The Westerville South High School boys soccer team responded from a pair of OCC-Buckeye Division losses with two strong efforts as it looks to gain momentum heading into the Division I district tournament.
The Wildcats were 6-4-2 overall and 1-2 in the league before playing Westerville North on Oct. 2.
South closes league play Monday, Oct. 8, at Westerville Central. The Warhawks have dominated the series, going 6-0-4 in the last 10 meetings. The Wildcats' last win over Central was in 2007 (2-1).
South then closes the regular season Oct. 11 at Pickerington North, with the district tournament set to begin Oct. 17. The tournament drawing is Sunday, Oct. 7.
"Hopefully we can be competitive and make a deep run in the tournament," coach Wynleux Henderson said.
The Wildcats opened league play with losses to Olentangy (2-1 on Sept. 13) and Olentangy Liberty (3-1 on Sept. 20) before bouncing back to defeat Olentangy Orange 1-0 on Sept. 25 in league play and Westland 6-2 on Sept. 27.
Liberty was ranked first in the Division I district poll and fourth in the state poll last week. Pickerington North was fourth and Olentangy was sixth in the district poll.
"There are only (a few) games left in the regular season and we want to make sure our seniors enjoy their last couple of games playing together, and that's what's pushing them to play harder and try to find the wins that we were missing early on," Henderson said.
Ollie Jones scored and goalkeeper Russell Montemarano had five saves against Orange.
Desmond Williams scored two goals and Desmond Koranteng, Henry Hutchinson and C.J. Esparza also scored against Westland.
Girls soccer team showing improvement
The girls soccer team has won three of its last five games to move to 4-8-1 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Buckeye.
South defeated Hartley 3-1 on Sept. 27 as Deja Edwards scored two goals and Kayla Kozik added one. Jenna Villacres had four saves and Trinity Gonzalez added one.
The Wildcats lost at Westerville North 3-1 on Oct. 1 as Grace Livingston scored and Villacres had eight saves.
Girls golf team opens postseason
The girls golf team began the postseason by competing in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Westchester. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cooks Creek.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Below are the coming schedules for the South boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 4 -- At Thomas Worthington
*Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Westerville Central
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Central Crossing
*Oct. 9 -- At Central
Oct. 4, 6 -- Division I sectional at Upper Arlington. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 11 and 13 Reynoldsburg.
*Oct. 4 -- At Olentangy Orange. The Wildcats lost to the Pioneers 25-16, 25-12, 25-19 on Sept. 13.
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Westerville North. The Wildcats lost to the
Warriors 25-13, 25-23, 25-22 on Sept. 20.
Oct. 10 -- At Columbus School for Girls