Magnuson, Reedus lead North boys to semifinal
Senior forward Isaac Magnuson and sophomore forward D.J. Reedus scored, and the Pickerington High School North boys soccer team reached a Division I district semifinal for the 10th time in the program's 11 seasons by defeating visiting Watkins Memorial 2-0 on Oct. 19 in a second-round tournament game.
The 16th-seeded Panthers defeated 31st-seeded Westland 5-1 in a first-round home game Oct. 16 before beating the 25th-seeded Warriors to improve to 9-5-4.
The Panthers played top-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 44th-seeded Franklin Heights in a district semifinal Oct. 23, with the winner advancing to play eighth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or 12th-seeded St. Charles in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville Central.
The district champion plays Dublin Jerome, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Davidson or New Albany in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Gahanna, with that winner advancing to a regional final Nov. 2. North lost to Davidson 3-0 on Sept. 12 and New Albany 3-0 on Sept. 26.
North's girls, seeded second in their Division I district tournament, began the postseason Oct. 17 with a 9-0 rout of 36th-seeded Groveport in a second-round home game. Sophomore forward Emma Warns scored twice to lead the Panthers, who got goals from eight players, improved to 15-0-1 and advanced to play 25th-seeded Hilliard Darby in a district semifinal Oct. 22.
The district semifinal winner plays seventh-seeded Jerome or ninth-seeded Thomas Worthington in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville North.
The district champion plays Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto, Grove City or Marysville in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Gahanna, with that winner moving on to a regional final Nov. 2.
The Panthers defeated Thomas 2-1 on Aug. 24, Jerome 2-1 on Sept. 12, Grove City 4-0 on Oct. 8 and Marysville 4-1 on Sept. 19.
On sophomore midfielder Colton Castellon's goal with 24 minutes to play Oct. 16, the 32nd-seeded Central boys team defeated 41st-seeded and visiting Central Crossing 1-0 in a first-round game. Castellon finished a 35-yard kick by freshman forward/midfielder Dalton McElwain.
The Tigers played most of the game without sophomore forward Steven Bauers, who left the game with a leg injury.
On Oct. 21, junior goalie Collin Federer made nine saves as the Tigers lost at second-seeded Dublin Coffman 7-0 in a second-round game to finish 4-11-2.
Central girls team falls to Olentangy
The season ended for the Central girls team Oct. 17 with a 3-1 home loss to 19th-seeded Olentangy in a second-round tournament game.
Junior midfielder Lea Reynolds scored for the 15th-seeded Tigers, who fell behind 2-0 early in the second half.
"We got frazzled once they scored on us and we stopped playing the way we know how to play," said coach Jillian Walters, whose team finished 10-6-1 overall and 5-2 in the OCC-Ohio Division, tied for second with Grove City behind North (7-0) and ahead of Gahanna (4-2-1), Reynoldsburg (3-3-1), Lancaster (2-5), Newark (1-6) and Groveport (0-7).
"We're a possession-oriented team. If we don't keep the ball on the ground, we can't make the through-runs we have to make and that cuts off a lot of our scoring opportunities."
Sophomore forward Aisha Suhaiba scored a team-high 10 goals, followed by senior forward Samantha Oberdorf's eight. The Tigers lose nine seniors. Among the expected returnees is sophomore goalkeeper Jaelyn Cunningham, a two-year starter.