The Westerville North High School girls soccer team entered Saturday's Division I district final seeded ninth in, seven spots lower than their opponent, defending district champion Hilliard Davidson.
But given the history between the teams, few were surprised when the game headed to overtime. In the end, though, Davidson came through with the final blow as Paige Weber scoredearly in overtime to lift Davidson to a 2-1 win.
"When you get to this point, the seeds are kind of meaningless," Davidson coach Joe Divida said. "Teams get to this point for a reason. Us and Westerville North played for a regional semifinal last year, so it's the same suspects usually. You don't get here without both being good teams."
The Wildcats improved to 15-1-3 overall and will play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Upper Arlington in a regional semifinal against Watterson. The Eagles beat Dublin Jerome 2-0 on Saturday to improve to 15-2-2.
North finished 11-4-5.
Divida admitted his team was outplayed in the first half, but it actually led 1-0 ona goal by Brooke Lewis until late in the half. With just 30 seconds left, however, North tied the score when Ashley Miltko scored off of a rebound.
Both teams had several opportunities in the second half.
In overtime, the Wildcats took control early and earned a corner kick less than three minutes into the period. Leslie Dotson bent a line drive into the box, and Kaitlin Flanagan got a head on it initially. After the ball bounced among the fray of players for a moment, Weber was able to get a head on it and send it into the back of the net.
"My job was to stay on the goalie and watch her so she wouldn't get it, so I was just kind of there," Weber said. "It was so exciting."
North coach Tim Lawrence said he knew this type of game, particularly against Davidson, could come down to a set play.
"Our whole emphasis was definitely defending set pieces," Lawrence said. "In the tournament, when two quality teams get together, if you can defend set pieces and not give up a set play goal, you're going to put yourself in a good position to come out with a win. But hey, they took advantage of it."