Brady Whittekind of the Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer team scored 90 seconds into a Division I district final Oct. 26, but the Jaguars still needed a last-minute offsides call to hold off New Albany 2-1 at Westerville South.
Midfielder Robert Castillo added an insurance goal with 28 minutes, 27 seconds to play as the Jaguars won the first district title in the program’s five-year history.
“We pulled it together,” said Bradley coach Pat Billman, whose team improves to 12-1-6. “Somebody has to have a little luck, and we had a little luck in the second half. We had to run with it and not say ‘what if’ (about first-half opportunities). We had to go forward. It was a gutty effort from my guys. We stuck to our game plan in the first half. We just wanted to have high pressure and we were able to do that.”
New Albany pulled to within 2-1 with 24 minutes, 12 seconds remaining, when midfielder Tristan Lyles scored from about 25 yards out. Lyles appeared to have scored the game-tying goal off a free kick with 52 seconds to play, but that was negated by an offsides call.
New Albany, which got three saves from senior goalkeeper Anthony Flowers, finished 14-2-3.
Jorge Morales had two saves for Bradley.
Dublin Coffman 5, Westerville Central 0
Dublin Coffman won a Division I district title, defeating Westerville Central 5-0 at Westerville North.
Patrick Gualtieri, Jack Holland, Ben Kinney, Andrew Louwers and Nick Olmstead scored for the Shamrocks.
Goalkeeper Joe Zaborski had six saves.
Coffman improved to 15-2-2 and will play Canal Winchester in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Central.
Central goalie Jeremy Shown had nine saves, as the Warhawks finished 10-3-7.
Canal Winchester 3, Westerville South 1
Canal Winchester won the program’s first district title, defeating Westerville South 3-1 in a Division I championship game Oct. 26 at Westerville Central.
Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Indians (15-1-3) scored three unanswered goals in the second half.
Tristan Daniels’ goal off a Daltyn Colley throw-in tied the game at 1 with 22:36 remaining in the game.
Brandon Pfeiffer scored the go-ahead goal, beating South goalkeeper Kyle Morais on a rebound with 13:38 left.
Phil Kelley added an insurance goal with 4:40 remaining.
South’s Luke Morais opened the scoring with 38:09 left in the first half.
Canal Winchester goalie Aaron Graber had four saves and Kyle Morais had nine.
South finished the season 10-3-6.
Olentangy Liberty 1, St. Charles 0
Taylor Scott scored the game’s only goal with 16:51 to play, leading top-seeded Olentangy Liberty past 12th-seeded St. Charles 1-0 at Westerville Central.
Liberty, which won its third consecutive district championship, improved to 15-3-1.
St. Charles finished 10-5-4.
Watterson 1, DeSales 0 OT
The top-seeded Eagles won their second consecutive Division II district championship and third district title in four seasons as forward Paul Mokrzan scored a goal off an assist by forward Zach Storc with 9 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the first sudden-victory overtime session. Goalkeeper Trevor Funk also had five saves, including one with 55 seconds left in regulation, as Watterson improved to 15-4. Goalkeeper J.P. Baughman had seven saves for the Stallions who finished 10-7-2.
Bexley 2, Big Walnut 0
Sixth-seeded Bexley continued its district tournament success, as the Lions knocked off third-seeded Big Walnut 2-0 in a Division II final Oct. 26.
Bexley junior midfielder Adam Hirsch and junior defender Chase Roddy scored for the Lions, who improved to 12-4-3. Lions senior goalie Eli Feuer had three saves. Bexley returns to the regional tournament for the second consecutive season.
Big Walnut finished 13-5-1.
Worthington Christian 1, Grandview 0
Sam Condon scored off a pass by Joe Long with 9:45 left in the second half to lead the third-seeded Warriors past second-seeded Grandview in a Division III championship at Canal Winchester. Jake Kress had five saves as Worthington Christian improved to 13-3-2. Josh Keller had four saves for the Bobcats, who finished 15-4.
Columbus Academy 1, Columbus International 0
Columbus Academy won its second consecutive Division III district title, defeating Columbus International 1-0 at Gahanna.
George Daoud scored on assist from Jake Tuckerman in the second half.
Academy goalkeeper Tyler Kohman had three saves.
The Vikings improved to 14-4-1 and will play Worthington Christian in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Dublin Jerome.
Columbus International finished the season 16-3-1.