Although he's just a sophomore seeing his first regular varsity action this season, Sam Condon always has been aware of the toughness needed to play for the Worthington Christian High School boys soccer program.

Although he's just a sophomore seeing his first regular varsity action this season, Sam Condon always has been aware of the toughness needed to play for the Worthington Christian High School boys soccer program.

He's got the bloodline to be able to handle it.

Condon, whose primary role at outside-midfielder is as a defensive contributor to a unit led by Ben McKenzie, Alex Lombardo and Kalen Kress, has created playing time for himself with his quickness and ball-handling skills.

He is the sibling of soccer players who include his older brother, Bobby, a 2008 graduate who helped the Warriors win their first Division III state championship in 2006.

When Sam Condon was in middle school, his mother overcame cancer.

"Sam is just an amazing, amazing kid," coach Dan Roads said.

"He's really stepped up as a sophomore. I was talking to him recently and he said that he just wants to do whatever he can to get out there and contribute. He's risen to the challenge to give everything to our team."

The Warriors, who were ranked second in the final state poll, are in the midst of what they hope is a seventh consecutive run to the Division III state tournament.

On Oct. 22 in the second round of the district tournament, Worthington Christian beat Grove City Christian 10-0 as Condon scored his fourth goal of the season. Brett Elder, who has verbally committed to play for Wright State, had four goals to lead the offense.

The top-seeded Warriors were 12-4-1 before playing Gahanna Christian in a district semifinal Oct. 26.

The winner plays for a district title at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Canal Winchester against Fairbanks or Delaware Christian.

If Worthington Christian again gets to the regional tournament, it would face Wheelersburg, Albany Alexander, Berlin Hiland or Caldwell in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Watkins Memorial. The regional final is 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Zanesville.

One of Sam Condon's older sisters, Lacie Condon, is a 2006 Worthington Christian graduate who went on to play for Cedarville University.

Bobby Condon had 17 goals and 11 assists and made ThisWeek Super 12 honorable mention during his junior and senior seasons. He became a key player for the Warriors as a freshman in 2004 when they fell in a district semifinal - the last time they lost a postseason game before the state tournament - and also helped key a run to a state semifinal in 2005.

During the 2006 title run, Bobby Condon scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati Madeira in a state semifinal.

Bobby Condon, who helped the Warriors make a state semifinal as a senior in 2007 and also helped the boys basketball team earn a Division IV state runner-up finish in 2008, has attended several of his brother's games this season.

"(All my siblings) played soccer at one time or another, and Bobby has kind of helped in telling me what to do and what the team is going to be like," Sam Condon said. "It's kind of like an expectation for us to make it to state, and with it being my first year it gets me a little nervous, but I definitely think we can make a run.

"The other guys on the team have helped bring me up and play the position this year. I just try to look for the through ball on the flank or dribble and get the ball to Brett or Quinn (Miller). We haven't really given up many goals this year and I think we're feeling really good."