Before the Division I district tournament began, the Marysville High School boys soccer team got together for a discussion. The Monarchs had a first-round bye and entered the second round against 12th-seeded Pickerington Central winless in their last six games.

Before the Division I district tournament began, the Marysville High School boys soccer team got together for a discussion. The Monarchs had a first-round bye and entered the second round against 12th-seeded Pickerington Central winless in their last six games.

"The guys said they wanted to put everything out there for the team," coach Marc Kirsch said. "They wanted to send the seniors out the right way."

The Monarchs defeated Pickerington Central 3-2 on Oct. 18, and four days later they beat Reynoldsburg 3-2 in overtime in a district semifinal.

"They never stopped believing," Kirsch said. "We've been talking about it for weeks and we knew we were a really talented team even though we hadn't been getting the results."

Marysville played second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a district final last Saturday. The winner advanced to a regional semifinal Tuesday at Dublin Coffman against Hilliard Davidson or Upper Arlington, with the regional final set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Dublin Scioto. Possible opponents are Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Olentangy Liberty and Westerville Central.

"We had a very solid season overall and it was a shame that we lost our first tournament game," Pickerington Central coach Brad Monhollen said. "We (lost 12 seniors) last year with seven of them being starters and we still finished 9-5-3. When you look around the state and around central Ohio, that's a pretty good season."

Last Thursday, the end seemed inevitable for Marysville as the Monarchs trailed Reynoldsburg 2-0 with seven minutes remaining.

Two goals by Aaron Hembree in a 47-second span forced overtime, and Hembree assisted Adam Wasik on a goal midway through the first 15-minute overtime period.

"I was sitting backside that whole time," Wasik said. "Aaron hit it across and I was just there to finish it. I was glad to be there."

Marysville entered the district final at 8-9-1.

"We could have a better record than we show," Kirsch said. "Right now records don't matter. Everyone on the team knows and believes we are a good team and can compete with any single team in the district. Some teams I'd love to have back and the guys are the same way."

Marysville beat Westerville Central 2-1 on Sept. 9 but losing to Liberty 3-0 on Aug. 26, Jerome 2-0 on Sept. 23 and Coffman 2-0 on Sept. 27.

Kirsch believes Marysville's regular-season schedule prepared the Monarchs for the postseason.

"We played an extremely difficult schedule this year," Kirsch said. "We're tested, the guys have been in these big games and they know how to respond. We're battle tested and they're ready to go. It doesn't matter who we play. They'll come out and play the best they can."

•The fifth-seeded girls volleyball team played in a Division I district final last Saturday against fourth-seeded Watterson. The winner advanced to a regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hilliard Davidson against Cincinnati Ursuline or Vandalia Butler, with the winner of that advancing to a regional final Saturday at Davidson against Coffman, Pickerington North, Olentangy, Grove City, Newark or Worthington Kilbourne.

Marysville was 20-4 before last Saturday, having won its last four and six of its last seven.

The Monarchs defeated West 25-11, 25-11, 25-9 on Oct. 15 in the first round of the district tournament, Reynoldsburg 25-7, 25-15, 25-14 on Oct. 18 in the second round and sixth-seeded Westerville Central 25-16, 25-21, 13-25, 18-25, 15-13 last Wednesday in a district semifinal.

•The boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Division I district meet Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial. Neither advanced to the regional last Saturday at Pickerington North, but the Monarchs did have some individuals qualify.

In district 2, the girls team finished sixth (142) behind champion Davidson (39) as the top four teams and 16 individuals advanced. Brooke Brown was sixth (19 minutes, 37 seconds) and Elaine Dietsch was 13th (20:04).

The boys team finished eighth (204) behind champion Davidson (31) in district 3. Ben Karn was 11th (16:26).

From regional, the top 16 individuals qualified to the state meet Saturday at Scioto Downs.