Girls Soccer Regional Finals
Pickerington North edges Jerome to advance to state
Ashlynn Jones scored with 10 minutes, 34 seconds remaining in the second 15-minute overtime to lift the Pickerington High School North girls soccer team to a 1-0 win over Dublin Jerome in a Division I regional final Nov. 3 at Gahanna.
The Panthers improved to 19-0-2 and advanced to play Mason in a state semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. The semifinal winner will play Medina, Perrysburg or Strongsville in the state final Friday, Nov. 9, at Crew Stadium.
Jerome finished 16-2-3.
“This is what you dream about,” North coach Greg VanKannel said. “The golden goal is so fun. It was a tough game. It could have gone either way. Give (Jerome) a lot of credit. They have great players and a great coach. We got lucky today. We’ll take it.”
Jones and Danielle Wegner combined to score the winning goal. Jones passed the ball to Wegner in the corner and Wegner then crossed a pass back to Jones, who headed a shot over Jerome goalkeeper Kelsey Larsen, setting off North's celebration.
The Celtics missed a prime scoring chance to win in the first overtime, as Lindsay Agnew sent a shot wide of the open net with 45 seconds left. Jerome also had a good scoring opportunity late in regulation, only to see a close-range shot by Sabine Chandler be stopped by North goalie Heather Laeufer.
“All the credit goes to Pickerington North. Their coaching staff had them well organized,” Jerome coach Josh Brader said. “It’s one of the better staffs in the state. Their kids work really hard. They have special players in the back, in the midfield and up top. It just came down to who was going to finish that goal.”
DeSales 2, Millersburg West Holmes 0
DeSales (14-7-1) had a 22-1 advantage in shots, and the defending Division II champion Stallions advanced to the state tournament with a regional final victory over Millersburg West Holmes (15-5-1) at Zanesville.
Alvi Shively scored to put the Stallions up 1-0 late in the first half, and Siera Mergliano converted a corner kick on a header with 25 minutes remaining.
DeSales, which was 8-7-1 in the regular season, will play Cincinnati Indian Hill or Cincinnati McNicholas in a semifinal on Tuesday at Crew Stadium.
The Columbus Dispatch contributed to this report.