Westerville North High School boys soccer coach Mark Price hopes his team has set a new standard for future seasons after winning its first Division I district championship since 2005.
The Warriors finished 12-6-2 overall after losing to Olentangy Liberty 3-1 in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Gahanna. Senior forward Mike Fragoulis scored in the second half for North, which trailed 3-0.
The Warriors also lost to Liberty during the regular season, 1-0 on Oct. 11. The Patriots were ranked second in the final state poll.
"I'm happy," Price said. "It was our first district championship in (seven) years. The senior class has worked hard and put us back on the map. It's all up from here."
North was seeded seventh for the district tournament and had a first-round bye. The Warriors defeated Mount Vernon 3-2 in the second round Oct. 20, Reynoldsburg 1-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 24 and sixth-seeded Olentangy Orange 2-0 in a district final Oct. 27 before falling to Liberty.
North went 4-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place third, behind Hilliard Darby (6-1) and Westerville Central (4-1-2) and ahead of Westerville South (3-1-3), Worthington Kilbourne (3-4), Dublin Jerome (1-4-2), Dublin Scioto (1-5-1) and Hilliard Bradley (1-5-1).
The Warriors lose 10 seniors, including Fragoulis, midfielders Pete Kraft and Jacob Pulliam, forward Ross Pfeil and defender Sid Fragoulis.
Pulliam was named OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year and first-team all-district. Pfeil was first-team all-league and third-team all-district, Mike Fragoulis was second-team all-league and Sid Fragoulis was honorable mention all-league.
Among those expected to return is junior midfielder Jimmy Randall, who was special mention all-league.
Central boys team reached district final
The Central boys team reached a Division I district final before losing to fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman 2-1 on Oct. 27 to finish 11-6-2.
After a first-round bye, the fifth-seeded Warhawks defeated Hilliard Bradley 3-1 in the second round Oct. 20 and beat eighth-seeded Pickerington Central 2-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 24.
"We play a very tough schedule," coach Dave Pence said. "All of our losses were one-goal losses. We play the best teams in the district."
Central loses seven seniors, including goalkeeper Griffen Gordon, defenders Matt Hughes and Aaron Smith and midfielders Curtis Baker and Mike Reed.
Smith was named first-team all-district and all-league. Gordon (88 saves) and Reed were second-team all-league, Baker was special mention all-league and Hughes was honorable mention all-league.
Among those expected to return are junior midfielder Hunter Robertson, junior forward Sam Sharifi and sophomore forward Chewy Gordon.
Robertson led the team in scoring with eight goals and eight assists and was first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Gordon had seven goals and five assists and Sharifi had eight goals and two assists.
South boys look to 'reload" next year
The South boys team finished 7-4-7 after losing to sixth-seeded Orange 3-2 in a district semifinal Oct. 24.
After a first-round bye, the 12th-seeded Wildcats defeated Grove City 3-0 in the second round Oct. 20 before falling to the Pioneers.
"We will reload and be ready next year and work hard to get a lot further in the tourney," coach Aaron Linden said. "We know the program is close and I'm just glad I get to be a part of it. I love my job."
South loses 10 seniors, including goalie Matt Doolittle and midfielder Pat Szymczak. Doolittle had 63 saves and Szymczak was special mention all-league.
Among those expected to return are juniors David Anane (midfielder), Cameron Ferguson (defender) and Josh McErlean (forward) and sophomore Luke Morais (forward).
McErlean had 12 goals and was first-team all-district and all-league and Anane was first-team all-league. Morais led the team in goals with 15 and was second-team all-league and Ferguson was honorable mention all-league.
Central girls team reached district final
The Central girls team reached a Division I district final before losing to second-seeded Pickerington North 6-1 on Oct. 27 to finish 12-4-3.
After a first-round bye, the sixth-seeded Warhawks defeated Pickerington Central 2-1 in the second round Oct. 18 and beat 11th-seeded New Albany 1-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 23 before falling to the Panthers.
"We're definitely proud of the girls this year," coach Devon Cannon said. "It's one of the best seasons we've had in a while."
Central went 5-1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to place second, behind Jerome (7-0) and ahead of Scioto (4-1-2), Kilbourne (3-4), Bradley (2-3-2), Westerville North (2-4-1), Westerville South (1-4-2) and Darby (0-7).
The Warhawks lose nine seniors, including goalie Megan Gray and midfielders Caroline Fruhling and Morgan Johnson.
Johnson was first-team all-league and third-team all-district and Fruhling and Gray were second-team all-league.
Among those expected to return are juniors Alex MacLeod (forward/midfielder) and Allison Ruman (defender) and sophomores Valerie Brown (defender) and Marissa Conkins (midfielder).
MacLeod had 11 goals and was named first-team all-district and all-league. Brown was second-team all-league, Conkins was special mention all-league and Ruman was honorable mention all-league.
South girls team takes step forward
The South girls team finished 4-9-3 after losing to second-seeded Pickerington North in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 23.
After a first-round bye, the 19th-seeded Wildcats defeated Whetstone 4-1 in the second round Oct. 18 before falling to the Panthers.
"This is a step in the right direction for this program," coach Brandi Tanler said.
South loses two seniors in midfielder Jenna Applegett and defender Stephanie Redd. Applegett had seven goals.
"We're losing two great seniors, but we have a great junior class and we have some young girls ready to step up," Tanler said.
Among those expected to return are juniors Cara Calland (goalie), forward Mikaela Couch (forward) and Domi-nique Dosky (defender).
Couch led the team in scoring with nine goals and 11 assists and was honorable mention all-league. Calland had 125 saves and was first-team all-league and second-team all-district and Dosky was second-team all-league.
North girls team losing eight seniors
The North girls team finished 5-11-2 under first-year coach Steve Lesmes.
Seeded 23rd, the Warriors defeated 17th-seeded Upper Arlington 1-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 16 before losing to 14th-seeded Olentangy 2-1 in the second round Oct. 18.
North loses eight seniors, including forwards Abbey Miltko and Kaitlyn Moore, midfielder Missy Ward and defender Jonnie Castro.
Moore led the team with seven goals and was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Ward was second-team all-league, Castro was special mention all-league and Miltko was honorable mention all-league.
"We have a good group of returning players and hopefully upcoming underclassmen that will be ready for the transition to varsity next fall," Lesmes said. "This year was a tremendous learning experience and a bit of an unfamiliar season as the girls were new to me and my coaching style."