The Delaware Christian School boys soccer team advanced to its first district final since 2005.

The Delaware Christian School boys soccer team advanced to its first district final since 2005.

The Eagles defeated fourth-seeded Fairbanks 2-1 in two overtimes in a Division III district semifinal Oct. 26 when Jeremy Buchanan ran onto a long through-ball from Jackson Quist and one-timed a shot from around 25 yards to beat goalkeeper Patrick Scheiderer.

"It was an incredible goal in the 104th minute of the game. Jackson played a beautiful ball and Jeremy cracked it home," said coach Levi Witt, who was doused with water from a bucket during the celebration. "We weathered the storm, and it was hysteria from there.

"It was funny because I was talking to our coaches about our (penalty kicks) lineup and we looked up and saw the ball going toward Jeremy, but we didn't see Jackson kick it. We were already thinking about (a shootout)."

The celebration didn't last long, as Witt, wet clothes and all, needed to get in his car and go watch the Eagles' potential opponents. Top-seeded Worthington Christian pulled away from a 1-0 halftime lead to beat Gahanna Christian 7-0 later that night. The Eagles played the Warriors in a district final Oct. 29. The winner advanced to a regional semifinal against Wheelersburg or Berlin Hiland at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Watkins Memorial.

The regional final is 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Zanesville. Possible opponents include Coshocton, Sardinia Eastern, Minford and Peebles.

Against host Fairbanks, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead early in the second half when Quist played a direct kick to the feet of Pete Kerins, who finished the play.

"It was a designed play and Jackson put the ball right where it had to be and Pete converted," said Witt, whose team improved to 12-3-2. "It was beautiful soccer."

Fairbanks' Brandt Huston tied the score with around six minutes left in regulation.

The Eagles' Luke McGrath made 11 saves, including three in the first overtime.

"Our defense played great, with Joey Miser, David Tobin and Pete Kerins doing a great job in the back, and freshman Grant Bishop did a nice job at stopper off the bench," Witt said. "In addition to Jackson Quist and Jeremy Buchanan, I also thought freshman Dylan Quist played well and smart in the offensive midfield and Brock Bishop was strong in the center midfield."

The Eagles, who were seeded seventh and had a first-round bye, advanced to the semifinal by beating visiting Bloom-Carroll 2-1 in the second round Oct. 22. Bloom-Carroll was seeded fifth.

Ryan Zinn scored in the first half and Buchanan scored early in the second half. Bloom-Carroll scored with around 15 minutes left, but the Eagles defended well down the stretch, including saves by McGrath on two shots about five seconds apart.

•The girls volleyball team's season ended Oct. 27 when the Eagles lost to sixth-seeded Fisher Catholic 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-10 in a Division IV district semifinal at Pickerington North.

The Eagles, who finished 21-3, were seeded second and defeated Village Academy 25-8, 25-14, 25-9 in the second round Oct. 22 after having a first-round bye.

Fisher Catholic, which won a district title in 2010, played third-seeded Newark Catholic in a district final Oct. 29.

Against the Irish, Delaware Christian played its best in the fourth game to take momentum into the decisive game. However, several unforced errors increased a 7-6 deficit to 12-7 and the Eagles couldn't recover.

"We had too many unforced errors and Fisher just kept putting the ball in play and letting us do it again," coach Jackie Boggs said. "We weren't aggressive enough at the net either. I don't know how many times they had bad sets just over the net to us and we'd tip it back easily rather than continuing to swing.

"Then they'd run their offense again and they'd put the ball away. We needed to stay aggressive and continue to swing like they did. We weren't the confident team; they were. You could see it. It's a shame because we have as much, if not more, talent. We should've been playing for a district championship."

Chelsea Howard had 17 kills and was 30-for-32 hitting. Sarah Harp had 31 digs and was 36-for-38 on serve receive. Brenna McCullough had 13 kills and 17 digs and Haley Kirby supplied 40 assists and 15 digs. Lenora Boyer had 14 digs and 11 kills.