Bradley girls upset No. 7 Scioto
To prepare for the postseason, Hilliard Bradley High School girls soccer coach Dan Hoover loaded his team's schedule with nine opponents that ended up being seeded in the top 10 in the Division I district tournament.
The move may have seemed to backfire during the regular season when the Jaguars struggled to a 5-7-4 record, but it paid dividends in their tournament opener Oct. 18 as 21st-seeded Bradley upset seventh-seeded Dublin Scioto 2-1 in double overtime.
"We intentionally played a meat grinder of a schedule to get our team ready to compete with the best teams in the tournament, and this victory is a good example of the work the kids put in," Hoover said. "Even though we didn't always get the result that we wanted, I'm proud of the way our kids played against the top teams in our district during the regular season because we were in every game. Some teams seeded us based solely on our record, but I knew we could be dangerous in the tournament and we proved that (against Scioto)."
Alex Day scored 10 minutes into the game to give Bradley a 1-0 lead, but Scioto tied the score on a goal by Anna Buhigas with seven minutes remaining. Freshman Macie Kill scored the winning goal during the second 15-minute overtime.
"The game ebbed and flowed back and forth and it could have gone either way," Hoover said. "We used our athleticism to our advantage and our girls came through with a couple of nice finishes. (Midfielder) Katie Fleischman came back from a concussion and she helped free up some of our other girls to make plays across the field."
Bradley was 6-7-4 before playing 13th-seeded Olentangy Orange in a district semifinal Oct. 23.
The winner faces top-seeded Dublin Coffman or Watkins Memorial in a district final Saturday, Oct. 27, at Canal Winchester.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal, where it will play New Albany, Pickerington North, Westerville Central or Westerville South on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at a site to be determined.
Bradley lost to Coffman 2-0 in a district final last season.
"If we continue to play our up-tempo style of soccer, where we possess the ball and create chances, we'll have a shot at winning (a district title)," Hoover said. "Amanda Fodor is having a great season for us creating opportunities in the center midfield when she isn't playing great defense in the back."
Davidson girls roll in tourney opener
The Davidson girls team rolled to a 13-0 win over visiting Teays Valley in its Division I district tournament opener Oct. 18.
Jamie Peitz led the way with three goals and Lauren Bates scored two. Ashley Blake, Emily Galloway, Devon McClellan, Lea Edler, Alaina Lundregan, Anna Foell, Alyssa Bosse and Megan Michalak each scored one goal and goalkeeper Bree Miller had one save.
"We were at a completely different level than our opponent," coach Joe Divida said. "We pulled our starters after 10 minutes and it was nice to allow them to rest and watch a lot of our (junior varsity) athletes play."
Seeded fourth, Davidson improved to 15-2 and advanced to play Thomas Worthington in a district semifinal Oct. 23. The winner plays fifth-seeded Watterson or 14th-seeded Olentangy in a district final Saturday, Oct. 27, at Canal Winchester.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal, where it will face Dublin Jerome, Grove City, Olentangy Liberty or Worthington Kilbourne on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at a site to be determined.
"To keep winning in the tournament, we'll need to keep our energy level up and stay aggressive," Divida said. "I want to see clinical finishing on our chances."
Darby girls fall in second round of tourney
The Darby girls team lost to host Grove City 2-1 in overtime in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 18.
Caitlin McCarthy scored to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead heading into halftime, but Darby had to play with only 10 players for the final 25 minutes of regulation and throughout overtime after defender Ashleigh Riddle was given a second yellow card.
Goalie Rachel Harricharran had 10 saves for Darby, which finished 4-12-2.
"We had to play a man down for almost the entire second half and our girls got kind of tired by the time we made it to overtime," coach Sarah Wiechman said.
Seeded 25th, Darby opened the tournament with a 2-1 overtime win over host Reynoldsburg, the 22nd seed, on Oct. 16.
With the Panthers trailing 1-0, Emily Church scored with 10 minutes remaining to send the game to overtime and scored again in overtime.
Harricharran had three saves.
"We were fairly even with Reynoldsburg for most of the game, but our girls played extremely well in the second half and overtime," Wiechman said.