Entering the season, Dublin Jerome High School boys soccer coach Nate Maust sensed that this would be a special year for his team.

Entering the season, Dublin Jerome High School boys soccer coach Nate Maust sensed that this would be a special year for his team.

The Celtics continue to make good on Maust's prediction, as they won their first Division I district title since 2009, defeating sixth-seeded Pickerington North 2-1 in double overtime in a district final Oct. 31 at Westerville Central.

Jerome won the OCC-Cardinal Division championship earlier this season.

"This is definitely a team that is different than we've had in the past couple of years," said Maust, whose team was ranked third in the final state poll. "It's a nice, tight group of guys. They definitely are not playing for themselves. They're playing for each other. They have some good chemistry."

Ben Sobotka scored with 13 minutes, 19 seconds left in the second overtime to lift top-seeded Jerome. Ian Black gave the Celtics a 1-0 lead, but North's D.J. Reedus tied the game at 1 late in the first half.

Jerome goalkeeper Cole Durant had five saves and North goalie Peyton Van Kannel made seven saves.

"You have to learn some lessons from games like that," Maust said. "The next games are going to be much tighter. It's been that kind of scenario. We had chances to end the game in the first half and we just didn't do that."

The Celtics were 16-1-2 before playing Gahanna in a regional semifinal Nov. 4. The winner plays Coffman or Hilliard Davidson in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 7, at a neutral site to be announced.

Jerome defeated Coffman 2-1 on Sept. 15.

The regional champion will face second-ranked Mason, fifth-ranked Beavercreek, eighth-ranked Cincinnati Elder or Cincinnati Moeller in a state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 11, at a neutral site to be announced.

Jerome advanced to the district final with a 3-0 win over 14th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a semifinal Oct. 28 at home behind goals by Black, Sobotka and Mitch Patchett and three saves by Durant.

Coffman boys wins another district title

The Coffman boys team won its fifth consecutive Division I district title, defeating eighth-seeded Westerville North 2-0 in a final Oct. 31 at Olentangy.

The Shamrocks were 13-3-3 before playing Davidson in a regional semifinal Nov. 4.

The winner plays Jerome or Gahanna in the regional final.

"We're proud of the guys," coach Brett Neiderman said. "They did a great job. We have a bunch of injuries and we have some guys playing out of position, but they came together and they did everything that we worked on and we got the result."

Andrew Pfeiffer opened the scoring for the third-seeded Shamrocks with 11:47 remaining in the first half.

North goalkeeper Alex Evans, who finished with nine saves, helped keep the game 1-0 by turning back Luke Kiley's penalty kick with 11:27 left. Jack Holland then added a goal with 8:08 left to close the scoring. Shamrocks goalie Grant Stellini had two saves.

Coffman defeated 16th-seeded Upper Arlington 1-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 28 at home behind a goal by Kiley and four saves by Stellini.

Top-seeded Jerome girls upset by Eagles

The top-seeded Jerome girls team saw its season end with a 2-1 loss to 19th-seeded New Albany in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 27 at home.

Midfielder Annika Fowler -- one of six seniors -- scored for the Celtics, who finished 12-2-3 overall. Sophomore goalie Jess Walsh had four saves.

"It was definitely a season to be very proud of," coach Kelly Brothers said. "I'm not disappointed. I obviously would have loved to continue in the tournament and so would the girls, but they did a lot of good things this year and helped the program grow. No regrets."

Senior defender Sydney Harris was named OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year and first-team all-district and senior forward Sabine Chandler was first-team all-district and all-league.

Junior midfielder/forward Erin Griffith was first-team all-league and second-team all-district, Fowler and sophomore defender Abbie Laufersweiler were second-team all-league, junior midfielder Deanna Prochko was special mention all-league and senior midfielder Kate Hollern was honorable mention all-league.

Jerome won the OCC-Cardinal title, going 6-0-1 to finish ahead of Hilliard Darby (4-1-2), Hilliard Bradley (3-1-3), Westerville Central and Westerville North (both 2-2-3), Westerville South (2-4-1), Canal Winchester (1-4-2) and Scioto (0-6-1).

The Celtics played Central to a scoreless tie Oct. 13.

Jerome opened the tournament by defeating 30th-seeded Reynoldsburg 7-0 in a second-round game Oct. 22.

Coffman girls fall in district final

The third-seeded Coffman girls team lost to 11th-seeded Olentangy 2-1 in overtime in a Division I district final Oct. 31 at Westerville South to finish 12-3-2 overall.

Olentangy's Abby Miller scored with 3:58 remaining in overtime to lift the Braves to their second consecutive district title. Senior defender Sophia Bingaman scored for the Shamrocks off a direct kick, tying the game at 1 in the second half.

Junior goalie Mikayla Buckley had 11 saves for Coffman.

"Mikayla is a gamer," coach Marc D'Auteuil said. "The bigger the game, the better she plays. She kept us in it."

The Shamrocks opened the tournament by beating 40th-seeded Briggs 11-0 in a second-round game Oct. 22 and defeated 17th-seeded Westerville Central 1-0 in overtime in a district semifinal Oct. 27.

Sophomore forward Abby Steiner, who was named district and OCC-Central Player of the Year, scored the game-winning goal against Central.

Bingaman was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district, senior midfielder Sophie Vanderstoep was second-team all-league, junior defender Ayla Whitman was special mention and senior midfielder Emily Kirchner was honorable mention.

Coffman, which is losing six seniors, played the entire season without two key players from last season's team that lost to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 4-1 in the state final in senior midfielder Hannah Lehmkuhl and junior midfielder/forward Hayley Devine. Both sustained knee injuries in the preseason.

"We had some things where we weren't as good as we were in the past," D'Auteuil said.

"Losing Hannah and losing Hayley from the very beginning of the year, we knew those were key pieces from what we did last year so well. We had a ton of kids coming back, but we had a ton of new faces."

Coffman went 4-2-1 in the OCC-Central to finish third, behind Olentangy Liberty (7-0) and Thomas Worthington (4-1-2) and ahead of UA (3-2-2), Marysville (3-3-1), Central Crossing and Davidson (both 2-5) and Westland (0-7).