After leading the Olentangy Liberty High School girls soccer team to two Division I state tournament appearances in three seasons, Kristen McMahon announced at her team’s end-of-year banquet Nov. 12 that she was stepping down as coach.

“This was a great year to go out on,” McMahon said. “I’m getting married (next) summer, and it’s getting to be more of a challenge to teach and coach. It’s definitely a balance, and I’ve really enjoyed my time coaching. It was a really hard decision.”

McMahon, who teaches math at Liberty Middle School, is a 2006 Hilliard Davidson graduate who went on to play for DePauw University. She served as an assistant for two seasons under former coach Lisa Saiben before taking over the program.

Liberty went 13-6-3 this fall, losing to Loveland 2-1 in overtime in a state semifinal Nov. 7 at Centerville.

The Patriots went 43-15-6 under McMahon and won district titles in each of her three seasons. The only other district championship the program won was in 2014.

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