Worthington Christian boys soccer coach Dan Roads loves the direction his team is headed in with the postseason approaching.
The Warriors were 7-1-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing Buckeye Valley on Sept. 25.
Last season, Worthington Christian lost seven regular-season games but reached a Division III district final.
"So far the season has been really encouraging," Roads said. "The team feels as if it's regaining some of the characteristics and team goals that were once the identity of the program. The team is maturing and learning lessons every day and has become focused on making the steps towards championships."
The Warriors, who were ranked second in last week's Division III state poll, played Wellington to a scoreless tie Sept. 18.
Last season, Worthington Christian lost to the Jaguars 3-2 during the regular season and 1-0 in a district final.
The Warriors have league games remaining Oct. 5 at Whitehall and Oct. 12 at home against Columbus Academy.
Junior midfielder Tyler Kindberg had 12 goals and three assists through 10 games. Juniors Trent Wenger and Levi Yoder have led the midfield unit and senior David Rettstatt has led the defense, according to Roads.
"Our highlights include the win against Grandview (3-1 on Sept. 4) and starting the season with six straight wins," Roads said. "We also won against last year's (Division III) state (runner-up), Dayton Christian, 1-0 (on Aug. 31)."
Girls golfers begin postseason play
The girls golf team opened postseason action Sept. 25 with a Division II sectional at Mill Creek.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Monday, Sept. 30, at Darby Creek.
At district, the championship team and the lowest-scoring individual not on the qualifying team advance to the state tournament Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
The Warriors shot a 379 at last year's district tournament to tie Bloom-Carroll for first but lost on the fifth-score tiebreaker to advance to state.
Junior Rena So, who was the district runner-up last season, shot a personal-best 75 on Sept. 14 in the Bloom-Carroll Invitational at Pine Hill.
Seniors Naysa Dunlap, Anna Opava and Natalie Opava and junior Zoe Holston also have had strong seasons, according to coach Hannah Bard.
On Sept. 17 in the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament, the Warriors shot a 388 to finish behind Columbus School for Girls (343) and Bexley (348) and ahead of Buckeye Valley (396), Columbus Academy (398) and Wellington (459). They finished 5-5 overall in league action.
"All of the girls have been improving on their individual scores, which benefits the team as a whole," Bard said. "I've had several girls who have (shot) their (personal-best scores) this season."
Girls soccer team rounding into form
After winning just one of its first four games, the girls soccer team is 6-3-2 overall and 2-2 in the MSL-Ohio as it prepares to play Saturday, Sept. 28, at Whitehall.
The Warriors had won three games in a row before falling to Bexley 2-1 on Sept. 21.
"The season has had a few bumps along the way," coach Steve Raikes said. "They keep fighting, so I feel good overall."
Senior forwards Eliana Styer and Mianna Hartings and junior forward Riley Myers have led the offense, according to Raikes.
"(The) team highlight is staying healthy to this point," Raikes said. "We have some physical players, so whenever I can walk off the field with the same number I came with, it is all good. Defense has been a pleasant surprise."
Below are the coming schedules for the Worthington Christian cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 28 -- Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club
Sept. 28 -- Jerome Honorary Invitational at Country Club at Muirfield Village
Oct. 2 -- Division III district tournament at Darby Creek. The championship team and lowest-scoring individual not on the qualifying team advances to state Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Sept. 28 -- At Olentangy
*Sept. 28 -- At Whitehall
Sept. 30 -- At Fairbanks
*Oct. 2 -- At Columbus Academy
Sept. 26 -- At Watkins Memorial
Sept. 30 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. DeSales
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Bexley. The Warriors beat the Lions 28-30, 25-12, 25-17, 25-12 on Sept. 3.
Sept. 28 -- At Howard East Knox