The DeSales High School boys soccer team will play in its second Division II regional final in as many years Saturday after defeating The Plains Athens 4-0 on Tuesday at Chillicothe Paint Stadium.
The Stallions overwhelmed Athens with two goals within a minute midway through the first half. Nick Kellogg scored the first goal and Michael DiCesare followed for a 2-0 lead.
"(Athens) played hard," said DeSales coach Domenic Romanelli, whose team improved to 16-3-1. "When we scored once and then came right back and scored again, there wasn't much of a threat after that."
DeSales controlled the action, possession the ball about 90 percent of the game. Kellogg scored again in the second half to make it 3-0, and Dylan Walls scored the final goal.
Athens finished 14-2-5.
The Stallions will play Warsaw River View at 3 p.m. at Watkins Memorial in a regional final. The teams met in a regional final a year ago with DeSales winning 2-0.
River View advanced Tuesday by defeating New Philadelphia 2-0 to improve to 15-5-5 with its ninth win in its last 10 games.
The winner of that contest will play Tuesday in a state semifinal against the winner of a regional final to be played between Big Walnut and Dayton Carroll.
The Stallions were looking for a possible rematch with the team that eliminated them last year in a state semifinal, Kettering Alter, but Big Walnut defeated Alter 2-1 in a shootout Tuesday.
DeSales last played Big Walnut in a district final last season, with the Stallions winning 3-0.
"They know where they want to get," Romanelli said of his players' mindset. "They keep thinking about that state semifinal loss last year. We're really focused on playing next Tuesday."