Because of its success in the postseason over the past decade, winning a district title is just one of the goals the Worthington Christian High School boys soccer team seeks to achieve every season.

Because of its success in the postseason over the past decade, winning a district title is just one of the goals the Worthington Christian High School boys soccer team seeks to achieve every season.

The eighth consecutive Division III district title the Warriors captured when they beat Tree of Life 4-0 on Oct. 27 at Westerville Central is part of another objective as well, according to coach Dan Roads.

"The more people that watch us the better," he said. "We want people to watch us play soccer and winning a district championship is a big step. It says something about the tradition of the school."

Worthington Christian opened the district tournament with wins over Marion Pleasant (9-0 on Oct. 20) and Fairbanks (5-0 on Oct. 24) before posting its third consecutive shutout in the district final.

The Warriors have given up eight goals at the district level since beginning their run of district titles in 2005.

Worthington Christian played Peebles on Oct. 31 in a regional semifinal at Bloom-Carroll. The winner plays Berlin Hiland or Coshocton in a regional final at noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at a site to be announced.

The Warriors have won regional titles each of the past seven seasons and captured state titles in 2006, 2009 and last season. They were state runners-up in 2008 and 2010 and state semifinalists in 2005 and 2007.

The regional champion will play Cincinnati Madeira, Dayton Christian, Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Springfield Catholic Central in a state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 7, at a site to be announced. The state final is noon Nov. 10 in Crew Stadium.

Worthington Christian improved to 11-5-3 by beating Tree of Life, which finished 11-7-2.

Albert Miller scored early in the first half, Sam Condon scored a pair of second-half goals and Ben Davidson added a score.

The Warriors played more aggressively in the second half with the wind at their backs.

"It feels really good because we've got a young and kind of inexperienced team this year," Condon said. "In the second half we passed it better. Our defense just played outstanding."

"With me being a senior, it feels all the better," George Miller said. "It's a different team, too. It's not a bad thing, it's just different."

Season endsfor runners

The boys cross country team had two runners compete in the Division III regional meet Oct. 27 at Troy, but neither advanced to state.

Junior Matt Watterson placed 30th (17 minutes, 45.34 seconds) and freshman Noah Mallory was 95th (19:03.01) as the top 16 individuals advanced to state Saturday, Nov. 3, at National Trail Raceway.

"Matt ran 17:45, which is about 20 seconds off his (personal best), but even the leader of the race from Versailles (Samuel Prakel) was about 40 seconds off their best time," coach Loren Hughes said. "I think it was just tough to get a real good time.

"We're real excited for (Mallory) to have a taste of a big meet. He's just an awesome runner."

The boys team was sixth (105) in the nine-team district 2 meet Oct. 20 at Watkins Memorial behind champion Newark Catholic (64). Watterson placed fifth (18:10.04) and Mallory was eighth (18:25.35) as the top 16 advanced to regional.

Also competing at district were junior Luke Proxmire (21st, 19:11.79), freshman Justin Eisel (38th, 21:03.04), junior Sean Kirk (42nd, 21:21.93), senior Seth Pierce (44th, 21:32.72) and sophomore Jeremiah Lozier (45th, 21:33.17).

Sophomore Emily Howard was 32nd (24:07.34) and junior Sarah Sharp placed 38th (25:00.77) in the girls district meet.

Michael Sauder and Ryan Carroll were the other seniors in the program.

"Someone who is learning to race smarter is Luke Proxmire," Hughes said. "He got his personal best this fall. Jeremiah Lozier improved tremendously from last year to this year. Justin Eisel is a freshman who was our fourth runner pretty much all season."

Girls soccer team made second-half run

Advancing to a district semifinal for the first time since 2004, the girls soccer team lost to Ready 3-1 on Oct. 23 to finish 10-7-1.

The Warriors, who also lost to the Silver Knights 5-4 on Sept. 15, opened the Division III district tournament with wins over Liberty Union (10-0 on Oct. 15) and Columbus Academy (4-0 on Oct. 18). They had gone 6-0-1 over their previous seven games before the district semifinal.

Worthington Christian trailed the Silver Knights 3-0 before sophomore Devon Jones scored with seven minutes to go. Jones finished with 34 goals and five assists.

"(Ready) played so physical and feisty and we sort of have a mental block against them," coach Shari Welsh said.

The Warriors lose two seniors in Katie Feusse (5 goals, 2 assists) and Molly Price (3 goals, 7 assists).

Sophomores Kasey Richards (9 goals, 17 assists), Lauren Weygandt (8 goals, 17 assists) and Hadley Jones (8 goals, 3 assists) also were key players. Junior goalkeeper Sami Jones had 57 saves.

Also eligible to return are junior Taylor Klass and sophomores Natalee Cole, Paxton Hood and Shirley Rettstatt.

"At the end of the year we really came on," Welsh said. "We had so many injuries and at the end we really pulled it together. We're returning nine starters."

Girls volleyball team falls in semi

The third-seeded girls volleyball team lost to fourth-seeded Harvest Prep 25-18, 24-26, 19-25, 25-18, 15-12 in a Division IV district semifinal Oct. 23.

Worthington Christian, which beat Gilead Christian 25-10, 25-18, 25-15 in a second-round match Oct. 17, finished 16-6.

"(Harvest Prep) passed better than we expected them to," coach Matt Liston said. "We knew they'd be big in the middle and that they have a really good setter. After (Harvest Prep lost) two games in a row (to fall behind two games to one) they came back. It takes a good team to do that."

Worthington Christian, which was a district runner-up a year ago, loses seniors Alyssa Belkofer, Caylan DeLucia, Rebecca Huff, Camila Quinones and Audrey Rettstatt. Quinones made first-team all-district, Huff and junior Ali Spayde were second-team all-district and Rettstatt made honorable mention.

Also eligible to return are juniors Margaret Cunningham, Emily Griffith, Audrey Lewis, Molly McIntosh and Janelle Wilcox.

"Camila is our rock," Liston said. "She's a real strong focal point of our team who played her heart out all the time. We're going to miss Camila and the other four seniors. I'm real proud of all of our seniors.

"We've got a really good junior group coming back and we've got a group of eighth-graders champing at the bit for next year."