Although the Worthington Christian boys soccer team has nine days off between its regular-season finale and its postseason opener, it doesn't expect to lose the momentum that it has built.
The Warriors forged scoreless ties against Wellington on Sept. 18 and Whitehall on Oct. 5 during a recent 2-1-4 stretch, but they have won three games in a row, including routing Columbus Academy 8-1 on Oct. 12 to wrap up a share of the MSL-Ohio Division championship.
On Monday, Oct. 21, top-seeded Worthington Christian opens the Division III district tournament at home against 16th-seeded Patriot Prep or 18th-seeded Granville Christian in the second round.
The winner plays fifth-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek, 22nd-seeded Ready or 23rd-seeded Madison Plains in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 26.
The Warriors are 11-1-4 overall and went 4-0-2 in the MSL-Ohio to tie Wellington for first place. The Jaguars are the district's No. 2 seed.
According to coach Dan Roads, the Warriors are hoping to continue the type of scoring punch they showed against Academy in the postseason.
Jodi Owusu Sarfo scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Grove City Christian on Oct. 7 and Tyler Kindberg, Trent Wenger and Levi Yoder also have been key contributors offensively.
"We've primarily been focused on finishing the scoring opportunities we create and finishing each game strong," Roads said. "Our last 10 minutes of games have been our weakest minutes and we're looking to find ways to develop the mentality and toughness to see games through to their ends."
Mayotte sisters place second at district
Junior Abby Mayotte and freshman Meghan Mayotte of the girls tennis team earned a runner-up finish in doubles at the Division II district tournament.
The sisters opened with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Bexley's Katie Benedict and Ellie Levy and then beat Academy's Naomi Chen and Anna Chang 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a district semifinal Oct. 10 at Columbus School for Girls.
Then in the district final, the Mayottes lost to Wellington's Alexis Burkhalter and Katie Zerbi 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2 as only the champion advanced to state. The sisters also lost to Burkhalter and Zerbi for the sectional title Oct. 5 at CSG.
"(Our) net play was very good," coach Stefanie Mayotte said. "Just getting through the nerves was (important). They both started to kind of level out. This is the first time for our school in a while that anybody's won in the first round at district, so that's pretty good."
The Warriors went 12-7 overall and finished fourth in the MSL-Ohio at 4-3 behind champion Academy (7-0) despite having just two seniors in Laura King and Amber Ralston, who reached a sectional quarterfinal Oct. 3.
Also eligible to return after competing at sectional in singles are sophomores Audrey Mousa and Lily Rettstatt, both of whom lost in quarterfinals, and sophomore Bekah Shively, who lost in the second round.
Boys, girls runners place sixth in league
The cross country teams are preparing for the Division III district meet Saturday, Oct. 19, at Hilliard Darby.
The boys are competing in district 1, from which the top three teams and top 12 individuals advance to regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North. There is only one district girls race, from which the top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional.
In the MSL-Ohio meet Oct. 12 at Buckeye Valley, the boys scored 143 points to place sixth of seven teams, behind Bexley (39), the host Barons (63), Academy (66), Grandview (105) and Whitehall (118) and ahead of Wellington (214).
Senior Peter Tsibouris finished 23rd (19 minutes, 20.9 seconds), followed by junior Noah St. John (26th, 19:42.9), sophomores Samuel Spires (28th, 19:46.1) and Jonathan Sanders (32nd, 20:07.6), junior Mackay Lykens (34th, 20:39.3), senior Turner Burns (36th, 20:52.2) and sophomore Andre Thompson (41st, 22:08.2).
The girls scored 133 points to finish sixth behind Bexley (31), Buckeye Valley (44), Grandview (92), Academy (109) and CSG (126).
Senior Maddie Patrick placed 16th (21:42.5), followed by seniors Joy Pitzer (22nd, 22:30.9), Maddie Skidmore (24th, 22:42.2), Reagan Bowen (34th, 25:25.8) and Katherine Todd (37th, 26:49.7) and sophomore Morgan Lawrence (40th, 28:53.4).
Below are the coming schedules for the Worthington Christian girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 19 -- Home vs. 10th-seeded Johnstown in second round of Division III district tournament. Winner plays top-seeded Grandview or eighth-seeded Ready in district semifinal Oct. 22 at home of better seed. The Warriors are seeded third and defeated 14th-seeded Madison Plains 6-0 in the first round Oct. 14.
Oct. 19 -- Home vs. 16th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek in second round of Division III district tournament. Winner plays third-seeded Johnstown, sixth-seeded Fairbanks or 17th-seeded Mount Gilead in district semifinal Oct. 23 at Mount Vernon Nazarene. The Warriors are seeded fifth.