After being held to one goal 11 times during the regular season, the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys soccer team seems to have found its scoring touch in the postseason.

After being held to one goal 11 times during the regular season, the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys soccer team seems to have found its scoring touch in the postseason.

The Wolves opened the Division I district tournament by scoring 11 goals in their two games. They defeated Whetstone 6-0 on Oct. 19 and beat Pickerington Central 5-1 on Oct. 22 to improve to 8-3-7 overall before playing Watkins Memorial in a district semifinal on Oct. 26.

"We found out that we can score goals," coach Jon Sprunger said. "We've tweaked the lineup a little bit. We took Ryan Wiet and Brett Hanna, who played forward with Charlie (Reymann), and put them back on defense.

"You'd think that was going to hurt us offensively, but we scored five goals (against Pickerington Central)."

The semifinal winner plays second-seeded Gahanna or Westerville South in a district final at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville Central. The district champion will play Olentangy Liberty, Hilliard Bradley, Olentangy Orange or Pickerington North in a regional semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Dublin Jerome.

Liberty and Bradley are seeded fourth and sixth, respectively, in the district.

Kilbourne tied Liberty at 1 on Sept. 1 and tied Orange at 1 on Sept. 29 but hasn't played Gahanna, South, Bradley or North this season.

"I couldn't ask for a better momentum-builder (than scoring 11 goals in the first two games in the tournament)," Sprunger said. "At this time of the season, it's fantastic."

•The Thomas boys team kept a close watch on Hilliard Davidson's Alex Bumpus during its Division I district tournament opener on Oct. 22, but he made the Cardinals pay for the one time they lost him.

Bumpus, a forward, scored the lone goal in the Wildcats' 1-0 victory.

"In the end, a great player made a great play," coach Josh Fenton said. "That's the way high school soccer goes sometimes. If you don't capitalize on your opportunities, you're going home."

Thomas finished 6-7-4 overall and tied Hilliard Darby for fifth in the OCC-Central Division at 2-3-2, behind Upper Arlington (6-0-1), Dublin Coffman (5-1-1), Kilbourne (3-0-4) and Davidson (3-2-2) and ahead of Westland (1-6) and Central Crossing (0-7).

The Cardinals will lose five seniors in Jake Brumfield, Michael Green, Alec Kettler, Jayson Long and Akhil Patel but expect to return juniors Roscoe Blackburn, Jamie Burpee, Ben Carloni, Trace Castle, Ryan Dunick, Will Edwards, Jesse Greene, Emerson Keepler, Sam Nash and Thomas Roberts, sophomores Ben Frazier and Carter Wright and freshman Christian Quinn.

Roberts was first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Greene (second team), Burpee (special mention) and Dunick (honorable mention) also received all-league honors.

"We're going to be returning a lot of starters from a very young team this year," Fenton said. "I just expect us to get better and do everything we can to return Thomas to being an elite program."

•The Thomas girls team has played so many close games this season that finding a way to win those games has become almost second nature.

However, close games like a 1-0 win over Olentangy in the Cardinals' Division I district tournament opener on Oct. 20 may be aging coach Tim Barton prematurely.

"It's just making me older, but being in that type of situation (frequently), you get more acclimated to it," said Barton, whose team was 8-2-3 in games decided by two goals or fewer before playing sixth-seeded Dublin Scioto in a district semifinal on Oct. 25. "You don't panic. You just keep on doing what you normally do."

Junior defender Karly Boehm scored her first goal of the season against Olentangy, redirecting a corner kick with her left foot five minutes into the game. The Cardinals improved to 11-3-3 with the win.

"We struggled to score again, but we got another solid performance from our defense," said Barton, whose team also beat the Braves 1-0 on Aug. 25. "We had opportunities to put the game away, but Olentangy is a good team."

The semifinal winner plays Pickerington North or Watterson in a district final at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville North.

The district champion plays Coffman, Bradley, Grove City or Westerville Central in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Scioto.

Coffman is seeded second in the district. Bradley and Grove City are seeded seventh and ninth, respectively.

The Cardinals lost to Coffman 2-0 on Sept. 13 but have not played North, Watterson, Bradley, Grove City or Central this season.

•Few things went the way the Kilbourne girls team planned this season. That includes its exit from the Division I district tournament.

The Wolves lost a two-day battle with Darby 1-0 in their tournament opener. Trailing 1-0 on Oct. 18, the game was stopped with eight minutes remaining because of lightning. The game was concluded Oct. 19.

"The team was very disappointed, so we spent about 45 minutes in the locker room trying to compose ourselves," said coach Courtney Irwin, whose team was 4-11-1 overall. "When we came out, everyone but our bus driver was gone and we were locked inside the stadium."

Irwin had to call Darby athletics director Chad Schulte to unlock the gate.

Irwin said it was fitting ending to the season. The season started with the team bus breaking down on the way to the Wolves' first scrimmage and ended with them getting locked inside a stadium in the pouring rain.

Among the positives was Irwin earning her 100th career win in a 15-1 rout of Westland on Sept. 13. The Wolves finished sixth in the OCC-Central at 2-4-1, behind Coffman (6-0-1), Davidson (5-0-2), Thomas (4-1-2), UA (3-2-2) and Darby (2-3-2) and ahead of Central Crossing (1-6) and Westland (0-7).

Kilbourne will lose six seniors in forward Frankie Perito (5 goals), midfielders Emily Limpert and Jaclyn Pout, defender Grace Barker and goalkeepers Marissa Elliott and Meredith Ulle.

Expected to return are juniors Selena Fushimi-Karns and Paige Martinski and sophomores Kara Hines and Kelly Zebrowski at forwards, juniors Naomi Barker and Hanna Vincent and sophomores Erin Mahaffey and K.C. Starks in the midfield and junior Lindsey Bauer and sophomores Manda Cash and Erika Simpson on defense.