Although it had been more than a week since the Dublin Scioto High School boys soccer team had played a game, it showed little rust in its Division I district tournament opener against sixth-seeded Hilliard Darby last Saturday.
The Irish had a nine-day layoff before defeating host Darby 3-2 in the second round of the district tournament. Both teams had a first-round bye and Scioto had not played since an 8-1 win over Grove City on Oct. 14.
Scioto improved to 5-8-3 overall and advanced to play Reynoldsburg in a district semifinal last Wednesday.
"Sometimes when it comes down to winner go home, you have to challenge kids, and they responded for us," coach Chad Snider said. "I really wasn't worried about the layoff because it let us get organized. We had been close to winning a lot of games this season and this let us tie up some loose ends."
Ryan Gibson, Ryan Hanson and Chris McCoy all scored against Darby and Steven Richardson had eight saves.
"We worked to make sure we were all a team and playing as a unit. That's something we have struggled with at times this season," Snider said. "We had some leaders who stepped up for us and did the things we needed them to do. Ryan Gibson really kind of took control of team during layoff and made sure that the players all remained focused."
The winner between Scioto and Reynoldsburg advances to a district final against top-seeded Gahanna or Marysville at 7 p.m. Saturday at Westerville Central. The Irish have not played Gahanna, which is the defending state champion and was ranked second in the final state poll behind Cleveland St. Ignatius.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dublin Coffman, where it will face Dublin Jerome, New Albany, Pickerington North or Westerville Central.
North and Jerome are seeded fourth and 10th, respectively, in the district.
The Irish lost to Jerome 5-3 on Oct. 5 and lost to Westerville Central 2-0 on Sept. 21 in OCC-Cardinal Division play. They lost to North 2-1 on Sept. 16.
The regional final is at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at Scioto.
Scioto finished 0-4-3 in the OCC-Cardinal after losing to Marysville 3-2 on Oct. 12. Hanson and Gibson scored and Richardson had three saves.
The Irish finished seventh in the league, behind Olentangy (5-1-1), Jerome (5-2), Westerville Central (4-1-2), Westerville North (3-2-2), Olentangy Liberty (2-2-3) and Marysville (2-4-1) and ahead of Westerville South (0-5-2).
•The girls team was 16-1-1 before playing Pickerington Central last Tuesday in a district semifinal.
The winner advanced to a district final at 8 p.m. Saturday at Scioto against top-seeded Pickerington North or Westerville North. The Irish, seeded fifth, beat Westerville North 1-0 on Sept. 14 but have not played Pickerington North, which was 15-2 before last Tuesday.
"I guess this shows that our long hours of training have paid off with the way things have gone this season," said coach Chris Adams, whose team beat Buckeye Valley 8-0 on Oct. 16 to end the regular season. "Last year, everything went wrong with injuries, but that didn't happen this year."
The district champion plays in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Logan against Dresden Tri-Valley or Marietta. Marietta was 15-2-2 and Tri-Valley was 13-3-1 heading into their district final matchup.
The regional final will be at noon Nov. 6 at Scioto.
The Irish defeated Franklin Heights 12-0 in the first round of the district tournament on Oct. 19. Scoring were Anna Buhigas, Kristen Burton, Sveta Gudenkova, Mallory Harrington, Rebecca Holcomb, Rachel Jacoby, Michelle Kryc, Sarah Leach, Maddie Marker, Cori Piatka, Megan Scoliere and Mackenzie Williams. Summer Cartwright and Gudenkova each had two saves.
Cartwright, Leach and Marker scored in a 3-0 win over Westerville Central in the second round on Oct. 21. Buhigas had five saves.
"We have really prepared well for the postseason, especially mentally," defender Emily Pissocra said. "We have been playing as a team and that has worked out well for us."
Scioto made sure it did not share its first league championship since 2004 by defeating Marysville 2-1 on Oct. 12 behind goals by Cartwright and Williams and two saves by Buhigas.
The Irish finished first in the OCC-Cardinal at 6-0-1, followed by Jerome (5-2), Liberty (5-2), Westerville Central (4-2-1), Westerville North (3-3-1), Marysville (1-4-2), Olentangy (1-5-1) and Westerville South (0-7).
At a glance
Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Coffman and Jerome boys and girls soccer teams:
*Oct. 12 - Lost to Upper Arlington 1-0
Oct. 14 - Defeated Worthington Christian 2-1
Oct. 23 - Def. Briggs 6-0 in Division I district tournament opener
Last Wednesday - Played Olentangy Liberty in semifinal. The winner will play second-seeded Thomas Worthington or Worthington Kilbourne in the final Saturday at Westerville Central. The winner of that will play Olentangy Orange, Upper Arlington, Westerville North or Westerville South in a regional semifinal Tuesday at Dublin Jerome. The regional final will be Saturday at Dublin Scioto.
Of note: The Shamrocks were 9-4-4 overall before last Wednesday and finished 3-2-2 in the OCC-Central. The Shamrocks are seeded fifth.
*Oct. 12 - Tied UA at 0
Oct. 14 - Def. Westerville South 2-0
Oct. 21 - Def. Delaware 7-0 in Division I district tournament opener
Last Tuesday - Played Thomas Worthington in semifinal. The winner will play fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson or Watterson in the final Saturday at Dublin Scioto. The winner of that will play Dublin Jerome, Gahanna, Olentangy Liberty or Upper Arlington in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Upper Arlington. The regional final will be held Nov. 6 at Dublin Scioto.
Of note: The Shamrocks were11-2-4 overall before last Tuesday and finished 5-0-2 in the OCC-Central. The Shamrocks were seeded second.
Last Saturday - Def. Whetstone 3-1 in Division I district tournament opener. Jonathan Holden had two goals and Adam Organ scored one.
Last Wednesday - Played fourth-seeded Pickerington North in district semifinal. Winner plays Westerville Central or New Albany in district final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westerville Central. District champion plays Gahanna, Marysville, Scioto or Reynoldsburg in regional semifinal on Tuesday at Dublin Coffman.
Of note: The Celtics were 8-6-3 overall before last Wednesday and finished 5-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Oct. 19 - Def. Westland 12-0 in Division I district tournament opener. Carli Pimm had three goals.
Oct. 21 - Def. New Albany 1-0 in second round of district tournament. Christy Chou scored.
Last Tuesday - Played sixth-seeded Olentangy Liberty in district semifinal. Winner plays third-seeded Upper Arlington or Gahanna in district final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grandview. District champion plays Coffman, Hilliard Davidson, Thomas Worthington or Watterson in regional semifinal on Wednesday at Upper Arlington.
Of note: The Celtics were 10-5-3 overall before last Tuesday and finished 5-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.