The Delaware Hayes High School boys soccer team could not sustain early momentum against visiting Worthington Kilbourne during the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 18 and never regained it.
The 17th-seeded Pacers lost 2-1 to the 27th-seeded Wolves to finish the season 8-5-4.
"They scored on two set pieces, but I think the first one was the huge play," coach Josh Diehl said. "We scored the first goal and only kept the lead for a few minutes. When we fell behind late in the first half, we still felt OK because there was a whole second half to play. But we never really had a good look (in the second half)."
The Pacers and Wolves tied at 2 in an OCC-Cardinal Division game Sept. 26.
Although Delaware dominated possession in the first 12 minutes, the Pacers didn't have a shot on goal until Brody Kannally scored off a pass from Zak Koch with 14 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first half. It was Kannally's 19th goal of the season.
Kilbourne, which improved to 5-8-4 and played fifth-seeded New Albany in the second round Oct. 21, tied the game just 4:01 later as Jimmy Sauder scored off a free kick by Jacob Roberts. The Wolves' Chris Guerra then scored on a free kick with 4:10 left in the first half.
"We knew they were dangerous on set pieces and we prepared for it, but they executed," Diehl said. "We had a great season and this is a team I really love. Sometimes things don't go your way and it hurts real bad, but these guys have worked so hard and grown so much through the years. A first-round tournament loss doesn't change the way I feel about them. It doesn't define them."
Goalkeeper Noah Meehan made seven saves for the Pacers.
Girls soccer team wins tourney opener
The girls soccer team opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 16 by defeating 21st-seeded Central Crossing 3-2 in overtime.
The Pacers improved to 9-5-3 and advanced to play at 16th-seeded Marysville in the second round Oct. 19.
"It was exciting, to say the least," coach Bradd Smiley said. "We were in a hard-fought match and had to dig deep to stay standing."
Grace Miller scored off a crossing pass from Sydney McMillin just 56 seconds into overtime.
"We used the time between regulation and overtime to get ourselves regrouped and refocused," Smiley said. "(Central Crossing) had the momentum. We felt we needed to score quickly. If the opportunity was there, we had to execute and finish. The girls did just that."
Delaware led 2-0 when Payje Wilson scored early in the second half. McMillin assisted on that goal after giving the Pacers a 1-0 lead with 12 seconds left in the first half.
Central Crossing pulled within 2-1 with 23 minutes left and tied the score with 10:32 left.
The second-round winner plays fourth-seeded Dublin Jerome or 42nd-seeded Mifflin in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the higher seed.
Delaware tied Jerome at 2 on Oct. 3 during OCC-Cardinal play. The Celtics won the league title at 5-0-1 while the Pacers finished 1-3-2 in the league.
The district final is Saturday, Oct. 28, at a neutral site to be determined. The possible opponents are sixth-seeded Olentangy, 18th-seeded Westerville North, 36th-seeded Logan and 38th-seeded Mount Vernon.
The Pacers beat Mount Vernon 3-0 on Oct. 12.
Football team to close against Jaguars
The football team snapped a three-game losing streak Oct. 13 by beating Thomas Worthington 21-17 and was 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before losing 35-0 at Hilliard Darby on Oct. 20.
The Pacers (3-6, 1-4) will close the season Friday, Oct. 27, by playing host to Hilliard Bradley.
The Jaguars defeated Jerome 28-7 on Oct. 13 and are 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the league after defeating Worthington Kilbourne 63-21 on Oct. 19.
Entering Week 9, Bradley was second in the Division I, Region 3 computer ratings. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Jaguars have one of the top passing offenses in the area. Their stable of receivers includes Daevon Anderson (6-foot-3, 180 pounds), Kory Taylor (6-5, 215), Trey Warner (6-2, 205) and Zach Hummel (6-4, 230).
Through eight games, quarterback Josh Stewart had completed 114 of 182 passes for 1,743 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions as the Jaguars were averaging 36.1 points and allowing 9.3 per game. They had scored at least 21 points in every game and had not allowed more than 20.
Delaware was averaging 13.4 points and allowing 21.4 per game through eight games.
Against Thomas, the Pacers turned a 3-0 deficit into a 21-3 lead in the final minute of the first half.
Addison Harvey scored on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Blake Eiland. The Cardinals muffed the ensuing kickoff and Eiland scrambled for a 12-yard touchdown run on the next play. Josiah Naegele then returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown with 3 seconds left in the half to cap a 21-0 spurt that spanned 38 seconds.
Although the Pacers were outgained 345-154 in total yards, their defense forced three turnovers. Thomas had a 20-10 advantage in first downs, but the Pacers limited the Cardinals to 3-for-15 on third-down conversions.
Girls volleyball team opened postseason
Seeded 13th of 50 teams in the Division I district tournament, the girls volleyball team played host to 20th-seeded Watkins Memorial in the second round Oct. 19.
The Pacers had a first-round bye and entered the tournament at 15-7.
The second-round winner plays second-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 36th-seeded Mount Vernon in a district semifinal Thursday, Oct. 26, at Whitehall. The Pacers beat Mount Vernon 25-14, 25-23, 25-17 on Aug. 28.
That winner plays seventh-seeded Gahanna, 10th-seeded Watterson, 21st-seeded Chillicothe or 29th-seeded Reynoldsburg in a district final Saturday, Oct. 28, at Whitehall.
The Pacers lost to Watterson 25-27, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-4 on Sept. 30.
Postseason starts for runners
The cross country teams opened the postseason by competing in the Division I district meet Oct. 21 at Watkins Memorial.
The girls were in district 3, where the top six teams and top 24 runners advanced to the regional meet Saturday, Oct. 28, at Pickerington North. The boys competed in district 2, from which the top five teams and top 20 runners qualified for regional.
At regional, the top five teams and top 20 runners advance to the state meet Nov. 4 at National Trail Raceway.
The boys and girls teams both placed seventh in the OCC-Cardinal meet Oct. 14 at Darby.
The girls totaled 158 points to finish behind Thomas (47), Darby (74), Bradley (88), Jerome (94), Kilbourne (101) and Dublin Scioto (110), while the boys (224) placed behind Thomas (36), Jerome (61), Darby (81), Scioto (83), Kilbourne (108) and Bradley (143).
Scoring for the girls were Lauren English (15th, 20:45.23), Grace Fowler (22nd, 21:14.25), Brynn McGrail (29th, 21:55.01), Ashley Woller (53rd, 22:47.24) and Becca Young (59th, 23:31.98).
English made third-team all-league, as the top seven runners earned first-team honors, Nos. 8-14 were second-team honorees and Nos. 15-21 made the third team.
Scoring for the boys were Avery Latta (52nd, 18:41.63), Padraig Mumper (56th, 18:49.81), Lucas Pape (63rd, 19:45.79), Nick O'Bryant (65th, 19:57.63) and Gary Weckerly (66th, 20:00.24).