The Hilliard Davidson girls soccer team appears to peaking at the perfect time.
With the Division I district tournament set to begin Oct. 16, the Wildcats have won three consecutive games and are 5-4-3 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Central Division.
"Hopefully, we're on an upswing," coach Heather Coonfare said. "We're capable. We have the potential. We found it in our (2-0 win over) Upper Arlington (on Sept. 17) and hopefully we end the season well."
The Wildcats are looking to get back to full strength, as they lost a key player in forward Sonia Vargas to a sprained right ankle during the win over UA. Vargas, who has committed to Xavier, was expected to return this week.
"We have 19 players on the roster and I think we're 19 deep," Coonfare said. "It's not ideal (playing without Vargas), but it's something we're going to embrace. It happened last year and we have to be ready."
Vargas missed the latter part of last season with a knee injury.
Grace Royer scored two goals and Megan Harper, Kira Kaufman, Erin Kodger and Alivia Wile each scored one in a 6-1 win over Central Crossing on Sept. 24. Goalkeeper Audrey Gibson-Zweifel had one save.
Wile scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Canal Winchester on Sept. 26 and Gibson-Zweifel had 11 saves.
"Audrey is phenomenal," Coonfare said. "She comes to work every day. She's excited to be here, she's positive, she's such a coachable kid. She's one of our favorite players to coach."
The Wildcats are looking to remain in the OCC-Central title chase, with league games remaining against Westland on Thursday, Oct. 3, and Marysville on Oct. 10.
Davidson lost to Dublin Coffman 3-0 on Sept. 10. The Shamrocks are first in the league at 3-0.
Boys soccer team seeks league title
The boys soccer team is seeking its first league title since 2015.
The Wildcats were 9-2-2 overall before playing Gahanna on Oct. 1 and are first in the OCC-Central at 3-0, with league games remaining against Westland on Thursday, Oct. 3, and Marysville on Oct. 10.
Davidson bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Dublin Jerome on Sept. 19 to defeat Central Crossing 10-0 on Sept. 24 and Northland 2-0 on Sept. 25.
Carter Ely had four goals and Josh Augustine scored three against Central Crossing, and Ely scored both goals against Northland.
Girls tennis team set for sectional
The girls tennis team will compete in a Division I sectional Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Bradley.
Sophia Persad, Kaitlyn Quinn and Lila Davis are competing in singles, while Kate DeSanti and Katherine Sarkel are teaming up to compete in doubles, as are Olivia Temelkoff and Ella McWherter.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 10 and 12 at Reynoldsburg.
"We have one focus for sectional," coach Adrian Tolentino said. "That focus is playing each match that we earn to the best of our abilities. Each girl earned their spot to play a match at sectionals, and now the job is to earn more. It's easy to look down the bracket at the toughest opponents that we're going to face, but we plan to handle sectionals one match at a time."
Davidson was 4-10 overall before closing the regular season Oct. 1 against Lancaster. The Wildcats went 2-3 in the OCC-Central.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 1 -- Competed in Division I sectional at Denison Golf Club. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
Oct. 1 -- Competed in Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Westland
*Oct. 3 -- At Westland
Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Watterson
*Oct. 3 -- At Westland. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars 25-10, 25-21, 25-14 on Sept. 12.
Oct. 8 -- At Worthington Kilbourne