Olentangy Valley News


Braves record road upsets

Despite being seeded 21st and 19th in their respective Division I district tournaments, the Olentangy High School boys and girls soccer teams each pulled off road upsets to reach district semifinals.

After defeating 23rd-seeded Marysville 4-0 in a first-round game Oct. 16, the boys upset 11th-seeded and host Orange 1-0 on Oct. 19. Senior midfielder Logan Schwing scored and senior goalkeeper Adam Miller made seven saves.

Orange senior goalie Jacob Miller stopped one shot as the Pioneers finished 9-7-1.

The Braves improved to 9-8-1 and advanced to visit seventh-seeded Canal Winchester in a semifinal Oct. 23. The winner plays third-seeded Gahanna or 14th-seeded Westerville South in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at a site to be determined, and the district champion plays Dublin Coffman, Lancaster, Thomas Worthington or Westerville Central in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Westerville North. The regional final is Nov. 2.

The Braves lost to Westerville Central 6-1 on Aug. 29 and Thomas 2-1 on Sept. 26.

The Olentangy girls used goals from junior forward Morgan McCullough, junior midfielder Abbey Schwing and junior defender Alana Poff -- two of which came within the first six minutes of the second half -- to upset 15th-seeded and host Pickerington Central 3-1 on Oct. 17.

The Braves, who defeated 32nd-seeded Mount Vernon 6-0 in the first round Oct. 14, improved to 6-8-3 and advanced to visit third-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a semifinal Oct. 22.

The winner plays fifth-seeded Westerville Central or 14th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at a site to be determined. The district champion faces Liberty, Hilliard Bradley, Watterson or Westerville South in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Dublin Jerome. The regional final is Nov. 2

Olentangy tied Liberty at 3 on Oct. 12. It lost to Westerville Central 3-1 on Aug. 29 and Kilbourne 3-1 on Sept. 24.

Liberty teams advance to semis

Both Liberty teams reached district semifinals.

After taking a first-round bye, the top-seeded and defending state champion boys team defeated 44th-seeded Franklin Heights 5-0 in a second-round game Oct. 21. The Patriots improved to 13-3-1 and advanced to play 16th-seeded Pickerington North on Oct. 23. The winner plays eighth-seeded Kilbourne or 12th-seeded St. Charles in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville Central, with the champion advancing to play Bradley, Davidson, Jerome or New Albany in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Gahanna. The semifinal winner plays in a regional final Nov. 2.

Liberty defeated Davidson 1-0 on Sept. 24 and Jerome 3-1 on Oct. 3.

The girls team, which earned the fourth seed, beat 39th-seeded Logan 9-0 on Oct. 17 in the second round to improve to 10-2-5. Junior forward Natalie Flahive scored three goals and the Patriots got two apiece from junior midfielder Katie Kill and sophomore forward Haley Pickelheimer to move into a semifinal Oct. 22 against 10th-seeded Bradley. The winner plays sixth-seeded Watterson or 13th-seeded Westerville South in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Gahanna.

The Patriots tied Watterson at 1 on Sept. 12 and Davidson at 3 on Sept. 24.

Orange girls lose in second round

The Orange girls team saw its season end with a 3-2 double-overtime home loss to 12th-seeded Marysville on Oct. 17. Senior forwards Sophie Level and Stephanie Lewis scored for the Pioneers, and junior goalie Mackenzie Brunke made 12 saves as Orange finished 11-6.

The Pioneers routed 37th-seeded Briggs 13-0 at home in the first round Oct. 15.

--Dave Purpura