The second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne High School boys soccer team earned its second consecutive Division I district title as it beat Marysville 3-1 last Saturday at Grandview.

The second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne High School boys soccer team earned its second consecutive Division I district title as it beat Marysville 3-1 last Saturday at Grandview.

Ben Gentry headed in two goals off a pair of set pieces to give the Wolves a 3-0 lead midway through the second half. Jordan Hendricks scored off a cross with 32 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half.

Kilbourne improved to 17-2 before playing Upper Arlington in a regional semifinal last Tuesday. Marysville improved to 8-10-1.

Coach Jon Sprunger believed his team got outplayed in the first half and challenged the players to win more balls in the air in the second half.

"Winning the ball in the air is a sign of aggressiveness," he said. "It shows we want to dominate this game. If the ball is up there for anyone to get, we're going to get to it first.

"They won more of those than we did in the first half. We said that needs to change in the second half."

"We know we have to play our best for every game," Gentry said. "It's great just getting to the district final. I knew this was going to be my last shot at (winning a district championship)."

Marysville was playing for a championship for the first time.

"When you have championships in your past, you have that legacy and there's this sense of expectation," said Sprunger, whose team beat Dublin Scioto 4-0 in a district semifinal three days earlier. "There's a sense of confidence that we're supposed to win as opposed to we're just happy to be here."

Last Tuesday's winner advanced to a regional final Saturday at Dublin Scioto against Dublin Coffman or Dublin Jerome. Entering their semifinal, Jerome was 15-1-3 and Coffman was 12-4-3. Jerome, which beat Kilbourne 2-0 on Oct. 2, defeated Westerville Central 3-2 in a district final last Saturday. Coffman, which Kilbourne beat 2-1 on Sept. 30, defeated Olentangy Liberty 1-0 in a district final last Saturday.

In the final state poll, Beavercreek was second, Milford was third, Jerome was fourth, Kilbourne was seventh and Centerville was 10th.

Already playing without center-midfielder Ian O'Keefe (broken ankle), the Wolves entered last Tuesday missing midfielder Brandon Silva.

He and his family left last Sunday for Lima, Peru, to visit his ailing 94-year-old grandfather. He will be back before the state semifinal.

"It's difficult. I love my team and I'm going to be sad missing the regional semifinal and the final," Silva said.

"But family always comes before soccer. I have faith in my team. I know when I get back next week, I'll be helping them out in the state semifinal."

"Brandon is the hardest-working player on our team," Sprunger said before the regional semifinal. "You'll see him down defending someone in the box and then you'll see him shooting on goal 15 seconds later. I don't know what exactly we're going to do yet. It's going to be difficult without him."

(Left) Ben Gentry, left, and Dan Colegrove celebate last Saturday after Gentry scored a goal in the Wolves' 3-1 victory over Marysville in a Division I district final. (Right) Chase Tourville, right, knocks the ball from Marysville's Zach Zeune.