By AARON BLANKENSHIP
ThisWeek Staff Writer

The Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer team scored two goals in the second half to upset Watterson 2-0 in a Division I district final last Saturday at Wellington.

The Shamrocks, who were seeded third, improved to 11-5-3 and will play Pickerington North in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Upper Arlington. The top-seeded Eagles finished 15-3-1.

It was Coffman's first district title since winning seven-consecutive district championships from 2000 through 2006.

"Watterson and us are even teams, but I think we wanted it more, because we have 11 juniors on the team, and they've never won a district before," freshman center midfielder Bailey Wilson said. "They have some really good players in the center midfield, but Jill (Allen) and I stepped up and helped stop them."

The Shamrocks scored off a corner kick early in the second half, after sweeper Kenzie Schlemitz poked the ball past goalkeeper Mary Kate Campbell.

"The ball dropped into the center of the box, and I was being pushed to the ground, so I just slid and made sure I toe-poked it to the corner of the goal," Schlemitz said.

Watterson had the better of the play for the majority of the final 30 minutes of the game, but sailed several shots high or wide of the net.
Bridget Lynch and Kelly DeNiro each fired shots over the crossbar on free kick opportunities from 20 yards out within the last 20 minutes, and Lynch had a shot bounce off the right post with 3 minutes, 55 seconds remaining.

The Shamrocks scored again with 8:32 left when Amber Kern drilled a shot into a Watterson defender and Grace Filler collected the rebound 10 feet from the net and tapped the ball past Campbell.

"Our defenders have to get the ball out of the box in those situations," Watterson coach Alyxandra Portier said. "They beat us to the ball, and that's how they beat us in the game."