The Dublin Jerome High School boys soccer team picked the right time to win its first overtime game of the season.
Jeff Addis scored the game-winner with 10 minutes, 20 seconds left Tuesday to lift the Celtics past Dubin Coffman 3-2 in a regional semifinal at Dublin Scioto.
Jerome advanced to play Worthington Kilbourne in a regional final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Scioto. The Wolves defeated Upper Arlington 1-0 in the other semifinal Tuesday to improve to 18-2. The Celtics, who are 16-1-3, defeated Kilbourne 2-0 on Oct. 2.
Jerome rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to beat Coffman and avenge a 1-0 loss in a district final a year ago.
Eric Ruhl tied the game at 2 with 31 seconds left off a pass from Addis from 35 yards. Ruhl's first header attempt was headed away by Coffman's Carl Ruf, but the ball came back to Ruhl who headed it inside the right post.
"This is the first time we've come back and won in overtime all season," Jerome coach Nathan Maust said. "It's tough to get scored on with 30 seconds left, and we were pretty sure they weren't going to be able to rebound from that."
Addis' winning goal came off a corner kick by Austin Windsor.
"That was a great ball by Austin," Addis said. "Their goalkeeper (Faraz Sihabdeen) got a hand on it and hit the ball into the back of my head. When I turned around, the ball was in front of me and was a little bit out of position, so I just kicked it in."
Drew Pang scored midway through the first half to put Coffman ahead 1-0, but Brian McGue scored off a pass from Addis to tie it three minutes later.
Nathan Baltzer then scored on a header with 34:17 remaining, setting the stage for Jerome's comeback.
"Our kids are a bunch of winners, and they proved it by coming 30 seconds away from making it to the regional final," Coffman coach Marc D'Auteuil said. "They're big and physical, and they get up in the air to finish. Every goal came off set pieces. We failed to track their runners on those goals, and it cost us."