Dublin Scioto girls soccer coach Kevin Masterson is hoping for a strong finish to the regular season in preparation of the Division I district tournament, which gets underway Oct. 14.
"We're close," Masterson said when asked about being ready for the postseason. "We have stuff we have to figure out and a few things to polish up, but we're close. I'm hopeful we clean up a few things and we challenge and make every game a tough game."
The Irish were 5-7 overall before playing DeSales on Oct. 1 and are 2-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. They have league games remaining Thursday, Oct. 3, at home against Hilliard Bradley and Oct. 10 at Jerome.
The Celtics are first in the league at 4-1.
"Bradley and Jerome are good. Those will be tough battles," Masterson said. "We should compete well (the rest) of the season. It's a matter of keeping it together."
Sophomore forward Rachel Fullerton had a team-high five goals and three assists through 12 games.
"She's talented up top," Masterson said. "We're getting steady contributions out of (sophomore midfielder) Tiffany Trinh. She creates a lot."
Masterson added that junior goalkeeper Abbey Topetzes has been solid in net.
"Her numbers don't match necessarily how she's played, but she's been steady and playing well," he said.
Topetzes said that communication has been a key to the team's continued progress.
"We're working on our effort and our communication skills. That's the main goal for us," she said. "Communication with our defense is the main key. That's who I mainly talk to."
One of the Irish's key defenders is junior Marian Krier.
"We have a lot of talent and we're starting to merge together," Krier said. "We know how each other plays and our team is getting better. We're building our team up."
Scioto's league victories have come against Worthington Kilbourne (1-0 on Sept. 17) and Delaware (2-1 on Sept. 3).
Against the Wolves, Fullerton scored and Topetzes had nine saves.
"How the girls played and using hard work to be able to win that game 1-0 in what was a really tight contest, that was one that they were excited about," Masterson said.
Topetzes had seven saves in a 1-0 loss at Newark on Sept. 26 and nine saves in a 3-0 league loss at Thomas Worthington on Sept. 24.
"We're steadily making improvements," Masterson said. "I don't think our record indicates some of the hard work we've put in so far."
Girls tennis team ready for sectional
The girls tennis team is set to compete in a Division I sectional Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Bradley.
Nicole Santoso is seeded second in singles and Maddie Baughman and Maggie Szabo are seeded second in doubles. Also competing are Ashima Srivastava and Peyton Shaffer in singles and the doubles team of Julia Trotti and Sydney Davis.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 10 and 12 at Reynoldsburg.
"I am very excited and proud of Nicole for earning the second seed in singles and Maddy and Maggie for earning the second seed in doubles," coach Sean Gilbert said. "The team is progressing nicely and working hard to get their games ready for sectional."
The Irish looked to finish the regular season with a winning record. They were 8-7 overall before playing Olentangy Orange on Sept. 30 and Bexley on Oct. 1.
Scioto went 5-2 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish third behind champion Jerome (7-0).
Thomas leads boys cross country team
Sam Thomas led the boys cross country team in the Midwest Meet of Champions on Sept. 28 at Bradley, finishing sixth of 141 runners in 16 minutes, 9.8 seconds.
Thomas was followed by Trevor Page (34th, 17:11.8), Spencer McClellan (38th, 17:20.7), Reece Page (68th, 17:58.6), Ali Latif (71st, 18:01), Dylan Walsh (105th, 18:54.5) and Justin Ward (118th, 19:25.3).
Scioto finished seventh (217 points) of 21 teams, behind champion Cleveland St. Ignatius (79). Audrey Bannister led the girls team in the meet, finishing 14th of 160 runners in 19:37.3.
Mei Harter (61st, 21:19.1) was next for the Irish, followed by Allison Thornbloom (101st, 22:24), Avery Samms (112th, 22:46), Finley Paez (121st, 23:07.8) and Sofia Morales (150th, 24:29.8).
Scioto finished 16th (394) of 23 teams, behind champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (130).
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 5 -- Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington
*Oct. 7 -- At Coffman
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Olentangy
Oct. 1 -- Competed in Division I sectional at Darby Creek. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
Oct. 5 -- Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club
Oct. 1 -- Competed in Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
*Oct. 3 -- At Hilliard Bradley
Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Centennial
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Bradley
Oct. 5 -- Home vs. Bellville Clear Fork
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Bradley. The Irish lost to the Jaguars 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 on Sept. 5.
Oct. 5 -- At Pickerington Central with Logan