Panthers add another league championship
The Pickerington High School North girls soccer team won the program's ninth league championship in its 11-season history, defeating host Grove City 4-0 on Oct. 8 in the OCC-Ohio Division finale for both teams.
Senior forward Morgan Bittengle scored two goals and junior defender/midfielder Kelly Eisenhauer and junior forward Emily Thomas added one each for the Panthers, who finished OCC-Ohio play at 7-0, ahead of Grove City (5-2), Pickerington Central (5-2), Gahanna (4-2-1), Reynoldsburg (3-3-1), Lancaster (2-5), Newark (1-6) and Groveport (0-7).
"It's huge," Bittengle said of winning a league championship.
"Pickerington North has always been one of those schools that is strong in soccer. We've always been a good team, and I think it's just awesome that we get to carry on and do this."
North played an independent schedule in its inaugural season of 2003 and was second in the OCC-Ohio to Gahanna in 2011.
The Panthers, who were state semifinalists last year and ranked fourth in Division I in last week's Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association state poll, finished the regular season at 14-0-1 after defeating Granville, then the state's top-ranked team in Division II, 7-2 on Oct. 10.
North earned the second seed in the district tournament and will play host to 36th-seeded Groveport in a second-round game Thursday, Oct. 17.