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Watkins Memorial Roundup

Girls soccer team falls in tournament

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Watkins Memorial High School girls soccer team struck early against visiting Hilliard Darby in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 15 but couldn't maintain its lead and eventually lost 2-1 in double overtime.

Forward Amber White put the Warriors ahead 1-0 with 10 minutes, 11 seconds into the game. After receiving a long pass from goalkeeper Madi Moore, she beat two Darby defenders and blasted a shot into the net.

Seeded 20th of 40 teams, Watkins Memorial didn't score over the final 88 minutes. Darby, the 25th seed, tied the game on a goal by Claire Craddick off of a corner kick with 16:31 left in the first half. The goal came six seconds after Moore had made a save on a penalty kick.

Darby scored the winning goal 2:06 into the second overtime, when a shot by Abbey Spangler ricocheted off of a defender into the net.

"When you have your goalie (Moore) moving one way and the shot is headed the other, you're in trouble," coach Alex Stout said. "It's unlucky soccer. I really feel for Madi and these seniors. They wanted more. They won five games as freshmen and took us to a league championship this year and just really helped turn this program around. They wanted to carry it a little further."

Watkins Memorial finished 10-4-3 overall and went 5-0-1 in the LCL to earn a share of the league championship with Granville. The Warriors and Blue Aces played to a 1-all tie on Sept. 19.

The Warriors lose five seniors in Moore, Makenzie Lauterbach (midfielder), Paige Meinen (midfielder), Britnee Stapleton (defender) and Destiny Waddell (defender). Lauterbach, Moore and Stapleton were starters.

Moore, who will play next year at the University of Findlay, and Stapleton were named first-team all-LCL.

"Our seniors were special," said Stout, who was named LCL Coach of the Year. "I'm proud of them."

Expected to return are juniors Maddie Berry (defender), Natalie Buscemi (midfielder) and Sam Newman (midfielder), sophomores Amberly Knox (forward), Theresa LaGreca (defender), Rachel Lawwell (midfielder), Kaitlyn Smith (midfielder), Mackenzie Weller (defender) and White and freshman Sam Lyon (midfielder).

Knox was first-team all-LCL, LaGreca and Newman were second-team all-league and White was honorable mention all-league.

Postseason starts for boys, girls runners

The cross country teams competed in the Division I district meet Oct. 19 at home.

The boys team competed in district 2, with the top five teams and top 20 individuals advancing to regional Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North. The girls team competed in district 3, with the top six teams and top 24 individuals qualifying for regional.

At regional, the top four teams and top 16 individuals in both the boys and girls races advance to state Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.

Watkins Memorial played host to the LCL meet Oct. 12, with the Warriors winning both individual titles and Granville sweeping the team titles.

The boys team scored 45 points to finish second, behind Granville (36) and ahead of New Catholic (86), Lakewood (113), Licking Valley (144), Licking Heights (149), Johns-town (163) and Heath (239).

Northridge and Utica did not have enough runners for a team score.

Sophomore Andrew Jordan won the league race, which featured 60 runners, in 16:15.31. Also scoring were Jordan Rice (seventh, 16:56.47), Tyler Day (ninth, 17:11.74), Jacob Gero (11th, 17:43.68) and Gerrick Brewer (17th, 17:53.14).

The girls team also scored 45 points to finish second in the league meet, behind Granville (29) and ahead of Newark Catholic (89), Licking Valley (130), Johnstown (143), Heath (144), Licking Heights (182) and Lakewood (194).

Northridge and Utica did not have enough runners for a team score.

Junior Josie Woosley finished first (18:45.37) of 61 runners. Also scoring were Raechal Schoenberger (fifth, 19:53.78), Samantha Hyme (eighth, 20:33.35), Natalie Watson (13th, 21:10.27) and Clair Snode (18th, 21:39.56).

Boys soccer team begins postseason

The boys soccer team played 16th-seeded Pickerington North in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 19 after having a first-round bye.

Seeded 25th of 45 teams, the Warriors entered the game with an 8-6 record.

The second-round winner plays top-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 44th-seeded Franklin Heights in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the site of the higher seed. Liberty is the defending state champion.

The semifinal winner likely will face eighth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or 12th-seeded St. Charles in the district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville Central.

Watkins Memorial did not play Liberty, Franklin Heights, Kilbourne or St. Charles during the regular season.

Season ends for volleyball team

The girls volleyball team lost to fifth-seeded Kilbourne 25-21, 25-11, 25-13 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 16.

The Warriors, who were seeded 44th and had a first-round bye, finished 3-17.

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