Having a dynamic and balanced offense has been part of the Wellington boys soccer team's identity this season.
Through 11 games, the Jaguars were averaging 3.8 goals to help them take a 6-2-3 overall record and a 1-0-2 MSL-Ohio Division mark into their game Oct. 2 against Grandview.
Just as important to Wellington as its offensive output is that 38 of its 41 goals through 11 games came off of assists.
"We've got a good balance of scoring and a lot of people involved in assists," coach J.J. Bain said. "That's the nice thing about the goals is that there have been a lot of team goals and an assist with almost every one of our goals. A lot of these guys have been playing since they were sophomores so they've built up a lot of experience and it kind of seems to be paying off."
Wellington continues league play Saturday, Oct. 5, at Whitehall and concludes its MSL-Ohio schedule Oct. 10 at Bexley.
Through 11 games, seniors Freddie Lin (midfielder/forward) had 13 goals and five assists, Ahmet Ozer (forward) had nine goals and four assists, junior Jordan Livits (forward/midfielder) had seven goals and eight assists and senior Eli Dulle (midfielder/forward) had four goals and seven assists.
"We've been playing great attacking soccer and we've improved our defense from last year and are an all-around good team," Ozer said. "The best quality we have is our attack. We have a lot of seniors in our starting group and we haven't had that. Last year there were a lot of juniors and the year before that a lot of sophomores. We have a really good (senior class) this year."
In addition to tying MSL-Ohio foes Worthington Christian (at 0 on Sept. 18) and Columbus Academy (at 1 on Sept. 11), the Jaguars tied Toledo St. John's, a Division I district runner-up last season, at 2 on Aug. 17 and battled Hilliard Davidson before falling 5-4 on Sept. 5. Davidson, which trailed Wellington 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, was eighth in last week's Division I area coaches poll.
Wellington also lost 3-0 on Sept. 26 to St. Charles, which was third in last week's Division I area poll.
The Jaguars were second behind Worthington Christian in the Division III area poll last week.
"We've probably played the toughest schedule we've ever played since I've been coaching here," said Bain, who is in his sixth season. "We tied Academy, which was kind of a frustrating game in that we felt we had a lot of control and kind of let up a soft goal, but Ahmet was able to get a goal with 16 seconds left to tie the game and at least get a point out of that game."
Girls soccer team building momentum
The girls soccer team was 6-7 overall after falling to Zanesville Rosecrans 2-0 on Sept. 30, including splitting its last six after losing four in a row.
The Jaguars won 3-2 on Sept. 14 over Fairbanks, which was second in last week's Division III area coaches poll. The Jaguars were ranked fourth.
Wellington plays host to Tree of Life on Thursday, Oct. 3, and is 1-3 in the MSL-Ohio with one league game remaining Oct. 10 at home against Bexley.
"I'm proud of the way the girls are playing," coach Lindsey Smith said. "Some of our younger players, and players that had come into the season with very little varsity playing experience, are beginning to fill bigger roles for us. Our losses have come against very respectable teams and we hope to learn from our experiences in these close games to help prepare us for the postseason."
Through 12 games, sophomore forward Mary Morosky had 16 goals and five assists, senior midfielder Maddy Morosky had 10 goals and six assists and senior defender/midfielder Sloane Shock had five goals and five assists.
Junior midfielder Christine Cooke, sophomore forward Macy Croft and junior defender Reagan Kadlic have been other standouts, according to Smith.
The Jaguars will learn their district tournament drawing Sunday, Oct. 6. The tournament begins Oct. 14.
"Our movement off the ball and the speed of our transition into the attack will continue to be an area of focus in the coming weeks," Smith said.
Girls golf team losing four seniors
Of the girls golf team's five competitors, four will be lost to graduation.
Included in that group is senior Lexi Horan, who lost in a two-hole playoff for the final Division II district berth at last year's sectional at Bent Tree.
At this year's sectional Sept. 23 at Blacklick Woods, the Jaguars finished eighth (527) of nine teams, behind champion Newark Catholic (359).
The only player eligible to return is junior Paige Bennett, who led Wellington with a 107 at sectional.
She was followed by Horan (118) and seniors D'Nisa Occumma (150), Samantha Scott (152) and Ali Winter (165).
Wellington didn't post a team score in the MSL-Ohio preseason tournament Aug. 6 at Airport but shot a 459 in the MSL-Ohio postseason round Sept. 17 at Airport to finish 0-10 in the league.
Columbus School for Girls, which was new to the league this fall, went 10-0.
Below are the coming schedules for the Wellington boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls tennis teams:
Oct. 2 -- Competed in Division III district tournament at Darby Creek. The championship team and the top individual not on the qualifying team advanced to state Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Oct. 5 -- Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village
Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Tree of Life
*Oct. 7 -- At Whitehall
Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Tree of Life
Oct 3, 5 -- Division II sectional at Columbus School for Girls. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 10 at CSG and Oct. 12 at Reynoldsburg.