Coffman boys team rips Comets
The Dublin Coffman High School boys soccer team used its Division I district tournament second-round game against Central Crossing in part to prepare for what the Shamrocks expected to be more challenging games ahead.
The fourth-seeded Shamrocks, who had a first-round bye, earned a spot in a district semifinal with an 8-0 win Oct. 20 over the Comets at home.
"We put the ball in the net, got some confidence and played pretty well," coach Steve Watts said. "We could have finished a few more chances than we did, but we moved the ball and built some confidence."
Coffman was 12-4-1 before playing St. Charles at home on Oct. 24.
The ninth-seeded Cardinals defeated 20th-seeded Dublin Jerome 1-0 on Oct. 20 at home, winning the game on penalty kicks 2-1.
The semifinal winner plays fifth-seeded Westerville Central or eighth-seeded Pickerington Central in a district final at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Westerville South.
Coffman defeated Westerville Central 1-0 on Aug. 23.
The district champion plays Canal Winchester, Gahanna, Hilliard Darby or Olentangy in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Last season, Coffman finished 12-8-1 overall, losing to Olentangy Liberty 3-1 in a regional final. The Patriots lost to Cleveland St. Ignatius 4-2 in the state final.
Against Central Crossing, the Shamrocks put away the Comets by scoring six goals in the second half.
"The first half was shakier than we expected, we just couldn't put the ball in the net, but the second half shaped up how we wanted it to," senior goalkeeper Trent Rantala said. "That's what we were expecting. Goals-wise, I think we could have had more, but it was a good turnout."
Noah Carver and Justin Garcia each scored three goals, and Patrick Gualtieri and Marcus Manarolla each had one.
With the Shamrocks in control, Watts was able to use three goalkeepers.
Rantala played the first 60 minutes, with senior Kyle White and freshman Joe Zaborski splitting the remaining 20 minutes.
"We wanted to have a good showing and not be sloppy and have some momentum going," Watts said. "I saw the score from when we beat them earlier in the year, so this was kind of what we expected."
Coffman defeated Central Crossing 8-1 in an OCC-Central Division game Sept. 18.
Scioto boys lose to Thomas
The Scioto boys team lost to 11th-seeded and host Thomas Worthington 3-0 in a first-round game Oct. 17.
The Irish finished 4-11-1.
Senior goalkeeper Josh Ashwill made 12 saves, and Thomas scored its goals on defensive breakdowns, according to coach Chad Snider.
"We forget the back-side runs and follow-ups," Snider said. "Josh made two incredible saves (before) the first two goals and we just stopped. The third one we just let the guy go. It was simple, young mistakes that kind of came back to haunt us."
Last season, Scioto won the OCC-Cardinal at 7-0 and finished 18-1 overall, losing to Coffman 2-1 in a district final.
The Irish lost 12 seniors from last season's team.
"We had chances to score, we just couldn't put them away," senior Taylor Dyson said of the loss to Thomas.