Coming off a season in which it lost in the second round of the district tournament and had a new coach, the Worthington Christian High School girls soccer team felt fortunate to be in the position it was in.

Coming off a season in which it lost in the second round of the district tournament and had a new coach, the Worthington Christian High School girls soccer team felt fortunate to be in the position it was in.

The Warriors earned the No. 1 seed for the Division III district tournament and had lost just one time before falling 3-2 in overtime to third-seeded Columbus Academy in a district final Oct. 29 at Olentangy Orange.

Worthington Christian, which beat fourth-seeded Fairbanks 5-2 in a district semifinal Oct. 25 at home, finished 14-2-3.

"I'm proud of the girls," coach Steve Raikes said. "If you would have told me we'd be playing in a district championship this year, I'd take it."

Academy's Sophie Krings scored the game-winning goal 42 seconds into overtime.

Alaina Raikes and Grace Todd scored for the Warriors, who had beaten the Vikings 3-0 on Sept. 6.

"Unfortunately, it was one of the worst possession games of the year, but that's a credit to Academy," Raikes said. "They did a very nice job of putting pressure on our midfield and we just really couldn't get anything generated."

Against Fisher Catholic, Bridgette Rettstatt scored three goals and Raikes and Todd each scored one.

Boys soccer team falls in district final

For the second consecutive season, the boys soccer team had to settle for being a Division III district runner-up.

The top-seeded Warriors lost to fifth-seeded Grandview 2-1 in a district final Oct. 29 at Olentangy Orange to finish 12-3-2.

Sam Bechtel scored about 10 minutes into the game off a pass from Will McCrea to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. The Bobcats scored both of their goals in the second half.

Worthington Christian lost 2-1 in two overtimes to Grandview in a district final last season.

"We lost to an improved and organized team," coach Dan Roads said. "Honestly, the team that played better (Oct. 29) won the game. We were outplayed and outcoached in that setting. (We were) a bit unsettled by the pressure and organized play of Grandview."

Worthington Christian defeated 10th-seeded Granville Christian 7-1 in a district semifinal Oct. 26 at home to set up the rematch with Grandview, which it beat 2-0 on Sept. 21.

Against Granville Christian, Shay Smith had two goals to lead the offense.

"Our team fought really hard (against Grandview), but we were a bit disjointed and uncharacteristically flustered," Roads said. "We never found a solid groove into the second half and the game got away from us. Grandview played great."

Football team earns fourth straight win

The football team beat Berne Union 31-23 on Oct. 28 to close the season on a four-game winning streak.

The Warriors finished 6-4 overall, marking the first winning season in the program's three-year history. They also were runners-up in the MSL-Cardinal Division at 5-1, behind Harvest Prep (6-0), which made the Division VII playoffs.

Against Berne Union, quarterback Joseph Greenwood completed 10 of 14 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 38 yards. Emerson Patrick rushed for 56 yards and one touchdown, and Isaac Wilson had three receptions for 126 yards and two scores.

Worthington Christian finished with 328 yards of offense and rallied from a 9-0 deficit, scoring all of its points in the second half.

Runners complete season at regional

The boys cross country team had two representatives at the Division III regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North.

Junior Jake Bertelsen finished 56th of 135 runners in 18 minutes, 9.97 seconds and senior Jonathan Davis was 98th (19:06.99) as the top 20 individuals advanced to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway.

Volleyball team excited for next year

First-year girls volleyball coach Lorraine Smith believes there are reasons to be excited about what her team should bring back next season.

Juniors Emma Linehan (middle hitter/outside hitter) and Emma McIntosh (setter) both were named second-team all-MSL-Ohio and should be the top returnees for the Warriors, who lost to seventh-seeded Galion Northmor 25-19, 25-16, 25-17 in the first round of the Division III district tournament Oct. 18 to finish 16-7 overall.

Worthington Christian, which was the ninth seed, is losing four seniors in Sarah Foor (outside hitter), Ashton Penn (outside hitter), Lindsay Secrest (outside hitter) and Kathryn Trzcinski (setter).

Foor was first-team all-league and Trzcinski was honorable mention all-league.

"It will be a bit of a challenge to replace these four seniors next season ... but (we) are definitely excited about next season," Smith said. "It feels like we're just reloading our team for next season with this group coming up."

The Warriors finished second in the MSL-Ohio at 10-2, behind London (12-0) and ahead of Grandview (7-5), West Jefferson (5-7), Academy (4-8) and Bexley (0-12).

Others eligible to return include juniors Alex Evans (libero), Jenna Lake (middle hitter) and Avery Thompson (outside hitter), sophomores Betsy Cunningham (defensive specialist), CeCi Dalton (setter) and Chrissi Penn (defensive specialist) and freshmen Jenna Kray (middle hitter) and Maddie Patrick (defensive specialist).

Linehan led the team in kills (192) and blocks (70), McIntosh led in assists (292), Foor was second in kills (170) and first in digs (337), Kray was second in blocks (44) and Evans was second in digs (296).