The Columbus Academy field hockey team earned a return trip to the state tournament with a 5-0 win over host Olentangy Liberty in a district final Oct. 28.

The second-seeded Vikings improved to 17-2 and will play Shaker Heights in a state semifinal Nov. 3 at Upper Arlington. The state final is Nov. 4 at UA.

The fourth-seeded Patriots finished 15-4.

Academy led 1-0 at halftime before pulling away with four second-half goals.

Carolyn Bowman opened the scoring, and Avie Smith scored a pair of goals to extend the Vikings’ lead to 3-0. Mercedes Crestanello and Lauren Bernacki each added a goal to close the scoring.

Crestanello added three assists and goalkeeper Alex Phelps made one save for Academy, which is seeking its first state title since 2013 and 11th overall.

Liberty goalie Allie Darragh finished with 10 saves.

“We’re not done,” Academy coach Anne Horton said. “These kids want to go all the way. They’ve had gold in the back of their minds all season.”

Thomas Worthington 5, Watterson 0

Thomas is heading to the state tournament for the third consecutive season after beating fifth-seeded Watterson in a district final Oct. 28 at Liberty.

The top-seeded Cardinals, who are the two-time defending state champions, got two goals from Rachel Rinaldi.

Sarah Charley, Anneliese Sinclair and Maya McDaniel also scored for Thomas, which improved to 19-0 and will face Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame in a state semifinal Nov. 3 at UA.

Goalkeeper Isabelle Perese made three saves for the Cardinals, who had an 18-3 advantage in shots.

“We’re happy to be back in the final four and we feel blessed to get back,” Thomas coach Terri Simonetti Frost said. “Watterson plays hard with a lot of heart and has a fantastic team. Fortunately, we were able to match their quickness.”

Watterson finished 10-9.

—Brad Emerine

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