The quick-hitting and top-seeded Bexley High School girls soccer team beat Olentangy Orange 3-0 in a Division II district final last Saturday at Dublin Scioto to earn its fourth district title in a row.

The quick-hitting and top-seeded Bexley High School girls soccer team beat Olentangy Orange 3-0 in a Division II district final last Saturday at Dublin Scioto to earn its fourth district title in a row.

The Lions, who had scored two goals within 10 minutes midway through the first half in a 4-1 victory over Wellington in a district semifinal three days earlier, scored twice in the first 3 minutes,16 seconds last Saturday.

"The first five minutes were amazing," said midfielder Leah Levey, who scored two goals against Orange as the Lions improved to 20-2-1. "We came out so pumped up and ready to go. Our seniors have always been district champions so we wanted to get that fourth gold medal for them."

"I feel honored to be a part of this team," coach Scott Dempsey said. "This team has worked very hard and come together brilliantly over the season."

The Lions advanced to a regional semifinal last Wednesday against Middletown Fenwick, with the winner to face Circleville or Coshocton in a final at noon Saturday at Dublin Jerome. Entering their semifinal, Circleville was 12-4-2 and Coshocton was 13-6-1.

The regional champion will play in a state semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Clayton Northmont against Cincinnati Madeira, Waynesville, Cincinnati Mariemont or Hamilton Badin. Entering regional semifinals, Madeira was 18-0-1, Waynesville was 15-2-3, Mariemont was 15-1-4 and Badin was 11-5-4.

Madeira was first and Mariemont was sixth in the final state poll.

Badin beat Bexley 1-0 in a regional semifinal last year, 2-0 in a state semifinal two years ago and 5-1 in a state semifinal three years ago.

•The 11th-seeded boys team finished 6-8-5 after losing to top-seeded DeSales 2-1 in overtime in a Division II district final last Saturday at Upper Arlington.

The Lions opened 1-4-2, but still managed to make it to a district final for the sixth year in a row. They beat fourth-seeded Canal Winchester 3-0 in the second round Oct. 16 and sixth-seeded Jonathan Alder 1-0 in overtime in a district semifinal Oct. 21.

"Once we got to the postseason, they were pretty eager to put the regular season behind them and make a run," coach Greg Kullman said.

The Lions took a 1-0 lead on an own-goal against DeSales, but Luke Froehlich of the Stallions tied the game at 1 with 18 minutes remaining. Bexley appeared to have won the game in overtime but a goal was negated by an offside call.

David Harper scored the winning goal for the Stallions, who improved to 15-3-1.

Bexley's 13-year hold on league titles ended as it went 3-0-2 in the MSL-Ohio Division to finish behind Columbus Academy (4-0-1) and Granville (3-1-1) and ahead of Whitehall (2-3), Heath (0-4-1) and Lakewood (0-4-1). Academy was fifth in the final Division III state poll.

Bexley will lose seven seniors in Josh Price, Eric Langer, Michael Zacks, Michael Prout, Colin Zidar, Adam Gray and Ben Needleman. Prout was first-team all-MSL and all-district. Zidar was second-team all-MSL and Langer and Price received honorable mention.

The Lions expect to return juniors Matt Asensio and Matt Sharpe and sophomore Neil Polhman at forward and juniors Ross Friedman, David Essman, Evan Jones, Eric Hollis and Oliver Coffey and sophomore Joe Macklin in the midfield. Friedman (12 goals) was first-team all-MSL and second-team all-district. Asensio (eight goals) was honorable mention all-MSL.

Juniors Kevin Bond and Collin Hepler and sophomore Evan Porter are expected back on defense. Bond was second-team all-MSL.

"The kids know what we've been able to do with hard work and determination. They also learned just because they have the name Bexley written across the jersey doesn't mean they can step on the field and win," Kullman said.

"Next year they have to uphold that tradition."

At a glance

BOYS

•Record: 6-8-5 overall, 3-0-2 (third) in MSL-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Adam Gray, Eric Langer, Ben Needleman, Josh Price, Michael Prout, Michael Zacks and Colin Zidar

•Key returnees: Matt Asensio, Kevin Bond and Ross Friedman