The Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer team had trouble finishing goal-scoring opportunities during the regular season, as evidenced by the fact that it was shut out in seven of 16 games.

The Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer team had trouble finishing goal-scoring opportunities during the regular season, as evidenced by the fact that it was shut out in seven of 16 games.

With a lineup decimated by illness and injuries, the Shamrocks finished the regular season on a three-game goal-scoring drought, going 0-2-1 in those contests.

But the fifth-seeded Shamrocks found their scoring touch in their Division I district tournament opener, as they defeated Westerville South 5-0 on Oct. 22 at Coffman, matching their season-high for goals in a game.

Coffman, which improved to 9-5-3 and advanced to play Gahanna in a district semifinal last Tuesday, raised its record to 9-0 in games in which it has scored two or more goals.

"We play really strong team defense, but sometimes we struggle on offense, so it feels good to win the way we did," defender Hannah May said. "We've had a lot of people out with the flu, but we're getting healthy, and I think we played better because we were excited about it being a tournament game."

Against South, forward Amber Kern scored two goals, forward Grace Filler, midfielder Allie Schlemitz and forward Katie Zaborski each scored one and Coffman's defense didn't allow a shot on goal.

"When our forwards play well, our whole team plays well," May said. "Our midfield played well, too. Our midfield sets play for our attack, so when they have a good game, our forwards have a lot of opportunities."

The district final will be played Saturday at Wellington, with the potential opponents being second-seeded Watterson and seventh-seeded Jerome are on the other side of the semifinal bracket.

Coffman battled Watterson to a scoreless tie on Sept. 7 and lost to Jerome 1-0 on Sept. 17.

•The Scioto boys team opened the district tournament last Saturday with a 7-0 win over Newark.

Tony Villa-Cruz and Chris Green both scored two goals and the Irish's defense allowed only one shot on goal.

"Our pace was too slow in the beginning, but once we kicked it into gear, we played well," coach Chad Snider said. "We have 14 seniors, and our leadership has been very good."

The fifth-seeded Irish played Pickerington North in a district semifinal last Wednesday, with the winner playing fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson or Thomas Worthington in a district final Saturday at Upper Arlington.

The district champion plays eighth-seeded Coffman, top-seeded Gahanna, Hilliard Darby or New Albany in a regional semifinal Tuesday at Coffman.

"For us to win a district title, we need to play within ourselves," Snider said. "If we don't try to do anything too fancy and we make the simple plays, we should be fine."

•The Jerome girls team opened the district tournament Oct. 20 by defeating Beechcroft 14-0, as Kathleen Smerles and Kaitlin Miller each had three goals and Jessica Sabers scored two.

Two days later, the seventh-seeded Celtics beat Pickerington Central 3-0 in the second round, as Courtney Kobashigawa scored two goals and Lindsay Agnew scored one.

"We pretty much dominated our first two tournament games," coach Annie Murphy Gage said. "We were strong in our first touch and passing games, which were two areas that we really focused on."

The Celtics played second-seeded Watterson in a district semifinal last Tuesday, with the winner playing fifth-seeded Coffman or Gahanna in a district final Saturday at Wellington. The district champion plays third-seeded Pickerington North, fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty, Scioto or Westerville North in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Upper Arlington.

Jerome defeated Coffman 1-0 on Sept. 17 and beat Gahanna 1-0 on Sept. 24.

"We beat Coffman and Gahanna this year, but the tournament is completely different, and it's what you do now that matters most," Murphy Gage said. "We need to be sharp defensively as a team. And we need our top players to come up big and put the ball in the back of the net, which is something we've struggled with at times."


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto boys and girls soccer teams:

COFFMAN BOYS

Oct. 17 -- Defeated St. Charles 2-0 Last Saturday -- Def. Dresden Tri-Valley 7-1 in Division I district tournament opener Last Wednesday -- Played New Albany in district semifinal. Winner plays top-seeded Gahanna or Hilliard Darby in a district final Saturday at Upper Arlington. The district champion plays fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson, Pickerington North, fifth-seeded Scioto or Thomas Worthington in a regional semifinal Tuesday at Coffman. The regional final is Nov. 7 at Jerome.

Of note: The Shamrocks were 9-6-2 overall before last Wednesday.

COFFMAN GIRLS

Oct. 22 -- Def. Westerville South 5-0 in district tournament opener Last Tuesday -- Played Gahanna in district semifinal. Winner plays second-seeded Watterson or seventh-seeded Jerome in a district final Saturday at Wellington. The district champion plays fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty, third-seeded Pickerington North, Scioto or Westerville North in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Upper Arlington. The regional final is Nov. 7 at Scioto.

Of note: The Shamrocks were 9-5-3 before last Tuesday.

JEROME BOYS

Last Saturday -- Def. Marion-Franklin 12-0 in district tournament opener Last Wednesday -- Played Pickerington Central or Marysville in district semifinal. Winner plays third-seeded Liberty or Upper Arlington in a district final Saturday at Jerome. The district champion plays second-seeded Olentangy Orange, Lancaster, Westerville Central, Westerville North or Westerville South in a regional semifinal Tuesday at Jerome. The regional final is Nov. 7 at Jerome.

Of note: The Celtics were 9-7-1 before last Wednesday.

JEROME GIRLS

Oct. 20 -- Def. Beechcroft 14-0 in district tournament opener Oct. 22 -- Def. Pickerington Central 3-0 in second round of district tournament Last Tuesday -- Played Watterson in district semifinal. The winner plays fifth-seeded Coffman or Gahanna in a district final Saturday at Wellington. The district champion plays third-seeded Pickerington North, fourth-seeded Liberty, Scioto or Westerville North in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Upper Arlington. The regional final is Nov. 7 at Scioto.

Of note: The Celtics were 11-3-4 before last Tuesday.

SCIOTO BOYS

Last Saturday -- Def. Newark 7-0 in district tournament opener Last Wednesday -- Played Pickerington North in district semifinal. The winner plays fourth-seeded Davidson or Thomas Worthington in a district final Saturday at Upper Arlington. The district champion plays eighth-seeded Coffman, top-seeded Gahanna, Darby or New Albany in a regional semifinal Tuesday at Coffman. The regional final is Nov. 7 at Jerome.

Of note: The Irish were 11-2-4 before last Wednesday.

SCIOTO GIRLS

Oct. 20 -- Def. Northland 9-0 in district tournament opener Oct. 22 -- Def. Big Walnut 2-0 in second round of district tournament Last Tuesday -- Played third-seeded Pickerington North in district semifinal. The winner plays fourth-seeded Liberty or Westerville North in a district final Saturday at Grandview. The district champion plays second-seeded Watterson, seventh-seeded Jerome, fifth-seeded Coffman or Gahanna in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Upper Arlington. The regional final is Nov. 7 at Scioto.

Of note: The Irish were 11-3-3 before last Tuesday.