Winning the CCL championship wasn't as exciting for the St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team this time as in the past.
The Cardinals won their third consecutive title, but they had to share it with Watterson after losing to DeSales 2-1 on Oct. 1.
St. Charles and Watterson both finished 3-1 in league play, followed by DeSales (2-1-1), Hartley (1-2-1) and Ready (0-4). The Cardinals defeated Watterson 1-0 on Sept. 17.
"Sharing the title isn't quite as sweet as winning it outright, but we have won three in a row," said coach Rick Ey, whose team is 8-3-4 overall. "Hopefully this will bring us together as a team."
Senior defender Nik Weislogel scored against DeSales, and junior goalkeeper Josh Zebula had four saves.
The Cardinals also lost to Worthington Christian 3-2 on Oct. 5. Junior forward Jack Engert and junior midfielder Niko Strickler scored and Zebula had six saves.
"We had a tough week and are looking to bounce back," Ey said. "We've had a good season and sometimes you have tough weeks you have to work through."
Ey said his team has been battling injuries, but nothing significant and all the players should be ready for tournament play.
"Hopefully we can build from the experiences of (last) week," Ey said. "We hope to be healthy going into the postseason."
The Cardinals are seeded 12th in the Division I district tournament and have a first-round bye. They play 26th-seeded Delaware or 27th-seeded Zanesville at home Oct. 19 in a second-round game.
"We would have liked to have been seeded higher, but I think we had a pretty good draw," Ey said. "We look to probably play Worthington Kilbourne in a district semifinal, should we win our first game. But you have to expect to play good teams when you get at that point in the bracket."
Golf team advances to district tourney
The golf team played in the Division I district tournament Oct. 8 at Apple Valley. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
On Oct. 1 in a sectional at Granville Golf Course, the Cardinals finished second (301), one stroke behind two-time defending state champion Dublin Jerome (300). Upper Arlington (304) was third to earn the final district-qualifying spot.
Junior Connor Yakubov led St. Charles with a 73 at sectional, followed by junior Eddie O'Brien (75), freshman Evan Yakubov (75), senior Connor Huelsman (78) and senior Sam Schmelzer (83).
"We played well (at sectional)," coach John Croswell said.
"It was good to see us finish a round instead of losing 10 to 12 strokes on the back nine."
Delaware's Grant Godfrey (74) and Gahanna's Aaron Byas (75) qualified as individuals to district along with Lancaster's Maxim Boone, who won a one-hole playoff over Gahanna's Alex Vegh after both shot 76.