The Thomas Worthington High School boys soccer team appears to have found its offensive rhythm at the right time.

The Thomas Worthington High School boys soccer team appears to have found its offensive rhythm at the right time.

After scoring 18 goals in 16 games during the regular season, the Cardinals scored six in their first two games in the Division I district tournament.

Thomas hoped to carry that momentum through to its second district championship in three seasons.

"We've got 10 seniors coming to the realization that they can beat good teams and I think I saw the light click on after beating (Olentangy) Liberty (2-1 on Oct. 9)," coach Josh Fenton said. "The seniors are taking control of practices and games. They are fighting to extend the season. We're riding high on senior leadership."

Thomas was 8-5-5 before playing Pickerington North in a district semifinal Oct. 24, with the winner advancing to a district final against top-seeded Liberty or Lancaster at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Westerville Central.

The Cardinals did not play Lancaster this season.

Thomas lost to Hilliard Davidson 1-0 in the second round last season after winning a district title in 2010 and then losing to Olentangy Orange 4-3 in a regional semifinal.

The Cardinals opened the tournament Oct. 17 by beating Dublin Scioto 3-0. Hunter Young scored two goals, Tommy Hoerauf scored one and Jesse Greene made six saves.

In the second round Oct. 20, Marcos Viscaino scored two goals, Luis Naranjo had another and Greene made three saves in a 3-1 win over Davidson.

"Hunter got his off rebounds and he's just a tenacious player who follows the play to the end," Fenton said. Marcos, it's finally clicking for him. He's finally playing with his back to the goal and using his big, strong body to shield defenders. Then he can hold the ball and allow our offense to catch up to the play. His work has allowed us to begin generating better chances."

Fenton also praised the play of Ben Carloni and Ben Frazier.

"They've begun taking accountability in the middle and that has allowed us to put things all together," Fenton said. "I wish this all would've happened earlier in the season, but we'll take it now. This is a good time to be peaking."

The district champion advances to a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at a site to be determined. The possible opponents are Orange, Westerville South, Westerville North and Reynoldsburg. The regional final is noon Nov. 3 at a site to be determined.

Thomas girls reach semifinal

The Thomas girls team dominated Mount Vernon in its Division I district tournament opener Oct. 18, winning 10-0 in the second round. The Cardinals and Yellow Jackets both had a first-round bye.

Fatima Said scored two goals, as did Kat Cross and Karly Boehm.

The Cardinals played fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a district semifinal Oct. 23, with the winner advancing to play fifth-seeded Watterson or Olentangy in a district final at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Canal Winchester.

Thomas, which lost to Davidson 2-1 on Oct. 2, remained excited about its tournament draw.

"If we can get through Davidson, we'll feel pretty confident," said coach Tim Barton, whose team was 4-9-2 before the district semifinal. "We lost six games by one goal, so we know we're close and we've played all three of those teams."

The Cardinals lost to Watterson 1-0 on Sept. 20 and played Olentangy to a scoreless tie on Aug. 23 in the opener.

The district champion will play in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Gahanna. The possible opponents are Dublin Jerome, Grove City, Worthington Kilbourne and Liberty.

Thomas continued to play without two of its standout defenders, as Maddie Maxwell had yet to return from a fractured fibula and Maddie Hamilton had not been cleared to play after suffering a concussion.

"I think both are close, if we can extend the season to the district final or the following week," Barton said. "But it's tough because for us to win, we need to play low-scoring games."

Kilbourne girls win tourney opener

The Kilbourne girls team also reached a Division I district semifinal, where the eighth-seeded Wolves played 10th-seeded Liberty on Oct. 23 in a rematch of a scoreless tie on Sept. 20.

The winner plays third-seeded Jerome or 12th-seeded Grove City in a district final at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Canal Winchester. Kilbourne lost to Jerome 3-2 on Sept. 25 and did not play Grove City this season.

The district champion will play in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Gahanna against Thomas, Davidson, Watterson or Olentangy.

The Wolves had a first-round bye and beat Westland 6-1 in the second round Oct. 18 to improve to 10-6-1. Claire Chilcoat scored twice. Also scoring were Carli Taute, Kelley Zebrowski, Erika Simpson and Mia Greco.

Season ends for Kilbourne boys

The Kilbourne boys team lost to host Delaware 2-1 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 17.

The Pacers scored twice in the second half before Kilbourne's Josh Stoner scored with 13 minutes, 10 seconds remaining.

"We had some chances, but we let the ball hit the ground in our box twice and you can't do that," coach Jon Sprunger said.

"They scored off both of those chances. I thought Joey (Cipicchio) was strong in goal. When we were down 2-1, we got Joey out of goal and onto the field with seven or eight minutes left and he provided a spark there. We just didn't convert some opportunities."