her mental approach.

"She's matured a lot," Thompson said. "She's become more of a leader on the team. When she's engaged in the game, the rest of the team is going to be engaged."

Love and the Jaguars have been tested recently, losing their last five games by a combined score of 18-5 with Love scoring four goals. Included in that stretch are a 6-1 loss to Jonathan Alder (ranked fourth in the Division II area coaches poll), a 3-1 loss to Columbus Academy (ranked second in the area) on Sept. 21 and a 1-0 loss to Worthington Christian (ranked third in the area) last Friday.

Thompson said the key is keeping things in prospective.

"We're doing pretty well right now," said Thompson, whose team was tied with Grandview for sixth in the area poll. "That being said, we've lost four games in a row but overall I've been pretty happy with the way we've played."

"One of the things I learned from last year is I can't get down after games. I have to keep my energy up," Love said. "If I give effort, I know everyone is going to reciprocate it."

•The girls tennis team relied on its strength in doubles to place second at the Wellington Cup last Saturday.

Alison Smith and Catie Gross (first doubles) and Ellis Edwards and Delaney Perkins (second doubles) both went 3-0 at the event to give the Jaguars six of their 10 points to help them finish behind Hartley (11). Mansfield St. Peter's (six) and Watterson B (three) rounded out the rest of the tournament.

"We had great time. We stayed (focused) and fought," coach Alex Berk said. "This is a good precursor for the sectional tournament. I know our players were getting tired and dealing with the weather, but they did a great job of sticking with it."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Wellington boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls tennis teams:


Last Saturday - Finished seventh (328) at 15-team morning session of Rodney Butt Classic behind champion Mount Vernon (307)

Oct. 9 - Muirfield Invitational at Muirfield


Sept. 23 - Finished third (219) in seven-team Division II of MOGGL behind Bexley (192) and Granville (193)

Last Monday - Played CSG at Glenross

Last Wednesday - Division II sectional tournament at Mill Creek. The top four teams and the top four individuals not attached to a qualifying team advance to the district tournament Tuesday at Bent Tree.

Today - Final round of MOGGL tournament at Bent Tree

Tuesday - District tournament at Bent Tree. The top three teams and the top three individuals not attached to a qualifying team advance to the state tournament Oct. 15-16 at Ohio State's Grey Course.


Sept. 21 - Tied Granville Christian at 2

Sept. 23 - Lost to Centennial 2-0

Last Saturday - Tied Delaware Christian at 2

Last Tuesday - Played Canal Winchester

Today - At Worthington Christian

Saturday - Home vs. Logan Elm

Tuesday - At Fairbanks

Oct. 7 - Home vs. Northridge

Of note: The Jaguars were 2-3-3 overall before last Tuesday.


Sept. 21 - Lost to Columbus Academy 3-1. Gabby Smith had 22 saves.

Last Friday - Lost to Worthington Christian 1-0

Last Monday - Lost to Granville 4-2

Last Tuesday - Played Circleville

Saturday - Home vs. Logan Elm

Tuesday - At Canal Winchester

Of note: The Jaguars were 4-5-1 overall before last Tuesday.


Sept. 22 - Home vs. Watterson. Postponed and has not been rescheduled.

Sept. 23 - Lost to New Albany B 4-1

Last Saturday - Placed second (10) at four-team Wellington Cup behind champion Hartley (11).

Last Tuesday - Played Village Academy

Last Wednesday - Played CSG

Today - At Reynoldsburg

Of note: The Jaguars were 4-6 overall before last Tuesday.