The Thomas Worthington High School field hockey team averaged nearly seven goals while winning its first four games.

The Thomas Worthington High School field hockey team averaged nearly seven goals while winning its first four games.

The Cardinals also have shown moments of dominance on defense.

Seniors Liv McKinney and Hailey Perese and sophomore Paige Lampman have been key defenders, with freshman Isabelle Perese providing strong play at goalkeeper.

"My defensive line has been playing extremely well with their defensive interceptions and steals," coach Terri Simonetti Frost said. "They're very aggressive, excellent communicators and strong."

The Cardinals were 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division after beating Olentangy Orange 8-0 on Sept. 14. They also played Columbus Academy, which beat them 1-0 in a district final last season, on Sept. 16.

Through five games, freshman attacker Sarah Charley had eight goals, senior midfielder/attacker Hana Sinno had six goals, senior attacker Kelli Hill had five goals and junior attacker Lindsey Trank had three goals.

Seniors Ellie Potts and Taylor Insley and freshman Rachel Rinaldi have been key midfielders.

"I'm proud of my girls' efforts," Simonetti Frost said. "They're working hard, playing the system both offensively and defensively and working together as a team, which is most important. My midfield line is also making excellent fast self-starts, intercepting the ball and generating offense for us.

"Offensively we've been working on our shooting, channeling back when we lose the ball to help create double teams with the midfield line. I'd like to see us play whistle to whistle."

Wolves coach pleased with progression

After falling 4-0 to Columbus Academy in its opener Aug. 26, Kilbourne has moved to 3-2-1 overall after defeating Dublin Coffman 2-1 on Sept. 14.

The Wolves were 1-2-1 in the COFHL-East before playing Granville on Sept. 16.

First-year coach Alexandra Street has been pleased with a midfield line that has included senior Abby Piecenski and juniors Carolyn Haase and Allie Garvin.

Senior forward Abby Johnson also has been a standout.

Haase, according to Street, led the team in goals and shots through four games.

"I'm happy about how the season is going so far," Street said. "The team is working very hard and already applying tactical concepts we've been working on. They're playing hard for each other as well."

The Wolves' next league game is Tuesday, Sept. 22, at home against Watterson, which is Street's alma mater.

"In the next few weeks, I'd like the team to work on its consistency, coming out strong and being able to maintain the pressure throughout the game," Street said. "The team will also be working on execution and polishing up set plays."