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District final recap roundup

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Pickerington North's Morgan Bittengle is mobbed by her teammates after she scored a goal in double overtime to give the Panthers a 2-1 win over Dublin Jerome in a Division I district final Oct. 26 at Westerville North.
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Hilliard Davidson defeated Worthington Kilbourne 3-0 in a Division I district championship Oct. 26 at Canal Winchester.

The third-seeded Wildcats repeated as district champions by prevailing in a rough and tumble contest against the 14th-seeded Wolves.

Despite dominating the first 20 minutes, it took a while for Davidson to score. Senior forward Ashley Blake finally did the job when she converted a bouncing ball in the box off her right shin and off the right post. It trickled in with 14 minutes, 58 seconds left in the half.

“That was a huge goal because it settled us down and when you’re the favorite, you need to score first,” Davidson coach Joe Divida said. “Once that went in, we started to play better. I think it reminded us that we were the favorites and we had done this last year. We had the experience of winning last year and playing in the regional.”

Blake didn’t care if it wasn’t a pretty goal.

“It was just a lucky thing, but it did give us a momentum boost,” said Blake, who also scored the final goal off a rebound she tapped in with 9:41 left in the game. “We missed some other opportunities, but both of mine were just lucky and being in the right spot at the right time.”

Junior midfielder Erin Duffy scored the second goal with 21:01 remaining.

“We played timid, especially on defense,” said Kilbourne coach Courtney Irwin, whose team lost in the district final for the second year in a row and finished 12-7-2. “It was like we were playing not to lose rather than playing to win.”

The Wildcats outshot the Wolves 14-6.

Watterson 1, Olentangy Liberty 0 OT

The sixth-seeded Eagles won their second Division I district title in three years, as center midfielder Ellie Gantz scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes left in the first sudden-victory overtime session. Goalkeeper Marissa Wierzbicki also made three saves for the Eagles, who improved to 12-2-4. The fourth-seeded Patriots finished 11-3-5, as goalkeeper Miranda Kuhns had six saves.

“Everything happened so fast that it was almost a blur in my memory,” Gantz said. “I just saw the ball go over Liberty’s defenders and I got to it first, got a touch on it and shot it over their goalie. That was definitely the biggest goal of my soccer career and it was the best feeling ever to score in a district final.

“This was a great team effort and winning a district championship means the world to all of us.”

--Aaron Blankenship 

Pickerington North 2, Dublin Jerome 1 2OTs

Pickerington North defeated Dublin Jerome 2-1 in double overtime in a district title game at Westerville South.

Morgan Bittengle scored both goals for North, which improved to 17-0-1 and will play Marysville in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Gahanna. Bittengle's game-winner came with 7:05 remaining in the second overtime.

North goalkeeper Hannah Wilson had seven saves.

Madison Costner scored for Jerome, which finished the season 10-7-2.

Goalie Maddy Ireton had six saves.

Marysville 2, Dublin Coffman 0

 Marysville won the program’s first district title after defeating top-seeded Dublin Coffman 2-0 at Westerville South.

Lindsey Sullivan and Aubree Lewis each scored and Kaela Kovanda had two assists to lead the 12th-seeded Monarchs (12-6-1).

Goalkeeper Kendra Steepe had 12 saves.

Coffman goalie Morgan Witchey had three saves, as the Shamrocks finished the season 13-2-3.

--Frank DiRenna

Bexley 2, DeSales 0

Sophie Schottenstein and Olivia Anderson scored in the final 6:29 to lift fourth-seeded Bexley past third-seeded DeSales in a Division II district final at Westerville Central.

The Lions (12-6-1) captured their first district title since winning six consecutive from 2005-10.

DeSales, Division II state champions in 2011 and state runner-up last year, finished 10-6-2.

--Dave Purpura 

Columbus Academy 2, Fairbanks 1

The fourth-seeded Vikings upset the second-seeded Panthers 2-1 in a Division III district final at Canal Winchester.

Senior midfielder Katerina Weikert and freshman forward Sophie Krings each scored for the Vikings, who beat three of the top five seeds during the tournament and improve to 11-3-6.

Jenny Anderson scored the only goal for Fairbanks, which finishes 14-2-3.

--Jarrod Ulrey

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