Sam Gengler came up golden again for the Pickerington High School Central girls soccer team.

Sam Gengler came up golden again for the Pickerington High School Central girls soccer team.

The sophomore scored the winning goal in overtime to lead the Tigers to a 2-1 upset of seventh-seeded DeSales on Oct. 21 in a second-round Division I district tournament game.

Last season, she scored the "golden goal" in overtime to defeat Teays Valley 1-0 in the first round of district play.

"Our season has been on the rise and we didn't want it to end," said Gengler, whose team was 11-6-1 before playing fifth-seeded Dublin Scioto last Tuesday in a district semifinal. "I was able to shake off the defense and get the ball in the top right corner of the net."

Torrie Marshall had the other goal for the Tigers, who are 7-0-1 in their last eight games. Lizzie Awuah had 10 saves.

"We were really vocal and really stepped it up," coach Angie Pinion said. "We played with a lot of passion."

The winner from last Tuesday will play at 8 p.m. Saturday in a district final at Scioto against top-seeded Pickerington North or 10th-seeded Westerville North. Central lost 8-1 to the Warriors on Sept. 2 and 5-0 to the Panthers on Sept. 7.

The district champion will play in a regional semifinal on Wednesday at Logan against Dresden Tri-Valley or Marietta. Marietta was 15-2-2 before the district final and Tri-Valley was 13-3-1.

The regional final will be at noon on Nov. 6 at Scioto.

On Oct. 19, the Tigers beat Lancaster 1-0 in the opening round of district play. Alli Hammond scored and Awuah had seven saves.

•The fourth-seeded North boys team was 13-3-1 before playing 10th-seeded Dublin Jerome in a Division I district semifinal last Wednesday.

The winner will play at 1 p.m. Saturday in a district final against New Albany or host Westerville Central. The Eagles were 6-7-4 after knocking off seventh-seeded Hilliard Davidson 4-3 (5-3 in shootout) last Saturday. Westerville Central was 10-5-2 after beating Tri-Valley 4-0 last Saturday.

The district winner plays Tuesday at Dublin Coffman against Gahanna, Marysville, Scioto or Reynoldsburg in a regional semifinal. The Panthers lost to Gahanna 4-1 on Sept. 21 and tied the Raiders at 1 on Sept. 14.

North beat Scioto 2-1 on Sept. 16, but did not play Marysville. The Monarchs were 7-10-1 after beating Columbus West 2-1 in overtime last Saturday.

The regional final is 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at Scioto.

After a first-round bye, the Panthers opened tournament play last Saturday with a 3-0 win over St. Charles. Tony Boerio, Kyle Herd and Zach Monhollen all scored. Colin Beemiller had two saves.

"We hadn't played since (Oct. 12) against Grove City (an 8-1 win), so I thought it was important to come out and play solid at the beginning," said coach Darrin Monhollen, whose team led St. Charles 2-0 at half. "It's nice to have time off like that, but it's also difficult to simulate game situations in practice because when you go up against teammates who already know all of your moves and it can become frustrating. It's nice to get out there against an unfamiliar opponent."

•The top-seeded North girls team was 15-2 before playing Westerville North in a Division I district semifinal last Tuesday.

The winner from last Tuesday plays in a district final at 8 p.m. Saturday against Central or host Scioto. North has not played this season against the Irish, who are seeded fifth and were 16-1-1 before last Tuesday.

The district champion will play at Logan against Tri-Valley or Marietta with the regional final being at noon on Nov. 6 at Scioto.

The Panthers had a first-round bye before shutting out Hilliard Darby 3-0 on Oct. 21 in a second-round game. Zena Kolliesuah, Christy Macioce and Shelby Olszewski all scored. Heather Laeufer had two saves and Allyson Baldwin added one.

•The Central boys team finished 5-8-4 overall after losing to St. Charles 3-0 on Oct. 20 in the first round of district.

"We played a tough schedule because I wanted the program to get better," said coach Brad Monhollen, who completed his eighth season leading the program. "You can't get to the next level by scheduling cupcake teams. Sometimes that's the nature of the beast."

The Tigers finished fifth in the OCC-Ohio Division at 2-3-2 behind Gahanna at 7-0, North at 5-1-1, Reynoldsburg at 3-1-3 and Groveport at 3-4, and ahead of Grove City and Lancaster, who tied for sixth at 2-4-1. Newark was last at 0-7.

Central had 11 seniors in forward/midfielder Khai Celestin, goalkeeper Zach Miller, midfielder Travis Peraza, defender Devin Rix, midfielder/forward Christian Salyers, defender Jake Searing, stopper Derik Seymour, midfielder/forward Dallas Stang, forward Dylan Stevens, midfielder/defender Tyler Wood and sweeper Kyle Zehnder.

"Our core group of seniors had a lot of talent," Brad Monhollen said. "They had a lot of talent and they were the nicest guys you could ever meet. It was a shame to lose the first game in the tournament considering the rough year they had."

Juniors expected to return are the team's leading scorer for the past two seasons, midfielder Tony Grozdanovski, as well as midfielder/defender Kevin Ibrahim, midfielder Brandon Koch, midfielder Austin Ladd and midfielder Avery Patton.

Expected returnees from the sophomore class include keeper Stephen Banick, outside back Nate Bucilla, midfielder Connor McAndrew, defender Nick Reade, midfielder Dillon Ricketts and defender Zach Schumach.

"I drove by the field (last Sunday) and saw them playing pickup games out there," Brad Monhollen said. "I had nothing to do with that because there's a two-week non-contact period after the season. They were just of there playing for the fun of it, so I think that's a good sign."

At a glance

CENTRAL BOYS

•Record: 5-8-4 overall, 2-3-2 (fifth) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Khai Celestin, Zach Miller, Travis Peraza, Devin Rix, Christian Salyers, Jake Searing, Derik Seymour, Dallas Stang, Dylan Stevens, Tyler Wood and Kyle Zehnder

•Key returnees: Stephen Banick, Nate Bucilla, Tony Grozdanovski, Brandon Koch, Austin Ladd, Connor McAndrew, Avery Patton and Dillon Ricketts