After missing 11 games this season, Ashlynn Jones made up for lost time for the Pickerington High School North girls soccer team,

The freshman forward set up junior forward Zena Kolliesuah for two goals, including one with 12 minutes, 50 seconds remaining, to give the Panthers a 2-1 win over Olentangy Liberty in a Division I district final Saturday at Grandview.

"Because she's a freshman, we wanted to have her bond with the team," Kolliesuah said. "She's fit in really well. She tries to make everyone laugh and make everyone happy."

Jones succeeded in making coach Greg Van Kannel very happy. The Panthers improved to 15-2-2 overall and return to the regional semifinals for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

North faces the winner of the district final between Dublin Coffman and Watterson on 7 p.m. Wednesday at Upper Arlington. The Panthers have not played either team this season.

The Patriots, who haven't lost since a 1-0 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Sept. 3, finish the year 14-3-1.

Jones had two goals and six assists in the first four games of the season before injuring her hip in a 7-2 win over Pickerington Central on Sept. 3.

"Ashlynn missed most of the season, so it was nice to see her out there again," Van Kannel said. "She came back real strong and it gives us an added dimension."

The Patriots had five shutouts in their last seven games and have not allowed a goal in the tournament. Liberty took a 1-0 lead when Megan Griffith scored off an Aubrey Fisher free kick with 29:38 left in the first half.

North answered 20 minutes later with Kolliesuah scoring her first goal on a Jones cross.

"This was kind of a gutsy performance," Van Kannel said. "We had a lot of injuries and we were playing a lot of people in different positions but we gutted it out to win."