The St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team fell short in its bid to upset top-seeded Dublin Jerome in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22, but coach Rick Ey was proud of his team's effort.

The St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team fell short in its bid to upset top-seeded Dublin Jerome in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22, but coach Rick Ey was proud of his team's effort.

The ninth-seeded Cardinals lost 1-0 to finish 10-4-2. The Celtics scored on a penalty kick by Brian McGue with 9 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half.

"I'm very proud of my guys," Ey said. "I told them that after the game. They laid it all out on the field, gave 100 percent and sacrificed everything. We just didn't get the goal. Jerome got a (penalty kick) and they earned what they got. They played well. The game could've gone either way, but they earned it.

"We didn't lose to a bad team. We lost to a really good team. And we did hang with them."

St. Charles defeated Groveport 2-0 in the second round Oct. 18 behind goals by junior forward Alex Roberts and senior defender Ebbie Bobbit after having a first-round bye.

"I anticipated that this would probably be one of the tougher (district semifinal) games," Jerome coach Nate Maust said. "Even though St. Charles wasn't one of the top four seeds, I think they're one of the better teams in the area. They were kind of a sleeper team."

St. Charles a year ago finished 7-7-3 overall and 2-2-1 in the CCL. This year, it went 3-1-1 in the CCL to place second behind DeSales (5-0) and ahead of Worthington Christian (3-2), Watterson (2-2-1), Hartley (1-4) and Ready (0-5).

"Not bad," Ey said of the improvement. "I wanted to get to 10 wins last year in my first year and we only had seven, but this year we got there."

St. Charles will lose nine seniors in Bobbit, Drew Connor (midfielder), Peter Kistner (stopper), Dominic Mascia (forward), Tommy McJoynt-Griffith (defender), Anye Ngalla (midfielder), Robert Polletta (sweeper), John Sauer (forward) and Aaron Tallan (defender). All but Connor, Sauer and Tallan were starters. Mascia led the team with 10 goals.

"They're tremendous players in terms of skill and effort and heart," Ey said. "They worked together quite well."

Expected to return are Roberts, juniors Kevin Colvin (midfielder), Eddie Evans (midfielder), David Fruhling (defender), Cameron Houk (defender), Cameron Ilich (forward) and Aaron Soto (midfielder/defender) and sophomores Kyle Ansley (goalie), Greg Gernetzke (goalie), Charlie Macias (midfielder/forward) and Alan Sincich (forward).

Roberts was second on the team in goals with eight and Macias and Soto were tied for third with four.

"We've got a good junior class," Ey said. "We have a lot of good players who are going to work hard and step up. We're looking forward to next year."

•The cross country season ended for sophomore Chris Quinn in the Division I regional last Saturday at Pickerington North as he finished 80th of 129 runners in 17 minutes, 38.47 seconds.

The top 16 individuals advanced to the state meet, which is Saturday at Scioto Downs. Securing the final state-qualifying spot was Celina's Andrew Goodwin in 16:30.91. Hilliard Davidson's Yoshi Shimizu won in 16:05.1.

Quinn finished 96th (17:44) at regional last season when St. Charles competed there as a team. He was the only Cardinal to advance out of the district 2 meet Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial, placing 14th in 16:57.1.

"Last year at the regional meet, I was there because the entire team was there," Quinn said. "This year it was just me, so it was different. I think I got overwhelmed and started out a little slow. Not having the team there completely blew my confidence, I guess. But I've got two more years to get back there."

Quinn said he didn't expect to qualify for state this season.

"When I first thought about (qualifying for state), I thought there was a chance," he said. "But then I started looking at the district times and I realized that I'd have to cut off a lot of time. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it might not happen."

•The football team defeated Watkins Memorial 23-7 last Friday to finish 6-4 overall, marking its second winning season in six years.

St. Charles fell short in its bid to make the Division II playoffs as the Cardinals finished 11th (15.45) in Region 7 with Watterson (16.8909) securing the eighth and final playoff berth.

Jourdan Wickliffe had two touchdowns against Watkins Memorial, scoring on an 8-yard run and on a 35-yard interception return. Lineman Josh Hardy also had a defensive touchdown, scoring on a 40-yard interception.

Rounding out the scoring for the Cardinals was a 23-yard field goal by Brad Marchese.