The Westerville South High School boys soccer team capped a day-long schedule of district championship games Oct. 28 by upsetting top-seeded Olentangy Liberty on penalty kicks in a Division I final at Dublin Jerome.
As the clock approached midnight, the Wildcats outscored the Patriots 3-1 on penalty kicks.
Malani Lungu, Chip McGrew and Chris Lytus scored for sixth-seeded South, and Ludwig Conrad scored for Liberty.
The game was tied at 1 through regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods. Nathan Rothert scored for Liberty and Lungu tied the game for South in the second half.
“I couldn’t be happier with this moment,” South coach Wynleux Henderson said. “Those two years of hard work is paying off for the guys with everything we’ve done in the summertime. The guys have 100 percent bought into what we’ve tried to accomplish this year and we’re in this moment.”
The Patriots, who were ranked first in the final regular-season state poll, finished 14-2-2.
Liberty defeated the Wildcats 2-1 in an OCC-Buckeye Division game Sept. 19 on its way to winning the league title at 4-0-1.
South improved to 11-4-4 and will play Jerome in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Westerville Central.
Dublin Jerome 1, Olentangy 0
Third-seeded Jerome got an early second-half goal from Zach Ziolo and hung on to beat eighth-seeded Olentangy in a Division I district final Oct. 28 at Westerville South.
The Celtics improved to 13-1-5 and advanced to play South in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Westerville Central. Olentangy, which had tied Jerome at 1 on Aug. 22, finished 11-4-5.
Ziolo’s goal was assisted by Justin Skinner.
“I know (Olentangy brings) a lot of energy and they were bullish,” Celtics coach Nate Maust said. “They want to get corner kicks and throw-ins and we kind of played in their game.”
Dublin Coffman 4, Worthington Kilbourne 1
Emeka Eneli scored three goals to lead third-seeded Coffman to its seventh consecutive Division I district championship Oct. 28 at Westerville South.
The Shamrocks improved to 15-1-2 and advanced to face Hilliard Darby in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Hilliard Bradley. Kilbourne, which was seeded 27th, finished 7-9-4.
“Our goals are much loftier than a district title, but it feels great,” Shamrocks coach Brian Stoddard said. “It’s an expectation at Coffman.”
Coffman took a 3-0 lead in the first half as Eneli scored two goals and Connor DesRoches scored the other. Eneli extended the Shamrocks’ lead to 4-0 in the second half.
The Wolves made it 4-1 late in the second half on an unassisted goal by Jason Bowen.
Hilliard Darby 1, Marysville 0
Jason Fleischman scored early as 10th-seeded Darby edged seventh-seeded Marysville in a Division I district final Oct. 28 at Westerville North to win the first district championship in program history.
The Panthers, who posted their sixth shutout of the season, improved to 10-4-6 and advanced to play Coffman in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Bradley.
“What an incredible feeling for us as a program,” Darby coach Kyle Reichle said. “We got that one early, but I thought we would need another one. But our keeper, Nick Hermosilla, made two huge saves and our defense did well taking angles away from (Marysville).”
Hermosilla finished with six saves and was aided by defenders Josh Govine, Jack Gearhiser and Daniel Djelmis.
Fleischman scored with 36 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the first half, heading the ball past Monarchs goalie Mason Taylor following a free kick.
Marysville, which had defeated Darby 1-0 on Oct. 12, finished 11-2-5.
—Brad EmerineDIVISION II
Columbus Academy 2, Granville 1 (SO)
With his team’s season on the line, Academy coach Ron Leach turned to a senior leader to make one of the biggest plays of the year.
Jack Ostrowski converted on the Vikings’ first penalty kick in a Division II district final Oct. 28 at Gahanna. He then replaced Justin Kahle in goal for Granville’s fourth penalty kick and turned away Christian Sams’ attempt.
Academy’s Connor Brown followed with the game-clinching goal.
The game was tied at 1 at the end of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods. The fourth-seeded Vikings outscored the third-seeded Blue Aces 4-2 on penalty kicks.
“Jack just reads the game so quickly,” said Leach, whose team had lost to Granville 3-1 on Oct. 14. “It’s a natural thing for him. If you watch him on the field, it’s the same situation. As soon as the ball is played, he’s going. It comes to understanding the game well and reading the game well.”
The Vikings, who earned their first district title since 2015, improved to 13-4-3 and advanced to play Tipp City Tippecanoe in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Springfield. The Blue Aces finished 12-6-1.
Granville’s Gabe Neuenschwander opened the scoring in the second half before Academy’s Tyler Schlonsky tied the game at 1.
Schlonsky and Charlie Mueller also converted on penalty kicks for Academy, while Neuenschwander and Kevin Miller converted for Granville.
Kahle had five saves.
DeSales 7, Jonathan Alder 0
Cristian Gomez’s two goals led top-seeded DeSales to a rout of 12th-seeded Jonathan Alder in a Division II district final Oct. 28 at Jerome.
Chase Agin, Mike Cockerell, Jack Francisco, Hector Gomez and Dominic Julian each added one goal for the Stallions, who improved to 18-0-1 and advanced to play Warsaw River View in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Lakewood.
DeSales outshot Jonathan Alder 17-2 and outscored its district opponents 22-0 in three games.
—Dave PurpuraDIVISION III
Worthington Christian 1, Wellington 0
After losing in district championship games each of the past two seasons, third-seeded Worthington Christian edged fourth-seeded Wellington in a Division III district final Oct. 28 at Hartley.
The Warriors’ Jake Strick scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half.
Worthington Christian improved to 10-5-3 and advanced to face Mansfield Christian in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Mount Vernon.
“We just had to come out and play our style and we pulled through,” Strick said. “(The penalty kick) was a little stressful, a little nerve-wracking, but at the same time, I had to be cool and composed.”
Wellington, which won a district title last season, finished 11-6-2. The Jaguars also lost to the Warriors during the regular season, 2-0 on Sept. 14.
Grandview 4, Grove City Christian 1
Grandview won its fourth consecutive Division III district championship by defeating second-seeded Grove City Christian in a district final Oct. 28 at Gahanna.
The top-seeded Bobcats improved to 15-0-4 and advanced to play Zoarsville Tuscarawas Valley in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Lexington.
“Our game plan was to use our speed and play creative possession-based soccer,” Grandview coach James Gerdes said. “We played well as a team, and that’s something we need to continue to do.”
Wes Ryan scored two goals for the Bobcats. Indigo London and Ben Kelley each added a goal and goalie Jake Kelley had four saves.
Zach Lantzy scored and goalie A.J. Gillespie had 14 saves for Grove City Christian, which finished 14-2-3 and was making its first district final appearance.