In 10 seasons at Upper Arlington High School, girls soccer coach Bob McGee has led his teams to five Division I district titles.

In 10 seasons at Upper Arlington High School, girls soccer coach Bob McGee has led his teams to five Division I district titles.

But last Saturday's 2-1 victory over fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman might stand out more than the rest, considering the top-seeded Golden Bears had struggled against a Shamrocks program that had dominated central Ohio for much of this decade.

"This one's kind of unique," said McGee, whose team improved to 17-1-1 before last Wednesday's regional semifinal against Dresden Tri-Valley. "Coffman has kind of set the bar in this area and put Columbus on the map the last several years. If you look back, they were the one that always seemed to end our season."

Coffman in 2006 ended UA's tournament run in a regional semifinal with a 2-0 win. Two years earlier, the Shamrocks won 2-1 in a district final.

The Golden Bears had defeated Coffman 4-0 on Oct. 7 in an OCC-Central Division contest, but this was different.

"This year was the first time we beat Coffman in my four years of playing here," Corrine Wulf said. "It was special beating them on senior night, but it was great to put them out of the tournament like they have done to us so many times."

But the district championship didn't come without adversity.

The Golden Bears appeared to score the winning goal with 10 minutes, 18 seconds left in the second overtime.

One of the referees signaled the goal was good, but after consulting other officials it was ruled UA was offsides.

Just 20 seconds later, UA found another opportunity in front of the net as Gena Inbusch took a pass from Wulf and scored.

Freshman Michela Paradiso scored her 23rd goal of the season unassisted to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead with 23:40 left in the first half. Coffman's Amber Kern tied the game with 8:59 to play before halftime.

The Shamrocks finished 13-5-2.

"It was a crazy game," midfielder Lara Ross said. "But we're really starting to take advantage of our opportunities. Our defense has been really solid and we're just playing more as a team at the right time."

The winner last Wednesday will meet Hilliard Davidson or Watterson in a regional final at noon Saturday at Dublin Scioto.

Davidson at 15-1-3 took the OCC-Central championship with a 2-1 win over UA on Sept. 30, the Golden Bears' only defeat during the regular season.

Watterson at 15-2-2 is coached by Jason Crawford, one of McGee's former assistants.

"They play a very similar style like we do in that they like to move it around," said McGee, whose team last reached a regional final in 1998 when it lost to Watterson 2-1. "They're a very physical team and technically sound."

Saturday's winner will play Centerville, Cincinnati Sycamore, Huber Heights Wayne or Cincinnati St. Ursula at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wayne in a state semifinal. Entering regional semifinals, Centerville was 19-0-1, Sycamore was 13-2-5, Wayne was 13-3-4 and St. Ursula was 16-0-3.

The Golden Bears advanced to the district final with a 2-0 win over 11th-seeded Reynoldsburg on Oct. 21 which followed a 10-0 victory over Canal Winchester on Oct. 16 in the tournament opener.

A year ago, Pickerington North ended UA's season with a 1-0 victory in a regional semifinal.

Upper Arlington's Gena Inbusch (left) is congratulated by teammate Lara Ross after scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory over Dublin Coffman last Saturday.