Despite a recent stretch in which it went 1-3-1, the Dublin Jerome girls soccer team's biggest goals remain attainable.
The Celtics, according to senior midfielder Riley Mullady, are banking on the work they've done to produce results going forward.
"We definitely went through a rough patch, but we've been working really hard in training to make sure we've gained back the energy that we had to start the season," Mullady said.
Jerome rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Delaware 3-2 on Oct. 3 as Mullady scored on an unassisted goal, senior forward Sophie Magilligan scored off an assist from freshman Sophia Penegor and Mullady scored the game-winning goal.
The win preserved the Celtics' hopes of earning at least a share of their ninth consecutive league championship.
Jerome was 8-4-2 overall before playing Upper Arlington on Oct. 8 and sits atop the OCC-Cardinal Division at 5-1 heading into its regular-season finale Thursday, Oct. 10, at home against Scioto.
Hilliard Bradley lost to the Celtics 1-0 on Sept. 24 but is 5-1 in the league heading into its OCC-Cardinal finale Oct. 10 against Darby.
The Celtics are seeded seventh in the Division I district tournament as they look to extend a run of three consecutive district championships.
Mullady, who has committed to Louisville and leads the Celtics in assists while being the second-leading goal scorer behind Magilligan, is confident her team is finding its rhythm at the right time.
"Here at Jerome, everyone has a say and has a vital role on the team," Mullady said. "Every year Jerome is really pressing on values and team culture. Regardless of the players we have on the field, we try to be on the same page and bring the best energy and get better for the person next to you."
Boys, girls golfers compete at district
On Oct. 8, the boys and girls golf teams both competed for a chance to compete in the Division I state tournament.
The two-time defending state champion boys team competed at district at Apple Valley, where the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
On Oct. 1 in a 14-team sectional at Denison Golf Club, the Celtics shot 294 to capture the championship as the top four teams advanced.
Senior Ethan Snyder and junior Tyler Groomes both shot a 70 to earn co-medalist honors. Junior Jake Yarbrough placed sixth (76), senior Ryan Norkin tied for 15th (78) and junior Logan Menning tied for 21st (80).
The girls competed at district at New Albany Links, where the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
On Oct. 1 in an 11-team sectional at Royal American, the Celtics shot 321 to capture the title as the top three teams advanced.
Freshman Audrey Ryu carded a 76 to finish third, followed by seniors Ash Abhang (tied for sixth, 80) and Caitlin Yant (tied for sixth, 80) and sophomores Emma Sparling (tied for ninth, 85) and Diva Sony (15th, 89).
Five tennis players advance to district
The girls tennis team will be represented by one singles player and both doubles teams at the Division I district tournament Thursday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Reynoldsburg.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advance to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
On Oct. 3 and 5 in a sectional at Upper Arlington, seniors Reagan Resor and Katherine Wang beat junior teammates Arya Dudipala and Lalasa Nagireddy 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 for the doubles championship.
Resor and Wang were seeded fourth and Dudipala and Nagireddy were the third seed, but Resor and Wang upset top-seeded Ella Hazelbaker and Wendy Shi from Upper Arlington 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 in one semifinal and Dudipala and Nagireddy upset second-seeded Erin Storrer and Kortney Reed of Olentangy Orange 7-5, 6-2 in the other.
Senior Kavya Alagappan reached district by placing fourth in singles.
Also competing in singles at sectional were freshman Ella Oleson, who lost to eventual runner-up Megan Basil of UA 6-0, 6-0 in a quarterfinal to fall one win shy of advancing, and junior Sudi Pelluru, who lost to eventual third-place finisher Karol Korotkin of Orange 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 12 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Hilliard Davidson
Oct. 15 -- Home vs. 14th-seeded Coffman in second round of district tournament. The Celtics are seeded 10th.
*Oct. 10 -- At Scioto
Oct. 17 -- Home vs. 27th-seeded Big Walnut or 34th-seeded Mifflin in second round of Division I district tournament. The Celtics are seeded seventh.
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Scioto
Oct. 19 -- Home vs. 16th-seeded Gahanna or 39th-seeded Groveport in second round of Division I district tournament. The Celtics are seeded seventh.
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Scioto. The Celtics lost to the Irish 25-23, 25-15, 11-25, 25-21 on Sept. 10.
Oct. 14 -- Home vs. 25th-seeded Delaware in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at 10th-seeded Gahanna in second round Oct. 16. The Celtics are seeded 23rd.