When opponents of the Upper Arlington High School girls soccer team hear the name Michela Paradiso, there's a worry that comes with it.

When opponents of the Upper Arlington High School girls soccer team hear the name Michela Paradiso, there's a worry that comes with it.

There were times this year when the junior forward had to contend with as many as four defenders, coach Mark Wise said.

It didn't stop the ThisWeek Super 12 captain from finding the net and helping the Golden Bears win a third consecutive Division I district title at 15-3-2 overall.

Paradiso, who was named captain for the third consecutive season, supplied 20 goals and six assists. She scored 26 goals last year and 25 as a freshman when UA reached a state semifinal.

"Year after year, it's tough to stay at your best, but I've had great teammates around me," said Paradiso, who was the OCC-Central Division Player of the Year for the third year in a row and first-team all-state and all-district. "I play soccer because I love being part of a team and I'd be nothing without them."

Paradiso's skills shined in the postseason when she scored the winning goals in overtime to defeat Olentangy Liberty 1-0 in a district final on Oct. 30 and Gahanna 2-1 in a district semifinal on Oct. 26.

"She made the difference in many games for us," Wise said. "Without her on the field, we would've struggled. She's definitely a person who hates to lose and she finds a way to get it done."

UA lost to Dublin Coffman 1-0 in overtime in a regional semifinal Nov. 3 after the two teams played to a scoreless tie Oct. 12. The Shamrocks won 2-1 in a regional final last season.

Paradiso's sister, Chiara, a freshman, played in the midfield. She finished with seven goals behind senior Gena Inbusch (14).

Last summer, Michela Paradiso played with the Ohio Premier Eagles, an under-17 U.S. Youth Soccer team.

"She has a lot of choices and we're just thankful she chose to play at UA," Wise said. "I just hope to get some support around her next season and she'll have a great senior year."

Past captains were Pickerington North's Tahnai Annis (2006, 2007) and Molly Cornwell (2005); Dublin Coffman's Kelly Quinn (2003, 2004); Bexley's Megan Brake (2002); DeSales' Ashley Schillig (2001), Tesia Kozlowski (1999, 2000) and Mindy Hammond (1997) and Thomas Worthington's Ashley Swinehart (1998).