The Watterson High School girls soccer team scored two goals in the second half to beat Dublin Jerome 2-0 Saturday in a Division I district final at Bexley.
Although the fourth-seeded Eagles have built a formidable program, they had lost in a district final or semifinal in each of the past six years.
"It means we've finally moved into the realm of those elite championship teams," coach Jason Crawford said. "It's been a long time since Watterson has been able to win a district championship, and we were here last year and weren't able to get done. This pushes us into hopefully being able to finally get some respect as a championship team."
Watterson improved to 15-2-2 overall and will play Hilliard Davidson in a regional semifinal Tuesday. Davidson, which beat Westerville North 2-1 in overtime last Saturday, is 15-1-3 overall.
Seventh-seeded Jerome finished 12-6.
Kathryn Sullivan broke the tie early in the second half when she put in a rebound that came when Jerome goalie Megan O'Donnell batted down a cross by Tyler Bucci.
Fifteen minutes later, Watterson added an insurance goal when Isa Hollern sent a rolling pass across the middle of the box to Bucci, who redirected it into the right side of the goal.
Crawford said he didn't change much in the way of strategy after halftime, and Jerome coach Annie Murphy Gage said she felt the two goals weren't necessarily an indication that her team played any worse in the second half.
"I think that's just kind of the way championship games go," Murphy Gage said. "You take advantage of the little things, and both teams had opportunities where it could have gone either way, and Watterson took advantage of the ones they were granted."
Sullivan said the Eagles are excited about the way they have been playing in recent weeks after a midseason slump.
"I think we can go pretty far," Sullivan said. "We're palying so much better than we had been. We started out well and then we kind of leveled out, but we're playing better now."
The regional semifinal is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Upper Arlington.