Jerome cruises to district championship
Lindsay Agnew scored two goals in the first half and the Dublin Jerome High School girls soccer team added a flurry of offense in the second half to blank undermanned Worthington Kilbourne 7-0 in a Division I district championship Oct. 27 at Canal Winchester.
It was the second district title in a row for the Celtics, who reached the state championship last season before losing to Strongsville 1-0 to finish 19-1-1.
Jerome (15-1-3) will play Hilliard Davidson in a regional semifinal 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Gahanna. Dublin Coffman and Pickerington North will play in the other semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Jerome.
The regional final is Saturday, Nov. 3.
Agnew scored her first with 30 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in the first half and followed it at the 26:11 mark as Jerome led 2-0 at halftime before getting the strong wind at their backs in the second half.
“I thought Kaitlin Miller played fantastic for us and we feed off her,” Jerome coach Josh Brader said. “Our second goal was big, because Kilbourne played us well the first time and they’re physical. But once we got the second one, and we knew we had the wind with us in the second half, that relaxed us. (Kilbourne also wasn’t) at full strength because of illness, and that helped.”
The Celtics, who did not allow a goal in district play and have allowed just nine all season, finished eighth in the final state poll. Kilbourne is the only team to score more than once against the Celtics, who won the OCC-Cardinal Division matchup 3-2 on Sept. 25.
Miller scored the third goal. Also scoring were Caitlin Clancy, Makenszie Costner, Andrea Davidson and Keemia Rashidi
Davidson 2, Watterson 1
Ashely Blake scored two goals to lead fourth-seeded Davidson (17-2) past No. 5 Watterson 2-1 at Canal Winchester. Rachel Teater recorded eight saves. Allie Demboski scored for the Eagles.
Coffman 4, Olentangy Orange 1
Top-seeded Coffman (15-0-4) got goals from Sam Edwards, Bailey Wilson, Brynn Schlemitz and Amanda Stratton to beat Olentangy Orange 4-1 at Canal Winchester. Carly Swisher scored for the Pioneers and Mackenzie Brunke had nine saves.
North improved to 17-0-2 with a 6-1 victory over Westerville Central at Westerville North.
DeSales won its second consecutive district championship Oct. 27, defeating top-seeded Granville 1-0 in overtime at Gahanna.
Senior Courtney Klosterman scored off a corner kick with 10 minutes, 15 seconds left in overtime to send the Stallions into a regional semifinal Oct. 30 against Hillsboro at Upper Arlington.
“It’s hard when you have all the accolades that we had,” DeSales coach Bob McGee said. “We became a big game for everybody (and) even though it’s not the same team that played last year (DeSales lost seven seniors), people expect you to do the same things. We just went out and tried to play one game at a time. We knew if we did the little things, it is going to show up. For us to get back here and win another district title is big because it’s really hard to win the district.”
The regional semifinal winner will play Dover or Millersburg West Holmes in a regional final at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Zanesville High School. The regional champion will play Bellbrook, Cincinnati Indian Hill, Cincinnati McNicholas or Kettering Alter in a state semifinal Nov. 6.
DeSales defeated Alter 2-0 in a state semifinal last year before defeating Toledo St. Ursula 2-0 in the state final.
Ready won its first district championship on Oct. 27 when the top-seeded Silver Knights defeated second-seeded Grandview 1-0 in a district final at Gahanna.
The eighth-ranked Silver Knights (15-2-2) advance to play top-ranked Middletown Fenwick (15-1-3) at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in a regional semifinal at Hilliard Bradley. The winner advances to play ninth-ranked Coshocton or 10th-ranked Chillicothe Zane Trace at 3 p.m. Nov. 3.
“We have won our first district title, we have the best record (for the program),” Ready coach Jason Montgomery said. “It been great for us, and we were able to do it against a great defensive team like Grandview. We had to take advantage of the very little space they gave us and we were able to cash in.”
Freshman midfielder Delaney Cutteridge scored the game’s lone goal with 5 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in the second half after the ball glanced off teammate Caroline Riewe. The unexpected ball movement caught Grandview goalkeeper Abby Riggs moving away from Cutteridge, who punched in the score.
Riggs has five saves for Grandview (15-3-2).
“Games like this usually finish 1-0,” Grandview coach Mike Merna said. “Usually, the winner is the one who is able to capitalize on one of their opponent’s mistake. We had out chances and didn’t capitalize when we needed to.”
Kim Lloyd had three saves for Ready and Hailey Cartt added one save.