As Westerville South High School girls soccer players Samantha Roth and Sara Stiles converged on teammate Domi-nique Dosky's direct kick, both had the same thing in mind during the first half of their Division I district tournament game Oct. 19 against New Albany.
Both players attempted to head the ball past goalkeeper Ashton Shearer, and one of them did.
Roth was credited with the goal in the Wildcats' 1-0, second-round home win.
"We like playing for each other, going for the ball, shooting and scoring," Roth said. "That's a big key."
The 13th-seeded Wildcats, who had a first-round bye, played sixth-seeded Watterson in a district semifinal Oct. 22. South entered the game 11-4-1, on a six-game winning streak.
"This is a very unselfish team, especially the seniors," coach Brandi Tanler said. "They're extremely happy with our success this season and right now they just want to win."
The semifinal winner played fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 10th-seeded Hilliard Bradley in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Gahanna, with the district champion advancing to play Hilliard Davidson, Olentangy, Westerville Central or Worthington Kilbourne in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Dublin Jerome.
The regional final is Nov. 2 at a site to be determined.
Against 16th-seeded New Albany, South goalie Cara Calland helped preserve the win with 14 saves, including three against defender Kelci Winters in the second half.
South boys defeat Teays Valley in opener
The South boys team defeated visiting Teays Valley 4-1 in the second round of district play Oct. 19.
The 14th-seeded Wildcats were 9-2-6 before playing third-seeded Gahanna in a semifinal Oct. 23, with the winner playing seventh-seeded Canal Winchester or 21st-seeded Olentangy in a final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Canal Winchester.
The district champion plays Dublin Coffman, Pickerington Central, Thomas Worthington or Westerville Central in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Westerville North.
The regional final is Nov. 2 at Jerome.
Against 20th-seeded Teays Valley, forward Luke Morias scored two goals, and midfielder Myles Bumgarner and forward Josh McErlean each scored one.
South had a first-round bye.
Central boys defeat Hamilton Township
The ninth-seeded Central boys team had a 3-0 halftime lead on its way to a 5-1 win over 33rd-seeded Hamilton Township in the second round of district play Oct. 19 at home.
Central was 9-2-7 before playing 10th-seeded Thomas in a semifinal Oct. 23, with the winner playing second-seeded Coffman or 29th-seeded Lancaster in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville North.
The district champion plays Canal Winchester, Gahanna, Olentangy or Westerville South in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Against Teays Valley, forward Chewy Gordon and midfielders Hunter Robertson and Tyler Stills scored in the first half. Defender Nesta Hejduk and forward Sam Sharifi scored in the second half.
"This is definitely the most fun time of the year because you know it's going to be a lot more important than a regular-season game because it's one and done," Stills said. "You lose one game and your season is over."
The Warhawks defeated 36th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley 3-0 in the first round Oct. 16 at home as Gordon, Robertson and forward Parker Wyatt scored.
"There's nothing better than the tournament," coach Dave Pence said. "This is what we prepare for all year long."
Central girls reach semifinal
The fifth-seeded Central girls team was 9-2-4 before playing 14th-seeded Kilbourne in a district semifinal Oct. 22, with the winner advancing to play third-seeded Davidson or 19th-seeded Olentangy in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville North.
The district champion plays Bradley, Liberty, Watterson or Westerville South in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at a site to be determined.
The regional final is Nov. 2.
After a first-round bye, the Warhawks defeated 38th-seeded Licking Heights 13-1 on Oct. 15 at home.
"The first game helped so we could work on moving the ball around, getting possession and things like that," midfielder Marissa Conkins said.
North boys finish with loss at Grove City
The 19th-seeded North boys team closed its season Oct. 15 with a 2-1 loss at 15th-seeded Grove City in the first round of district play.
The Warriors finished 6-10-1 overall.
Abdinoor Aden, who was one of nine seniors, led the team in scoring with five goals. Junior goalie Tristin Doone had 78 saves.
Senior defender Jimmy Randall was first-team all-league, senior midfielder Carter McKinley was on the second team and sophomore defender Mark Just was honorable mention.
North tied Hilliard Darby for seventh (1-6) in the OCC-Cardinal Division behind Bradley (5-0-2), Canal Winchester (5-1-1), Westerville South (3-0-4), Westerville Central (3-1-3), Dublin Scioto (2-4-1) and Jerome (1-3-3).
North's league win came against Darby, 2-0 on Aug. 27.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Dakota Berridge (forward), Carson Coyle (midfielder), Brandon Horn (forward), Griffin King (defender), Joey Moler (midfielder) and Connor Thompson (midfielder), sophomores Ty Bealer (midfielder), Alec Lithiluxa (defender), Eli Lithiluxa (forward), Brian Randall (midfielder), Matt Roldan (midfielder) and Nick Smith (defender) and freshman Josh Grant (defender).
"I feel bad for my seniors because it was my first class that I had for four years," coach Mark Price said. "They just worked so hard. They deserved more than that, but we really couldn't get anything rolling this year. The ball never bounced our way."
Last year in one-goal games, the Warriors were 8-3-2. This season, they were 2-11.
Warriors girls lose in second round
The North girls team also lost at Grove City, falling 2-1 to the eighth-seeded Greyhounds in the second round of district play Oct. 17 after a first-round bye.
Freshman forward Karli Royer scored for the 22nd-seeded Warriors, and junior goalie Taylor Johnson had six saves.
"We dominated big chunks of that game," said coach Brett Weiss, whose team finished 3-11-3.