The Dublin Jerome High School field hockey team opened the district tournament with a 2-1 home win over 14th-seeded Columbus School for Girls on Oct. 14.
Forwards Kylie Huesman and Alex Petersen scored and goalkeeper Prathibha Srikantan had three saves for the seventh-seeded Celtics, who were 12-5 overall before playing fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal Oct. 22.
"Alex Petersen and Kylie Huesman both have really been coming on strong the last few games," coach Colleen Bender said. "My goalkeeper, Prathibha Srikantan, made some key saves in the second half of the CSG game."
The Jerome-Liberty winner will face top-seeded Thomas Worthington or 12th-seeded Granville in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Jerome. The district champion advances to a state semifinal Nov. 1 at Upper Arlington.
"The key to our success is going to be playing together with intensity for 30 minutes, moving our feet and staying low," Bender said. "This team has what it takes to go far if they keep those basic fundamentals in check."
Jerome went 3-4 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division to finish fifth, behind Thomas (7-0), Liberty (5-1-1), Coffman (5-2) and UA (4-2-1) and ahead of Olentangy (2-5), Olentangy Orange (1-6) and Scioto (0-7).
Shamrocks fall in tourney opener
Coffman lost to sixth-seeded Watterson 2-1 in the first round of the district tournament Oct. 17 at home.
Midfielder Maria Guerrero scored and Emily Goliver and Allison Durthaler both saw time in goal, making five and four saves, respectively, for the fifth-seeded Shamrocks, who finished 11-6 overall.
"This was an amazing game for us," coach Caren Leslie said. "We played Watterson so strong and were so close to tying the game multiple times. My team never gave up and always believed they could win. I am very proud of this Coffman field hockey team and look forward to next season."
Winless Irish show character in loss
Scioto lost to host Thomas 12-1 in the first round of the district tournament Oct. 15 to finish 0-15 overall.
Midfielder Brooklyn Robertson scored and goalie Sarah Mitchell had 24 saves for the 17th-seeded Irish.
"We were matched up with the top seed in central Ohio and perhaps the favorite in many eyes to win the state," coach Jason Perlman said. "We showed up ready to play, and I could not have been more proud of the seniors, (defender) Angela Lontoc, (defender) Amel Khalife, Brooklyn Robertson and (midfielder) Minna Akutsu. They led the charge, fought the good fight. And to see Brooklyn take the ball 60 yards through Thomas defenders to put in a goal when the game was out of reach shows the true character of this team. We compete for 60 minutes."