Nobody had to remind the Upper Arlington High School boys soccer team about its past in the Division I postseason.

Nobody had to remind the Upper Arlington High School boys soccer team about its past in the Division I postseason.

Hilliard Davidson, last year's state champion, ended the Golden Bears' season with a 2-1 victory a year ago in a district final after doing the same in 2006 when the Wildcats won 3-2 in a shootout in a district title game.

But UA might have seemed more confident last Saturday after defeating Davidson 3-1 in an OCC-Central Division contest Sept. 30.

The difference this time was the 10th-seeded Golden Bears' strong defense, led by goalkeeper Drew Sandbo, which held the Wildcats scoreless en route to a 2-0 victory in a district final, the first such championship for coach Curt Bixel in 10 seasons at UA.

"It was a great experience and it was a great game," said Bixel, whose team was 11-6-2 overall before last Tuesday's regional semifinal against Worthington Kilbourne. "Both teams had opportunities to score, and we knew whoever did was going to win the game. Drew was just an unbelievable shot-blocker for us."

Sandbo finished with three saves and thwarted one of Davidson's best opportunities to score when he stopped a header by Ryan Osselborn with 21 minutes left in the game. The Golden Bears broke a scoreless tie when Tyler Fountain scored from 12 yards out with a little more than six minutes to play. He had a clear shot when the ball popped out in font of him.

Three minutes later, Nathan Davis faked a shot that made Davidson goalkeeper Adam Black dive for the ball. It gave him a clear path to the net.

"We switched formations at halftime," Davis said. "We were trying to work it up the sides and we switched and started attacking the middle more and playing ball to feet."

Davidson coach Terry Smith, whose team finished 11-5-3, watched his team struggle to finish as it did in the first meeting.

"We can't be upset," he said. "We're just disappointed. We played great for most of the game and in the last few minutes we gave up two goals."

The win marked the third consecutive shutout for the Golden Bears, who defeated Gahanna 1-0 in a shootout in a district semifinal Oct. 22 and Newark 6-0 in the tournament opener Oct. 18.

Gahanna, which ended UA's tournament runs in 2002 and 2004, had defeated UA 1-0 on Oct. 4.

"It's tough to win a district championship and we had to beat two great teams to do it," Bixel said. "We had a tough schedule, maybe the toughest in the state, and I don't think it reflected our seeding. It's a process that punishes you for having a difficult schedule."

The Golden Bears' Erik Furst and Greg Jentgen celebrate last Saturday after UA beat defending state champion Hilliard Davidson 2-0 in a Division I district final.

UA's Tyler Fountain (left) and Greg Jentgen go up for a header last Satuday against Davidson's Tyler Schoener.