The Pickerington High School North soccer teams will try to continue their dominance against crosstown rival Pickerington Central during their annual boys-girls doubleheader Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Central.

North's girls lead the all-time series with Central 9-1, including a 4-0 win last year. The Tigers' only win in the series came in 2014, 4-3 en route to their first OCC-Ohio Division championship since 2001.

The Panthers have outscored the Tigers 10-0 in the two meetings since then.

The girls game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with the boys game to follow.

Central's boys defeated North 2-1 last year but still trail the all-time series 7-2-2. In each of those 11 meetings, Panthers coach Darrin Monhollen faced his brother, Brad, who coached Central for the past 14 seasons after the school district split. Brad Monhollen stepped down after last season and now coaches the Tigers' junior varsity girls team.

The doubleheader also serves as the OCC-Ohio opener for all four teams.

North's girls were 4-0 before playing Dublin Coffman on Sept. 5, having outscored their opponents 24-5. Central's girls were 2-3 before playing Westerville South on Sept. 5.

North's boys snapped a two-game losing streak after a 2-0 start with an 8-0 win over Westerville North on Aug. 31, and were 2-2 before playing Coffman on Sept. 5.

Central's boys got their first win for new coach Brett Neiderman on Aug. 31, defeating Westland 1-0 to improve to 1-3 before a Sept. 5 home game against South.

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