The 10th-seeded Upper Arlington High School boys soccer team beat sixth-seeded and defending state champion Hilliard Davidson 2-0 in a Division I district final Saturday.
The Golden Bears broke the tie on a Tyler Fountain goal from 12 yards with just more than six minutes left in the game. Fountain , standing in front of the middle of the goal, had a clear shot when the ball popped out in front of him.
Three minutes later Nathan Davis scored on a play on which goalkeeper Adam Black was forced to charge the ball. Davis faked a shot that made Black dive, then dribbled around him for a clear shot from five yards.
"We switched formations at halftime," said Davis, whose team improved to 11-6-2 and will face Worthington Kilbourne at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a regional semifinal at Dublin Coffman. "We were trying to work it up the sides and we switched and started attacking the middle more and playing ball to feet."
Davis said the Bears did the same thing during a 3-1 win over Davidson on Sept. 30. Davidson coach Terry Smith, whose team finished 11-5-3, couldn't have agreed more adding that like the last game, his team had trouble finishing.
"We can't be upset," Smith said. "We're just disappointed. We played great for most of the game and in the last few minutes we gave up two goals."
Davidson had a good scoring chance thwarted by UA goalkeeper Drew Sandbo who stopped a header by Ryan Osselborn with 21minutes left in the game. Sandbo had three saves. UA coach Curt Bixel called him an "unbelievable shot-blocker."
UA and Kilbourne played Sept. 2, a game Kilbourne won 2-0. The Wolves won a shootout to defeat Marysville 3-1 in a district final Saturday in the game preceding the UA-Davidson game. The Wolves are 17-2.