The Thomas Worthington High School girls soccer team is on a roll after a slow start against strong competition.

The Thomas Worthington High School girls soccer team is on a roll after a slow start against strong competition.

The Cardinals are 6-4 overall and enter their contest against visiting Pickerington Central on Thursday, Sept. 22, having won four games in a row and five of their last six.

"Our schedule was extremely hard the first half of the season with three losses to state-ranked opponents. Yet, in all three games we had our chances and just did not execute," coach Tim Barton said. "I do not think our record is indicative of where we are at, but unfortunately, we do not get any extra credit for playing a harder schedule than most."

The Cardinals have played three teams -- Olentangy Liberty, Pickerington North and Big Walnut -- that have been ranked in the Division I or II state polls.

Thomas opened with losses to Liberty (2-0 on Aug. 20) and North (3-2 on Aug. 25). Then, after beating DeSales (4-3 on Aug. 27), the Cardinals lost to Hilliard Bradley (2-1 on Aug. 30). Their only loss in their last six games came against Dublin Jerome (2-1 on Sept. 6).

Thomas' wins during that stretch came against Olentangy (3-0 on Sept. 1), Big Walnut (3-0 on Sept. 8), Delaware (6-0 on Sept. 13), Marysville (1-0 on Sept. 15) and Zanesville (5-0 on Sept. 17).

The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 19-2 over the last six games.

"We have been finding the back of the net more consistently and have been able to limit the goals allowed," Barton said. "We have had a few minor injuries and are just now getting some consistency in our lineups, and that has led to more productive play."

Senior midfielder Grace DeLuca has a team-high 11 goals and three assists.

"Grace is playing well and has been working hard," Barton said. "A lot of her success has come from the play of those around her. Lizzy Cockerham and others have been setting her up with their off-the-ball movement. We have multiple playmakers.

"Nine players have scored and 10 have had at least one assist. Breanne Beatty leads the team with five assists and our center midfielders, Annie Howell and Lauren Hitt, have been very solid the last couple of weeks."

Thomas will take a 1-2 record in the OCC-Cardinal Division into its game at Dublin Scioto on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Boys soccer team making some strides

The boys soccer team has won three consecutive games and is 4-5 overall entering its home game against Olentangy on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The Cardinals, who are 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into their game Tuesday, Sept. 27, against visiting Scioto, snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over Big Walnut on Sept. 8. They then beat Delaware 3-0 on Sept. 13 and Wellington 3-1 on Sept. 15.

"The losing streak was very unfortunate," coach Ben Neer said. "We are a young, inexperienced varsity team with only five returnees. Only two of those boys really saw the field much last year. Three of those four games were one-goal losses."

The losing streak started with a 2-0 loss to Reynoldsburg on Aug. 27, followed by losses to Bradley (2-1 on Aug. 30), Westerville North (4-3 on Sept. 1) and Jerome (2-1 on Sept. 6).

Jon Tchounguen scored three goals against Big Walnut and Jaxson Szabo had all three goals against Delaware. Against Wellington, Szabo scored twice and Tchounguen had the third goal.

Szabo has a team-high 10 goals.

"Jaxson has been a great leader," Neer said. "Mitch Ament has been playing great in the midfield, and Beelal Hasan has really started to step his game up on the defensive end and is working well with our back line.

"We are finally playing team ball. We want to take this momentum and continue our focus and drive. The boys' chemistry is getting stronger and their willingness to play as a team is showing."

Field hockey team looks to rebound

The field hockey team lost to host Columbus Academy 1-0 on Sept. 13 in what coach Terri Simonetti Frost described "a brutal loss."

"It was frustrating because we haven't been playing well, but I thought this game would motivate the girls to raise their level of play, and it didn't happen," Simonetti Frost said. "We're making careless mistakes and playing with no consistency, and that will have to change. I don't care what our record says. We won't win down the road if we don't get more aggressive and focused and stop making silly mistakes."

The Cardinals were 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division before playing Jerome on Sept. 21. They will play host to Shaker Heights and Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown on Saturday, Sept. 24.

"We'll find out if this was a wakeup call by (Sept. 24) because we can't play this way and beat teams like that," Simonetti Frost said.

Boys golfers finish third in league

Curran Gimeson and David LaLonde of the boys golf team both earned second-team all-OCC-Cardinal honors in the league tournament.

The Cardinals shot a 321 in the fourth and final round of the tournament Sept. 14 at Apple Valley to place third, behind Jerome (290) and Scioto (314) and ahead of Kilbourne (326), Bradley (333), Delaware (361) and Darby (368).

Gimeson, LaLonde and Aaron Zeller all shot 79 in the final round and Gabe Finch carded an 84.

Gimeson had the league's seventh-best average (76.8) and LaLonde had the eighth-best average (77.8). Zeller (11th, 79.3) was honorable mention all-league.

The Cardinals finished third (15-9) in the overall league standings, behind Jerome (24-0) and Scioto (20-4) and ahead of Bradley (12-12), Kilbourne (7-17), Darby (6-18) and Delaware (1-23).

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