Boys Soccer | Regional Semifinal Recaps

Olentangy Liberty one game away from returning to state

Donny Deep scored two first-half goals to power defending state champion Olentangy Liberty past Hilliard Bradley 3-0 in a Division I regional semifinal at Gahanna.

Deep scored off a corner kick with 5 minutes, 28 seconds left in the half, and added his other goal just more than two minutes later.

Tiger Pham added insurance for Liberty with 10 minutes left.

Liberty improved to 16-3-1. Bradley finished 12-2-6.

— Dave Purpura

Dublin Coffman 1, Canal Winchester 0

Dublin Coffman earned a spot in a Division I regional final following a 1-0 win over Canal Winchester on Oct. 30 at Westerville Central.

The Shamrocks improved to 16-2-2. Coffman defeated Liberty 1-0 in an OCC-Central Division game on Oct. 1.

After a scoreless first half, defender Pete Malloy scored off midfielder Jack Holland’s corner kick with 34 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the game.

Coffman goalkeeper Joe Zaborski had six saves.

Canal Winchester goalie Brandon Pfeiffer had eight saves.

The Indians, who won the program’s first district title, finishes the season 15-2-3.

— Frank DiRenna

Cincinnati Indian Hill 2, Bexley 2

Indian Hill wins shootout 5-4 

Undecided after regulation and two 15-minute overtimes, Cincinnati Indian Hill defeated Bexley 5-4 in a shootout to advance to a Division II regional final.

Bexley trailed 2-0 with 5:30 left in the game before the Lions stormed back with goals by Nate Meizlish and Carl Pohlman to force overtime with a little more than a minute left in regulation.

Bexley lost the shootout 5-4 to finish 12-5-3. Indian Hill’s regulation goals came from Brad Seiler and David Robinett. improved to 14-5-2.

— Don Delco

Watterson 2, Vincent Warren 1

Watterson defeated Vincent Warren 2-1 in a Division II regional semifinal on Oct. 30 at Bloom-Carroll.

Forward Zach Storc scored two goals and goalkeeper Trevor Funk had six saves for Watterson, which improved to 16-4.

— Aaron Blankenship

Worthington Christian 3, Columbus Academy 1

Worthington Christian scored its final two goals off set pieces to avenge a regular-season loss to Columbus Academy and advance to a Division III regional final.

On Oct. 30 at Dublin Jerome, Mason Highman scored on a free kick with 15 minute, 13 seconds left to give Worthington Christian a 2-1 lead. Sam Condon scored on a free kick as well for the Warriors with 4:36 to go to seal the 3-1 victory.

Worthington Christian, which improves to 14-3-2, will play Berlin Hiland at noon Nov. 2 at Zanesville.

“Set pieces have to happen in the tournament, and we practiced them,” said Warriors coach Dan Roads, whose team lost to Academy 2-0 on Sept. 28. “I said all we needed was four chances. We had probably four chances and three went in.”

After the Warriors took a 1-0 lead on a goal by J.J. Phillips with 20:59 remaining, the Vikings tied it at one on a Jake Tuckerman goal with 16:03 to go.

Academy finishes 14-5-1.

—Jarrod Ulrey