The Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer team rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat Hilliard Darby 5-3 on Oct. 8 to capture its first league title.
Midfielder Jeff Ireland had three goals, including the game-winner, and midfielder Tyler Dillow scored two for the Jaguars, who improved to 9-1-6 overall and finished atop the OCC-Cardinal Division at 5-0-2.
Canal Winchester (5-1-1) was second, followed by Westerville South (3-0-4), Westerville Central (3-1-3), Dublin Scioto (2-4-1), Dublin Jerome (1-3-3), Darby (1-6) and Westerville North (1-6).
The victory over Darby also gave Bradley a share of the Hilliard Cup with Davidson. The Jaguars and Wildcats played to a 1-all tie on Sept. 19 and Davidson defeated the Panthers 1-0 on Sept. 5.
"This is one of the greatest moments I've had as a coach and winning the OCC and Hilliard Cup on the same day means a lot to our players, too," coach Pat Billman said. "This was a boxing match and Darby came out and hit us in the mouth with two goals right away, but our kids answered the bell and won this game in the second half."
Seeded fourth of 45 teams in the Division I district tournament, Bradley had a first-round bye and will play host to 18th-seeded Scioto or 40th-seeded Whetstone in the second round Saturday, Oct. 19.
The Jaguars defeated Scioto 3-2 on Oct. 1.
The second-round winner will face 13th-seeded Upper Arlington, 17th-seeded Jerome or 35th-seeded Walnut Ridge in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the site of the higher seed.
Bradley defeated UA 3-1 on Oct. 3 and beat Jerome 8-2 on Aug. 27.
"Our draw is very difficult and every game is going to be a dogfight," Billman said. "We need to play together and stay unselfish because we're tough to beat when we play that way."
Darby boys entered postseason on slump
The Darby boys team lost to Gahanna 3-2 on Oct. 10 to drop to 4-12 overall and end its regular season on a three-game losing streak.
Midfielder Brian Lee had two goals against Bradley.
Seeded 24th, the Panthers opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 16 at 22nd-seeded Chillicothe.
The winner plays in the second round Saturday, Oct. 19, at seventh-seeded Canal Winchester.
Darby lost to Canal Winchester 4-0 on Sept. 10.
The second-round winner will face 11th-seeded Olentangy Orange, 21st-seeded Olentangy or 23rd-seeded Marysville in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the site of the higher seed.
The Panthers lost to Olentangy 3-2 on Sept. 7
Last year, Darby reached a district final as the third seed before losing to second-seeded Gahanna 2-0.
Darby girls closed regular season on skid
The Darby girls team lost to Bradley 2-0 on Oct. 8 to drop to 2-11-3 overall and end the regular season on a four-game losing streak.
Goalkeeper Nicole Burke had six saves against the Jaguars.
Darby finished 1-5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to place seventh, behind Jerome (5-1-1), Bradley (5-2), Westerville South (4-2-1), Westerville Central (3-1-3), Canal Winchester (3-3-1) and Westerville North (2-3-2) and ahead of Scioto (0-6-1).
Seeded 25th of 40 teams, the Panthers faced 20th-seeded Watkins Memorial in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 15.
The winner plays host to 28th-seeded Lancaster in the second round Thursday, Oct. 17, with the second-round winner facing second-seeded Pickerington North or 36th-seeded Groveport in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the site of the higher seed.