A window for a tight rematch between the Dublin Coffman and Dublin Jerome high school boys soccer teams began to close midway through the first half in a Division I regional final Nov. 4 at Dublin Scioto.
The Celtics weren’t able to cash in on some scoring opportunities early and the Shamrocks took advantage, scoring the game’s first goal on a free kick by Emeka Eneli with 17 minutes, 32 seconds left before halftime.
Coffman took a two-goal lead 10 minutes later on a goal by Luke Kiley off a pass from Jake Lister and pulled away for a 5-0 victory that sends it to the state tournament for the first time.
The Shamrocks improved to 18-1-2 and will play Beavercreek in a state semifinal Nov. 8 at a site to be announced.
“Everything was going our way,” Kiley said. “We were combining well tonight and finished almost every opportunity we had.”
With 39:33 remaining, Eneli scored an unassisted goal to make it 3-0.
Kiley had two shots hit the top crossbar midway through the second half before scoring his second goal with 17:39 remaining.
Ben Sarver scored the final goal for the Shamrocks, who beat Jerome 2-1 on Sept. 14.
The Celtics, who finished 14-2-5, had scoring opportunities early by Carter Patchett, Chris Dowling and Zach Ziolo.
“Our game plan was to slow them down by actually finishing our chances,” Jerome coach Nate Maust said. “We didn’t capitalize on those chances, so obviously momentum swings the other way and we never got the momentum back.”DIVISION II
DeSales 5, Albany Alexander 0
Cristian Gomez’s four goals led DeSales past Alexander in a Division II regional final Nov. 4 at Bloom-Carroll.
Nick Fuchs scored the other goal for the Stallions, who improved to 20-0-1 and will play Kettering Alter in a state semifinal Nov. 8 at Springfield. Alter defeated DeSales 2-1 in double overtime at that same stage last year.
The Stallions, who won their 17th regional championship, have outscored their five postseason opponents 32-0 and have outshot them 86-6. They played against Alexander without leading scorer Hector Gomez (24 goals), who suffered a high left ankle sprain in a 6-0 win over Warsaw River View in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 and said earlier this week that he hopes to return for the state semifinal.
—Dave PurpuraDIVISION III
Grandview 6, South Webster 0
Manny Day scored four goals to lead Grandview past South Webster in a Division III regional final Nov. 4 at Waverly.
The second-ranked Bobcats improved to 17-0-4 and will play top-ranked Cincinnati Summit Country Day in a state semifinal Nov. 8 at a site to be announced. The Silver Knights (16-3-2) defeated Troy Christian 2-0 in its regional final Nov. 4.
South Webster finished 15-2-4.
Grandview’s previous regional championship came in 2014. Each of the past two seasons, the Bobcats lost to Zanesville Rosecrans in a regional final.
“It was awesome for the team because we have been here so many times and have been so close,” Day said. “It was great to breakthrough today the way we did by scoring so many goals.”
Day scored the first three goals against South Webster as well as the final goal. Wes Ryan and Ross Day also scored and goalkeeper Jake Kelley had seven saves.
Grandview outscored its two regional opponents 13-0, as it defeated Zoarsville Tuscarawas Valley 7-0 in a regional semifinal Nov. 1.