The Watterson High School girls soccer team beat Dublin Jerome 2-0 last Saturday in a Division I district final at Bexley to win its first district championship in 10 years.

The Watterson High School girls soccer team beat Dublin Jerome 2-0 last Saturday in a Division I district final at Bexley to win its first district championship in 10 years.

Watterson improved to 15-2-2 before playing Hilliard Davidson in a regional semifinal last Wednesday. The winner will play Dresden Tri-Valley or Upper Arlington in the final Saturday at Dublin Scioto.

"Winning a district championship means a lot to all of us," said coach Jason Crawford, whose team lost to Hilliard Davidson 3-1 in a district final a year ago. "Hopefully, this puts us over the hump in terms of getting more respect. We want to be known as one of those elite teams that people always think of as a championship team, the way they think of teams like Upper Arlington and Dublin Coffman."

Fourth-seeded Watterson's defensive unit of Erica Ernst, Rachel Sullivan, Molly Cantwell and Bridget Lynch continued its dominant run in the district tournament, limiting seventh-seeded Jerome to two shots on goal, with goalkeepers Olivia Rancour and Mary Kate Campbell making one save each. Rancour had two saves and Campbell one during a 2-0 win over eighth-seeded Pickerington North in a semifinal Oct. 21 at Hagely Field.

Through 19 games, the Eagles had given up six goals and produced 16 shutouts.

"We're playing good defense, not just in the back, but across the field," Crawford said. "We won those games because we made less mistakes than our opponents, defensively, and capitalized on their mistakes."

Kathryn Sullivan scored early in the second half against Jerome when she put in a rebound that came after Jerome goalie Megan O'Donnell batted down a cross by Tyler Bucci.

Fifteen minutes later, Isa Hollern sent a rolling pass across the middle of the box to Bucci, who redirected the ball into the right side of the goal.

The Eagles scored on two corner kicks against North. Kelly DeNiro scored the first goal and Lynch had the second.

"Our philosophy is to make smart passes, support each other and run without the ball," Crawford said. "We're a tough team to play against when our work ethic is there."

UA is coached by Bob McGee. From 2003-06, Crawford was an assistant at UA under McGee. The Golden Bears beat Coffman 2-1 in double overtime last Saturday to improve to 17-1-1 as Gena Inbusch and Michela Paradiso scored.

Tri-Valley defeated Marietta 1-0 last Saturday to improve to 13-3-2.

"Upper Arlington always has a lot of talented kids and Bob always put together good teams, so that would be fun," Crawford said.

The regional champion will play Centerville, Cincinnati St. Ursula, Cincinnati Sycamore or Huber Heights Wayne in a state semifinal Wednesday at Wayne. In district finals last Saturday, Centerville beat Mason 1-0 to improve to 19-0-1, St. Ursula beat Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 6-0 to improve to 16-0-3, Sycamore beat Beavercreek 1-0 to improve to 13-2-5 and Wayne defeated Cincinnati Anderson 1-0 to improve to 13-3-4.

The state final will be Nov. 8 at Crew Stadium.

•The field hockey team lost to Thomas Worthington 1-0 in a shootout in a district final last Saturday at Dublin Scioto.

After both teams failed to score during regulation and two sudden-victory overtimes, the game was decided by penalty strokes from seven yards.

Thomas made four of its five attempts, with Stephanie Littell, Anna Geissbuhler, Hannah Tikson and Courtney Reeder scoring. Molly Vlahakis, Mackenzie Schweiterman and Abby Barker scored for the Eagles.

But it wasn't that simple. Scores by Vlahakis and Barker as well as Geissbuhler and Reeder looked to be knocked away from the net, but officials concluded the goalie had moved before the strike of the ball.

"It hurts when you get this far and lose this way," said Vlahakis, whose team finished 14-4. "They called our goalie for movement on their final stroke, but it was controversial because we didn't think she moved her feet at all. I'm really proud of my team because we fought hard the whole time against a great Thomas Worthington team. We don't view this as a win or a loss. It was just one big frustration."

On Oct. 21, the Eagles beat Toledo Ottawa Hills 2-1 in a district semifinal at the Park of Roses. Barker scored the winner with one minute remaining after receiving a crossing pass from Nina Passen.

Watterson had tied the game with 12:19 left when Mackenzie Schweiterman reversed the ball to Passen, who put a shot just inside the left post.

•The fourth-seeded girls volleyball team lost to fifth-seeded Marysville 20-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-12 in a Division I district final last Saturday at Licking Heights.

Marysville won its first district title, improved to 22-4 and will play today in a regional semifinal at Hilliard Davidson against Cincinnati Ursuline.

Watterson finished 22-4 and had its streak of six consecutive district titles end.

"We started making more errors than we usually do (in the third game)," outside-hitter Isabel Custadio said. "That brought down our momentum and we started falling apart as Marysville starting playing well."

The Eagles, who made their ninth appearance in a district final in 10 years, beat seventh-seeded Gahanna 25-15, 27-29, 25-14, 25-21 in a semifinal Oct. 22 at Licking Heights. Leading the way were Kaitlin Lewis with 30 assists, Custadio with 25 assists, Sunny Finnegan with three blocks and 10 kills, Maddie Shirk with 12 kills and a block and Maria Harmon with 12 kills. The Eagles missed only six serves in the match.