After playing through one of the toughest schedule in the state, the Upper Arlington High School boys soccer team figured it was prepared heading into the Division I tournament.

After playing through one of the toughest schedule in the state, the Upper Arlington High School boys soccer team figured it was prepared heading into the Division I tournament.

But the Golden Bears first test against a St. Charles team which entered the postseason with a losing record didn't go as planned.

"It wasn't our best effort, but eventually we got the goal to win," defender Erik Furst said. "We had a lot of opportunities, but we didn't capitalize on them and it's kind of been that way all year. If we can put more of those away, we could get pretty far in the tournament."

Rhodes Moore picked an appropriate time to score his first goal of the season. It came 90 seconds into overtime. UA advanced and played third-seeded Olentangy Liberty last Wednesday in a district semifinal.

The winner meets seventh-seeded Dublin Jerome, Pickerington Central or Marysville at Jerome at 12 p.m. Saturday in a district final.

The 11th-seeded Golden Bears improved to 9-5-3 overall following the 1-0 win over the Cardinals (5-9-4).

"We certainly weren't happy with our performance against St. Charles, but you're going to have those kinds of games," coach Curt Bixel said. "We had a lot of activity at their end of the field, but St. Charles defended us well. Those kinds of games can get scary."

UA's offensive attack had been improving with victories over Beavercreek (4-0 on Oct. 17) and Dublin Coffman (3-1 on Oct. 13).

Beavercreek was ranked ninth in the final state poll.

The win over Coffman gave the Golden Bears their first league championship in at least 10 seasons at 3-0-2 in the OCC-Central Division, ahead of Hilliard Davidson (3-1-1), Coffman (2-1-2), Thomas Worthington (1-2-2), Worthington Kilbourne (1-2-2) and Hilliard Darby (0-4-1).

"We've worked hard to get where we are now and I think we've grown as a team," Furst said.

"Coming into the tournament, I think we have the potential to play pretty well. We're not very deep, so we really need to come together as a team."

•The top-seeded girls team recorded its 13th shutout of the season with the 8-0 win over Centennial on Oct. 22 in the first round of the postseason.

Before last Tuesday's district semifinal contest against Marysville, the Golden Bears had outscored opponents 58-4.

The winner plays sixth-seeded DeSales or ninth-seeded Westerville Central at 12 p.m. Saturday at Wellington in the finals.

"We're going to have to remain flexible and see what teams bring," said coach Mark Wise, whose team was 14-1-2 overall before last Tuesday.

"There are a lot of strategies and we have to be ready for anything. We've had some good practices and we've gone through a lot of scenarios."

Opponents have certainly targeted sophomore forward Michela Paradiso, who had 21 goals. She finished last season with 25 when the Golden Bears reached the state semifinals and fell to Cincinnati St. Ursula 3-0.

UA, which was ranked fifth in the final state poll, added another season to its OCC championship banner.

It finished atop the Central Division at 5-0, ahead of Coffman (3-1-1), Hilliard Davidson (2-2-1), Thomas Worthington (1-2-2), Worthington Kilbourne (1-2-2) and Hilliard Darby (0-5).