The Worthington Kilbourne High School field hockey team has grown by leaps and bounds since the start of the season, according to senior Lindsey Periatt.
"We've got good team chemistry and we're only getting better every day and we're learning more and getting stronger fundamentally and strategically," said Periatt, a forward. "Our attack is getting much better and we have been playing well defensively with tight marks when we stay focused."
The Wolves lost to Columbus Academy 4-2 on Aug. 30 in the second game of the season and lost 3-1 to Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 9 to fall to 3-2, but they then went unbeaten in their next six contests.
A 1-0 loss to Granville on Sept. 27 snapped that streak, as the Wolves were 7-3-2 overall entering a game against Olentangy Orange on Oct. 2.
"The girls are working very hard together," coach Alexandra Street said. "We are setting small goals for each game and working to accomplish those throughout. Granville was a competitive game and a heartbreaker to lose in the end.
"We are really taking one game at a time. It's hard to believe there are only a few regular-season games left. We are striving to grow each game and peak in time for the playoffs."
The Wolves were 5-2 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division before closing league play Oct. 4 against Watterson. They play Monday, Oct. 9, at Olentangy before closing the regular season Oct. 12 at home against Thomas.
Kilbourne had allowed 16 goals through 12 games.
"(Junior) Arianna Garver has been very strong in the goal," Street said. "Her improvement from last year is something to talk about. (Junior defender) Meredith Johnson gets us out of many sticky situations in the backfield as well.
"Our defensive unit is tight. They work very hard for each other and try to do exactly what the coaches and their teammates ask of them."
Garver had seven saves against Granville and 10 against Upper Arlington in a 1-all tie on Sept. 20. Gracie Burford scored against UA.
Senior Katie Pilcher scored and Garver had five saves in a 1-0 win over Columbus School for Girls on Sept. 11. The Wolves beat Lancaster 7-0 on Sept. 21 and Bexley 4-2 on Sept. 25. Burford, Grace Karlock, Leighanne Jordan and Reilly St. Myer scored against Bexley, while Jordan and Chelsea Kao both scored two goals and Alexa Burke, St. Myer and Periatt each scored one against Lancaster.
"We have been working extremely hard on the attack, all the way from the back with transition," Periatt said. "We're trying to speed our transfer up and (Street) is pushing us hard in practice so that we can succeed in games. As much as we continue to learn new things, we still need to perfect old plays. But we're getting there."
clinches OCC title
The girls volleyball team clinched the outright OCC-Cardinal Division championship by beating host Dublin Scioto 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 on Sept. 28.
"The girls were pretty excited and we rang the victory bell when we got back home," coach Meladee Hopkins said. "We weren't perfect. It was an up-and-down match, but at least it only went three games. It was the second straight match we only went three games.
"Considering I am sick this week and barely have a voice, I'm grateful for that. I don't know if I could yell at them right now anyway."
The Wolves were 15-3 overall and 10-0 in the league before playing Delaware on Oct. 3. They close league play and the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Thomas. Kilbourne beat the Cardinals 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 on Sept. 12.
Entering the week, Darby was second in the OCC-Cardinal at 7-3.
Kilbourne had clinched at least a share of the league title by beating Hilliard Bradley 28-26, 25-22, 25-11 on Sept. 26.
Entering play Oct. 3, the Wolves were 12-1 in their previous 13 matches, but had been extended to five games in five of its league wins.
"I can't say enough about how well these girls are playing together and not getting rattled by any situation," Hopkins said. "They're all playing well. It's been an all-around effort."
Tennis team set
to open postseason
The girls tennis team will compete in a Division I sectional Thursday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at Bradley.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 12 at Bradley and Oct. 14 at Upper Arlington.
Competing in singles for the Wolves at sectional are Chloe Howard, Hannah Lindaman and Elizabeth Costello. Kate Wor-ster and Rose Hampshire will form one doubles team and Rhea Taneja and Alysia Sanchez will comprise the other.
compete at sectional
The boys golf team competed in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Darby Creek, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Apple Valley.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Girls golfers also
The girls golf team competed in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Westchester, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Cooks Creek.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls volleyball and water polo teams:
Oct 7 -- Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas
Oct. 9 -- At Olentangy
Oct. 5 -- At Olentangy Liberty
Oct. 7 -- At New Albany
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Thomas
Oct. 5 -- Home vs. Grove City
Oct. 7 -- At Upper Arlington
*Oct. 10 -- At Thomas
Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Ready
*Oct. 10 -- At Thomas. The Wolves beat the Cardinals 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 on Sept. 12.
Oct. 6-8 -- Girls: Milford Invitational
Oct. 10 -- Boys and girls: At Thomas