The Jonathan Alder girls soccer team has spent most of the season ranked among the very best Division II teams in the state.
The Lady Pioneers (13-1-1) were ranked 12th in the latest state coaches poll and have been as high as ninth this season. They were tabbed as the No. 3 seed in the upcoming D-II Central District tournament. Alder will host No. 15 Columbus International at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16.
The winner will advance to play either No. 7 Bishop Hartley or No. 11 London on Thursday, Oct. 19.
London (5-9-1) will open the postseason on the road at Hartley (4-10-1) on Monday.
A year ago Alder lost in a D-II district final, the year prior the squad won a district championship. This season Alder is 7-1-1 in Central Buckeye Conference play and will finish second behind league champion Springfield Shawnee.
The Lady Roughriders (7-7) of West Jefferson are the ninth seed in D-III and will play at No. 8 Amanda-Clearcreek (9-6-1) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The winner of the West Jeff-Amanda affair will advance to face No. 1 seed Grandview Oct. 19.
Madison-Plains is the 15th seed (out of 15) and will open the tourney at No. 2 seed Columbus Academy Tuesday. The winner will advance to the second round and will face either No. 7 Columbus School for Girls or No. 10 Fisher Catholic.
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