The top-seeded DeSales High School boys soccer team beat Bexley 2-1 in overtime in a Division II district final Saturday at Upper Arlington as the Stallions won their second consecutive district title.
David Harper scored the winning goal in overtime as the Stallions improved to 15-3-1. They will play in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday in VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe against The Plains Athens or Marietta. The Lions finished 8-8-5.
The Lions scored first with 18 minutes left in the second half on a free kick before DeSales' Luke Froehlich was able to tie it at 1. During overtime, Bexley appeared to score off of a free kick, but there was an offside call on the play.
The Lions, who lost to DeSales 1-0 on Sept. 6, controlled most of the action in the first half, DeSales coach Dominic Romanelli said.
"We probably had one of our best practices of the year (last Friday)," he said. "And everyone wants to talk about dynasty, well, they had it at Bexley for a couple of years,. I didn't expect we would come out flat."
Two years ago DeSales lost to Bexley 1-0 in a district final. Since then the Stallions have won all three meetings between the programs. This district championship is the Stallions' 14th.
"It means a lot," DeSales midfielder Nick Kellogg said. "We know that we knew we were the No. 1 seed and we got to prove it to everyone."
Marietta and Athens played in a Southeast District final Saturday in Lucasville. Going into that game Marietta was 10-5-4 overall and Athens was 13-1-5. Last season the Stallions defeated Marietta 4-0 in a regional semifinal on their way to a regional title.