By BRAD EMERINE
ThisWeek Staff Writer
After 110 minutes of scoreless boys high school soccer on a crisp Saturday afternoon, Hilliard Davidson chose a substitute to decide the outcome of its Division I district championship game against Dublin Scioto.
Backup goalie Evan Robinson got his first action of the day in penalty kicks and made two saves as the Wildcats won the time-free period 4-3 to win the game 1-0 at Upper Arlington.
It is Davidson's third district championship, all of which have been in the past four seasons. The Wildcats, who improved to 15-2-2, will play in a regional semifinal 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dublin Coffman against either Gahanna or Coffman, which played Saturday night.
"It honestly was a team decision, but it also was based on the recommendation of our starting keeper, Adam Black," coach Terry Smith said. "He came to me more than a week ago and said if it comes to PKs, Evan is doing better right now so go ahead and put him in. He said, 'Evan will handle it better than me.'"
Scioto, which finished 12-3-4, kicked first in the last session. Converted kicks by Matt Shadoan and Chris Green were countered by successful kicks from Davidson's Ryan Osselborn and Duncan Campbell.
Then Robinson deflected Naoto Yajima's kick over the net and Tyler Schoener scored for Davidson for a 3-2 lead. In the fourth round, Scioto's Ronny Mujica scored, but the Wildcats' Alex Bumpus made it 4-3 by burying his kick into the upper right corner.
"I knew I had to make it and if I did, it would really put the pressure on them," said Bumpus, a freshman.
That put all the pressure on Scioto's Nick Gastaldo, who attempted his shot low left. Robinson knocked it away to begin the celebration, as the Wildcats did not have to take their final attempt.
"There was no pressure because I knew if we went PKs, it was my game," Robinson said. "I've been working hard on it in practices and just seem to have a thing about saving PKs."
Davidson's Adam Black made a diving save with 22 seconds left in the second overtime to send the contest into penalty kicks. He finished with 13 saves.
In regulation, Scioto hit a post with 19:30 left in the second half and the ball skimmed the line before being cleared by Brent Hamanis.
"That's our season in a nutshell," Scioto coach Chad Snider said. "We created lots of opportunities but we haven't been able to finish. We had a goal line clear; we hit the inside of a post. I was jumping up and down several times because I thought we were going to score. It just never happened."
Davidson also had a great chance with 11:30 left, but Scioto goalie Brandon Shambaugh deflected the ball and Tim Pirkl made a saving clear. Shambaugh made 10 saves.
Boys Soccer: Hilliard Davidson 1, Dublin Scioto 0 (PK)
By BRAD EMERINE