By JARROD ULREY
ThisWeek Staff Writer
The Worthington Christian High School boys soccer team's fifth consecutive Division III district championship victory was a lot more enjoyable than the one a year ago for sophomore Brett Elder.
The Warriors' leading scorer this year and one of their key players last season, Elder scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Fairbanks on Saturday at DeSales.
Elder missed last season's 2-1 victory over Bloom-Carroll in a district final after being suspended for breaking a team rule.
Against Fairbanks, there was little doubt where Elder was during most of the key action as he helped the Warriors improve to 14-1-4 overall and advance to a regional semifinal Tuesday at Wellington against Grandview or Columbus Academy.
"This is another step we had to take, another of the necessary steps," coach Dan Roads said. "We're excited to be going forward."
Fairbanks, which finishes 13-4-3, used an extra player -- or sometimes more -- on defense for most of the game.
With 6 minutes, 3 seconds to go in the half, senior Collin King passed it to Elder, and from about 18 yards he smashed one past Fairbanks goalkeeper Matt McKee for the first goal.
The Warriors nearly made it 2-0 with 31:06 remaining when Caleb Palumbo kicked one from about 40 yards toward the goal, but the ball hit the top of the post.
Worthington Christian's George Miller and Quinn Miller each had header shots just miss the net midway through the second half.
With 12 minutes remaining, the Panthers had their best scoring opportunity as they had two corner kicks, including one by Ryan Rausch that went wide of the goal.
Then with 7:15 to go, Worthington Christian sealed the win when King took a shot toward the goal that was deflected to Elder, who headed it in.
Grandview and Academy played in the other Central District final Saturday afternoon. Worthington Christian defeated the Bobcats 2-0 on Oct. 6 and tied the Vikings at 1 on Sept. 26.
"It is fun getting back (into the regional tournament)," Palumbo said. "It's time to focus on the next team we play."
Boys Soccer: Worthington Christian 2, Fairbanks 0
By JARROD ULREY