Eric Stevenson of the Worthington Christian High School boys soccer team picked an opportune time to have one of his best offensive performances.
After missing the first month with a back injury, Stevenson increasingly has become an offensive weapon for the Warriors. In a Division III district final Saturday at Dublin Jerome, Stevenson scored both of his team's goals in a 2-1 win over Bloom-Carroll.
Worthington Christian is 15-3-1 overall and will play in a regional semifinal Tuesday at Wellington against Columbus Academy or Fairbanks. The Warriors have won four consecutive district titles.
"Eric is a leader and a playmaker," coach Dan Roads said. "He really came out of his shell today. We had great leadership from our seniors today."
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead with 29 minutes, 13 seconds left in the first half when Stevenson drove down the left side of the field and scored unassisted. Then with about 13 minutes to go before halftime, Stevenson took a pass from Luke Helmuth near the middle of the field and scored to make it 2-0.
Bloom-Carroll's Noah Adkins scored with 6:54 remaining to cut it 2-1.
Goalkeeper Alex Scott made two saves for Worthington Christian and Kyle Petty had eight saves for the Bulldogs, who finished 13-3-4.
Bloom-Carroll also was a district runner-up last year after winning a district title in 2006.
"It means a lot, especially since it's my senior year," Stevenson said. "I think the biggest factor in the first half was that we had the wind at our backs. We were able to come out fast."
"We knew they'd be a tough team," Roads said. "They came out and made some adjustments (in the second half) and we got a little sleepy here at the end. It gives us some lessons."