Westerville Central girls soccer coach Bobby Weimer has seen some promising moments this season, but he's been disappointed with his team's inability to play a complete game in several contests.
Central had a pair of those games last week.
The Warhawks fell behind Olentangy 3-0 on Sept. 24 before closing to within 3-2 by halftime, but couldn't tie the game and lost by that score. Kate Schimmel scored both goals for Central.
The Warhawks rallied from an early 1-0 deficit for a 2-1 lead Sept. 26 against New Albany before the Eagles scored two second-half goals for a 3-2 win. Maria Givens and Natalee Koenig scored to give Central its lead.
"We're just a play or two away," Weimer said. "It's frustrating, but we'll keep pushing. We just can't finish it off. We have a lot of fight. You know when you play us you're going to be in for a battle. We just have to figure it out how to finish it off."
Central improved to 4-8-1 overall with a 9-0 win over Licking Heights on Sept. 30. It is 0-3 in the OCC-Buckeye Division entering its game Thursday, Oct. 3, against visiting Olentangy Liberty.
The Warhawks defeated Bexley 3-1 on Aug. 16, Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 on Aug. 20 and Delaware 3-0 on Sept. 12. They tied Gahanna at 2 on Sept. 3.
Sophomore Taylor Hickman and freshman Elena Summanen continue to split time in goal.
Central has played without several key players because of injuries, including junior midfielder Lauryn White, who has missed the entire season after undergoing left ACL surgery.
Weimer is hoping his team is playing at its best in time for the Division I district tournament, which begins Oct. 16.
"That's what we're shooting for," Weimer said. "We want to surprise some people. We want to make some people miserable, that's the goal. We want to make a little run, have everything click at the right time. We want to get healthy and make sure we're playing our best soccer at the end. That's the goal every year."
Senior midfielder/forward Nya Olmsted expects the team to be ready for the postseason.
"It's really frustrating," she said. "Although we're working as a unit, sometimes it starts to break down and it's all about picking yourself up and pushing through, persevering during the game. The end goal is to surprise people and push through. We're at a little bump right now. I know we have always pushed through during the tournament and gotten those wins and shown people that we can actually play."
Boys soccer team readies for postseason
The boys soccer team is preparing for what it hopes is a long postseason run.
The Warhawks were 5-6-1 overall before playing Pickerington North on Oct. 1. They are 1-2 in the OCC-Buckeye.
The Division I district tournament begins Oct. 15.
"I told the guys, if they want to make a statement, it's out there for them," coach Dave Pence said. "We're doing some really good things. With our youth, we knew it was going to take some time. We continue to make bad mistakes and that's what is hurting us, (but) we're capable. You play the games and who knows what will happen."
Central visits Liberty on Thursday, Oct. 3, in league play. The Patriots are ranked fifth in the state poll and Kilbourne, which defeated Central 6-2 on Aug. 22, is third.
Enrique Monzalvo and Alex Perrini scored in a 3-2 loss to Olentangy on Sept. 24. Goalkeeper Sam Rojanasakdakul had eight saves.
"We're working through some things," Pence said. "It's been an interesting season. We have talent. The injury bug has bit us. We've been really unlucky with injuries. We haven't had our full team on the field yet."
Girls tennis team to play in sectional
Junior Levi Burks leads the girls tennis team into a Division I sectional Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Hilliard Bradley.
Burks is seeded fourth in singles and will play Dublin Scioto's Ashima Srivastava or Eastmoor Academy's Jaylah Wilkins in the first round.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 10 and 12 at Reynoldsburg.
Last season, Burks lost in the first round at district.
Also at sectional in singles, Sidney Choo will play Gahanna's Mary Grace Halliday and Audrey Rapp will face Delaware's Lily Tope in the first round. In doubles, Madison Lane and Vivian Baker will play Central Crossing's Julia Patterson and Emily Wright in the first round. Kaylie Gibson and Dilara Sen have a first-round bye.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central 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. 5 -- Wedgewood Showcase at Wedgewood
Oct. 2 -- Competed in Division I sectional at Blacklick Woods. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
*Oct. 3 -- At Olentangy Liberty
*Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Westerville South
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Liberty
Oct. 8 -- At Big Walnut
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Liberty. The Warhawks lost to the Patriots 25-12, 25-16, 25-18 on Sept. 12.
Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin