The Dublin Coffman High School boys soccer team won its second consecutive district title by defeating Westerville Central 2-1 on Oct. 27 at Westerville South.

The Dublin Coffman High School boys soccer team won its second consecutive district title by defeating Westerville Central 2-1 on Oct. 27 at Westerville South.

"With the way they play -- they're so good in the back -- we knew finding any openings would be tough against them," said coach Steve Watts, whose team also defeated Central 1-0 on Aug. 23. "I went in figuring it would be another 1-0 game and we got two in the net and that is good."

Aaron Willis' penalty kick with 19:24 remaining was the deciding goal. It followed Central's Matt Hughes being called for a hand ball.

Andrew Louvers also scored for Coffman before the Warhawks tied at the game at 1 on Grant Hagglund's goal with 12:45 left in the first half.

Coffman goalkeeper Trent Rantala had six saves, including two in the final two minutes.

"This is pretty great," Willis said of the district title. "It was tough at the end, but we held on. Trent made a good save at the end."

The Shamrocks played about the final six minutes one player down after sophomore defender Patrick Gualtieri was issued a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct. Gualtieri was forced to sit out the regional semifinal Oct. 31 against Gahanna and will miss the regional final if Coffman advances.

Coffman was 14-4-1 before playing Gahanna.

The winner plays Olentangy Liberty or Westerville North in a regional final at noon Saturday, Nov. 3.

Coffman lost to Liberty 6-0 on Oct. 2 and Westerville North 1-0 on Sept. 22.

The winner plays Huber Heights Wayne, West Chester Lakota West, Mason or Cincinnati St. Xavier in a state semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. The state final is 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Crew Stadium.

The Shamrocks defeated St. Charles 2-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 24 at home as Marcus Manarolla and Liam Pyles scored.

Last season, the Shamrocks lost to Liberty 3-1 in a regional final.