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Westerville North boys team wins district title


Before this season, the Westerville North High School boys soccer team lost to Olentangy Orange the previous two times it reached a Division I district final, falling 1-0 in 2010 and 5-0 in 2009.

The Warriors gained some revenge by beating Orange 2-0 in a district final Oct. 27 at Gahanna.

Mike Fragoulis and Ryan Conner scored and Tristin Doone had six saves.

"It was nice to sort of get back and get some revenge against them," coach Mark Price said. "We played a very good team and it could have gone either way, but my boys just find a way to win."

It was the Warriors' first district since 2005, when they defeated Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in a final.

North was 12-5-2 before playing Olentangy Liberty in a regional semifinal Oct. 31. The winner plays Dublin Coffman or Gahanna in a regional final at noon Saturday, Nov. 3.

North defeated Coffman 1-0 on Sept. 22.

The regional champion plays Huber Heights Wayne, West Chester Lakota West, Mason or Cincinnati St. Xavier in a state semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. The state final is 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Crew Stadium.

The Warriors reached the district final with a 1-0 win over Reynoldsburg on Oct. 24 at home. Jacob Pulliam scored and Doone had three saves.

"I'm never surprised, anything can happen on any given day," Price said. "My boys had a lot of times when they could have quit this year, but they really don't have quit or fail in their vocabulary. They don't have that in their heart. They're champions, so they definitely deserve (winning a district title)."

Central boys lose in district final

The Central boys team lost to Coffman 2-1 in a district final Oct. 27 at Westerville South.

Aaron Willis' penalty kick with 19 minutes, 24 seconds remaining was the deciding goal. It followed Central's Matt Hughes being called for a hand ball.

Coffman took a 1-0 lead four minutes in on Andrew Louvers' goal. The Warhawks tied it at 1 on Grant Hagglund's goal with 12:45 left in the first half.

Central goalkeeper Griffen Gordon had five saves.

The Warhawks pressured Coffman goalie Trent Rantala in the final two minutes, but he made two saves to preserve the win.

"I thought we were very evenly matched and the game showed it," said coach Dave Pence, whose team finished 11-6-2.

The Warhawks defeated Pickerington Central 2-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 24 at home. Sam Sharifi scored both goals and Gordon made six saves.

Central girls fall in district final

The Central girls team reached a district final in Devon Cannon's first season as coach before losing to Pickerington North 6-1 on Oct. 27 at Gahanna.

Athena Nehez scored for Central in the second half.

"When they jump on top of you, it makes it tough for you to jump back into the game," Cannon said. "(Pickerington North is) tough all over the field. There's not a weak spot out there."

Central defeated New Albany 1-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 23 at home.

Alex MacLeod scored and Megan Gray had seven saves.

Central finished 12-4-3.

Rally falls short for South boys

The South boys team fell behind host Orange 3-0 and lost 3-2 in a district semifinal Oct. 24.

David Anane scored both South goals off Patrick Szymczak throw-ins.

"The team showed a lot of pride coming back from 3-0 down," coach Aaron Linden said. "When we scored with 15 minutes left I really thought we had them and were coming all the way back. I am so very proud of this group."

South finished 7-4-7.

South girls lose in district semi

The South girls team lost to Pickerington North 4-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 23 at home. The game was moved to South because of an unplayable field at Pickerington North.

"I thought it was a very even game," coach Brandi Tanler said. "A team of that caliber is going to get chances. You just have to limit them."

South finished 6-9-3.

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